Entries Open: 9.00am Monday 17 August 

Entries Close: 5.00pm Friday 11 September

Judging Starts: Monday 21 September

Judging Ends: Friday 30 October       

Gala Awards Evening: Saturday 14 November

Feedback letters will be posted after the Awards Evening

The following information is provided to assist you in your entry and to let you know what you can expect as an entrant in the TSB Taranaki Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Please be assured that strict confidentiality applies to all facets of the Business Excellence Awards including the Judging Facilitator, Judges, Feedback Facilitator, Sponsors and Chamber staff.

The information you provide on your online entry form will be supplied to your Judges prior to your interview. This helps to provide an overview of your business.

The Taranaki Chamber of Commerce is not involved with the judging process and or the evaluation of entrants at any time, nor is it involved in the selection of the Award recipients.

All Judges attend a Judges briefing/training meeting and only receive judging packs relevant to the category they are judging.

Judges are chosen for their experience and skill and it is intended that they will work in either pairs or a panel of three dependent on the Award they are judging.

Judging will take place between 21 September and 30 October 2020.

Interviews are conducted in the format of a Dragons Den, with the exception, of two, Category C Awards: Health and Safety Excellence and Environmental Excellence.

These two categories will be judged at the entrant’s business premises and will require approximately 90 minutes to be set aside.

The Judges may also choose to visit your business premises, but will advise you if they wish to do so.

Judging interviews under the Dragons Den format will be allocated a 60 minute time frame. It is important to be punctual for your interview appointment.

Each judge will work through a series of questions during the interview and will note down comments to assist with the evaluation process and assist with feedback information. The judges are looking for openness and honesty from you to ensure a clear picture/profile of your business is obtained.

The judging process has been designed to evaluate all entrants in all categories as objectively as possible.

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.

There will be no need or request from the Judges to take data, reports or information (other than the Judge’s notes in the judging pack) away from the interview.

All information and judging packs will be used solely for the purpose of assessing your entry. All judging packs and all information submitted by you will be destroyed at the end of the Awards process.

The number of judging interviews that you will be required to attend will be dependent on the number of Awards you have entered. Please also note that in some circumstances there may be a requirement to have a follow up interview.

The judges will be in contact with you after their briefing meetings have been held on 16 and 17 September. As the judging panel needs to select suitable dates when they are all available to judge, please do not be concerned if they do not contact you directly after these briefing meetings.

If you are concerned about a conflict of interest with your allocated Judges you should immediately advise Michelle Brennan

Following the Awards function you will receive a Feedback Letter for each category you have entered. Judges will give constructive commentary on your business based on the information you provide in your entry form and at the interview. Please understand that the feedback that is provided to you will only represent the opinion of the Judges, and that the opinion of the Judges is not intended to be formal business advice or guidance. The feedback should be regarded as confidential to you and your business.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Brennan at the Chamber on 06 759 9080 or 021 710 950.