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Business Excellence Awards



A great night of celebration and recognition. Congratulations to all the finalists, nominees and winners.

Taylor & Co Building Ltd

Young Business Person of the Year 2022
Business Person of the Year 2022
Stephen Doecke The Icehouse

Business of the Year Awards 2022



Sector Awards

New and Emerging Business*
This is a business that has started trading within the last 3 years and demonstrate business excellence. The criteria has less emphasis on financials.

Finalists: Eva Pemper Wines & Taylor & Co Building

Primary Sector*
Industry that extracts raw material from the ground/ ground surface or the sea – Forestry, Farming, Fishing and demonstrate business excellence.

Finalists: Hortus, New Zeland King Salomon & Marlborough Groape Growers Co-op

Consumer Service Sector*

Industries that provide a service to individuals and other businesses/ industries – Transport, Tourism, Hospitality, Retail with outstanding products or services.

Finalists: Life Education Trust, Toastie Picton & Mag & Turbo Blenheim

Professional Service Sector*

Industries that provide professional services to individuals and other businesses/ industries – Legal, Finance, Advisory, Engineering with outstanding products or services.

Finalits: The Home Loan Colleactive & Kowhai Business Services

Special Category Awards

Community Impact Award

This award recognises a programme, project, campaign or an overall business that has had, or continues to have, a positive impact on the Marlborough community in a way that inspires others and makes a difference.

Finalists: Borough Wines, Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose & Marlborough Youth Trust

Workplace Wellbeing Award

Recognising enterprises that have created successful initiatives designed to embed a culture of wellness in their organisation – values and ethics, teamwork, work environment and recognition.

Finalists: Hortus & New Zealand King Salmon

Innovation Award

This award is for a business that demonstrates innovative thinking and responds to change. This could be an innovative or inventive approach to people, services, products, processes or business model.

Finalists: Pak 'n Save, Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose & Toastie Picton

Sustainability Award

Awarded to the Marlborough business which best epitomises an overall commitment to sustainable development.

Finalists: Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose, New Zealand King Salmon

Youth Employer Award

Open to any organisation that pro-actively champions young people in the workforce, through their commitment to recruiting, training and retaining young people in the workplace.

Finalists: Mag & Turbo Blenheim, Toastie Picton, Taylor & Co Building & Kowhai Business Services

Ashlee Wiblin 2022 Winner

Individual Awards

Entrants for Business Person and Young Business Person of the Year will be accepted by way of online nomination on the Chamber’s website, with voting of finalists open to the Marlborough community which will be 50% community voting weighted and 50% judging panel weighted.

Business Personality of the Year

This award celebrates an extraordinary business person who exhibits qualities that inspire our business community. This person must exhibit an excellent level of business standards and ethics, demonstrate leadership, vision and community involvement, have proven business achievement, and foster awareness of the Marlborough business community through their business dealings.

Young Business Personality of the Year

This person must be aged 35 and under. This award celebrates an extraordinary young business person who exhibits qualities that inspire our business community. This person must exhibit an excellent level of business standards and ethics, have proven business achievement, and plans for future growth of the business.

The Countdown is on to the 2023 Award Gala




Alexandra Barton | Director BDO  

Alex is a chartered accountant with a law and commerce degree from Auckland University. Alex's previous experience includes over 15 years working in accounting and finance in the UK, Australia and New Zealand including several years with Air New Zealand before returning to the rural community.

In 2017 Alex was appointed a director on the boards of MDC Holdings Ltd and Marlborough Airport Ltd. She has also held the position of the New Zealand director on the board of the Australasian Investor Relations Association, improving the relationship between publicly listed entities and the investment community

Tim Cosgrove | Chief Executive Officer, Marlborough Lines

As CEO Tim is responsible for Marlborough Lines’ leadership, strategic direction, and delivery of all stakeholder, financial, and operational objectives.

Prior to joining Marlborough Lines, he held several roles within Todd Corporation including General Manager Todd Generation, and General Manager Operations and Development for Nova Energy.

A marine engineer by profession Tim spent 10 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy before joining the Todd Group in 2007.  Navy career highlights include operational sea postings with the British Royal Navy, and Project Director’s Representative based on site in the Netherlands for construction of the Navy’s newest logistic vessel HMNZS Canterbury.

Tim is a Chartered Engineer and holds a Masters in Engineering Management, degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Finance, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Law.

Strategy and governance are areas of particular interest, and Tim is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors.  He has held numerous directorships and governance roles on joint ventures, particularly in the energy sector.

Outside of the work environment when time permits Tim enjoys the outdoors with his main passions being flying, holding a commercial pilots licence and gliding instructor rating, and scuba diving as a qualified PADI Instructor.

Photo of Tim Cosgrove
Photo of Mark Unwin

Mark Unwin | Economic Development at MDC, Director at Centrapay, Director at Cordall Manufacturing, Director at Socially Good Enterprises


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