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Waipa Busines Awards 2016

Waipa Networks 2016 Business Awards Finalists Announced
We have an absolutely incredible competition shaping up across all categories for the Waipa Networks 2016 Business Awards (The Awards). The exceptional level of quality entries has presented our judging team with a challenge they are only too happy to embrace.
It is with great excitement we announce the finalists of this year's Awards.
The Awards aim to encourage business excellence, with the belief that strong, successful business supports vibrant and successful business communities.
Entrants have submitted an evidence based entry that must clearly articulate and demonstrate business success and the active pursuit of excellence across multiple disciplines. The finalists have also been interviewed by judges to further qualify their entry, providing opportunity for presentation of their business face-to-face.
Andrew Buchanan-Smart of the University of Waikato Management School said, "It's incredible to see the quality of businesses entering the Waipa Networks 2016 Business Awards and the fact that each year the quality gets higher means businesses are stepping up and we can be assured business in Waipa and Raglan is in an excellent position".
Tania Witheford - CEO Cambridge Chamber of Commerce said, "If these Awards were to be the basis on which we evaluated the health of business in Waipa and Raglan, we can be confident about our future direction and opportunity for growth. The finalists have put massive effort into their entries".
"Whilst winning is the ultimate goal, entry into the Awards provides businesses with the opportunity to reflect, evaluate, consider progress and realign future strategic direction as they gain valuable insights from the comments and feedback made by judges," said Kris Anderson - CEO Te Awamutu Chamber of Commerce.
Our congratulations go to all entrants and finalists.


Finalists for the Waipa Networks 2016 Business Awards are:
EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS AWARDS: The University of Waikato Management School have judged and evaluated entries looking for those businesses who clearly demonstrate excellence across a range of measures. The Finalists are:

Sponsor: Rocketspark EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – SOLE TRADER
Finalists: Petite Posy
RV Living
The Second Floor Yoga & Wellbeing Centre

EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION is selected from the finalists in the Excellence in Business categories. This category requires the utilisation and implementation of digital innovation and technology through the use of digital tools and the internet to enhance business performance and customer experience.

Sponsor: Waipa District Council DIGITAL STRATEGY AND IMPLEMENTATION
Finalists: Emma's Food Bag
Five Stags
Gourmet Delicious
Paddock
RV Living

Tania Witheford – CEO Cambridge Chamber of Commerce said "It's time to celebrate business excellence in style. There is a great night planned at Mystery Creek with MC Paul Ego to guide us through the evening with entertainment by LipService and Principal Sound. Complimentary buses will be available to/from Cambridge, Raglan and Te Awamutu - so come celebrate with us!" Tickets may be purchased from http://www.waipabusinessawards.co.nz/shop/


ABOUT THE AWARDS
The Waipa Networks Business Awards are a celebration of business excellence in Waipa and Raglan. Entries open in April and the Awards culminate with the premier business event in Waipa and Raglan: the Gala Awards Evening on the 19th of August at Mystery Creek Events Centre.
The aim of the Awards is to recognise and celebrate business success and encourage local businesses to strive for excellence in the following categories:
All entrants in the Business Excellence categories undertake a comprehensive entry process which includes a written entry, supporting documentation and on-site judge's visit. Judging is provided by the University of Waikato Management School and feedback and comments are shared with finalists after the Awards. The Special Judges Awards winners, aside from the Services to Business in Waipa award which is entered by nomination, are chosen from the finalists in the Business Excellence categories.

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