FAQ

THE AWARDS PROCESS

How to enter?
When you’re ready to start your application, download the official Entry Form which must be included with your application.

 

Along with the completed entry form below, you’ll need to include:

  • A financial viability statement, signed and scanned from your accountant. Please ensure this is less than 3

    months old. An example can be found at the back of this pack.

  • A business bio: a short and snappy 150-word summary of your operation.

  • Five high resolution (1MB and above) photos of your business in jpg format.

  • One high resolution logo in either eps, jpg or png format.

  • Any relevant documentation to support your application.
     

Tell me about the judging process?

  • All applications will be submitted to Waikato Innovation Park who will represent two of the three judges. The third judge will be a local representative specific to each category. Finalists in each category will be visited by the judges.

 

What are the judges looking for?
The judges want to know why your business deserves recognition from your peers and the wider community.They are looking for evidence of your:

  • Contribution to your business sector and the wider business community.

  • Effective financial management.

  • Job creation.

  • Service and infrastructure development.

  • Positive impact on communities or people.

     

Is there anyone I can chat to about the Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards?

Yes, at either the Q&A sessions or send an email to info@haurakicoromandelbusiessawards.co.nz and someone will be in touch.

 

If we are a charitable organisation is there a category for us?

Yes, in the Community category. If I have a professional services business e.g accountancy, legal which category do I enter?

The Professional Services category.

Will the judging process involve someone auditing our business?

No, you will just need to have your accountant supply a financial viability statement.

 

Will my application be kept on record?

All documents submitted as part of your application will be destroyed two months after the announcement of the award winners.

 

Do the awards criteria take into account an organisation’s financial performance?

No, all that is required is a financial viability statement from your accountant. The success of your business will not be measured on the financial profitability alone.

Can a business enter more than one category if it is appropriate?

Yes. However, in the best interests of your business, your category may be changed by the judges. In this instance full consultation will be made with the entrant business.

Will it cost me to enter? No.

When you’re ready to submit your application, there are several options:

PEOPLES CHOICE


How do I enter People’s Choice?

You cannot enter this category, you must be nominated.

 

If I win the People’s Choice Award am I eligible for the Supreme Award?

No, unless you have also put in an official application for a category (Manufacturing & Trade, Retail, Community, Tourism & Hospitality, Primary & Rural, Emerging Business and Professional Services) award.

SERVICE TO BUSINESS

 

How do I enter Service to Business?

You cannot enter this category, you must be nominated. Judges are looking for nominations of individuals who have contributed substantially to business in their community. This award aims to cast a light on the dedication shown and achievements made by this individual.

If I win the Service to Business Award am I eligible for the Supreme Award?

No, unless you have also put in an official application for a category (Manufacturing & Trade, Retail, Community, Tourism & Hospitality, Primary & Rural, Emerging Business and Professional Services) award.

 

FINALISTS

 

As a finalist, what else will be required from our business?

Nothing further will be required other than to make a time during the scheduled period of 1 – 14 September for the judges to visit.

What will the judges be looking for during their visit?

A meet and greet with management, a walk around the business and a few further questions may be asked for clarification purposes.

 

How long will it take? No more than one hour.

 

What do finalists and winners receive?

All category finalists will receive a certificate and winners a trophy. The Supreme

winner will receive a trophy and a business support programme from Waikato Innovation park to the value of $2,000
 

What if I am unable to attend the Gala?

Finalists who are unable to attend may nominate someone to attend on their behalf.

 

GALA EVENING
 

How long will the Gala evening be? 6.30pm start -11pm finish (awards 7pm - 8.30pm).
 

Will there be transport available? Yes, shuttles will be available.
 

What is the cost of the Gala? $80 per head.
 

Do finalists have to pay to go to the Gala? Two tickets will be provided free of charge to all finalists.