Excellence and Achievement Awards Winners and Finalists 2016

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ELECTRA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2016
Sponsor: Electra
Winner: G.J. Gardner Homes Kapiti/Wellington
Judges Comments: “The judges have recognised a great future for G.J. Gardner Homes in a very challenging environment. They commend the directors for using careful planning, good systems, regular meetings with team members and a very strong customer orientated mentality to set a clear path for the future. This is a company we will hear much more from in future.”
BNZ HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARD 2016
Sponsor: BNZ
Winner: Rimu Chiropractic Studio
Judges Comments: “Michelle and Tristan are to be congratulated on achieving what many business owners strive for in having a fully engaged team which embodies the values and future direction of the business. The judges acknowledge this full potential as the business will become increasingly successful over time”
EXCELLENCE AWARD: Owner Operator
Sponsor: Mitre 10 MEGA Kapiti
Winner: Aspire Solutions
Judges Comments: “The judges were impressed with the leadership, teambuilding and benchmarking performance of Aspire Solutions and appreciate the focus and hands-on approach of its owner. The assessors commend Maria for the focus on client marketing processes and management issues, including daily review of customer feedback information, good financial performance monitoring along with reporting and productivity analysis.”
Finalists:   Aspire Solutions  |  Linkeight Ltd  |  Star People HR & Recruitment  |  The CoreGood Institute  |  Webz Development Limited
EXCELLENCE AWARD:Small Business
Sponsor: Whitireia New Zealand
Winner: G.J. Gardner Homes Kapiti/Wellington
Judges Comments: “The judges applaud the systems, monitoring and team leadership aspects of G.J.Gardner Homes, which bear testimony to its success in such a short period of time. The assessors commend the depth of due diligence that took place prior to the purchase of the business and note the very strong customer communications and feedback capture systems. The strategic planning is incorporated into the business plan, which is monitored weekly, using the ‘Traffic Light’ system, which is updated continually.”
Finalists: Caci Kapiti  |  G.J.Gardener Homes Kapiti/Wellington   |   Rimu Chiropractic Studio   |  Ross McColl Cars
EXCELLENCE AWARD:Medium/Large Business
Sponsor: The Law Connection
Winner: Horowhenua Masonic Village
Judges Comments: “Coupled with a well developed strategic direction, action planning and key performance indicators, Horowhenua Masonic Village has produced an extremely viable and worthy entry into the awards. The assessors commend the management team for making sure the values, clarity of direction and culture are clearly understood by all team members. The Board meets regularly with a wide ranging agenda and the availability of external resources when required. The assessors also acknowledge the use of local suppliers and services along with excellent community connections.”
Finalists: Horowhenua Masonic Village
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Health & Safety
Sponsor: Tatana Contracting
Winner: G.J. Gardner Homes Kapiti/Wellington
Judges Comments: “The Directors of G.J. Gardner Homes understand that praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding workplace, which is clearly demonstrated by celebrating success with employees and the recognition of health and safety issues. The assessors commend the focus on rewarding and incentivising contractors and sub-contractors to improve their game and reward them with ‘Subbie of the Month’ and ‘Health and Safety Subbie of the Month’, therefore increasing the necessity and awareness of Health & Safety issues.”
Finalists: air2there.com  |  G.J. Gardner Homes Kapiti/Wellington  |  Star People HR & Recruitment
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sustainability
Sponsor: EECA
Winner: Rimu Chiropractic Studio
Judges Comments: “Rimu Chiropractic Studio has in place a strong business plan with strategic objectives, action plans and responsibilities to implement and secure a sustainable and successful future. The assessors were impressed with the leadership, teambuilding and benchmarking performance of Rimu Chiropractic Studio which has a steady growth potential through well-functioning business practices which include sustainability and intelligent resourcing.”
Finalists:  air2there.com  |  Rimu Chiropractic Studio
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: New Thinking
Sponsor: Securely
Winner: The CoreGood Institute
Judges Comments: “The CoreGood Institute is a very sound niche business that caters for a specialist market, facilitating an exceptional service and solution that is leading edge, highly proven and not often accessed elsewhere. The assessors commend the company director for identifying a lucrative gap in the medical field and spending many hours and dollars to place the idea on the table and establish a business that delivers that concept to the market. This proves an excellent example of how New Thinking becomes essential in establishing a new business concept.”
Finalists:  Horowhenua Masonic Village  |  Rimu Chiropractic Studio  |  The CoreGood Institute  |  Webz Development Ltd
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Emerging Business
Sponsor: Deans & Associates
Winner: Go Traffic Management Services
Judges Comments: “The judges are aware of how challenging a new business can be and want to congratulate the owners of Go Traffic as they were impressed with the team engagement and general business philosophy of their business so far. The assessors commend the company for its business ethics being code of practice compliant and making sure company values are adhered to. The directors demonstrate a strong passion for their industry and a commitment to the delivery of a high level of service with a focus on safety.”
Finalists:  Caci Kapiti  |  G.J. Gardner Homes Kapiti/Wellington  |  Go Traffic Management Service  |  Lucy’s Bins
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Employer of Choice
Sponsor: Turk’s Poultry Farm
Winner: Horowhenua Masonic Village
Judges Comments: “Horowhenua Masonic Village has put excellent programmes in position to ensure all staff members’ goals and needs are identified and implemented through an intelligent staffing and employment system. The assessors commend the use of scenarios in the ‘day trial’ during recruitment to ensure a good employment fit and note good use of risk planning, which records significant risks.”
Finalists:  Bedlam Hair Design & Bliss Day Spa  |  Horowhenua Masonic Village
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: It’s Great to be here
Sponsor: Coastlands Shoppingtown
Winner: Star People HR & Recruitment
Judges Comments: “The owners of Star People have shown a particular strength, knowledge and dedication to the local market and have a strong involvement in community affairs with a solid understanding of its target market. The company has a very clear understanding of its target market and its needs, and has a good action plan to respond to these needs by amalgamating the owners’ individual consultancies and offering targeted products.”
Finalists:  Kapiti Tenpin Bowling & Family Entertainment Centre  |  Rimu Chiropractic Studio  |  Star People HR & Recruitment