Celebrating businesses

Entries are now open for the 2018 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards, and organisers are encouraging Kaipara businesses to get onboard.

A Northland Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman says at this stage there has only been a small amount of interest from Kaipara businesses and traditionally numbers from the Kaipara area have been low.

“There will be a workshop to help entrants through the process in Dargaville June 12, from 12–3pm at your business. Entering is a great tool to improve businesses and increase their profile, and we have a category for any business,” she said. New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Northland CEO, Tony Collins, says judges are looking forward to meeting the 2018 entrants as they support them through the entry process.

“The awards are a fantastic tool to help business owners identify their strengths and weaknesses while developing their business model for future opportunities. It’s all about celebrating business success in Northland.” There is no cost to enter the awards and entrants do not need to be a member of the chamber.

“There are a number of opportunities for businesses to raise their profile and inspire their employees throughout the entry process. We enjoy seeing the entrants come together at the various networking opportunities and share their successes and ideas. There are many benefits for entrants and category winners, who will receive a marketing and media package valued at over $2,500 to promote their win and add value back into the business,” said Mr Collins.

Businesses from the not-for-profit, innovation and creative industries are also celebrated alongside the business categories. Entrants are encouraged to attend a free awards workshop or arrange a one-to-one meeting at their business, to gain insight and tips on how to prepare their entry and learn more about what the judges are looking for. 

“The awards have celebrated winners from all over the region and from a range of sectors over the last 40 years. We are always left inspired by the passion business owners express as they share their story of doing business in Northland,” says Mr Collins.  Entries and nominations for the Business Awards Categories opened on April 23 and close on Tuesday, July 31.


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