2022 Business Awards

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Whanganui Regional Business Awards Entry 2022

Thanks for entering these Awards!

With Awards entries the ultimate goal is to win, but as you go through this entry form, we encourage you to use it as tool to help you reflect on where you've been, recognise how far you have come, consider where you want to go in future, and what you're going to need to get you there. This is an entry form, not a test. Answer the questions to the best of your knowledge. If questions don't apply to your business or organisation, move past them. You can save your information and revisit the form at a later date to complete it. Entries close 5.00pm 23 September 2022. If you need help with your entry or want to provide attachments to your entry email Awards@businesswhanganui.nz

Section 1: Contact Information

Enter both registered and trading names if different.
Contact Person for Entry
Your Choice of Entry Categories - Special
Your Choice of Entry Categories - Business Practice
Your Choice of Entry Categories - Sector
1. You can enter one or multiple Awards categories. 2. As part of the Judges Review, it may be considered you are suited to a particular category not already chosen. Awards Co-ordination will consult with you on this and make changes only with your permission.

Section 2: About You - a snapshot of your business

What is the structure of your business-organisation?
What is the ownership structure of your business-organisation?
How long under the current ownership if you are not the original owner?
How many employees and/or contractors do you have?

Assistance with Entry

If you need help to complete your entry, we suggest you contact your trusted advisors – financial, legal, etc. You can also engage with one of the Business Awards Entry Workshops. Email: Awards@businesswhanganui.nz for more information.

Take your Time

Entries close Friday 23 September 2022. We suggest that you take your time to complete this entry, but don’t overthink this. It is designed to provide an overview of your business-organisation for the Judges Review. You are welcome to submit supporting information with your entry such as plans, marketing collateral, etc. that you think will be useful – and remember the financial declaration from your accountant. You can partially complete this entry form and come back to it another time. Just select Save.

Include a Short Video

How about a short video explaining why you are entering the awards, and a quick tour of your business-organisation showcasing what you do as part of your entry?

Judges Review

One or more Judges will interview you at your business-organisation. They will drill down on the information provided in your entry to gain a more in-depth understanding of your business. They will follow a prescribed Judging Review process and may want to observe your operation as part of this. This will be scheduled for a time to suit all parties. Judges are selected for their business skill and knowledge. Conflicts of interest are noted and each Judge signs a Confidentiality Agreement. The entire judging panel consider all finalists and have input into the Whanganui Regional Business Awards Winner.

Section 3: Awards Entry

Planning and Strategy

Planning is the critical process by which the future direction of a business is determined. This involves determining the actions, responsibilities and resources that will ensure the business achieves its short and long-term goals. This section considers how you establish strategy, plans, communicate these, and monitor your performance against the plan. Note: The Judges Review will want to consider your business plan and any other documentation you have for this section and will discuss this with you at your Awards interview.

Market Focus, Branding and Communications

Business uses branding, marketing, and design to convey its messages in the marketplace. This section will demonstrate how well you know your market, how you determine market requirements and expectations, where you sit in the marketplace and how well you use this knowledge. In addition, it will show that there is a strong element of design and innovation within your business/organisation. Marketing is the activity of market research, analysis, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, and partners. Communication is the process of sharing information both inside and outside a organisation. Social media marketing is the use of social media platforms to connect with your audience, increase sales, and drive website traffic. This involves publishing great content on social media profiles, listening to, and engaging your followers, analysing your results, and running social media advertisements.

Customer Experience

Customer experience and satisfaction are one of the most important elements of your business. How we deliver excellent customer service, listen to our customers, how the culture is articulated and embedded within the organisation or business, is fundamental to our success. Customer service is about encouraging proactive, customer responsive selling skills that are ultimately about retaining and building new customers.

Process, Systems, Quality and Performance

Processes and systems in combination with quality management are the foundation of a performance- oriented business. Having a fact-based measurement system using information and data to make decisions, knowledge to support key business activities, as well as analyse the financial performance of the business. In this section you are asked to define the key information and data used by the business, how this is analysed and how it is made available to others both inside and outside the business.
Examples: productivity, percentage on-time delivery, cycle time improvement, response times, waste reduction, regulatory compliance (including environmental).

Culture and People

Workplace culture can be summed up by saying “It’s the way we do things around here”. It will be a combination of observations, rituals, relationships, conversations, feelings (of belonging, support, care, connection, and friendship). It will also be reflected in your HR framework, processes, systems, tools of the trade, physical work environment, and opportunities to learn, grow and advance careers. It will certainly be reflected in the way you are looked after and how you look after each other at work.

