Grant Kerr. Photo: File.

Business awards revamped


The Nelson Pine Industries Chamber of Commerce Business Awards has been recognising outstanding local companies for 30 years but now the organisers are changing it up to reflect a changing region.

Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce chief executive Grant Kerr says the team did a review of the awards last year and discovered there were areas which could be enhanced to greater showcase the work that businesses are doing.

The awards will now also look to acknowledge smaller and emerging businesses, including ones which have only been trading for 1-2 years. There is also a community impact award to encourage non-profits, charities and educational programmes to get the recognition they deserve.

“We know there are organisations that deserve to be recognised for the work they do but there is often not many ways to do that,” Grant says.

There is also a “clever business award” for a business that demonstrates an extraordinary business story as a result of “pure grit and clever thinking”.

“This could be an innovative or inventive approach to people, products or processes,” says Grant.

For the first time, the business awards will also recognise individuals with a young business person of the year and a business person of the year. “This award celebrates an extraordinary business person in the Nelson Tasman region who exhibits qualities that inspire our business community.”

Online entries open on April 12 and close in September before the awards ceremony in November.

“So there is plenty of time to do some serious thinking about your business,” says Grant.