There was an amazing turn out at the Great Lake Centre on Thursday 1st July for the announcement of the finalists for the 2021 Unison Great Lake Taupo Business Awards.

Twenty six local businesses have been recognised for their business excellence across nine different categories.  The Awards are held every second year and encourage and support businesses in the greater Taupo region in their quest for sustainable growth, development and excellence.

With over 100 entries received across the categories, the finalists were determined by a judging panel from the Business Management faculty of Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology.  Entrants were required to enter into one of the four business categories and answer a comprehensive range of questions, on topics including customer focus, business planning and people management. They could then choose up to three of the business practice categories to enter which were, innovation, environmental sustainability, social media and marketing, community contribution and leadership.

With a record number of entries this year the Head Judge Jeni Fountain said the standard was extremely high and in some categories there was very little distinguishing the scores to determine the finalists.

The finalists are now subject to a further phase of judging before the winners are announced at a Gala Dinner at the Great Lake Centre on the 20th of August.  Every finalist is visited by one of a further panel of independent business experts.  The scores from this visit are added to the earlier score generated from the written entry, and these combined figures are used to identify the nine category winners, and the Unison Overall Business of the Year.

This year the finalists also get to vie for the title of the BNZ People’s Choice awards.

2021 Great Lake Taupo Business Awards Finalists: 

TREMAINS EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – MICRO BUSINESS:

Freedom Tribe Pilates

Huka Falls River Cruise

Misfit Garden

The Good Graze Co

LUXE Boutique

VINE EATERY & BAR EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – SMALL/MEDIUM BUSINESS:

Big Brown Paws Doggies Daycare & Spa

Spacecraft

The Cozy Corner

The Admin Angels

The Source Bulk Foods Taupo

Build Taupo

STRETTONS EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – LARGE BUSINESS:

Lava Glass

Taupo Debretts Spa Resort

Pure LED

Baked with Love

TOI OHOMAI EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – NOT FOR PROFIT BUSINESS:

Thrive

Tongariro National Trout Centre

Arc Counselling Services

Tuwharetoa FM

AMPLIFY – EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION:

Incredible India Restaurant

Unichem Mainstreet Pharmacy

The Admin Angels

Zealandia Honey

Lava Glass

LEGEND EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING:

Pure LED

Landmark Homes

Lava Glass

Spacecraft

The Cozy Corner

TAUPO DISTRICT COUNCIL EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY:

Taupo Debretts Spa Resort

Tongariro National Trout Centre

Spacecraft

The Cozy Corner

Lava Glass

MORE FM EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION:

The Cozy Corner

Total Sport

Taupo De Bretts Spa Resort

The Source Bulk Foods

Big Brown Paws Doggie Daycare & Spa

CARGILL STENT CLARKE LAWYERS EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP:

Reviva

Spacecraft

Total Sport

Build Taupo

Pure LED

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