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Who can enter?

Entry is open to any sole proprietor, partnership, incorporated society, Limited Liability Company, educational institution, government organisation, charitable or not for profit organisation with its principal place of business based and trading in the Taupō district.

Can I nominate someone for an award?

You can nominate a business through our event website or at the launch event on 23rd February where a nomination form will be available. We will contact the nominee to discuss them entering the business awards.

Can I make multiple nominations? Does it increase the chances of becoming a finalist?

You are welcome to make more than one nomination. Making more than one nomination does not increase the chances of the nominated business becoming a finalist. Finalist selection is based on the judged entry submission.

Does it cost anything to enter?

No, entering is free

Can I submit for more than one category?

Two categories are compulsory but then you are welcome to enter as many categories as you like. You must enter at least ONE other.

What are the judges looking for? How do I make my entry submission stand out?

Answer the questions and provide accurate and concise information. Draw upon examples to support your claims. Remember that judges often have a lot of entry submissions to consider, so make it entertaining and informative. Supporting documents are also looked upon favourably to strengthen your entry provided these are relevant. Judges do not want to spend a lot of time reviewing information that is not relevant to the questions. Don’t be shy in contacting your colleagues and clients for testimonials and references.

Why should I enter?

An opportunity to audit your business. The application process itself can be a wonderful opportunity for carrying out a critical analysis of your business. By carrying out the information gathering and evaluation required to complete the application, you may well highlight some areas you excel in or may need to work on.

Share your story. As part of the process to enter business awards, you’ll need to tell the story of how you started the business, the essence/soul of your business, the products or services you offer, the market/s you cater to, and your “Why”. Your story should be one which others can relate to and which draws the interest and attention of the judges AND your target customers. The awards provide a platform where you can share this story, so you need to make it as compelling as possible while sticking to the truth.

 Boost your profile. If you’re looking to raise your profile within your industry, entering a business award is a great way to achieve this. Those businesses who become winners will receive the greatest recognition and subsequent promotion, but the only way to reach that point is to enter! Even if you don’t win, you can leverage the benefit of being able to call yourself a nominee or a finalist in your marketing.

Increase your credibility It’s well known that customers buy from people they know, like and trust. If you want to increase the number of people who know, like and trust you, the awards are a great vehicle, as they show that a third party (the judges) have scrutinised your business and deemed it to be credible and successful.

Expand your opportunities Those who enter business awards have a greater chance of increasing the opportunities available to them. These may include new business, mentoring or forming mastermind groups among contestants. By networking at award events, you may meet other like-minded individuals with whom you can form a strategic alliance or potential customers, suppliers, and distributors for your business. 

Benchmark your business. When you enter business awards, you have the opportunity to benchmark your business against others in your industry, providing valuable information to assist with future direction and potential growth strategies.

 Its free and You can WIN great prizes! There are fabulous prizes on offer when you enter business awards. Irrespective of the judge’s decision, entering these awards are an opportunity to grow, excel and leverage your business as an award participant

When do submissions close?

The official deadline for the close of submissions is 5 pm 29th May 2023

How does the judging process work?

There are two stages to our judging process. Stage one is undertaken by a panel of judges who follow an official entry guidelines manual and a judging matrix to determine our finalists from the entry submissions. Stage two is undertaken by 3 independent, out-of-town, business leaders who conduct finalist interviews and decide the winners and highly commended businesses. These judges will then convene to decide the BNZ Overall Business of the Year winner. We’re proud of the level of business expertise our judges bring to the judging process which provides a robust process and scoring system to determine our 2023 winners.
There will be constructive feedback from judges to all finalists. The feedback is where the gold is – How could you improve? What is missing? Where should you put your focus in the next few months?

We are also adding opportunities to learn, network and celebrate.

How do I get started?

Create a login online, go to box on home page HOW TO ENTER. There are some conditions of entry that you need to read and then fill in your contact details, select your categories and you are away!

If you have any questions about criteria and eligibility, please get in touch with our team.

Can I make an entry submission on behalf of someone else?

Yes, you are welcome to make your own entry submission or a submission on somebody else’s behalf. Please ensure that permission is granted before making a submission on somebody else’s behalf.

I have completed my entry submission, but I want to add more information or attachments. Is it possible to edit my submission?

You can log in anytime to amend or add to your submission. A draft is automatically saved but do not SUBMIT until you are sure you have completed.

What type of supporting documents do I include with my submission?

Supporting documents are not required as part of your entry but will assist the judges. They can include references, testimonials, statistics, and/or video – max 4mb. There is a max 500 word count for each question. The entry must include a ‘financial liability statement’ plus you will be asked to upload three photos and a logo. Supporting documents are looked upon favourably by the judges, so consider their content, relevance, and format.

Who sees my entry submission?

All information is highly confidential and is only shared with the convenor and the judges for that category. The information is not published, and any permissions would be sought if required.

What are the chances of making it as a finalist?

This is impossible to answer. Follow the tips above to increase your chances. Some categories have many entries, and determining finalists is a very difficult process. We do limit the number of finalists, so if you don’t make it, don’t be discouraged as you may have only just missed out. Remember that you do have to be “in it to win it”!

What happens after I submit my entry?

Sit back and wait, then join us on the 4th July to learn if you are a finalist. In the meantime, we will:

  • Review all submissions against the set criteria.
  • Send all submissions to the judging panel for scoring.
  • Finalise the scores
  • Announce the finalists on 4th July Finalists Function

When are finalists announced?

There will a Finalist Function at the Great Lake Centre on 4th July when all the finalists will be announced.

When is the Gala Dinner event?

The grand Gala Event where the Awards Ceremony takes place will be on 11th August at the Great Lake Centre – Formal Attire.

I am unable to attend the Awards Ceremony – what happens?

If are a finalist, we will make contact to find out if you are attending the awards ceremony. If you are unable to make the event, we will ask you to provide us with contact details of someone who will attend the event and collect your award on your behalf if you win.