Business Categories

Who can enter the Business categories?

  • Micro (1-3FTE)
  • Small (4-9FTE)
  • Medium (10-20FTE)
  • Large (>20+FTE)

These business categories are open to any organisation which fits into the size/turnover band of the business. It does not differentiate between sectors, but looks at the parts which make up the complete business.

The headings which are part of the entry form, will be evaluated according to the level of achievement in those areas, based to the size of the business. Click here to complete an Expression of Interest.

What are the judges looking for in the business categories?

The judges are seeking to recognise a business or organisation that demonstrates great execution of good business ideas and practices, while having developed and remained focused on their future direction.

In order to fairly assess businesses against each other, there needs to a level playing field. There are differences in the dynamics of running a business with no staff as opposed to a small team. Likewise there is an obvious difference between business with small teams and business that have a management structure. These categories allow for evaluating entrant businesses against enterprises of a similar scale based on the expectation that they should be undertaking similar systems, processes and activities.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Evidence of excellent business performance including: effective management, strategic thinking and business planning, knowledge of market/s and customer/clients, and effective administrative and financial systems.
  • The businesses’ strengths and competitive advantages and what the business believes attributed to these achievements.
  • The businesses’ commitment to delivering quality, customer/client satisfaction and repeat business, and the potential for continued business success and future growth.


Size brackets:

There are a number of Award Categories to suit micro, small, medium & large Northland Businesses:

Micro (1-3FTE) – Proud partner: tlc4u2

tlc4u2 is here to support you and your whānau/family with professional, quality and fully-personalised home care services throughout the Northland and Auckland regions.



Small (4-9FTE) – Proud partner: To be announced soon! 



Medium (10-20FTE) – Proud partner:Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd


Marsden Maritime Holdings Ltd (MMH) is a listed land and infrastructure development company owned largely by Northland ratepayers through the Northland Regional Council. It owns 185 hectares of port-zoned and light industry-designated greenfield land adjacent to Northport, Northland’s strategic deep-water port.  It is developing this land progressively in partnership with long-term tenants interested in the location for industrial and port-related activity.

MMH is a 50 percent owner of the port operating company, Northport Ltd. The Company therefore has an interest in the development of Northport and in fostering the growth of the wider Northland economy.

The Company owns Marsden Cove Marina and the adjacent commercial complex. It also owns the nearby Marsden Cove Boatyard, one of the premier marine maintenance facilities in Northland.



Large (>20+FTE) – proudly sponsored by NDSL Ricoh Northland

NDSL Ricoh Northland are 100% locally owned and operated. As the exclusive authorised dealer for Ricoh in Northland we are proud to be the market leading provider of integrated print hardware and software solutions with the power to transform the business environment.

As a technology innovator, Ricoh invests continually in research and development in order to deliver inspiring products and give shape to ideas.  Globally recognised for its award winning products, Ricoh Northland works closely with businesses to deliver a range of multifunctional digital imaging solutions for document scanning, printing and electronic archiving and distribution.

Optimised Print Services (OPS) combine consultancy with hardware and software implementation, to help customers further improve efficiency, cut costs, strengthen security and reduce their impact on the environment.

With our office located at 24 Reyburn Street, Whangarei we deliver expert professional services with responsive client support through our team of factory trained technicians.


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