Entries open for 2018 Queenstown Chamber Business Awards

Date: 31st July 2018

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce have announced the opening of entries for their biennial 2018 Westpac Business Awards. The awards celebrate local, regional and national business achievements in the Queenstown Lakes region.

Following a record number of entries in 2016 and booming business, the Chamber’s membership continues to grow with over 600 businesses and non-members invited to benchmark their business against others.

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Benefits of entering

Queenstown Chamber chief executive Ann Lockhart is encouraging businesses big and small to take advantage of the benefits of entering: “The entry process is an excellent opportunity to enhance and review your processes, benchmark your business and lift your profile. The awards are a key event in Queenstown’s business calendar and it’s such a worthwhile exercise.”

Benefits of entering the awards include the opportunity to:

  • Lift your business profile
  • Enhance and review your business
  • Energise, motivate and reward your team
  • Benchmark your business
  • Highlight your success to current and potential clients, suppliers and staff.

Innovation award

An Innovation Award has been introduced by the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce to recognise the region’s long history of pioneers who have made a national or international impact. Open to start-ups and well-established businesses in all industries and sectors, this new award category recognises companies that have enhanced success through innovation, both in thinking and the implementation of ideas.

Safety award

Also new for 2018 is a Workplace Safety Award. Judged by ACC, applicants will need to demonstrate excellence in workplace health and safety practices and show how they successfully integrate these processes into daily operations.

Awards categories

Businesses can enter up to three categories, and category winners are automatically nominated for the Supreme Business of the Year Award. 2018 award categories include:

  • Todd & Walker Law Small-Medium Business of the Year
  • Remarkables Park Town Centre Medium+ Business of the Year
  • Real Journeys Excellence in Tourism, Activities or Events
  • SIT Excellence in Construction, Trade or Services
  • Destination Queenstown Excellence in Hospitality or Accommodation
  • Heartland Technology Excellence in Professional Services
  • Queenstown Resort College Employer of the Year
  • Centrality Innovation Award
  • ACC Workplace Safety.

PR workshops

Supporting the awards for the fourth year is local public relations company Southern PR. The communications gurus will run their popular series of workshops to help businesses shine the spotlight on their own business practices and put their “best foot forward” with their entry.

The three workshops will run:

  • Wednesday 8 August at 4-5pm
  • Friday 10 August at 8-9am
  • Wednesday 15 August at 8-9am.

Registration and more information

Award entries close on 20 September and winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner on 3 November 2018.

For more information go to the Queenstown Chamber website.

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