Marlborough Business Excellence Awards
The big question: Which category should I enter?
There are 10 categories you can enter your business in.
Our Sector Excellence awards look at what you do: Are you an emerging business, having been in operation for less than three years? Perhaps your manufacturing, construction or distribution practices are world-class, or you might deliver outstanding service to your customers.
All entries into the Sector Excellence Award categories will automatically be entered into the BDO Supreme Business Award. This is an overall winner that scores highly in all aspects of the judging criteria and has an x-factor that inspires the Marlborough business community.
Then there’s the Special Category awards, the how you do what you do. This covers everything from digital innovation, continuous improvement, sustainability, customer experience and workplace safety.
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.
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.
Sector Excellence Awards
Manufacturing and Construction Sector
Industries that manufacture, assemble and process the raw materials into usable goods – Winemaking, Construction, Trades with outstanding products or services.
Consumer Service Sector
Industries that provide a service to individuals and other businesses/ industries – Transport, Tourism, Hospitality, Retail with outstanding products or services.
Industry that extracts raw material from the ground/ ground surface or the sea – Forestry, Farming, Fishing and demonstrate business excellence.
Professional Service Sector
Industries that provide professional services to individuals and other businesses/ industries – Legal, Finance, Advisory, Engineering with outstanding products or services.
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.
Special Category Awards
Awarded to the Marlborough business which best epitomises an overall commitment to sustainable development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Supreme Business Award
All entries into the Emerging and Sector categories will automatically be entered into the Supreme Business Award. This is an overall winner that scores highly in all aspects of the judging criteria and has an x-factor that inspires the Marlborough business community.
The judging process
Part One: Site visits
Our panel of independent judges will do all site visits for the award category they have been assigned, to ensure consistency and to get a better understanding of your people and your place. At the site visit, they will drill to the detail of your entry form to gain a comprehensive impression of the business.
This interview could take approx. one hour and will be booked in prior.
The independent judge will then score the businesses and write up constructive feedback for you to review after the awards night.
Part Two: Pitch Weekend
Each entrant will pitch their business to a panel of judges, led by a facilitator. All our judges are selected for their business skill and knowledge.
You have the opportunity to bring your team and present your pitch in anyway that best showcases your business and puts your case forward for a win.
The entire judging panel consider the finalists and have input into the Supreme Business of the Year Award.
We take your confidentiality seriously:
- All awards entry documentation and official entry forms are treated as confidential.
- All judges sign a confidentiality agreement.
- Judges are required to declare conflicts of interest.
- Information regarding participation, any awards, or successful strategies may be released with approval from the entrant.