WAIKATO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AWARDS SUPPORTED BY FOSTER CONSTRUCTION GROUP 2021

WAIKATO BUSINESS AWARDS UNDERWAY FOR 2021

The Waikato Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Foster Construction Group as the new primary sponsor for the upcoming 2021 Business Awards, entries for the 2021 Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Awards are now open!

The Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Awards are a celebration of the strong business community we have in the Waikato. The Awards are open to any business based in the Waikato, and there are categories for small to large businesses, in a range of fields including Service Excellence, Marketing & Social Media, and Community Contribution. The full list of categories is displayed below
Entries are now closed, and judging is taking place. 

The Judging Process

The judging panel consists of over 20 Waikato business leaders, and takes place over two stages.
In the first stage, the judges will review your written application and decide which businesses will progress to stage 2.
Stage two includes a site visit, this will take about 2 hours. The judges will ask questions including about your application, your business, and anything else they might find relevant.
The judges will then decide who the finalist and winners are for each category and supply feedback which will be shared with your after the gala dinner. 

The Gala Dinner

A highlight on the business calendar, The Waikato Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala Dinner will be taking place on the 12th November 2021. 
This black tie event is an opportunity to celebrate the success of business in the Waikato, the awards ceremony takes place around a beautiful three course meal designed specially by Montana Food & Events at the Claudelands event centre, one of Hamilton's best venues. 
Nothing is spared for the evening, you will enter the Gala Dinner via a red carpet and a glass of champagne on arrival to really set the mood of the evening. 

Expression of Interest - Waikato Business Awards Gala Dinner

If you would like to be notified when tickets for the Waikato Business Awards Gala Dinner are available, please complete this form and we will let you know. 

The Gala dinner will be taking place on the 12th November.

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Micro Business


Recognises excellence in organisations with an annual turnover up to and including $1million per year, which have achieved overall significant growth or performance as a result of effective planning and delivery.

Entry requirements Minimum 1.5 full time equivalent employees and an annual turnover up to and including $1million excl GST.

Not for Profit


Recognises excellence in organisations that apply commercial strategies to maximise improvements in community wellbeing, reinvesting profit or surplus from trade to achieve its social mission.

Entry requirements Minimum 1.5 full time equivalent employees, with verification of charitable status.

Innovation Award

This category recognises organisations that have enhanced their success through innovation - both in thinking and implementing of an idea. An innovation can be in a product/service/technology or process.

Entry requirements Minimum 2 full time equivalent employees and annual turnover in excess of $1million excl GST.

Marketing & Social Media

This category recognises businesses that show an outstanding example of a marketing project where research was used to validate performance. Examples of performance include increasing customer loyalty, retention, satisfaction, profitability and/or brand awareness.

Entry requirements Minimum 2 full time equivalent employees and annual turnover in excess of
$1million excl GST. Whilst 3rd parties may have created and assisted in completing the project relating to this entry, the organization entered must be the beneficiary.

Business Growth & Strategy

This category recognises organisations that have achieved significant business growth during the last two years as a result of effective strategic planning and actioned delivery.

Entry requirements Minimum 2 full time equivalent employees and annual turnover of at least $1million excl GST.

Service Excellence


This category recognises organisations that have succeeded through showing consistent dedication to superlative service and demonstrates its commitment to the customer through its service policy, staff training and/or other specific means.

Entry requirements Minimum 2 full time equivalent employees and annual turnover in excess of $1million excl GST.

Community Contribution


Recognises organisations whose ongoing work or specific project(s) have resulted in outcomes to the community which are visionary, have high impact and are transformative, embodying the qualities that define excellence in contribution. This includes outstanding generosity, creativity, innovation, commitment and courage.

Entry requirements Minimum 2 full time equivalent employees and annual turnover in excess of $500,000 excl GST.

International Trade


Recognises businesses that successfully work within, and captures the benefits of, the global market, demonstrating outstanding International Trade achievements, sustainable growth and results.

Entry requirements Minimum 2 full time equivalent employees and annual turnover in excess of $1million excl GST.

Social & Environmental Sustainability

Recognises organisations that embrace sustainable practices in daily operations that reduce the impact on the environment and or provide product or services that have positive environmental and or social outcomes.

Entry requirements: Minimum 2 full time equivalent employees and an annual turnover in excess of $500,000 excl GST.

Emerging Leader of the Year

Recognising emerging leaders, who have significantly contributed to an organization.

Entry requirements Minimum 2 full time equivalent employees and annual turnover in excess of
$500,000 excl GST.

CEO of the Year


Recognises Chief Executives/ Managing Directors, who demonstrate exemplary leadership.
CEOs and MDs are evaluated based on criteria including; the performance of the company that they
lead, the extent to which they have contributed to the company’s performance, overall leadership
qualities and the esteem in which they are held by peers. 

Entry requirements can be found under how to enter. 


Supreme Award


Winners from Micro Business, Service Excellence, Business Growth, Innovation, International Trade, Marketing & Social Media, Social & Environmental, are all in contention to be the next Supreme Winner. 

Judges select the best of the best and award them with the ultimate golden trophy.  Winners join the prestigious list of others who have been before them.





Awards proudly supported by

PREVIOUS WESTPAC WAIKATO BUSINESS AWARD WINNERS

 

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