The Westpac Northland Business Champions 2020 awards took place at Forum North on Friday night, 6 November. In a year impacted by drought, Covid-19 and flooding, this one-off special event gave Northlander’s a chance to shine a light on those businesses and business people in their communities who displayed champion qualities such as leadership, community mindedness, innovation and resilience.
Over 2500 individual nominations were received for 244 Northland businesses and individuals across five business categories and eight specialist categories. Finalists were selected based on the number of nominations, and then an independent panel of judges had the difficult task of choosing the category winners and the ultimate Westpac Northland Business Champion – Supreme Leadership winner.
Steve Smith, NorthChamber CEO said, “It has been heart-warming and inspiring to read about the business champions in our region. Feedback from the nominations indicates we are a business community of pro-active, resilient, creative, adaptable, and kind folk. Our future success lies in more of the same.”