Awards Overview

Business Excellence Awards – The following category:

Excellence in Innovation will be decided by the judges and given to the business showing exceptional commitment and results in these areas.  This category is a compulsory part of the awards process, and not a separate entry.

Excellence in Sustainable Practices Award and other Individual Awards (Young Leader, Business Entrepreneur, Workplace / Life Balance Awards are each a separate Entry Form. 

Please request these entry forms by emailing





  • Julians Berry Farm & Cafe                                            Best Emerging Business (operating less than 2 years as at 30/06/2018)

  • Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic                                 Excellence in Business - Small Business (1-5 FTE employees)

  • Focus Chartered Accountants                                        Excellence in Business - Medium Business (6-15 FTE employees)

  • Nova Energy                                                                Excellence in Business - Large Business (16+ FTE employees)

  • Hamertons Lawyers                                                     Excellence in Innovation (all Medium / Large Business entries automatically entered.                                                                                                                                                                                                Small Business Entries – optional to include)



Separate Special Awards (require separate entry form / nomination form to be completed)



  • Bay of Connections                                                        Excellence in Sustainable Practices Award

  • Spark                                                                           The Employer of the Year / Work Life Balance Award

  • Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi                                 Business Entrepreneur Award (by nomination form)

  • New World Whakatane                                                   Emerging Young Leader of the Year (by nomination form)