Westpac Gisborne Business Excellence Awards open again

Awards held every two years celebrate all good about local business, entrepreneurship and success.

Awards held every two years celebrate all good about local business, entrepreneurship and success.

IT'S time for local businesses to think about entering the Westpac Gisborne Business Excellence Awards 2017.

The Activate Tairawhiti and Westpac co-hosted awards are held every two years and celebrate all that is good about local business, entrepreneurship and success.

Entries open in April, and close late May, with judging done throughout July and August. Finalists will be announced mid-September, with the awards presentation and dinner later that month.

Coordinator Prue Younger said businesses that enter the prestigious awards could gain much.

“Every year we hear such positive feedback from businesses that have entered, and often they are surprised at just how beneficial it is for them to look so holistically about how they operate and the heart of what they do,” Ms Younger said.

“As well as plenty of exposure and recognition, it gives businesses a chance to be benchmarked against top performers across industry sectors.

“There are also lots of business and networking opportunities, reviews of their performance by judges and other experts, entering identifies core strengths and competitive advantages, it gives owners an independent peer group assessment and of course, there is the chance of winning.”

Two new categories have been added for 2017: start up business excellence and health and wellbeing excellence.

The manufacturing excellence sector now includes technology.

Previous supreme winners of the Gisborne Business Excellence Awards include East Coast Farm Vets (2012), Eastland Group (2013) and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti (2015).

TV personality and raconteur Te Radar is the Master of Ceremonies for the awards night, which is being held at the Farmers Air Showgrounds Event Centre on Friday 29 September, with seating capacity of 500.

IT'S time for local businesses to think about entering the Westpac Gisborne Business Excellence Awards 2017.

The Activate Tairawhiti and Westpac co-hosted awards are held every two years and celebrate all that is good about local business, entrepreneurship and success.

Entries open in April, and close late May, with judging done throughout July and August. Finalists will be announced mid-September, with the awards presentation and dinner later that month.

Coordinator Prue Younger said businesses that enter the prestigious awards could gain much.

“Every year we hear such positive feedback from businesses that have entered, and often they are surprised at just how beneficial it is for them to look so holistically about how they operate and the heart of what they do,” Ms Younger said.

“As well as plenty of exposure and recognition, it gives businesses a chance to be benchmarked against top performers across industry sectors.

“There are also lots of business and networking opportunities, reviews of their performance by judges and other experts, entering identifies core strengths and competitive advantages, it gives owners an independent peer group assessment and of course, there is the chance of winning.”

Two new categories have been added for 2017: start up business excellence and health and wellbeing excellence.

The manufacturing excellence sector now includes technology.

Previous supreme winners of the Gisborne Business Excellence Awards include East Coast Farm Vets (2012), Eastland Group (2013) and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti (2015).

TV personality and raconteur Te Radar is the Master of Ceremonies for the awards night, which is being held at the Farmers Air Showgrounds Event Centre on Friday 29 September, with seating capacity of 500.

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