2021 Awards Category Sponsors
Supreme Winner – Business of the Year
Excellence in Business – Large Business (16+ FTE staff)
Excellence in Business – Medium Business (6-15 FTE staff)
Excellence in Business – Small Business (1-5 FTE staff)
Excellence in Business – New / Emerging Business
This award recognises the New / Emerging Business (Less than 2 Years Trading) that best positions itself against competitors and other businesses to achieve outstanding results and maintain a culture of excellence.
Digital Strategy and Implementation
This is a special Judges Award and all Excellence Categories are eligible for this award. This Award recognises the utilisation and implementation of digital innovation and technology through the use of digital tools, and the internet enhancing business performance and customer experience.
Waste Minimisation - Environmental
This is a special Judges Award and all Excellence Categories are eligible for this award. This Award recognises sustainability as an integral part of business management. It will be awarded to the business that best demonstrates an understanding of environmental impact and provides evidence of commitment to environmental and social strategies. It also honours a culture of excellence, and recognises the contribution made by an entrant to it's industry or community.
Innovation and Adaptation
This Award is for Businesses that showcase innovation or adaptation within their organisation during the pandemic or during 2020. The implementation of innovation and knowledge to enhance their business excellence and organisational performance by using new ideas, systems, procedures, or technology that have increased efficiency and/or resulted in the introduction of improved services, products, or business sustainability.
Tourism - Regional
This Award acknowledges organisations that contribute to tourism in Waipa, activities could include; accommodation, activities, events, support industries or similar. Showcasing how they have developed their brand, and how you reach them through your marketing initiatives as well as key health and safety plans
Customer Choice – Cambridge and Te Awamutu
Nominated and voted for entirely by public vote (via text messaging) as to which business customers believe is exceptional.
Employee of the Year – Cambridge and Te Awamutu
Finalists will be selected for Employee of the Year in both Cambridge and Te Awamutu for employees that showcase and provide a positive contribution to their organisation .
Leader of the Year
This award will be granted to an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities contributing to success in business and the community. These qualities include personal commitment, vision, teamwork, innovation, entrepreneurship, financial performance, relationship building, upholding values and effective management practises.
This special Judges Award recognises the highly commended effort across the Excellence in Business Categories.