Emerging Business – Recognises those businesses that have been in operation for more than one year and less than three years at 30 June 2017, or achieved significant growth during the last one to three years because of effective planning and delivery, which leads to growth and long term sustainability.
Manufacturing, Construction and Distribution Award – This category is for any business in the manufacturing, construction sectors and/or logistics of goods including food, regionally, nationally or internationally.
Tourism/Hospitality Award – Any business whose principal activity is in the Tourism sector including hospitality, accommodation, amenities, transport operators, attractions, event management, sports and entertainment sectors or other visitor-related activities.
Service Excellence Award – Recognises the successes and achievements of a business delivering services to the end user, or any business whose principal activity is in the provision of services.
Social Enterprise Award– This category recognises management excellence in organisations outside the private sector including the “not for profit” sector, schools and local government.
Digital Innovation & Technology – Recognises the growing importance of the digital economy through online business and technology.
Customer Experience Award – Recognises a business that succeeds through showing consistent dedication to outstanding service and demonstrates its commitment through its service policy, staff training and/or other specific means.
ACC Workplace Safety Award – Recognises a business that demonstrates excellence in workplace health and safety practices and that has successfully integrated these into its operation. A positive safety culture exists at all levels with the business.
Business Innovation Award – Recognises a business that demonstrates creative, entrepreneurial or innovative process, product, technology or service that has enhanced the businesses success.
Corporate Sponsorship Award – This award recognises a company for their outstanding contribution through sponsorship and philanthropy to the region.
Corporate Leadership Award – Recognises a significant company for their outstanding contribution to the region’s economy.
Westpac Business of the Year – All businesses in the awards are eligible for this category.
Judges are carefully selected for their business skill and knowledge. Any conflicts of interest are established at the beginning of the process. The judging process for the Westpac Tauranga Business Awards will proceed in three stages.
The first stage is the initial assessment of the entry by the Head Judge, Financial Judge and Awards Co-ordinator. If at this stage the judges have concerns including the financial position of the business, the entry will not proceed through to stage two. The judges concerns will be represented in their feedback to the entrant. If all is in order the entry is then allocated to a team of two category judges.
In stage two businesses will be visited by the judges, who at the site visit will drill down in more detail on the entry and gain an over all impression of the business. This interview will take up to two hours.
There may be a third stage where the judges may return for a second site visit or a specialist judge may visit. At this point there will be further scrutiny to financials, staff and any further detailed information. Judges may request customers or suppliers information to gain feedback, and may ask to involve staff.
The team of two judges assess all businesses in the same category hence like for like. There will be specialist judges in the best practice categories. The entire judging panel consider the finalists and have input into the Westpac Tauranga Business of the Year award.