Waipa’s Premier Business Awards
Cambridge and Te Awamutu Chambers of Commerce, convene the Waipa Business Awards – the premier business event in the Waipa region. The Waipa Business Awards aim to encourage and support businesses in their quest for success through sustainable growth, development and excellence.
The 2018 winners were revealed at this year’s fabulous Gala finale hosted at Mystery Creek and we are super keen to share some of the highlights with you.
With 425 attendees and over 70 different businesses represented, there was an awesome cross-section of Waipa and Raglan businesses in attendance.
We have picked out some great photos and included our highlights video below, to give you a taste of what the event was like.
You can also view the full list of winners via the Awards website – 2018 winners and all photos can be viewed via our online portal – 2018 Awards photos, courtesy of Amy Bell Photography.
Launch of the Waipa Networks Business Awards 2018!
5 April 5:45pm – 7:00pm at Mystery Creek Events Centre
Join award nominees, past entrants, winners, judges and our sponsorship partners for an informative
and fun evening, where you can learn more about how your business can become a winner!
Light refreshments provided – with some fun spot prizes!
Free to attend. Please RSVP by 26 March 2018 via www.waipabusinessawards.co
Chamber Team at the Waipa Networks 2017 Business Awards
To view or purchase photographs of the event please visit Barker Photography
Winners of the Waipa Networks 2017 Business Awards
The winners of the Waipa Networks 2017 Business Awards were announced at the Gala Awards Dinner, held at Mystery Creek Events Centre on Friday 18 August.
Attended by more than 370 people, including Waipa District Mayor Jim Mylchreest, Hon. Louise Upston (MP for Taupo), Barbara Kuriger (MP for Taranaki-King Country) and Andrew Little (Labour List MP)
Excited finalists, colleagues, friends, clients, family, mentors and advisors gathered to celebrate business success in Waipa and Raglan. The exceptional quality of entries into the Awards created a great contest between a diverse range of businesses, resulting in the judges awarding joint winners in two categories.
Malcolm Phillipps (FCIM) – Director of Marketing & External Engagement, Waikato Management School said:
“The University of Waikato Management School is privileged to be involved with the Waipa Business Awards in 2017 – the ongoing business potential and growth within the Waipa and Raglan areas is incredibly exciting, whether it be in retail, hospitality, tourism, service or manufacturing.”
Adam Fletcher, CEO Waipa Networks said, “Being customer owned, we are motivated to provide high levels of service at competitive prices and committed to providing essential infrastructure to help build the wealth of business and the community. The Waipa Networks Business Awards aligns and supports successful business.
New Zealand National Fieldays Society Inc. CEO Peter Nation said “As a major business and economic contributor to the Waikato, we were delighted to support Waipa’s premier business event by hosting the region’s top businesses and people at our Mystery Creek Events Centre venue for the 2017 awards evening. Huge congratulations must go out to not just the winners on the night, but all finalists as it is a significant achievement to be recognised for their excellence at this level”.
This is the third year Raglan has participated in the Waipa Networks Business Awards. Morgan Morris, Co-Chair of Raglan Chamber of Commerce said “the opportunity for Raglan to participate in these Awards has inspired many businesses and the benefit for the overall Raglan community is significant.”
Our congratulations go to all entrants, finalists and winners, who invested themselves in the Awards process to measure their business against the best businesses in the region.
Thank you to our family of dedicated Sponsors and Event Partners whose support and commitment clearly demonstrates their belief in the pursuit of excellence in business and enables the Awards to take place.
