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Innovation and success will be celebrated at this year's Westpac Otago Business Awards next month.
Yesterday, the Otago Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists in the 16 award categories, saying there was a "significant'' number of high-calibre entries across the region.
"Some of the entries were well-known success stories and others were the stories of our quiet achievers,'' the chamber said.
The awards night will be held on November 30 at the Dunedin Town Hall.
The finalists are. -
Excellence in service: Challenge Marketing, Gallaway Cook Allan, Workplace First Aid Training.
Retail: Bedpost Dunedin, Life Pharmacy Dunedin, Mitre 10 Mega.
Distribution and logistics: Agility Logistics.
Primary industries: AbacusBio, Innovation Hives, Landpro.
Not-for profit: Football South, Otago Community Hospice Trust, Startup Dunedin.
Tourism and hospitality: Larnach Castle, Emerson's Brewery and Taproom, Vault 21.
Manufacturing and technology: Rocketwerkz, Scott Technology, United Machinists.
International business award: AbacusBio, First Table, Scott Technology.
Emerging business award: Contego Systems, Mataora Health Centre, The Central App.
Marketing and promotion: Firebrand, Life Pharmacy Dunedin, NZ Ski.
Sustainable business: Pioneer Energy, Vanguard Speciality Coffee, Cargill Enterprises.
Maori business: Let's Go Fitness, Te Kaika.
Innovation: Otago Museum, Otago Polytechnic, Photonic Innovations.
Future business leader: Sarah Ramsey (Immersion Ventures), Kate Scott (Landpro), Samantha Botting (Otago Museum).
Business integrity: ABSolute Health and Fitness, Emerson's Brewery and Taproom, McDonald's Dunedin.
H&S impact: Emerson's Brewery and Taproom, Pure Services.