There was a packed house at the Great Lake Centre on Tuesday 27 June for the announcement of the finalists for the 2019 Great Lake Taupo Business Awards.

Twenty 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 almost 80 entries received, the finalists were determined by a judging panel from the Business Management faculty of Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology.  Entrants were required to answer a comprehensive range of questions, on topics including innovation, business planning, people management, leadership, marketing, processes and financial sustainability.

Chief Judge Jeni Fountain said the standard of entries was extremely high and in some categories there was very little distinguishing the scores to determine the finalists.

The finalists are now subject to two further phases of judging before the winners are announced at a Gala Dinner at Wairakei Resort on 16 August.  Firstly, every finalist is visited by one of a further panel of independent business experts.  Then every finalist will also be mystery shopped, with a mix of virtual (web based) and in store assessments made.  The scores from these visits 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 BNZ Overall Business of the Year.

2019 Great Lake Taupo Business Awards Finalists: 

HOUSE OF TRAVEL TAUPO EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – EMERGING BUSINESS:

VINE EATERY & BAR EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – SMALL BUSINESS:

ZEST BROKERS EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – MEDIUM BUSINESS:

STRETTONS EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – LARGE BUSINESS:

LEGEND EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – NOT FOR PROFIT BUSINESS:

ENTERPRISE GREAT LAKE TAUPO – EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION:

QUALITY PRINT EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY:

MORE FM EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION:

WAIRAKEI RESORT EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP:

THANKS TO ALL OUR SPONORS