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Westpac Supreme Business of the Year Award

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7 September 2018

A local company that was awarded almost perfect scores from judges last night won the supreme award at the Westpac Gisborne Business Excellence Awards. Civil Project Solutions were presented the top award before a sell-out crowd of more than 340 guests at the Farmers Air Event Centre by Westpac’s senior agribusiness manager for Gisborne Chris Tyerman. The business also won the prize as best in the professional and service business excellence category. Chair of judges Neil Smoker said Civil Project Solutions was a company that had developed in leaps and bounds to become one of the fastest-growing local businesses. Its rapid growth was driven by clear vision and strategy. Judges noted the company’s excellent management has leveraged the power of relationships to ensure consistency of high value projects. Civil Projects have been early adopters of technology and a company with a clear passion for client service, quality and excellent management which has allowed them to scale quickly and sustainably. The exponential growth experienced in recent years had seen them take every opportunity to apply best practice to manage their business and given them a solid platform to continue in the future. Judges were impressed when they visited Civil Project Solutions to see actual projects and hear proof of the quality of their work and relationships in the community. “This company are exceptionally worthy recipients of the supreme award,” said Mr Smoker. Judges were faced with a tough task with some extremely high and tight marks across the competition. In business excellence, Juve won the retail and trade category, Rhythm & Vines Festival the tourism and hospitality division, Colvins topped the manufacturing and technology division, Kohntrol Forest Services were the best in farm, forestry and food and Hospice Tairawhiti were the winners of community. In the Categories of Excellence, Farmcare Services were the winners of the health and wellbeing and start up. Manaaki Tairawhiti won the stewardship award and Harry & Sam the micro category. 

Stubbs Contractors won the special award for Business Leadership Excellence, with BK Agency taking out Marketing Excellence, Fergus Rural the prize for Business Growth Excellence and Character Building for Young Entrepreneur Excellence. Judges were particularly impressed with some of the efforts local businesses were investing in the health and wellbeing of their staff. They also noted how tangible the passion was across the board. They were proud to see the innovation coming through from so many and just how exemplary their practice was. Mr Smoker praised entrants, saying how rewarding it was to be part of the process with such a diverse group of judges. Karen Silk, Westpac NZ general manager of commercial, corporate and institutional banking, says the awards provide businesses with a chance to reflect on their achievements and celebrate their successes. “As an organisation that’s on a mission to help businesses to grow, we couldn’t be more inspired by this year’s finalists. These are businesses who know where they want to go and have a plan to get there. Our heartiest congratulations to all of the winners.” This was the fourth awards to be held in Gisborne. East Coast Farm Vets were the supreme winners in 2012, with Eastland Group taking top honours in 2013 and Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti in 2015. Over the years, changes have been made to ensure the categories are a true reflection of the local business environment. Awards coordinator Prue Younger says they are a real credit to the local community – both from those who entered to those who were involved in judging. Finalists this year will be invited to business workshops where they will be able to add to their growing skill sets. The next awards are scheduled for 2020.

Awards -

Westpac Supreme Business of the Year: Civil Project Solutions

Supreme Finalists
Civil Project Solutions (sponsored by Pak n Save)
Kohntrol Forest Services (sponsored by Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand)
Stubbs Contractors Ltd (sponsored by Chamber of Commerce

Categories of Excellence
Health and Wellbeing (sponsored by Turanga Health) – Farmcare Services Start Up (sponsored by Massey University) – Farmcare Services Stewardship (sponsored by Gisborne District Council) – Manaaki Tairawhiti Micro – Harry & Sam

Business Excellence
Retail and Trade – Juve (sponsored by Eastland Group)
Tourism and Hospitality – Rhythm & Vines Festival (sponsored by Tairawhiti Gisborne – First Light)
Manufacturing and Technology – Colvins Ltd (sponsored by Gisborne Net)
Professional and Service – Civil Project Solutions (sponsored by EIT Tairawhiti)
Community – Hospice Tairawhiti (sponsored by Spark Business Gisborne)
Farm, Forestry and Food – Kohntrol Forest Services (sponsored by BDO)

Special Awards
Business Leadership Excellence – Stubbs Contractors Ltd
Marketing Excellence – BK Agency
Business Growth Excellence – Fergus Rural
Young Entrepreneur Excellence – Character Building

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