The New Zealand King Salmon team celebrating winning the Nelson Pine Industries Supreme Business Award at the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Photo: Supplied.

King Salmon crowned at business awards

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New Zealand King Salmon has come away with the supreme award at the Nelson Pine Industries Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The judges said they were blown away with King Salmon’s national and international success.

“Their brands are incredibly strong and are sought after by restaurants all over the world.”

They were impressed with the degree of value and support King Salmon brought to the Nelson region, particularly all the local businesses they engage with. The judges said it was remarkable that a Nelson business now supplies over 50 percent of the world’s king salmon.

“A fabulous showcase of local organisations doing great things in the region,” is how Ali Boswijk, CEO of the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce described Saturday’s event at the Trafalgar Centre.

A record number of 560 people from the region’s business community attended the evening’s awards dinner.

Digital content creators Lumiere won the Nelson Weekly/Waimea Weekly Emerging Business Award

The judges described Lumiere as an exciting emerging business that is fast making a mark in their industry.

Marahau-based Abel Tasman EcoTours won the Small Business Award. Whenua Iti Outdoors won the Medium Business Award with the judges saying the company demonstrated a strong focus on their social impact and their reason for being.

The Clever Business Award went to FuturEcology and its EmGuard – a bio-degradable plant guard made from 70 percent recycled cardboard.

The Community Impact Award went to Hearing Nelson for delivering practical services as well as a variety of educational programmes to local communities.

Birgit Neumann won Businessperson of the Year after founding Study Nelson with her husband David, 20 years ago. The company has a vision of creating benefits for schools and income to Nelson families through international students.

Young Businessperson of the Year went to Ben Coman, who at 34, heads the Coman Group of businesses which includes interests across construction, scaffolding, property investment and land development.