Local Exports to Be Given A Higher Profile

Exporting businesses are to be highlighted in a new category available in this year’s Electra Business Awards for Kāpiti and Horowhenua.

It is estimated there are about a hundred businesses exporting from the Nature Coast.

“NZ Trade and Enterprise’s support of this local export award category recognises both the need to build our foreign exchange earnings as a country and also the opportunity to recognise and salute those companies that through their creativity and energy are out there doing it,” according to the Regional Economic Development Manager for NZTE, Mark Hargreaves.

It is thirteen years since the Electra business awards last featured an export category and it is being re-introduced this year because it is a growing sector in the region.

It’ll be one of eleven categories that will be open for entry in May, with the awards announced on Friday 1 October.

In the meantime, organiser, Business Kāpiti Horowhenua is ensuring that its entry and judging systems continue to be robust by selecting appropriate people to be independent judges and assessors and with a review of the entry process almost complete.

The information website is already available at www.electra.co.nz/businessawards and will be updated regularly