2degrees Wellington Regional Business Excellence Awards 2022

2degrees Wellington Regional Business Excellence Awards 2022

The awards, now in its 14th year is an annual event hosted by the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of our local business community.

  • Entries are now open for the 2degrees Wellington Regional Business Excellence Awards 2022 on Monday, July 18th 2022.

  • This year’s Finalist Function will be held on Thursday, October 27th 2022.

  • Our Official Awards Gala Event will take place on Friday, November 18th 2022.

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The awards are free to enter and are open to any business based within the Wellington Region.

Entries open Monday 18th July 2022 for the prestigious 2degrees Wellington Regional Business Excellence Awards celebrated at a black-tie gala hosted by the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and its sponsors in November.

The awards, now in its 14th year, celebrate the dozens of local businesses that contribute to the region’s vibrant and successful business community.

Patrick McKibbin, CEO of Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce had this to say: “Since joining the Chamber of Commerce last year I have been astounded by the number and calibre of Businesses in our region.

It has been incredible to hear the stories of innovation, adaptability, resilience, and growth that have continued to happen despite the challenges faced over the last two years.

The awards are an opportunity for businesses to celebrate their efforts, drive and determination as well as their contribution to our communities.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce to present the 2degrees Wellington Regional Business Excellence Awards” says 2degrees Chief Business Officer Andrew Fairgray. “At 2degrees we’re proud to be working with Kiwi businesses to help them adapt and thrive. Our Wellington team see the passion, innovation and dedication of businesses across the region every day, and these awards give us a chance to celebrate them for all they do.”

This year there are 10 categories for the Awards, which include: Manufacturing, Technology and Innovation, Hospitality, Tourism and Retail, Service and Support, Construction, Trades and Infrastructure, Logistics and Export. Not for Profit, Best Emerging Business, Employer Excellence through COVID-19, Environmental Excellence and Hall of Fame.

There is always a diverse range of industries which enter the awards and size is no issue. We receive entries from small, medium and large businesses and each is judged on its own merit. There is a good range of award categories available and all entries received are judged by an independent judging panel.

Save the Date

The official presentation of awards will take place at the awards gala dinner on Friday 18 November 2022 at the Lower Hutt Events Centre. The event is expected to attract up to 500 guests.

The overall winner will be selected from the category winners and awarded the Supreme Business of the Year Award.

For the first time this year, the Awards will induct a business into the Hall of Fame.

“The gala event is a great way for many businesses to show their appreciation to the staff and customers by hosting them to a fabulous night out with plenty of entertainment, glitz, great company and of course, a very special dining experience that is sure to wow,” says Mark Skelly, President of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce.

It’s also the perfect time of year to celebrate the end of another year in business. Table bookings will be made available closer to the time.

Entries close on Friday, September 16th 2022 at 5pm and finalists will be announced and celebrated at our Finalist Function on Thursday, October 27th 2022.

2022 Categories

Manufacturing, Technology and Innovation

  • Recognises businesses that show excellence in manufacturing processes technology and innovation.

Hospitality, Tourism and Retail

  • Rewarding outstanding achievements in hospitality, tourism, leisure and retail (online or physical store).

Service and Support

  • This category recognises excellence in any business whose main business is providing service rather than a product.

Construction, Trade and Infrastructure

  • Recognising outstanding achievements in construction, trade and infrastructure to supply to these industries.

Logistics and Export

  • This category recognises business excellence within the logistics, import & export sector.

Winners of these categories do not qualify for the Supreme Award.

Best Emerging Business

  • This category is specifically for those businesses that have been in existence for less than two years as of Monday 18 July 2022 and have achieved significant business growth as a result of effective planning and delivery.

Not for Profit

  • Recognises an enterprise committed to enhancing the quality of life of the wider community.

Employer Excellence Through Covid

  • Recognises a business that has achieved success during Covid through their investment in people, reimagined process, or innovation.

Environmental Excellence

  • Recognises business that have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.

