Rocketspark wins big

The Waipa Network Business Awards was once again another successful night with a well-known website design company taking the top honour.

Rocketspark founder and CEO Grant Johnson said being a company that deal with clients all over the world, it was “awesome” to be recognised as doing well in their own backyard.

“With so many clients as finalists and category winners it was a real night of celebration for us,” he said.

“When we were up against so many other deserving finalists we were incredibly delighted to win the Supreme Award.”

The Cambridge Business Chamber was delighted at both the diversity and calibre of applications for 2021 Waipa Networks Business Awards.

Chamber CEO Kelly Bouzaid said the awards enable the Chamber to showcase some of their most progressive businesses in the region, spotlight some of the region’s hidden gems and allows them to recognise the incredible talent and business acumen housed here in Waipa.

“We are in a privileged position to peek into businesses of all ages and stages and see the calibre of leadership, innovation, culture and sustainability,” she said.

“We have seen resilience and robustness within our business community and we are inspired and proud of the achievements we have seen.”

The Awards process is challenging, making it a time to both reflect on success and supports a review process with feedback from the judges adding great value to the overall business strategy.

Kelly said it also provided the finalists and winners with an accolade to add to their credentials, one they should be very proud of.

The award winners were:

Excellence in Large Business: Rocketspark (Winner), Magills Butchery (Highly Commended)

Excellence in Medium Business: Resolution Retreats (Winner), Essential Insurances (Highly Commended)

Excellence in Small Business: Cambridge Top 10 Holiday Park (Winner)

Excellence in New / Emerging Business: Ag Drive Limited (Winner)

Customer Choice: Homebrew Coffee (Winner – Cambridge), Magills Butchery (Winner- Te Awamutu)

Leader of the Year: Hamilton Airport – Mark Morgan (Winner)

Supreme Award: Rocketspark (Winner)

Community Contribution Award: The Christmas Festival Society (Winner), Kaz (Highly Commended)

Innovation and Adaptation Award: AG Drive Limited (Winner), Good Union (Highly Commended)

Contribution to Tourism Award: Cambridge Top 10 Holiday Park (Winner)

Digital Strategy and E-Commerce Award: Flourish Wellness (Winner)

Waste Minimisation – Environmental Award: Accounted4 (Winner), Homebrew Coffee (Highly Commended), Rotary Cambridge Urban Miners (Highly Commended)

Employee of the Year: More Real Estate – Lily Hooker (Winner)

Judges Award: Magills Butchery (Winner)

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