'Huge endorsement' making finals

Last updated 10:42 27/07/2013
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Thirty-one businesses have been named finalists in the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2013.

The finalists in each of the seven categories of the awards were officially announced yesterday. The awards are organised by Aoraki Development Business and Tourism (ADBT).

"The Business Excellence Awards are the premier business awards for our region, and it's been fantastic to see the quality of entries we have had for the awards this year," ADBT chief executive Wendy Smith said. "Looking at the list of finalists, you will see some of the top businesses in their sectors.

"Becoming a finalist, winning a category or becoming the supreme award winner at the awards is a huge endorsement for your business and creates a fantastic promotional opportunity.

"It can be tremendous recognition for the hard work and dedication of your staff."

The gala awards evening will be held on August 30.

The finalists:

Emerging Business Award

Driving Miss Daisy, Mike Pero Real Estate, Unique Hair and Beauty, Vetta Technologies

Hospitality Industry Award

Brewery Cafe, The Fairlie Bakehouse, Petite Wine & Dine, The Speight's Alehouse/The Function Centre, Zest

Tourism Industry Award

Air Rangitata, Earth & Sky, Skydiving Kiwis, Tekapo Springs, York Street Gallery of Fine Art

Manufacturing and Primary Produce Award

Apex Environmental, Heartland Potato Chips Limited, Parr & Co, Talbot Forest Cheese

Retail Award

Artfull Crafts, Chillis and More, South Canterbury Saddlery, The Tin Shed

Construction Industry Award

Barrett Joinery, Chris Broadhead Building, High Country Carpentry, Thompson Construction and Engineering, Todd Mudie Group

Service Industry Award

Heartland Ricoh, Newlove Architecture, Scarlett Hydraulics, YMCA