Hall of Fame

  • The Wellington Region Business Hall of Fame is a unique award which recognises and celebrates those enduring businesses that have made significant contributions to the economic and social fabric of our region.

Note: All Businesses must be privately funded to enter all categories except Sustainability or Not For Profit The organisers retain the right to reclassify entries from one category to another. If you are unsure about which category to enter, contact the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce to discuss this. Email annette@hvchamber.org.nz or phone 04 939 9821.

  • The overall winner elected from the Business Category winners is awarded the Supreme Business of the Year Award.
  • Winners of the Special Categories do not qualify for the Supreme Award.

Entry Information

  • First, register for an account on https://wellingtonbusinessexcellence.awardsplatform.com/
  • You will be required to create an account before proceeding to create your submission. Once you have created your account you can log in and out as many times as you need to complete your submission and save your nomination progress.
  • Please make sure all your details are entered accurately, including contact details.
  • You may edit your entry until submitted.
  • You are eligible to enter more than one category, as long as the work submitted meets the criteria.
  • You can use the ‘copy’ feature to create a copy of your entry and change the category as required.
  • Before starting your entry please make sure that you have read the terms and conditions found on the awards platform.
  • Provide short concise bullet points with sufficient information so the judges are able to easily evaluate your entry.
  • Each entry will require a business biography in addition to answering the questions.

The entry platform is open from 9am on Friday, July 1st 2022.

  • This year we have adopted an online Awards entry and management platform to make entering easier
  • You may edit your entry until submitted
  • Please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details
  • You are eligible to enter more than one category, as long as the work submitted meets the criteria
  • You can use the ‘copy’ feature to create a copy of your entry and change the category as required.

You will be contacted directly if there is an issue with your submission or if we require you to change the category to meet the criteria.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday, September 16th 2022.

Judging takes place between 1-30 September 2022.

Finalists are announced on Thursday, 27 October 2022 at a celebratory event held for all finalists and sponsors.

The Wellington Regional Business Excellence Awards Ceremony – Presentation & Dinner – takes place on Friday, 18 November 2022. The announcement of business category finalists and winners, special category finalists and winners and the overall Supreme Business of the Year winner will be made at the awards presentation. Bookings will be essential and there are LIMITED TICKETS so ensure you book early.

  1. Entries open Monday 18th July 2022 at 5.00pm.
  2. The Awards are open to all businesses operating within the Wellington Region.
  3. Category Winners from the previous year are able to re-enter. Supreme Winners from the previous year are excluded from the current year’s Supreme Award but are eligible to win their category.
  4. Winners from the Bussiness Categories WILL be eligible for the Supreme Award.
  5. Winners of the Special Categories will NOT be eligible for the Supreme Award
  6. Entries must be submitted online and additional material may be supplied as follows:
    • Upload JPEG or PDF files. Maximum file size is 5MB per piece. A maximum of five pieces can be uploaded with your entry.
    • Video attachments may be hosted on a video site such as YouTube or Vimeo.
    • Provide website URLs to the publicly accessible campaign or active URL of a landing page.
  7. There is no cost to enter.
  8. All entrants must provide true and accurate information and disclose any liabilities such as business and/or tax-related and/or current pending litigation which could compromise the judges’ analysis of the business, and/or adversely affect the integrity and reputation of the Business Excellence Awards.
    • Provide short concise bullet points with sufficient information so the judges are able to easier evaluate your entry.
  9. Entries will be locked for alterations from Friday 2nd September 2022 at 5.00pm
  10. Entries close and must be submitted by Friday 16th October 2022 at 5.00pm
  11. Finalists for each category will be announced on Thursday 27th October 2022 at the Finalists Function. Details & booking for this event are available at hvchamber.org.nz/events.
  12. Winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony on Friday 18th November 2022. Details & booking for this event are available at hvchamber.org.nz/events.
  13. By entering you give permission to the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce to publicise the name of your business if it is named as a category finalist. All entries remain strictly confidential and all material provided will be limited to the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and the judging panel.
  1. Judges are carefully selected for their skill and knowledge in relation to the categories they will be judging. Any conflicts of interest are identified and eliminated as part of the appointment process. All judges sign a confidentiality agreement requiring all information received from, and discussions with entrants to remain confidential, not to be used for any purpose other than to assess each entry and to reach a decision for the finalists and winners of each category, and for the overall Supreme Award. All entries are strictly confidential.
  2. Judges will scrutinise and may visit all entrants in their assigned category (where considered necessary). All entrants agree to be visited and interviewed by a judging team if requested.
  3. All Business category winners will be considered for the Supreme Award, winners of Special Categories are not eligible for the Supreme award.
  4. During the judging process, judges have the right to change entrants into whichever category they consider may be better suited to the entrant. In the event of any change, entrants will be notified by the Awards Coordinator prior to their entry category being changed.
  5. Decisions made by the judging panel are final and may not be disputed
  6. The judges’ notes will be collated and made available on request in summary feedback after the Awards.
  7. All Finalists will be contacted by On Video Media and a short video will be produced and shown during the Gala awards dinner.

