Twenty-seven companies from industries as varied as software, fast food and high-tech manufacturing have been named as finalists in the 2012 New Zealand International Business Awards.

The awards are run by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the winners will be announced on March 21.

NZTE chief executive Peter Chrisp said it was fantastic to have 27 businesses representing a wide variety of industries and regions as finalists in the awards. "This year's finalists are using our country's world class technology, reputation and skills to develop high value brands and push out into new markets.

"These are ambitious, internationally focused businesses that New Zealanders should be proud of," Chrisp said.


Orion Health is one of nine finalists in the category for "Best Business Operating Internationally" with revenue of more than $50 million.

Orion Health chief executive Ian McCrae said the company has always set out to be a global organisation.

"It's the driving force behind everything we do, and it's fantastic to have our success recognised and be in the running for this award," he said.

Orion Health has direct sales operations in most major developed economies with the largest markets being the US, Canada, UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.


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