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Supreme Winner

Sponsored by Fosters Construction

Winners from Micro Business, Service Excellence, Business Growth, Innovation, International Trade, Marketing, Sustainability and People & Culture are all in contention to become 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.

CEO of the Year

Sponsored by The University of Waikato

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 in the T&Cs. 

Emerging Leader of the Year

Sponsored by 2degrees

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

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

Small Business

Sponsored by Sleepyhead

Recognises excellence in organisations with an annual turnover up to and including $1 million 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 $1 million excl GST.

For Purpose

Sponsored by Trust Waikato

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 (can be a combination of paid staff and volunteers), with verification of charitable status.

Innovation

Sponsored by Company-X

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 $1 million excl GST.

Marketing

Sponsored by Kiwibank

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
$1 million excl GST. Whilst 3rd parties may have created and assisted in completing the project relating to this entry, the organisation entered must be the beneficiary.

Business Growth & Strategy 

Sponsored by Deloitte

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 $1 million excl GST.

Service Excellence

Sponsored by Tompkins Wake 

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 $1 million excl GST.

Community Contribution

Sponsored by Montana Food and Events 

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

Sponsored by Skypoint 

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 $1 million excl GST.

Sustainability

Sponsored by Wintec Te Pūkenga

Recognises organisations, be they commercial or charitable, 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.

People & Culture

Sponsored by Hamilton Airport

Recognises a business that has demonstrated strategies and initiatives to create a stimulating, high performing and supportive workplace environment to maximise the full potential of its team and create a values-based culture.

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

 

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