13 March 2019
Entries for the 2019 Central Otago Awards are now open.
The Central Otago Awards are presented biennially to businesses and individuals that are achieving great things and that exemplify the spirit of the region. Award categories include Business Excellence, Young Professional, Community Service, Apprentice and Youth.
This year it's much easier and less time consuming to enter the Business Excellence Award category. The process includes a short entry form and an opportunity for business owners to meet with the business judging panel to talk about what makes their business outstanding.
Regional Identity Manager Shirley Howden says the awards are about "honouring excellence, innovation, big hearts and the amazing contribution many make to our region".
Ms Howden is encouraging the community to get involved by nominating someone for the business excellence, young professional, community service and youth awards.
"I think a good way to go about nominating someone, is to get a few people together and do it as a group so that you can capture this persons amazing contribution from different angles; it also gives the judges a much better sense of what that person has achieved as well."
Businesses can also be nominated this year. "Typically businesses don't like to 'blow their own trumpet' and enter themselves for an award. So this year we're giving people the opportunity to nominate a business that is achieving great things in our region, to encourage them to enter the Business Excellence Award category."
"Anyone can nominate a business; employees, friends, family and customers. Once we receive a nomination we will contact the business, send them an entry form and invite them to enter," says Ms Howden.
Entries for this year's awards close at 5pm, Thursday 2 May.
For more information, including entry forms, visit www.centralotagoawards.co.nz. If you have any queries please contact Shirley Howden on (03) 440 0624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.