Business Awards earlybird tickets

Esteemed journalist and news presenter Rachel Smalley will be MC’ing the 2016 Nelson Pine Industries Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for the first time this year.

Smalley_Rachel_Chamber chief executive Dot Kettle says Rachel’s involvement is one of a series of changes to the awards which will be taking place at the Rutherford Hotel on Friday, November 4.

“Rachel is highly regarded as a journalist, broadcaster and public speaker. She’ll bring a fresh element to our awards evening alongside a line-up of top quality entertainment at this premier black tie event.”

Many businesses use the awards evening as a way to reward and inspire their staff. Last year’s Supreme Award Winner, Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter owner Pic Picot says the chamber awards were extra special because his whole team were able to be part of the celebrations.

This year the chamber is offering discounted earlybird tickets at $120 plus GST per head for anyone who books a table of 10 before August 1. That’s a saving of more than $30 per ticket or $300 per table.

“So it really is worthwhile getting together with friends and colleagues to organise yourselves sooner rather than later,” Dot says.

Nelson Pine Industries has come onboard as the naming right sponsor this year, having been the inaugural Supreme Award winner nearly 30 years ago. NPI managing director Murray Sturgeon describes the awards night as “the social event of the year”.

Tickets have sold out for the last three years and the chamber expects a similar response this year. One of last year’s winners, Louise Walsh of Nelson Tree Specialists, is promoting, encouraging and assisting businesses with the entry process which has been split into two stages this year.

“We are asking people to register their entry by filling out a very simple online form before June 30. This enables the chamber to provide assistance and advice leading up to the close of formal entries on September 23.”

The awards are free to enter and open to any local businesses including non-chamber members and not-for-profit organisations.

“We know there are lots of interesting businesses achieving some really good things around the region. The awards provide a great opportunity for them to bring focus to goals, benchmark themselves against other industries, promote their work and celebrate their success.

“We are particularly lucky to have a team of highly experienced and knowledgeable judges who are well qualified to assess entries and provide useful feedback to entrants.”

The judging panel for this year’s awards includes Pitt and Moore law firm partner Anissa Bain, former Smokehouse Café owner and 2001 Supreme Award Winner Viv Fox, Accountant Alan Hinton, Tasman Bay Foods owner and 2007 Supreme Award Winner Brian Hirst and Nelson Airport chairman Paul Steere.

Click here to see Nelson Mail article and video on entering this year’s awards.

Click here for more information on the awards and entry registration.

Click here to book tickets to the awards night