Business awards open to all

Waipa Networks Business Awards Ambassador Grant Johnson (right) hands over a spot prize at the awards launch to Jean McKenzie (centre), founder of the Mathematics for a Lifetime Charitable Trust, which won a free website for a year. Rocketspark extended the prize to cover the lifetime of the trust. Also pictured (left) is Cambridge Business Chamber CEO and event organiser Kelly Bouzaid.

Entries to the 2019 Waipa Networks Business Awards were officially opened with a special event launch on April 4.

“The Chamber is delighted at the attendance and interest to date in the 2019 Awards programme,” said Kelly Bouzaid, CEO of the Cambridge Business Chamber which is organising the awards alongside the Te Awamutu chamber.

“It was fantastic to hear past winners share their endorsement of why businesses should engage, and the positive impact it had made on their respective organisations.”

Awards ambassador and past awards recipient Grant Johnson from Rocketspark said the awards can have significant impact on businesses, whether they win or not.

Awards Ambassador Grant Johnson said the awards can have significant impact on businesses, for those who win and those who don’t.

“Entering our first business awards in 2011, when we were quite a new business, required us to communicate our purpose and values which was not something we’d formally done before,” he said. “We still use what we prepared as an on boarding tool for new team members.

“Winning an award can have a significant impact on their business and open up completely new opportunities,” he added. “For example, Jono McCullough of Rob May Builders said that winning the Supreme Award in 2015 opened up a new level of larger contracts for him.”

Organisers will hold two workshops on April 30, at 12.30pm and 5.30pm, to break down the entry process into “manageable, bite-size chunks”.

“The workshops support getting entries started and there is plenty of support throughout the process,” Bouzaid explained. “It’s just a matter of deciding on the category to enter and making the commitment. There is always merit to working on your business rather than in it!”

Entries into the 2019 Waipa Networks Business Awards close on July 1. To find out more visit

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