Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Key Dates for 2018

Entries & nominations open for Business Awards Categories:
Monday 23rd April 2018  (Last day for entries: Tuesday 31st July 2018)
Entries open for More FM Customer Choice Nominations:
Monday 6th August 2018 (Last day for nominations Friday 21st September 2018)
Call for Nominations to The Northern Advocate Business Hall of Fame:
Monday 6th August 2018 (Last day for nominations Friday 21st September 2018)
Entrants Networking Evening:
Friday 24th August 2018
Awards Presentation & Celebration evening: 
Friday 26th October 2018
Sponsors and Winners Networking Evening:
Wednesday 21st November 2018
Judging:
Monday 20th August 2018 – Friday 28th September 2018

 

Entrant Workshops

To make the process of entering as easy as possible, Entrant Workshops will be organised to clarify the entry process and provide some insight to what the judges are looking for. The workshops will be run by NZ Chambers of Commerce Northland. All workshops will be held subject to minimum numbers.

Register your interest to attend a workshop, set up a one on one meeting or group workshop at your business by contacting the Chamber.

Whangarei – 5.30pm at NZ Chambers of Commerce Northland, at The Orchard Business & Event Hub (see below for directions*)
Thursday 10th  May 2018
Thursday 24th May 2018

Kerikeri & Paihia – from 9am at your business
Book here for your one-to-one appointment between 9.00am – 3.00pm on Tuesday 29th May

Kaitaia – from 1pm at your business
Book here for your one-to-one appointment between 1.00pm – 3.00pm on Thursday 7th June

Dargaville – from 12pm at your business
Book here for your one-to-one appointment between 12.00pm – 3.00pm on Tuesday 12th June

*The Orchard Business & Event Hub is located on the Corner of Cameron & Walton Streets, Whangarei
The entrance is via the Carpark at the back of the building (opposite Gengy’s restaurant and Whangarei Dry Cleaners)

 

Why should my business enter?

  • Energise, motivate and build your team for the future.
  • Highlight your success to current and potential clients, suppliers and staff. Awards logos are available for marketing and promotion.
  • Add value to your strategic and business planning.
  • Receive an independent perspective of your strengths and improvement opportunities at no cost.
  • Benchmark your business against your competitors.
  • Each category winner also receives a Media Prize, to promote their business. Courtesy of MediaWorks Northland, Channel North, and The Northern Advocate.


How do I enter?

In the first instance you should fill in an online expression of interest (EOI) form and an entry pack will be emailed to you. Alternatively you can collect a printed version from The Chamber, Monday – Friday 9am to 3pm. Help is available to complete the entry form through the workshops or directly from the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Northland.

Does it cost me to enter?
There is no cost to enter the awards.

Do I need to be a Chamber member to enter?
No, you don’t need to be a Chamber member to enter the awards. However, membership offers your business many benefits including events and networking, free business advice and more.

How long will it take me to enter?
This depends on how easy it is for you to gather the information for your entry. The process of entering is usually helpful for your business so the time you take to enter is never wasted. Once you have gathered your information the application process should take approximately four hours. If you have any questions, please contact us to assist you.

Do the award criteria take into account an organisation’s financial performance?
Yes, however this does not need to be submitted in the application form. Any information regarding financial performance will be requested at the site visit only and you will be contacted to discuss this prior to your site visit.

Judging Process
The judging process will combine a desk-top business study with a follow up by on-site judging from the Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards judging panel. A modified Baldrige criteria based closely on a standard developed by the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation will be used. This system allows for the equitable comparison of businesses of unlike scale and nature based on measurable qualities.

All judges sign a confidentiality agreement and are required to disclose any conflict of interest that may arise from any entrant business. Also if any entrant feels they would be unfairly disadvantaged by being judged then that judge can be substituted without prejudice, by contacting ceo@northchamber.co.nz


What entrants and winners receive:

Value proposition for Awards Entrant:

  • Receive an industry-approved Business Health Check clarifying your current position and future opportunities.
  • Inclusion in Regional Business Partnership initiative with access to potential training funding.
  • Attend presentation events, meet key industry figures, and network with like-minded business people.
  • Have the opportunity to benchmark your business against others, both within and outside your industry.
  • Have the chance to promote your business with national exposure to new customers and potential partners.
  • Celebrate the journey of your business to date and reward staff.
  • Name and logo in relevant pre & post award media advertising.

Value proposition for Category Winners:

  • Discounted NZCoCN membership for the following year.
  • Opportunity to guest speak at a NZCoCN function.
  • 2 discounted event tickets to one NZCoCN function.
  • Permission to display the NZCoCN Awards Winner logo on company stationery and advertising material.
  • $100 travel voucher for Domestic or International travel on Air New Zealand.
  • NZME. media package in the Northern Advocate consisting of a half page (compact Monday to Friday, or quarter page broadsheet on Saturday) to the value of $1496.00 + GST. This package includes advertising placement, excluding features, and a free design service. (Excludes More FM Customer Choice winners and Northern Advocate Hall of Fame inductee)
  • MediaWorks (radio) media package consisting of $500+GST airtime and free advert creative.
  • Channel North Video Production package of $500+GST towards production of 30 second video for your website and social media platforms.
    TOTAL PACKAGE VALUE – over $2500+gst

Value proposition for the Westpac Business Excellence Supreme Winner

  • Discounted NZCoCN membership for the following year.
  • Opportunity to guest speak at an NZCoCN function.
  • 2 complimentary event tickets to one NZCoCN function.
  • 2 discounted event tickets to one NZCoCN function.
  • Permission to display the NZCoCN Awards Winner logo on company stationery and advertising material.
  • 1 Complimentary BA5 hosting opportunity. (Chamber BA5 event hosting fee valued at a minimum of $350+GST)
  • $1500 travel voucher for Domestic or International travel on Air New Zealand.
  • NZME. media package in the Northern Advocate consisting of a full page (compact Monday to Friday, or half page broadsheet on Saturday) to the value of $2728.00 + GST. This package includes advertising placement, excluding features, and a free design service (Consisting of their category winner prize and supreme award prize).
  • MediaWorks (radio) media package consisting of $1000+GST airtime and free advert creative (Consisting of their category winner prize and supreme award prize).
  • Channel North Video Production package for video production valued at $5,600.00+GST (Consisting of their category winner prize and supreme award prize).
    TOTAL PACKAGE VALUE – over $11000+gst