Whangārei's Clements Contractors Ltd was the Supreme 2018 Westpac Northland Business of the Year and was also the winner of the Vodafone Excellence in Business Large Business Award.

The company was handed the top gong at the business awards' gala dinner held at Forum North last night.

Businesses from throughout Northland submitted 46 unique entries to the awards across five business categories, seven ancillary categories and an overall supreme winner.

Clements Contractors Ltd was the Supreme 2018 Westpac Northland Business of the Year and was also the winner of the Vodafone Excellence in Business Large Business Award.

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The judges said: ''Clements Contractors has developed a great vision for its future. The owners of the business are clearly encouraging employees to be actively involved with decision making and responsibility for achieving goals.

''Everyone seems to understand where the company is heading and what is expected of them. But above all, there is a strong 'one team' culture which gives you the sense that this is a great place to work.''

Clements Contractors is involved in contracting, quarrying, landscaping and supplies and over the past three decades has expanded its holdings to include four quarries in widespread locations.

At the 2017 CCNZ Northland Construction Awards the company was winner of the Construction Projects Over $1 million category.

Tony Collins from the NZ Chambers of Commerce Northland said that, as always, it's great to see what these amazing businesses are doing in our region and to celebrate business success.

''The standard continues to get better every year and no matter what the size, structure or nature of the enterprise, they were all committed to making their business a success,'' Collins said.

The Northern Advocate Business Hall of Fame inductee this year was businessman and four-times former Whangārei Mayor Stan Semenoff in recognition of his contribution to Northland business.

Full results and photos from the 2018 Westpac Northland Business of the Year awards will be in Wednesday's Northern Advocate.