Who can enter the Business Excellence Awards?

All Taranaki businesses are welcome to enter the TSB Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards provided they have been in business for 12 months or more and can provide a set of financial accounts from an external professional provider.
You do not have to be a member of the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce to enter.


Is there a cost to enter the Business Excellence Awards?

There is no cost to enter the Awards. However, entrants must purchase at least two tickets to the Awards Gala Evening.


What Category do I enter?

To be eligible for the Supreme Award, entrants must enter both Categories A and B. Entrants may also choose to enter Category C.
Entrants may only enter one Award in Category A and B and can choose to enter up to two Awards in Category C.
Entrants can choose to enter Category C only but will not be eligible for the Supreme Award.
Based on the judging criteria in Categories A and B, it is recommended that entrants in these categories will have been in business for a minimum of two years.
Please note: Not-for-Profit organisations and New and Emerging Businesses cannot enter Category A.


How do I enter the awards?

1. Go to www.taranakibusinessawards.co.nz
2. Click on “enter here

3. Complete the brief entry form and click Submit.
4. Once your entry form has been received an acknowledgment letter, which also includes FAQ’s, will be sent to
you via email. You will also be sent a document to complete that gives more detailed information about your
business. This is given to the judges prior to your interview.


When do entries close?

Entries open on Monday 19 July and close at 5:00 pm on Friday 20 August 2021.


What will happen after I apply to enter?

You will be contacted by your judges who will arrange an interview. Entrants must be prepared to be available for
judging interviews between Monday 6 September to Friday 1 October.
Please note: There is a different panel of judges for each category. If you enter the maximum number of four
categories, then you will have four separate interviews.


What will the judges require?

Please have the following information available for the judges to view during the interview:
1. Your Business Plan
2. Your Strategic Plan
3. Financial reports or a supporting business viability/profitability statement from your external professional accountant is required for Categories A and B. This is also required for the New and Emerging and Not for Profit Business Excellence Awards in Category C.
4. Any other information relevant to your entry.


What happens following the judging process?

The results will be announced at the Awards Gala Evening.
All entrants will receive written feedback from the judges following the Awards Presentations. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Following the completion of the Awards, all entry and judging information will be destroyed to ensure confidentiality.


Do I need to attend the Awards Evening?

Yes - a condition of entry into the Awards is that the business purchases a minimum of two tickets to the Awards Evening. However, we encourage you to purchase additional tickets for your staff, clients or family. It is preferred that the business owners/managers attend but you may send others to represent you and accept an award if required.