Wellington Region Business Excellence Awards 2022

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

  • Entries will open for the Wellington Region Business Excellence Awards 2022 on Friday, July 1st 2022.

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

  • Our official Wellington Region Business Excellence Awards gala event will take place on Friday, November 18th 2022.

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

Entries open Friday 1st July 2022 for the prestigious Wellington Region 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.

We believe that it is more important than ever to acknowledge their achievements and continue to inspire each other to continue to be one of the most diverse and innovative business communities in the country.

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

This year there are 11 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 and Environmental Excellence.

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 are judged on their 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

  • Recognises outstanding achievement in manufacturing of goods.

Hospitality

  • Recognises outstanding achievement in hospitality.

Tourism & Retail

  • Recognises outstanding achievement in tourism or retail (online or physical store).

Service & Support

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

Construction

  • Recognising outstanding achievements in construction.

Trades & Infrastructure

  • Recognising outstanding achievements in trades, infrastructure and suppliers to these industries.

Technology & Innovation

  • This award recognises achievement in businesses who focus in the field of technology (physical or digital) or a business that has implemented an innovative technological solution in their business.

Logistics and Export

  • Recognising outstanding achievements in logistics and export and suppliers to these industries.

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 at 19th November 2021 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.

Young Business Person of the Year (Individual)

  • For business people aged 35 or less (by 19th November) who have demonstrated a high degree of leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity and vision for the future.

Employer Excellence Through Covid

  • Recognises a business that has identified the importance of people and that their success is built on their people and partnerships. A Business that has shown significant investment in their people practices and culture to ensure outstanding Business success during Covid.

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.
  • The overall winner elected from the category winners is awarded the Supreme Business of the Year Award.

Entry information

  • An entry form for the Wellington Region Business Excellence Awards 2022 will be issued Friday, July 1st.
  • 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.
  • 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 Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce website.
  • 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 Region 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.

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.