Further Information

Who can enter?

  • The Awards are open to all businesses operating within the Wellington Region
  • Category Winners from the previous year are able to re-enter.
  • Entries must be submitted online and additional material may be supplied as follows:
    • Upload JPEG or PDF files. Maximum file size is 5MB per piece. A maximum of five pieces can be uploaded with your entry
    • Video attachments may be hosted on a video site such as YouTube or Vimeo
    • Provide website URLs to the publicly accessible campaign or active URL of a landing page. Please ensure any applicable usernames and passwords are provided and active.
  • There is no charge to enter
  • All entrants must provide true and accurate information and disclose any liabilities such as business and/or tax related and/or current pending litigation which could compromise the judges’ analysis of the business, and/or adversely affect the integrity and reputation of the Business Excellence Awards. Provide short concise bullet points with sufficient information so the judges are able to easily evaluate your entry
  • Entries close 5pm on Friday, September 16th 2022.
  • Finalists will be announced at our Finalist Function on Thursday, October 27th 2022.
  • Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 18th 2022.
  • By entering you give permission to Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce to publicise the name of your business if it is named as a category finalist or winner. All entries remain strictly confidential and content will be limited to the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce and the judging panel

Do I need to be a Chamber member?

No, the Chamber welcomes entries from all businesses throughout the Wellington Region regardless of their membership status.

How much time will it take to put my entry together?

If you already have marketing and business plans then you’ll have a lot of the information already on hand to complete the entry form. If you do not have these documents, this is a great opportunity to get all the information in your head onto paper.  There are people/companies who can assist you with the process if you wish.

If I am a small business can I enter?

Yes, small, medium and large businesses are invited to enter. There is also a category for Not for Profit.

Can I enter the Special Categories alone?

Yes, you can elect to enter just the special categories (Best Emerging Business, Environmental Excellence, Employment Excellence and Not for profit), however, these category winners do not proceed to the Supreme Award.

How is feedback provided?

After the Awards are announced you can request a copy of the judge’s notes on your entry. Judges’ feedback may assist you with understanding the highs and lows of your business. This will be in summary form.

Who gets to see my entry? Is it confidential?

It is confidential. The only people that see your entry are the awards coordinator and the judges.

Do I have to attend the Awards Dinner?

All entrants are encouraged to attend the Awards presentation on Friday, November 18th 2022. The dinner is an opportunity for you to celebrate with your peers and colleagues.

When do entries close?

Entries close on 5pm on Friday, September 16th 2022.

All Businesses must be privately funded to enter all categories except Not For Profit, Employer Excellence and Environmental Excellence.

The organisers retain the right to reclassify entries from one category to another. If you are unsure about which category to enter, contact the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce to discuss this. Email annette@hvchamber.org.nz or phone 04 939 9821.