WHY SHOULD I ENTER?

Entering the Awards provides you with valuable insight into your business and the chance to network with other successful business people. 

The Awards aim to encourage and support businesses in their quest for success through sustainability, innovation, leadership, and excellence. Any business, of any size, located across the Waipa District is eligible to enter.

Reshaping of the 2021 Waipa Networks Business Awards Categories will better reflect business issues and strategies during 2020. It is an opportunity to reflect on the challenges overcome in the previous months and to celebrate the outstanding achievements and resilience shown throughout the Waipa business community. 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO ENTER?

How long it takes you depends on how easy it is for you to gather the information needed, but the best entries are clear and precise, bullet points are acceptable. A well-presented submission is expected within the online entry form, but expensive printing and binding, or novelty presentation of entries is not required. The process of entering is usually helpful for your business so time is well invested.

HOW DO I ENTER?

IS THERE SOMEONE WHO CAN HELP ME?

The Cambridge Business Chamber is available for a workshop session with businesses. 

Sessions available:

Wednesday 10 February 11.00am - 2.00pm or Friday 12 February 12.00pm - 3.00pm.

Call to book an appointment 07 823 3460 or email ceo@cambridgechamber.co.nz 

DOES IT COST ME TO ENTER?

There is a small entry fee for the Business Excellence and Employee of the Year categories. Please see the Entry Guidelines for details.

Leader of the Year category is free to enter.

Tickets to the awards night are additional and are available to purchase from 1 March 2021

HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ELIGIBLE TO ENTER?

Any sole proprietor, partnership, incorporated society, Limited Liability Company, educational institution, local or central government organisation, charitable or not for profit organisation, with its principal place of business based and trading in the Waipa District or within the greater boundaries administered by the Cambridge Business Chamber or Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce is eligible to enter the awards.

An organisation that is part of a larger national or international organisation must be able to demonstrate that it operates as a separate business unit.

Excluded are those businesses or organisations owned by officers or employees of the category sponsor.

Entrants in the Excellence in Business New/Emerging category must have been in operation two years or less as of 8 February 2021.

DO I HAVE TO INCLUDE MY BUSINESSES FINANCIAL DETAILS?

We request you include supporting documentation/evidence when submitting your entry. This could include general financial overview - possibly showing changes as percentages rather than actual numbers, performance reports, strategic/ operational plans, examples of quality process or regulatory forms, data tables, graphs, images (.jpg or .eps) or other forms of media (video, sound bites, etc.).

WHEN DO I FIND OUT IF I HAVE WON?

The finalists will be announced before the Awards Evening during the week of 23 March 2021. All winners are announced at the Awards Evening at Mystery Creek on Friday 16 April 2021.

WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES FOR ENTERING THE AWARDS?

8 February 2021 Entries open
1 March 2021 Ticket on sale
10 March 2021 Entries Close at 5.00pm
23 March 2021 Finalists Announced
23 - 30 March 2021 Judges Visits with Finalists
16 April 2021 Awards Presentations Evening

HOW MANY CATEGORIES CAN I ENTER?

You may enter one Business Excellence category. In addition, at time of judging your entry will be consider for the Category Awards: Community Contribution, Innovation and Adaptation, Digital Strategy and E-Commerce, Waste Minimisation - Environmental or Contribution to Tourism. We strongly encourage you to complete your submission with information and as many sections as possible. 
You may make submissions in the Employee of the Year and/or Leader of the Year - these are stand-alone awards and will be judged on their own merits.
The Supreme Award will be chosen by our judges from one of the four Excellence in Business Award winners after judging and finalist visit occur.
Judges have the right to change entrants into whichever category they consider better suited to the entrant. Entrants will be consulted prior to any change.

WHEN ARE THE AWARDS?

Friday 16 April 2021 | Mystery Creek Events Centre 

HOW DO I KNOW THAT THE INFORMATION I PROVIDE WON’T GET INTO THE HANDS OF MY COMPETITORS OR OTHERS?

The entries are only seen by the co-ordinator of the Awards and the judging panel. All of the people in these roles are ethical professionals and have also signed a confidentiality agreement.

CAN I RE-ENTER IF I WAS A WINNER LAST YEAR?

Absolutely, you are welcome to re-enter the awards. However Supreme Winners are not eligible for the Supreme Award in the year immediately following their win.

WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS & HOW MUCH ARE THEY?

TICKETS will be on sale from 1 March.

WHERE WILL THE AWARDS EVENING BE HELD?

Mystery Creek Events Centre  is the Venue Partner for the 2021 Awards Presentation Evening.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THE AWARDS EVENING?

Dress to the nines! The Awards Evening is an opportunity to dress up. It's a formal event  - evening dresses for the ladies and suits for the men (or go on, rock a tuxedo!)

AS AN ENTRANT, WILL I RECEIVE A FREE TICKET?

You will need to purchase a ticket for the Awards Evening. Tickets will be on sale from 1 March.

 

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