Enterprising Rural Women Awards 2015
words: joanne taylor images images: sandra johnson, boutique photography
It was a great thrill to win the Supreme Award at the national conference for Rural Women New Zealand held in Nelson in November. The Enterprising Rural Women Awards (ERWA) are now in their seventh year and attract a range of amazing businesses run by women in the rural sector throughout the country.
I WAS ENCOURAGED TO enter ERWA by the local Mid Canterbury Rural Women. In fact one of these ladies even brought the entry forms into the office for me to complete, such was their faith in me, which I did appreciate!
Entering a competition such as this is a good opportunity to review your business and stand back and look at how far you have come. At Latitude, we take great pride in the way we have grown and improved over our eight years in business.
Nothing is ever an overnight success. It is actually about a lot of hard work, and then a bit more, and sometimes a bit of good timing, but having or creating a good product with all of that hard work will stand you in good stead and be very satisfying.
I also believe in being passionate about your business – you have to be, as you literally live and breathe it, especially during the first five years. I am lucky to be able to do what I do and I am very aware that I can only do it with a fabulous team behind me. I would like to thank them all for their passion for Latitude and their hard work to get us to this point. My family also plays a hugely important role, providing strength, support and encouragement, for which I am extremely grateful.
The ERWA awards evening enabled us to meet some incredibly talented and passionate rural women who had also entered the competition. I was humbled to be a part of this vibrant group. There are four categories in the awards:
dynamic rural women who are contributing to their local communities through their entrepreneurial spirit. Chanelle Purser, the owner of Carvin Streetwear in Gore was awarded a Certificate for Emerging Enterprising Young Rural Woman. Bridget Canning of WizWireless Limited was also recognised for her contribution to rural telecommunications services for Wairarapa residents. The judges admired her dedication and ingenuity, and awarded her a Certificate of Special Recognition as an Enterprising Rural Woman.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Latitude advertising clients over the eight years for their support, the retailers who stock Latitude and, of course, you as our loyal and much-valued readers. Without you there would be no point! I look forward to continuing to bring you more great stories from around Canterbury about real people and real places.