With the end of the year approaching, it is timely to reflect on the accomplishments of the West Coast business community.

This year we were able to celebrate some of our successful local businesses at the DWC Leading Light Business Excellence Awards, with Coastpak Besgrow taking out the Supreme Award, and West Coast Scenic Waterways winning the Rising Star Award.

2018 has also seen many West Coast businesses winning awards on the national stage. Most recently BP2Go Greymouth took home the Employer Award at the Attitude Awards in Auckland, demonstrating you do not have to be cutthroat to be successful in business – being good Coasters works.

The innovation and achievements of our business community are forcing the national media to take notice. This year has seen Coast businesses splashed across magazine covers, national newspaper articles and television news stories.

The Government recently announced a $140 million investment package for the West Coast from their Provincial Growth Fund. This package will provide a significant boost to our region.

It is great to see these investments are playing not only to our historic strengths, but also looking towards the future by supporting our emerging industries.

Not everyone may agree with the particulars of all of these investments, but at the end of the day it is a large injection of cash into the West Coast economy that will only benefit the region, and there are more to come.

With the achievements of our business community and the boost to our economy from the PGF, things are looking bright for the West Coast. At DWC we look forward to working with you to continue this momentum into the coming year.

DWC wishes you all a Merry Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year.

Chris Mackenzie | Chief executive

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