Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards

Emerging Business

Who can enter the Northland Inc Best Emerging Business category?
This category is open to businesses that have been operating for less than two years as at the entry deadline date of Tuesday 31st July 2018, but have completed at least one year’s trading prior to date of entry. Judges will have the final say on whether an entrant fits into this category.

What are the judges looking for in this category?
The judges are seeking to recognise an emerging business that has a clear understanding of its competencies and its objectives, which has planned and is on track for achievable success.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Significant achievements in developing the business
  • Appreciation of skills required to operate a business including effective cash flow management and capital structures
  • A sound knowledge of their business and market/s
  • Demonstration of forward thinking/planning for long-term sustainability including business/marketing planning
  • Risks taken and how they were managed
  • Demonstration of effective systems and processes
  • Proactive approach in seeking advice and/or funding


About Northland Inc

Northland Inc, Northland’s economic development agency, works with communities and strategically important partners to create jobs and business and investment opportunities that will strengthen, diversify and grow the region’s economy.

Northland Inc offers assistance to companies at every stage of the business continuum.  In November 2016 Northland Inc opened award-winning co-working space The Orchard business and events hub in Whangarei to provide opportunities for new and emerging businesses; delivering mentorship, incubation, opportunities for collaboration, and connections to funders and trainers, all within a supportive outcome-focused environment.

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