Businesses from across the Eastern Bay of Plenty celebrated successes and achievements in a night of glitz and glamour at the 2018 Horizon Energy Business Group Business Excellence Awards on September 1st.
There was a new online entry form and new this year was the interview panel conducted by the three Judges. Head Judge Anne Pankhurst, Andrew Buchanan Smart and Phil Becker.
This year entries ranged across the whole Eastern Bay. Ruatahuna, Murupara, Edgecumbe, Matata, Taneatua, Whakatane, Ohope and Opotiki.
Horizon Energy Groups CEO Ajay Anand commented “that the bi annual awards continue to produce outstanding entries that capture that captures the resilient and innovative spirit of the Eastern Bay of Plenty and I am certain the judges will have had their work cut out in selecting an ultimate winner”
CEO Chamber Gerard Casey says “I know that a lot of time and effort had been put into these entries. These awards give businesses a chance to showcase their achievement and celebrate success. This year I have seen a wide range of businesses that are excelling in their businesses. “
Anne Pankhurst Head judge says “The awards deliver real value to these organisations and gives them a great chance to look closely at their business practices. Entering the Awards process allows a business to receive feedback from the independent judges and to use the entry process as a business plan. Entering the awards and going through the process makes every business a winner.”
The full list of winners are:
Horizon Energy Group Supreme Winner 2018: Murupara Four Square (pictured)
Nova Energy Excellence in Large Business: Disabilities Resource Centre Trust
Focus Accountants Excellence in Medium Business: Murupara Four Square
Highly commended: Pohutukawa Preschool, Willets Funeral Services, Manawa Honey
Toi Ohomai Excellence in Small Business: O’Hagan Home Loans and Insurance & Engel Fires Ltd
Highly Commended: Engineering Design Consultants, Motu Trails
Julians Berry Farm Excellence in Emerging: DISTiNCT
Highly commended: Drift Store, Waiataha Contracting, The Lightning
Bay of Connections Sustainability Award: Trident High School
New World Whakatane Emerging Young Leader of the Year Award: Amanda Kirk
Highly commended: Charelle Stevenson
LinkUp Toi-EDA – Connecting Rangatahi, Education and the World of Work Award:
Work Ready Pathways – Opotiki College
Highly Commended: YTWO Te Pou Oranga o Whakatohea and Opotiki College .
Disabilities Resource Centre – Excellence in Service, Creativity, Positive Attitude Award:
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi – Business Entrepreneurship Award: Manawa Honey. Ruatahuna Te Urewera ‘Magic’.
Toi-EDA – Excellence in Economic Development Award: Whakatohea Maori Trust Board
Sun FM Leadership Award: Robbie Petersen and Richard Claydon, Waiotahi Contractors.