West Coast cookie makers, contractors and everyone in between will be celebrated at the prestigious Development West Coast Leading Light Business Excellence Awards later this month.

The awards evening is one of the most significant events on the West Coast calendar and has been run by DWC since 2011. It was set up to ensure the region’s successful businesses - and the value of their contributions to the local economy - were appropriately acknowledged.

The awards will be held at Shantytown on October 26, when the winners in each of the eight main categories will be announced followed by the big reveal of the supreme winner.

DWC chief executive Chris Mackenzie says there are a range of categories to recognise businesses large and small, those who are well established, as well as newer organisations, and across varying sectors.

“This is one of the highlights of the year, and I am always so inspired to hear the stories of the people behind these successful businesses. Their contribution to the West Coast is essential and without their collective successes our region would not be growing,” Mr Mackenzie says.

“I would like to thank the sponsors who support DWC in running these awards. I am cognisant that the sponsorship dollar is hotly contested, and that so many of our key supporters are willing to put their names to this event time after time, shows the depth of commitment and belief there is in our region’s continued growth.”

One of the finalists in the Greymouth Star-sponsored Rising Star category is the West Coast Scenic Waterways Retreat. Owner Cindy Hopper says being in the mix is a fantastic opportunity.

“Being selected as a finalist for the Leading Light Awards is truly both a humbling and exhilarating experience. Should we be honoured enough to win our section, it will belong to so many dedicated volunteers and organisations that have helped and mentored us all the way,” she says.

In the Duncan Cotterill-sponsored Large Enterprise category, contracting firm Fulton Hogan will be battling for top honours. Network Outcomes Contract (NOC) manager Peter Anderson says the recognition is important for each and every staff member.

“Fulton Hogan and the entire West Coast NOC Team are very excited to be selected as a finalist. We view this as not just an acknowledgement of the nine West Coast companies that comprise the NOC, but most importantly recognition of the approximately 90 local team members who work tirelessly to ensure the West Coast State Highway Network is maintained in the best possible condition.”

The guest speaker for the awards is internationally recognised thought-leader and keynote speaker Graham Dockrill. The awards will also feature popular TVNZ news anchor Peter Williams as MC.

The full list of finalists is as follows:

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