To find out more about the awards or to view photos, please visit www.waipabusinessawards.co.nz
Winners of the Waipa Networks 2017 Business Awards are:
|Sponsor: Rocketspark||EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – SOLE TRADER|
|Winner||The Stakeholder Agent|
|Sponsor: NZME.||EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – NEW AND EMERGING|
|Joint Winners||Alpha Street Kitchen & Bar|
|Sponsor: Te Awamutu Courier||EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – SMALL BUSINESS|
|Winner||Mint Beauty Therapy|
|Sponsor: Cambridge Edition||EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – MEDIUM BUSINESS|
|Winner||No. 8 HR|
|Highly Commended||Gener8 Solutions|
|Sponsor: NZ National Fieldays Society Inc.||EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – LARGE BUSINESS|
|Winner:||Xtreme Zero Waste|
“As a University, we’ve enjoyed the opportunity to play a part in recognising some of the great businesses involved in this success, through both our judging, as well as our sponsorship of the emerging business leader of the year award. Congratulations to all the finalists – the energy and growing success of businesses in the Waipa and Raglan areas is clearly evident.” said Malcolm Phillipps (FCIM) – Director of Marketing & External Engagement, Waikato Management School.
EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION is selected from the finalists in the Excellence in Business categories. These businesses demonstrate consistent excellence in sustainability across the award criteria and proven community contribution as an integral part of business.
|Sponsor: CSC Buying Group||SUSTAINABILITY AND COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION|
|Winner:||Xtreme Zero Waste|
David Slone, General Manager, CSC Buying Group said “We are honoured to be asked to be associated with this award. For us, building richer communities us more than just our tag line. As a buying group, we are in business to save SMES money, helping with their ongoing financial viability. As a social enterprise, we are about giving money back to our communities.
Doing good and being a successful business can go hand in hand. I want to acknowledge all of the finalists in this category, in fact everyone who put their business forward for it. By being successful and doing good, you will make our community a much better place.”
EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION is selected from the finalists in the Excellence in Business categories. This category requires the utilisation and implementation of digital innovation and technology through the use of digital tools and the internet to enhance business performance and customer experience.
|Sponsor: Investwaipa.co.nz||DIGITAL STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION|
|Joint Winners:||Jigsaw Professional Development|
Jigsaw Professional Development is a learning and development providing bespoke events, catering to client’s individual needs, working collaboratively, and seeing real results.
The judges considered Jigsaw had impressive international reach with a strong use of digital platforms.
Nova Healthcare is a specialist nursing, caregiving and health consultancy agency providing registered nurses, caregivers and consultants to hospitals, resthomes and private clients to assist with specialist care in facilities and at home, particularly for palliative care.
The judges were impressed with Nova’s application of digital technologies in order to achieve business goals.
WAIPA NETWORKS 2017 BUSINESS AWARDS – SUPREME OVERALL WINNER
The winner of the Supreme Overall Award is selected by the Head Judge at the Waikato Management School and members of the Judging Panel. They are the business or organisation that has demonstrated excellence over the 9 areas judged. These include Leadership, Customer Focus and Marketing, Quality and Systems, Business Performance, Planning, People Management, Innovation and Knowledge as well as community and Environmental Contribution.
No 8 HR is this year’s Supreme Overall Winner. No.8 HR encompasses consulting, recruitment, training and development services , providing ‘cradle to grave’ employment services. The judges were impressed with the strong business model and growth, with progressive practices and strong evidence of innovation. No. 8 HR has an impressive geographical spread of activities. Overall, a very professional business with robust systems. This, coupled with a clear strategic vision makes a special business.
No8HR owner and Principal Consultant, Lee Astridge, said her business was absolutely delighted by the wins both in the Medium Business Excellence category and the Supreme Award.
‘These wins will keep us spurred on in our journey towards becoming better. Any business owner knows that the moment you think you’ve got it all worked out is the moment it will fall over for sure. Being recognised like this helps keep the momentum going to improve and keep looking for opportunities to improve and grow.’
‘Like all businesses, we face challenges every day and our bottom line was that everyone in the team steps up every day to those challenges and collectively we achieve more than we could on our own.’
Harnessing this ‘team collective’ was ultimately what business success was about, Astridge said.
EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE
The Trustpower Customer Service Awards confirmed we have outstanding businesses that understand their customers and are delivering excellent customer service. Richard Preest of Trustpower said “This was an impressive contest with entrants of exceptional quality”.
|Sponsor: Trustpower||CAMBRIDGE CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD|
|TE AWAMUTU CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD|
|Winner:||Stihl Shop Te Awamutu|
|Sponsor: Trustpower||RAGLAN CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD|
CUSTOMER CHOICE AWARDS:
Customers voted for their favourite business in the Vodafone Customer Choice Awards with winners being announced for Te Awamutu, Cambridge and Raglan (per below). SKIN Beauty and Day Spa won the coveted award for the most votes across the entire category. One lucky voter, Saleshni (Shelly) Prasad won a Samsung Galaxy A3 Smartphone (rrp $549) for taking the time to vote for her favourite business.
|Sponsor: Vodafone||TE AWAMUTU CUSTOMER CHOICE AWARD|
|Winner||SKIN Beauty and Day Spa|
|Sponsor: Vodafone||CAMBRIDGE CUSTOMER CHOICE AWARD|
|Winner:||The Lily Pad Café|
|Sponsor: Vodafone||RAGLAN CUSTOMER CHOICE AWARD|
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
The Employee of the Year Awards for Te Awamutu (sponsored by People4Success) and Cambridge (sponsored by People In Mind) recognises individuals who go above and beyond, making a significant contribution and positive impact to the business they work in.
|Sponsor: People In Mind||CAMBRIDGE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD|
|Winner:||Neraaj (Cheta) Mamgain||Onyx|
|Sponsor: People4Success||TE AWAMUTU EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD|
|Winner:||Marie Scott||Guthrie Bowron|
Tania Witheford, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce CEO, said, “This year was the first time we received feedback directly from the public regarding the Employee of the Year finalists for Cambridge. Sir Patrick Hogan made contact with us saying, “ I have travelled the world and have experienced some outstanding service, this young fellow could be at any of those restaurants. Onyx have a great asset in Cheta.”
LesleyAnn Thomas from People in Mind, sponsor of the award, said the award is designed to celebrate employees who go above and beyond their core job description. Cheta’s nomination was full of wonderful, rich examples where he has delivered on the Onyx values. He is a very deserving winner who strives to deliver a great customer experience each and every time.
TE AWAMUTU PEOPLE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
The People Manager of the Year award (sponsored by People4Success) is a wonderful opportunity for local employees to recognise their People Managers and a great way to demonstrate how Waipa is not only a great place to do business; it is also a great place to work.
The winner, Glenn Rawson, bought the business 18 months ago and has gone from strength to strength. To his staff, Glenn is approachable, has an open door policy and knows his team. He invests in the future, always having 3-4 apprentices on board, giving staff access to good quality machinery, tools and vans. Glenn’s staff feel appreciated every day, and appreciates the example he’s setting for them.
|Sponsor: People4Success||TE AWAMUTU PEOPLE MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD|
|Winner:||Glenn Rawson||Steenson Plumbing|
WAIKATO MANAGEMENT SCHOOL- EMERGING BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR:
Matt Hird has been awarded Emerging Business Leader of the year Award. The judges are delighted to give this award to Matt. They describe him as a very fair and approachable leader who is clear on what he expects and demands. Matt has a very strong customer focus and believes in person to person relationships.
Matt, was very excited and surprised to receive the Emerging Business Leader Award. Matt acknowledged and thanked his wife Charlene, his wife and business partner for her support , belief and encouragement.
WAIPA DISTRICT COUNCIL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICES TO BUSINESS: Mayor Jim Mylchreest presented Richard Wright with the Outstanding Services to Business award. Richard’s service to his community and the business sector has been long and varied and a deserving winner.
Richard Wright opened a business in Cambridge in 1984 and quickly became involved in the community, especially the business. He was heavily involved in the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and it’s revitalisation as it emerged from a period of non operation. He was on the Retail Committee, was a long standing elected member of the Cambridge Community Board, is currently on the Safer Communities Trust Board and Executive as well as being pivotal in the Sister Cities programmes that Cambridge is involved in (Bihoro and Le Quesnoy).
Richard was humbled by the receipt of the Award, whilst he was “doing what he believes in” and that’s investing in the community he is a part of.
The Waipa Networks 2017 Business Awards was a resounding success, highlighting the exceptional business we have in our regions.