2018 West Coast business awards finalists announced

25 September 2018
Development West Coast
West Coast cookie makers, contractors and everyone in between will be celebrated at the prestigious Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards next month.

Finalists announced

The Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards evening is one of the most significant events on the West Coast calendar and has been run by Development West Coast since 2011. It was set up to ensure the region’s successful businesses - and the value of their contributions to the local economy - were appropriately acknowledged.

The awards will be held at Shantytown on October 26, when the winners in each of the eight main categories will be announced followed by the big reveal of the supreme winner.

Development West Coast chief executive Chris Mackenzie says there are a range of categories to recognise businesses large and small, those who are well established, as well as newer organisations, and across varying sectors.

“This is one of the highlights of the year, and I am always so inspired to hear the stories of the people behind these successful businesses. Their contribution to the West Coast is essential and without their collective successes our region would not be growing,” Mr Mackenzie says.

One of the finalists in the Greymouth Star-sponsored Rising Star category is the West Coast Scenic Waterways. Owner Cindy Hopper says being in the mix is a fantastic opportunity.

“Being selected as a finalist for the Leading Light Awards is truly both a humbling and exhilarating experience. Should we be honoured enough to win our section, it will belong to so many dedicated volunteers and organisations that have helped and mentored us all the way,” she says.

In the Duncan Cotterill-sponsored Large Enterprise category, contracting firm Fulton Hogan will be battling for top honours. Network Outcomes Contract (NOC) manager Peter Anderson says the recognition is important for each and every staff member.

“Fulton Hogan and the entire West Coast NOC Team are very excited to be selected as a finalist. We view this as not just an acknowledgement of the nine West Coast companies that comprise the NOC, but most importantly recognition of the approximately 90 local team members who work tirelessly to ensure the West Coast State Highway Network is maintained in the best possible condition.”

The region’s mayors also see the benefits of the Leading Light Awards for the region. Westland District Mayor Bruce Smith says the list of finalists emphasises the region’s exceptional talent, while Garry Howard of the Buller District says the awards are important for celebrating success.

The guest speaker for the awards is internationally recognised thought-leader and keynote speaker Graham Dockrill. The awards will also feature popular TVNZ news anchor Peter Williams as MC.

The full list of finalists is as follows:

NZME Small Enterprise Award finalists

NZME Small Enterprise Finalist 2018: Farmlands AgFest West Coast

Farmlands AgFest is a finalist in the NZME Small Enterprise category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

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NZME Small Enterprise Finalist 2018: Em's Power Cookies

Em’s Power Cookies® is a finalist in the NZME Small Enterprise category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

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NZME Small Enterprise Finalist 2018: The Beauty Clinic

The Beauty Clinic is a finalist in the NZME Small Enterprise category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

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Crombie Lockwood Medium Enterprise Award Finalists

Crombie Lockwood Medium Enterprise Finalist 2018: Coastpak Besgrow

Coastpak has been selected as a finalist for the Crombie Lockwood Medium Enterprise Award at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business E…

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Crombie Lockwood Medium Enterprise Finalist 2018: SGS New Zealand Ltd

SGS is a finalist in the Crombie Lockwood Medium Enterprise at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards.

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Crombie Lockwood Medium Enterprise Finalist 2018: Vertigo Technologies

Vertigo Technologies is a finalist in the Crombie Lockwood Medium Enterprise at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awa…

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Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Award Finalists

Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Award: Finalist 2018: Fulton Hogan Ltd

Fulton Hogan is a finalist in the Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awa…

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Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Award: Finalist 2018: Martin and Co Mitre 10

Martin and Co Mitre10 is a finalist in the Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excel…

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Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Award: Finalist 2018: MBD Contracting

MBD Contracting is a finalist in the Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence …

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Christchurch Airport Tourism and Hospitality Award Finalists

Christchurch Airport Tourism and Hospitality Award Finalist 2018: Ross Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Ross Beach Top10 is a finalist in the Christchurch Airport Tourism and Hospitality Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Bu…

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Christchurch Airport Tourism and Hospitality Award Finalist 2018: Theatre Royal Hotel

The Theatre Royal Hotel is a finalist in the Christchurch Airport Tourism and Hospitality Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading L…

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Christchurch Airport Tourism and Hospitality Award Finalist 2018: West Coast Wildlife Centre

The West Coast Wildlife Centre is a finalist in the Christchurch Airport Tourism and Hospitality Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Le…

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Department of Conservation Environment Award Finalists

Department of Conservation Environment Award Finalist 2018: Hokitika New World

Hokitika New World is a finalist in the Department of Conservation Environment Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Busine…

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Department of Conservation Environment Award Finalist 2018: Paparoa Wildlife Trust

Paparoa Wildlife Trust is a finalist in the Department of Conservation Environment Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Bu…

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Department of Conservation Environment Award Finalist 2018: WestReef

WestReef is a finalist in the Department of Conservation Environment Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excelle…

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Westland Milk Products Not for Profit Award Finalists

Westland Milk Products Not for Profit Award Finalist 2018: Tourism West Coast

Tourism West Coast is a finalist in the Westland Milk Products Not for Profit Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Busines…

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Westland Milk Products Not for Profit Award Finalist 2018: West Coast Trades Academy

The West Coast Trades Academy is a finalist in the Westland Milk Products Not for Profit Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Li…

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Westland Milk Products Not for Profit Award Finalist 2018: WestREAP

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ACC Workplace Safety Award Finalists

Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Award: Finalist 2018: Martin and Co Mitre 10

Martin and Co Mitre10 is a finalist in the Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excel…

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Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Award: Finalist 2018: MBD Contracting

MBD Contracting is a finalist in the Duncan Cotterill Large Enterprise Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence …

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Department of Conservation Environment Award Finalist 2018: WestReef

WestReef is a finalist in the Department of Conservation Environment Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excelle…

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Greymouth Star Rising Star Award Finalists

Greymouth Star Rising Star Award Finalist 2018: Mike Greer Homes

Mike Greer Homes is a finalist in the Greymouth Star Rising Star Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence …

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Greymouth Star Rising Star Award Finalist 2018: Dragonfly Catering

Dragonfly Catering is a finalist in the Greymouth Star Rising Star Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellenc…

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Greymouth Star Rising Star Award Finalist 2018: West Coast Scenic Waterways Retreat

West Coast Scenic Waterways Retreat is a finalist in the Greymouth Star Rising Star Award Category at the 2018 Development West Coast Leading Light B…

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