Leadership, People Management and Development

Leaders are the people in the business responsible for guiding and managing the business. This section asks how your leaders set the business direction, performance expectations, and behaviours and how they monitor the performance of the business.

Continuous Improvement/Lean

Every business uses original thinking in the search for excellence and continual improvement, which is essential to the growth and development of any organisation. These can seek incremental improvement or breakthrough improvement and are focused on increasing the effectiveness and/or efficiency of an organisation. Processes and systems in combination with quality management are the foundation of a performance-oriented business.

Workplace Health and Safety

Workplace Health and Safety is an integral part of any workspace and can include everything from the cultural environment, wellbeing of each staff member, to how embedded H&S practices are in the workspace. Part of this section will look at the response to the rapidly changing work environment particularly post Covid and how your business managed through this time.

Financial Performance

Financial health is critical to business success, a detailed understanding of the financial position of the business is essential. This is not only profitability but also needs to consider matters related to cash flows, income streams and debt management. The judges may ask you to describe the business’s financial performance, to disclose results for both current and three prior periods to clearly demonstrate the level of profitability and trends. This is an indicator of future performance, you could include targets, comparative benchmarking or competitive data. Further areas of analysis may cover public responsibility, which could include fiscal accountability, transparency in operations and disclosure policies, independence in internal and external audit, and protection of stakeholder interests.

Technology and Innovation

Innovation is the discipline of creating value. The judges will want to see how you have adapted using innovation, particularly digital and the use of technology. This section will show how the business has enhanced its success and growth through innovation – both in thinking and developing of innovative ideas, the research and development and implementation of ideas. An innovation can be in any aspect of the business such as a product, service, technology, processes, or business model, and can relate to the improvement of an existing one.

Community Service, Social Responsibility and Industry Participation

This section will explain how you are committed to playing your part in the community, and how you demonstrably go beyond the ‘call of duty’ in the way you operate within and by supporting the community. It will also describe how you consider responsibility to the public and community.

Section Break

Sustainability and Environment

Purpose driven organisations are organisations with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return. This is led through the four well-beings of social, cultural, environmental, and economic. You can read more about these at www.taituara.org.nz In this section, we are looking at how you manage the four well-beings and particularly environmental sustainability, what initiatives you have adopted, particularly in the services and/or products. For example, recycling programmes, waste management, energy and carbon targets, and methods to measure and manage environmental impact, supplier initiatives.
e.g., recycling programmes, waste management, energy and carbon targets, methods to measure and manage environment impact, supplier initiatives

Supporting Information

Please send supporting information to Awards@businesswhanganui.nz or deliver to Whanganui Chamber, 359 Heads Road before 5.00pm Friday 23 September 2022.

Terms and Conditions of Entry

1. Please read this section carefully as it outlines the terms and conditions of entry. 2. All guidelines and deadlines for all areas of the entry process must be adhered to. 3. Any sole proprietor, partnership, incorporated society, or limited liability Company with its principal place of business operation, based and trading in the Whanganui and Ruapehu regions are eligible to enter. 4. The relationship between Awards managers, sponsors and the judging panel is separate. 5. Judges are selected for their skill and knowledge. Judges sign a confidentiality agreement that states all information received and discussions taking place regarding an entrant remain confidential and will not be used for any purpose other than to assess each entry and to reach a decision for the finalists and winners of each category and the overall business of the year. All entries are strictly confidential. Conflicts of interest will be managed. 6. The first stage is the initial assessment of the entry by the coordinator. Stage two, businesses will be visited by one or more Judges. This interview could take up to two hours. The third stage, the entire judging panel consider the finalists and have input into the overall winner Whanganui Regional Business of the Year award. 7. All entrants who enter any category in the Whanganui Regional Business Awards will also be eligible for Business Practice categories. The judges can also nominate the entry. During the judging process judges have the right to move entrants into another category they consider better suited. In the event of any change, entrants will be notified by the coordinator prior to their entry category being changed. 8. All entrants must provide true and accurate information and disclose any liabilities such as business and/or tax related and/or current pending litigation, which could compromise the judge’s analysis of the business, and/or adversely affect the integrity and reputation of the Tauranga Business Awards. 9. Finalists will be announced on 28 October 2022 with the Award winners announced at the Awards Dinner on Saturday 5 November 2022. Finalists and Winners will not be announced before these dates. 10. Judges have the right to disqualify any entrant not complying with the conditions of entry. 11. Judge’s decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.