13 May 2015

Southland Business Excellence celebrated at awards launch

The Southland Times

Attracting talent into Southland was one of the main messages given to Southland businesses at the launch of the Southland Business Excellence Awards.

The awards were launched in Invercargill last night at a function at the Southland Chamber of Commerce.

Guest speaker, 2013 Supreme Award winner and EIS chief executive Dean Addie spoke at the event. Earlier this week he said he would encourage Southland businesses to enter the awards after his win gave EIS a lot of pride and marketing exposure.

Southland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sarah Hannan said the important thing about the awards was attracting talent into the region.

“We need to showcase the best that Southland has to offer in business, and we need to strive for excellence and innovation.”

There was a lot of energy in business in Southland, despite the difficult time for the dairy industry, she said.

“It’s important that we [Southland] seek economic diversity, so we’re not reliant on one industry in the future.”

The launch was attended by representatives from throughout Southland, which Hannan hoped would reflect in the awards.

“There are a lot of professionals who will hopefully be telling their clients about the awards and encouraging other businesses to enter the awards.”

Winning a business award was a good way to promote a Southland business, she said.

“It’s a very good process for a business to go through because you learn a lot about your business and its direction.

“Equally, that recognition and success attracts successful people and talent and that’s a big driver for the economy.”

The Southland Business Excellence Awards are also being launched in Gore, at the Westpac branch on May 13 at 5:30pm, and at the Te Anau Westpac branch on May 14 at 5:30pm.

Entries are open until August 3, to register interest email

The awards, which are held every two years, will be held on September 25 at the Ascot Park Hotel.