The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards were held in Timaru.
It was a sell-out evening of celebration. A wide range of top quality businesses, covering the whole economic spectrum of South Canterbury were featured. Every category from Emerging Business through Hospitality, Tourism, Manufacturing, Primary Produce, Retail, Construction and Service was well represented. It is always a pleasure to be involved in these events and see what really does make up the regional business matrix. As a judge, I was especially impressed this year with the number of finalists that emanated from the smaller regional communities of South Canterbury. On the way home I did some secret shopping at the Fairlie Bakehouse, one of this year’s winners. Situated on the main street of Fairlie, with a top quality bakery offering, it is well worth a stop if you are passing through.