The 2017 Westpac Tauranga Business Awards were launched at a prestigious function at Farmer Auto Village on Thursday 25th May.
The 2017 Westpac Tauranga Business Awards are our region’s premier event to celebrate business success and to shine the light on those businesses and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Tauranga business community in the last 12 months.
This year there are 12 categories of Awards providing plenty of scope to businesses of all sizes and from different sectors. In 2017 we see the reinstatement of an Emerging Business Award to recognise those businesses who are less than three years old. Once again there are special categories of recognition in sustainable business practices, customer service, digital innovation and workplace safety.
Online entries open from Monday 5th June – considerably earlier than in previous years – to give entrants plenty of time to make the decision to enter and to put together a strong application.
According to Awards Coordinator Anne Pankhurst, this year’s theme is “Bravery.” “It takes a lot of bravery to go into business, continue in business and grow – sometimes against the odds; and then to enter something like the Business Awards where you are putting yourself on the line and opening up your business to the scrutiny of outside judges and their feedback”, says Anne. “These businesses are the true heroes of our community, and we want to acknowledge them for their bravery as well as their initiative.”
Chamber chief executive Stan Gregec added that the benefits of entering were far greater than just the honour of winning a category or of even becoming the Westpac Business of the Year. “A lot of entrants get a huge additional boost just by going through the process, and having the opportunity to be benchmarked with their peers, as well as to get valuable feedback from the judges.”
“Others have talked about the positive team experience through participation. “It’s a chance to pull together as a team and aim for a target. Whether you succeed or not on your first attempt, there’s a real buzz in being part of the journey together. Sometimes it might take two or three attempts to get to the final destination. It’s still hugely worth it”, says Stan.
This year’s 2017 Westpac Tauranga Business Awards winners will be announced at a gala dinner at ASB Baypark on 10th November. That gives entrants plenty of time to get their entries in, and to be supported along the way by attending workshops and getting tips from previous entrants.
You don’t even need to take the first step yourself. Any business can be nominated by their professional service provider (e.g. accountant, lawyer, bank, consultant).
For further information, and to access the online registration form, visit: www.businessawards.org.nz
or contact: Anne Pankhurst, Business Awards Coordinator, Tauranga Chamber of Commerce at: [email protected] or tel: 577 8955