Orion Health – described by judges as an IT “megastar” – was the supreme winner at tonight's New Zealand International Business Awards.
The health software company also won the prize for Best Business Operating Internationally over $50 million.
NZIBA judges said Orion Health had a clear focus on its niche sector and complimented the company on its willingness to invest in research and development and its aggressive expansion strategy.
Orion Health’s “energy and drive is a shining example to all New Zealand companies wanting to go global,” judges said.
The awards are run by NZTE with the support of ANZ; NZTE chief executive Peter Chrisp said it was “great to celebrate and recognise our tall poppies”.
Awards are given in three categories:
· Special, sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI): Best Use of Research and Development, Best Commercialisation of Intellectual Property, Best Use of Design and Most Innovative Business Model
· Leadership, sponsored by KPMG: Outstanding Leader and Emerging Leader
· Best Business Operating Internationally, under $10 million, $10m-$50m and over $50m.
Two business leaders – Neville Jordan and Sarah Gibbs – were named NZIBA Outstanding Leader in International Business and Emerging Leader respectively.
NZIBA judges said Jordan’s “adventurous approach to international business is truly inspirational. By linking science, technology and business he is forging an enduring legacy of innovation and sustainable economic growth for New Zealand.”
They described Gibbs, of Trilogy skincare, as a role model to young business people. “Now, a number of organisations are benefiting from her insights and it will be fascinating to see where she takes her talents next.”
Judges were unable to decide between the top two contenders for the award for Best Use of Design in International Business – so Auckland-based Sistema Plastics, which makes food storage systems, and Katikati’s Triodent, which makes equipment used by dentists, shared the honours.
Commenting on the special category, the judges said the the two companies had created “win-win” situations through their use of design, innovation, IP and business models.
The judges for the 2012 awards were Brett O’Reilly (MSI), Maurice Prendergast (Pumpkin Patch), Julie Christie (Eyeworks New Zealand), Jane Hunter (Hunter’s Wine), John Loughlin (Zespri), Phil O’Reilly (Business New Zealand) and Graham Turley (ANZ).
Best Business Operating Internationally – Under $10m
Best Business Operating Internationally – $10m-$50m
Vista Entertainment Solutions
Best Business Operating Internationally – Over $50m
Best Use of Research and Development in International Business
Westland Milk Products
Best Commercialisation of Intellectual Property in International Business
Best Use of Design in International Business (Joint winners)
Most Innovative Business Model in International Business
Emerging Leader in International Business
Outstanding Leader in International Business