The Northland Chamber of Commerce has opened nominations for the 2018 More FM Customer Choice Awards and the Ministry of Social Development He Poutama Taitamariki (Youth Employee of the Year) Award, and for admission to the Northern Advocate Business Hall of Fame.

Judging of this year's Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards has already begun.

Nominations for the customer choice and youth awards will be accepted online until September 21, with the presentations scheduled for Forum North in Whangārei on October 26.

Two More FM Customer Choice Awards will be presented, for excellence in both retail and service provision, recognising businesses and staff whose contributions and achievements have made them stand out from the crowd, symbolising high standards of commitment and service.

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Businesses wishing to encourage their customers to nominate them will be able to download a digital media kit from the awards website to assist with promotion on their social media channels and website.

Public nominations can be made lodged at www.northlandbusinessawards.co.nz.

The Ministry of Social Development He Poutama Taitamariki (Youth Employee of the Year) Award is a new category, designed to acknowledge a young person's achievement in demonstrating excellence in their work and contribution to their workplace, while also recognising the role of the employer in creating conditions for success and sustainability.

Nominees must live in Northland, or at least be undertaking education, training or employment in the region, be between 18 and 25 on July 1 this year, have previously received a benefit over the previous two or three years, have been in sustained employment for at least 12 months, and have a training and/or professional development plan.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are being accepted at www.northlandbusinessawards.co.nz, via the online form or by uploading a video entry.
Admission to the Northern Advocate Northland Business Hall of Fame recognises those who, during their business careers, have demonstrated service both to their industry and to the greater Northland community. Nominees do not need to still be living or operating in Northland, but must have a strong connection with the region, and, if living outside Northland, that connection should be widely known.

"If there is someone who you believe deserves nominating, please forward their details to the chamber (awards@northchamber.co.nz), along with a short paragraph as to why they should be inducted," CEO Tony Collins said.