Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Key Dates for 2019

Entries & nominations open for Business Awards Categories:
Monday 29th April 2019  (Last day for entries: Tuesday 30th July 2019)
Entries open for More FM Customer Choice Nominations:
Monday 5th August 2019 (Last day for nominations Friday 20th September 2019)
Call for Nominations to The Northern Advocate Business Hall of Fame:
Monday 5th August 2019 (Last day for nominations Friday 20th September 2019)
Entrants Networking Evening:
Friday 23rd August 2019
Awards Presentation & Celebration evening: 
Friday 1st November 2019
Sponsors and Winners Networking Evening:
Wednesday 20th November 2019
Judging:
Monday 19th August 2019 – Friday 27th September 2019

 

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 NorthChamber and Business Coaching New Zealand. 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 NorthChamber.

Whangarei: 5.30pm – 7.00pm at NZ Chambers of Commerce Northland, at The Orchard Business & Event Hub (see below for directions*)
Book here for Tuesday 7th May 2019
Book here for Wednesday 15th May 2019
Book here for Thursday 28th May 2019

Kerikeri & Paihia: 11.00am – 12.30pm at Whitelaw Webber, 10 Fairway Drive, Kerikeri
Book here for Thurdsay 9th May 2019

Kaitaia: Time and location TBC
Book here for Thurdsay 23rd May 2019

Dargaville: Time and location TBC
Book here for Wednesday 29th May 2019

*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)

 

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 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 NorthChamber, Monday – Friday 9am to 3pm. Help is available to complete the entry form through the workshops or directly from the NorthChamber.

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

Do I need to be a NorthChamber member to enter?
No, you don’t need to be a NorthChamber 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 on-site judges visit 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 NorthChamber membership for the following year.
  • Opportunity to guest speak at a NorthChamber function.
  • 2 discounted event tickets to one NorthChamber function.
  • Permission to display the NorthChamber Awards Winner logo on company stationery and advertising material.
  • 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.

TOTAL PACKAGE VALUE – over $2000+GST

 

Value proposition for the Westpac Business Excellence Supreme Winner

  • Discounted NorthChamber membership for the following year.
  • Opportunity to guest speak at a NorthChamber function.
  • 2 complimentary event tickets to one NorthChamber function.
  • 2 discounted event tickets to one NorthChamber function.
  • Permission to display the NorthChamber Awards Winner logo on company stationery and advertising material.
  • 1 Complimentary BA5 hosting opportunity. (NorthChamber 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 the category winner prize and supreme award prize).
  • MediaWorks (radio) media package consisting of $1000+GST airtime and free advert creative (Consisting of the category winner prize and supreme award prize).

TOTAL PACKAGE VALUE – over $5500+GST