Tuesday, 25 June 2019


Success for local businesses at Hauraki/Coromandel Business Awards

The 2018 Hauraki/Coromandel Business Awards winners were announced at a gala ceremony at Puka Park Resort in Pauanui on Thursday evening last week. Two Whitianga businesses were among the finalists.

Guthrie Bowron Whitianga received a Special Commendation in the “Retail” category, the judges specifically mentioning the business’s focus on customer service and state-of-the-art showroom on Joan Gaskell Drive. The category winner, Read Bros Hardware in Thames, was also the winner of the overall Supreme Award.

Stilo Collective, a joint venture that was launched a year ago between hairdressing salon Stilo Hair & Co and fashion store Stilo Design Co, was announced as the winner of the “Emerging Business” category. The joint venture is situated in Monk Street and the judges were impressed with the way the two businesses work together under one roof.

“The community’s support of Stilo Collective in our first year has been phenomenal,” says Mary Ray, the owner of Stilo Hair & Co. “Winning the award this year is a testament to the hard work of all our staff. I would like to say a huge thankyou to Vickie Flynn of Stilo Design Co, my husband, Dan, for standing behind my crazy ideas, the wonderful girls at Stilo and, of course, all our clients.”

Vickie Flynn, the owner of Stilo Design Co, says the response of the local market has been the reason behind their success the past year. “Winning the ‘Best Emerging Business’ award has given me confirmation that we’re on the right track in providing a true destination experience for women locally and from out of town.

“It has been an exciting year teaming up with the girls from Stilo Hair Co. We couldn’t have done it without the support from our wonderful staff and the women of Whitianga. I also would like to thank my family for their support.”

In the top photo are the members of the Stilo Collective team who attended the gala ceremony on Thursday. In the bottom photo are the members of the Guthrie Bowron Whitianga team who attended the gala ceremony.



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