ROCK & ROLL! BUILDLINK GOES "BACK TO THE FUTURE"

By NZHJ June 05, 2019 Industry news

Themed “Back to the Future”, BuildLink’s Annual Conference (sponsored by Steel & Tube and GIB) and Supplier Trade Show was based at the Distinction Rotorua over 29-31 May.

BuildLink celebrated its first 10 years in Taupo in April last year.

For 2019, the co-op stayed in the central North Island but moved to the sulphurous climes of Rotorua.

Themed “Back to the Future”, BuildLink’s Annual Conference (sponsored by Steel & Tube and GIB) and Supplier Trade Show was based at the Distinction Rotorua over 29-31 May.

Proceedings kicked off on the Wednesday with group conference sessions presented by Grant Boddington of business development specialists Mind Mechanics and Jeremy Wilson of industry recruitment experts Build People, followed that night by dinner at Skyline Rotorua.

Thursday morning, delegates spent time taking in the extensive BuildLink Trade Show, while the evening brought a 1980s-themed dinner (see the photos!) and the promise of a very-80s live band (The Monroes) to close off the day.

With Ben Hurley as MC, this was also the moment for BuildLink members and suppliers to be recognised.

The 2019 award winners were:

  • The BuildLink Attitude Award – BuildLink Selwyn
  • Store of the Year (up to $2m turnover) – East Taratahi Building Supplies
  • Store of the Year ($2-4m) – Peppers Building Supplies
  • Store of the Year ($4m+) – Hautapu Rural Supplies
  • Store of the Year (voted by suppliers) – Matamata Timber & Hardware
  • Premier Supplier of the Year – MSL / Fortress Fasteners
  • Supreme Store of the Year – Cocky’s Corner

See the July issue of NZ Hardware Journal for a full report!

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