Excellence and Achievement Awards Testimonials

The benefits of doing the awards are huge in that you get to sit back and look at the strategic overview of your company. It also forced me to communicate my mission statement to my clients. For my team it was huge recognition of their dedication and their loyalty. Also the networking it has provided. I am now so inspired to pull in all the exporters in the local region and introduce them to the Hong Kong and Chinese based clients that are coming in. Since the announcement of winning the awards on social media I got offshore inquires about our leadership courses. The process gave me the confidence that I had a product that is working well in a certain market but I can push it further.

Sally Duxfield, Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre, 2017 Electra Business of the Year and Small Business Excellence Award winner.


Entering the awards was in our 2017 business plan. Winning on the night was the icing on the cake but for us it was about bringing together our team to celebrate all their hard work. The process has given us renewed energy for our business plans.

Maggie Mouat, Tomm Ltd, 2017 New Thinking Achievement Award and Emerging Business Achievement Award winner.


I just want to praise BKH for your amazing organising throughout the whole campaign and in particular the night. What a great night, you can see a lot of time, effort and organisation goes into it all! It was so much fun and we were delighted to receive our award.

Jacqui Bazley, Kapiti Learn to Swim, 2017 Customer Choice Service Award winner.


The list of potential improvements we received from the assessors report and our evaluation meeting has proven to be invaluable from a strategic point of view.  We have recently received our Secondary level WSMP accreditation with the ACC and applying for this was one of the assessors many ideas.

Shalimar Axford, G.J. Gardner Homes, 2016 Electra Business of the Year, Small Business Excellence Award and Health & Safety Achievement Award winner. 


I entered the awards for validation and credibility and there’s some vanity in there too of course but mostly its’s about credibility.  It is so important to spend time on your business, reviewing what you do and chekcing in against the results.  The application process itself is very enlightening.  The award has certainly lifted my profile in the Kapiti business community.  My advice to other businesses considering it would be ‘just do it’.

Maria Mullane, Owner of Aspire Solutions, 2016 Owner/Operator Excellence Award winner. 

We gained an in-depth look at our business from a strategic level. Normally, the directors are so busy working in the contracting business that we rarely take time to review it as a ‘business’. The entry process quickly found our weaknesses and our strengths and we were able to adjust our business planning to accommodate these newly found areas.

Marianne Archer, Director Goodman Contractors, 2014 Electra Business of the Year winner. 

We entered the awards to benchmark our business against other successful businesses in the region and used the process to take a critical look at our business and any gaps/opportunities. This increased the opportunity to profile our work in the community and created new contracts.

Jacqui Ferrel, CEO HLC, 2015 Electra Business of the Year, Large Business Excellence Award and Sustainability Award winner.

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