What are the Business Awards?

The Nelson Tasman Regional Chamber of Commerce established the Business Awards in 1988, to celebrate business success and promote business excellence in the Nelson Tasman region.

Do I need to be a member of Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce to enter?

No, the Chamber welcomes entries from all businesses in the region regardless of their membership status.

Is there help available to enter?

Yes, the Chamber runs seminars to provide advice and help to entrants. There is a presentation on 9 August and one of the judges will be there to answer questions. If you would like help or advice with entering, please don’t hesitate to contact the Chamber. 

What will I get out of entering?

It will help you focus on your business, giving you a clear strategy and provide you with a well thought-out business plan. It provides you with a solid document that you can use for tendering processes, finance and marketing material. It also gives you an opportunity to promote your business. Past winners regularly talk about how entering the awards has helped boost their business profile.  

How much time will it take to put my entry together?

If you already have business and marketing plans, you’ll be able to use a lot of the information in those documents. If you do not have these documents, this is a great opportunity to get all the information in your head on to paper. We advise you do allow plenty of time to get your entry together. You are welcome to get in touch with us if you would like contact details for people who could assist you with your entries.

Can a not-for-profit business enter?

Yes. Explain how your funding is obtained, the criteria to which your charter or constitution requires you to operate, challenges you face in meeting your goals and objectives while retaining your special not-for-profit status. In 2018 we introduced a category specifically for programmes, projects, campaigns or an overall business that has had, or continues to have a positive impact on the Nelson Tasman community in a way that inspires others and makes a difference.

Do I need to get a professional to put my entry form together?

Definitely not. Some entrants do use professionals to assist them with telling their story, but you can put it together yourself. In fact, we encourage entrants to do that, as it helps to give the judges a feel for you and your business. All entries must now be submitted online. You can upload videos and documents as part of your online entry, and we encourage you to put forward as much information about yourself as possible to showcase your business personality. 

If you would like help putting a video together, we have spoken to one of our members, Tasman Bay Media.  They're offering a special deal for applicants to help you create a video that you will be able to use after the awards to promote your organisation.  Contact Kate and Simon for more information.

How do I enter online?

We've kept it really simple.  Go to our application page and download the application form (Word format).  Answer the criteria in the document and keep to the word count.  Once completed, go to our submissions page and upload your entry.  There are a few other things you need to upload at the same time (e.g logo, media statement, staff photo) and if you have any problems with the process, don't stress. Just get in touch with our Communications & Events Manager, Britt Coker. britt@commerce.org.nz or 021 682 636. We're not trying to make things difficult for people and if you have problems getting things to us, we'll work with you to make sure it all comes together.  Having said that, we need you to make deadline so don't leave it to the last minute to send it to us!  

Who gets to see my entry? Is it confidential?

Yes, it is confidential. Judges also individually sign a confidentiality agreement.  If you choose to submit your entry in hard copy, these will be destroyed at the end of the judging process.

Do I have to attend the Awards dinner?

All entrants are expected to be represented at the Awards Dinner on Friday 5 November 2021. Winners are not advised of their success prior to the presentation of the Awards. The dress code is black tie. The evening starts at 6.00pm and includes a 3 course meal, and finishes late.

Reward your staff by having them attend or use it as an opportunity to host clients.

Do I have to submit detailed financial information as part of my entry?

Yes, this is an essential component of the awards.  Financials are always destroyed at the end of judging.

This was my first year in business and I made a small loss – will this count against me in my entry?

No, it won’t. As an emerging business the judges will take into account the fact that your first year in business will have additional expenses, less turnover etc.

When do entries open and close?

Entries are now open and close on 21 September 21 at midday.

Who are the 2021 judges?

There has been a slight change in the line up but the majority of the judges from our last awards night are returning for duty. 

  • Lester Binns
  • Al Dunn
  • Euan McIntosh
  • Jonny Hendriksen
  • Sharon McGuire
  • Paul Mackay (new)
  • Ali Boswijk (new)

How can I be a sponsor of the 2021 Business Awards?

Nelson Pine Industries is our main sponsor, but please contact Ali Boswijk if you would like to be part of this prestigious, Nelson Tasman Business Event of the Year (self-appointed category winner).

Is there an opportunity to nominate or vote for a [Young] Business Person of the Year as in previous years?

No, we've decided not to include these categories, focusing instead on the other business categories including the addition of the Environmental Award.