Last updated 05:00 31/08/2013
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A second-generation family business has won the supreme award at the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2013, beating 30 other finalists.
Thompson Construction and Engineering also won the construction category announced at a Gala Awards evening last night at the Caroline Bay Hall. The business was formed 35 years ago by Lyndon Thompson. His sons, Craig and Vaughan, started working for the company after they left school and took over the business when their father retired in 2002, along with their sister Michelle, who joined the firm in 1998. The company specialises in designing and constructing buildings for commercial, industrial and agricultural use. Buildings are designed in 3D using fabricated structural steel and precast concrete.
The awards were judged by University of Auckland professional teaching fellow Dr Leith Oliver, Redesign managing director Jo Pennycuick, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey managing director Steve Lyttle and Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend. The winners in the seven categories were also officially announced last night. The awards are organised by Aoraki Development Business and Tourism (ADBT.
ADBT chief executive Wendy Smith said the judges had a tough job. "The feedback we got from the judges was the entries were a particularly high standard and they found it extremely difficult to select the finalists and the supreme winner. In fact, we had to go back to them twice because the marking was so close.
"Some of the entrants said they had used this as a team building exercise and... work shopped their entry with their staff."
The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2013 winners: The Emerging Business Award: Driving Miss Daisy. The Hospitality Industry Award: The Fairlie Bakehouse. Tourism Industry Award: Tekapo Springs. Manufacturing and Primary Produce Award: Talbot Forest Cheese. Retail Award: Artfull Crafts. Construction Industry Award: Thompson Construction and Engineering. Service Industry Award: Scarlett Hydraulics. Sustainability Award: Scarlett Hydraulics. Innovation and Technology Award: Scarlett Hydraulics. People's Choice Award: The Fairlie Bakehouse. Supreme Award: Thompson Construction and Engineering.
"The awards are a reflection of the excellent effort made by our hard working employees, our supportive suppliers, and most of all, our successful clients".
A building is a milestone for anyone and it is a reflection on their individual success. We always see it as an honor to be chosen by our clients and we appreciate the opportunity to work closely together through the design and construction phases of their project. In return we strive to achieve a high standard for them. Over the last 24 months our company has expanded to meet the construction needs of our buoyant South Canterbury region and see this continuing into the future. It is also pleasing to see that the current business climate in South Canterbury is creating many exciting career opportunities for trades persons. Thompson Construction and Engineering would like to congratulate all other nominees and thank Aoraki Development Business & Tourism and their sponsors for creating the opportunity for the local businesses to showcase themselves. This has been a very positive experience and we thoroughly recommend other businesses enter in future years.