Entries Open to unlock the secrets to success for Northland Businesses

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The New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Northland is calling for entrants for the 2014 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards.  There is no cost to enter the awards, you do not need to be a member of the Chamber and there are significant benefits to entering.

“We are celebrating business success in Northland and believe that all entrants benefit from participating in the awards. The awards allow each business to unlock their secrets to success by examining themselves, identifying their strengths and weaknesses and developing plans to further improve their businesses.  It is also an invaluable tool to raise your businesses regional profile,” says New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Northland CEO Tony Collins.  “It’s really all about recognising the pursuit of excellence and the continuous journey that each business undertakes to demonstrate the constant process of improvement”.

“As well as raising their business profile and celebrating their success, each category winner receives a marketing and media package valued at over $2,500 add value back into the business and promote their win,” continues Mr Collins.

Following the success of the business size categories at the 2012 and 2013 awards, businesses will again be grouped and measured against businesses of similar scale to ensure like sized is evaluated against each other.

No one knows a business better than those who own, operate or work within that business each and every day.  What these people may not know is the best way to express this knowledge within the entry format and in manner that allows for it to be judged against the assessment criterion.  To demystify the entry process the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Northland, in partnership with Westpac, will run a series of workshops throughout Northland to walk the entrant through the process.

“In the past there have been some outstanding entrants and winners from outlying districts.  We would like to see this strong regional representation continue.  If you know of a business that you believe would benefit from this event, please encourage them to enter” says Mr Collins.

For more information visit the awards website www.northlandbusinessawards.co.nz or contact the New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Northland.

Key Dates:
Entries open for Business Awards Categories:
Monday 7 April 2014 (Last day for entries Friday 15th August 2014)

Entries open for MoreFM Customer Choice Nominations:
Monday 4th August 2014 (Last day for nominations Friday 26th September 2014)

Call for Nominations to The Northern Advocate Business Hall of Fame:
Monday 4th August 2014 (Last day for nominations Friday 26th September 2014)

Entrants Networking Evening:
Wednesday 8th October 2014

Awards Presentation & Gala Dinner evening:
Friday 24th October 2014

Monday 18 August 2014 – Friday 3 October 2014

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