Gold Awards director John Dow said finalists in the 11 categories were an outstanding group of businesses. Spread throughout the region, they were worthy of the recognition for their great contribution to the Wellington economy and community. “They demonstrated a rich reservoir of creativity, commitment to sustainable practices and use of local talent and produce, with many operating successfully internationally in very competitive environments.”
A defining feature of the finalists was the number of family and couple led businesses who were passionate about finding their personal and commercial niches and making them succeed, he said.
Many organisations had implemented programmes and processes that not only improved their product or service offering but had instilled a sense of belief and motivation within their people.This was a critical factor in succeeding in a challenging business environment, Dow said.”The finalists are an inspiring and quality representation of the Wellington business scene at this time.”
Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Milford said the finalists were all achieving great things and are part of what made the Wellington region great. “The finalists reflect the wide variety of skills and innovation that exists in Wellington’s business community,” he said.
Speaking at the announcement Fairfax Media central region general manager Gerard Watt said the awards celebrated the diversity of Wellington business, which had been reflected in the ionic past winners. Wellington was no longer tarred as just a small city for public servants, he said.
The awards, sponsored by The Dominion Post, will be held at TSB Bank Arena on July 9, where the winners will be announced.
2015 GOLD FINALISTS
Film, media and creative content:
– Cato Brand Partners
– New Zealand Film & Television School
– Pukeko Pictures
– What we do in the shadows movie
– Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Last updated 21:13, May 28 2015