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Overview of Northland Business Excellence Awards……

The Business Excellence Awards is Northland’s premier event that provides businesses with an opportunity for self-development and improvement and also offers the chance to showcase and celebrate entrants progress and success.

The event is an opportunity for the business community to network together and share in the celebration of the finalist and winner’s achievements, showcase leadership and inspire others whilst demonstrating business excellence.

The Awards process is also a vehicle in building capability within Northland businesses that will help to improve the overall economic development of Northland and its communities.


Outcomes for Northland Business:

The process of entering the Business Excellence Awards gives businesses an opportunity for self-development and to review their processes while developing strategies to take their business to a new level. Lifting business performance and capability in the region.

Celebrating Northland business success. The Awards event is the finale for all of the hard work put in by the entrants and a chance for everyone to find out who has been successful. The finalists and winners in each category are announced, ending with the announcement of the Supreme Westpac Northland Business of the Year. This is a black tie event which is one of the most prestigious in the Northland calendar.

Partnering with other agencies/organisations that are aligned with driving profitable and sustainable economic growth in Northland

Linking business initiatives in with other regional, sector initiatives within Northland.

The Northland Business Excellence awards is made up of several elements – all working towards the finale of the Awards Premiere Event and the announcement of the winners and finalists.


We source new entrants each year from all over Northland and  this is done via word of mouth, an advertising campaign and via our associations with our sponsors, partners and other organisations with access to the business community.

Awards workshops are held throughout Northland to help entrants with the entry process, these are designed to introduce entrants to the concept and help with their application.  In 2020 specific workshops for the Creative Industries and Innovate Award will also be held, location dependant on demand.

Award entry opens officially from mid April and closes early August, however entry forms are available from March and in 2020 workshops will start before entries officially open. 


We have a Convenor of Judges (Greg Atkins from BDO Northland) who is responsible for getting a panel of judges to evaluate the entry forms then visit all of the entrants. Judging takes place from late August until early October.  The judging panel is completely independent of NorthChamber.

Innovate and ACC have separate judges and the process is slightly differently as below:

ACC do a desk top study of the entry then shortlist entrants who then receive a visit
Innovate do a dragons den type panel where the entrants pitch and the finalists are chosen and visited.
Environmental winner is undertaken by the business judges, Creative Industries award is a collaboration with Hinu from Creative Northland who are also the sponsor.

Retail and Service categories of the Customer Choice entry is a public online voting system (number of votes plus quality of comments defines the winner)


We have 2 media partners, NZME, Northern Advocate and radio & Mediaworks, radio.

They all provide a large amount of coverage for the Awards from attracting entrants through to showcasing the Awards presentation event and all of our sponsors.


Awards Entrant Networking Evening

A special event where entrants, sponsors and judges can mix and mingle prior to the big Premiere Event. This is a much less formal event. The entrants will be given an overview of the judging process and meet the sponsors, judges and other entrants.

Awards Presentation Event 

The big night. Lots of hype and excitement to find out who the winners will be. The Presentation Event will be held in the Exhibition Hall 
Sponsors and Winners BA5, this event also gives the winners another opportunity to enjoy their achievements and for us to capture soundbites for future promotion.