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Nominations open for the 2023 Business Night Out

Council’s biggest night out, showcasing the best in business is coming up on 26 October. The Bayleys Business Night Out celebrates business success in Matamata-Piako.

Nominations are now open for:

  • Trades, Manufacturing and Primary Industries;
  • Consumer Services (Retail, Tourism and Hospitality);
  • Professional Services; and
  • New and Emerging Business

Each of the category winners will then be eligible to become the Matamata-Piako Bayleys Supreme Business Award winner.   

All entries into the business category awards will be scrutinized by our elite panel of judges

“Our judging panel will no doubt have a huge challenge on their hands,” commented Mayor Adrienne Wilcock. “We know Matamata-Piako is home to an amazing, thriving business community.”    

Joining these award categories will be the highly contested Fonterra People’s Choice Awards - one for each of the three towns in the district, which goes to public vote. Last year over 2000 online votes were received, with the finalists sitting neck and neck until the last-minute.

“This community is well known for providing a warm welcome, which is what makes the Fonterra People's Choice Award so hotly contested. I encourage you to get behind your favourite businesses and get your nominations in." 

Each year Council invites an inspirational speaker as part of the awards ceremony and we are excited to welcome Dr Michelle Dickinson. As a keynote speaker, Michelle loves to speak on the future of education and work, innovation & technology, change management, STEM and entrepreneurship - you can read more about her at

The event wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship and Mayor Adrienne said she was thrilled to see businesses supporting business to help make the night come together.

“We are pleased to welcome back our sponsors Bayleys, Fonterra, Mediaworks and Cooperaitken whose support really does make the Business Night Out possible.”     

Entry and nomination forms are available online only and nominations are now open - you can nominate a business here

Nominations for People’s Choice close 8 September 2023 and category entries close 29 September 2023.