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NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 VOLUME 25: ISSUE 11 WWW.WBN.CO.NZ FACEBOOK.COM/WAIKATOBUSINESSNEWS New digs Businesses celebrate move to Wiseman Central P6 Glitzy affair Waikato’s top businesses recognised at awards P22 Quiet achiever Tidd Ross Todd racks up 50 years in business P28 Waikato’s supreme business for 2017, Foster Construction hopes to further encourage a trend of generosity to staff and the community among the region’s businesses. From left, Foster Construction commercial manager Leonard Gardner, estimating lead and director Ross Pacey, construction manager Adam Findlay, finance manager Lee Patchett and general manager Nigel Sun (Photo: Chris Hillock Photographer). Foster’s out to create ‘a great community’ By GEOFF TAYLOR The iconic construction company is not only associated with completing high profile projects but for its community focus, typified by its creation of a charitable trust from which a percentage of its profits will go to be distributed to the community. Commercial manager Leonard Gardner says being recognised as the Business of the Year in Waikato in 2017 is a massive accolade and with it comes the responsibility to keep growing as a business. Foster’s was awarded both the Strategy and Planning Award and overall Supreme Business of the Year at the Westpac Waikato Business Awards dinner in November. “My biggest buzz was seeing the faces of the team when it was announced,” says Leonard. “We have a team that is so engaged and so excited. It’s going to encourage our team further.” The company’s catch cry is “creating a great community”. As well as ensuring it treats its 150 staff well, Foster’s will next year ask those employees to give away $500 of the company’s profits to a community organisation which is important to each of them. Furthermore, in April, Foster Construction created the Foster Construction Custodians Trust from which a percentage of its profits will go for distribution to the community in various forms. Leonard, a chartered accountant who joined Foster Construction in 2003 and bought into it in 2006, stresses Waikato has a proud tradition of community-oriented businesses. “What we are doing is not Continued on page 3 Banner Westpac Waikato Business Awards_PRINT FINAL.indd 2 16/11/2017 1:37:42 p.m.
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