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Investing in NZ business a key theme

Investing in New Zealand business is a common goal for this year’s sponsors of the AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards.

With a common commitment to supporting the growth and development of New Zealand business, Idealog, Image Centre, Fuji Xerox, Spotless and the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation have aligned themselves with the business awards for 2012.

Dean of AUT Business School Geoff Perry says the AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards provide organisations the chance to benchmark their performance alongside others in their field, and to give a mark of quality to their organisation. With a total of 47 finalists selected across 12 categories, it’s the highest number to date in the awards seven-year history.

“At AUT Business School, we provide business education that is focused on developing highly capable graduates who are well prepared for business practice. We work in collaboration with organisations who are contributing to the economic and social development of our region, and supporting business excellence is a key part of this. These prestigious awards are therefore a natural fit for AUT Business School in allowing us closer access to commerce, and to continue to be a real part of the changing world of business.”

Fuji Xerox, which is sponsoring two categories - Individual and Large Business $200+ million – delivers market leading document services and print solutions to the New Zealand market place. Its core philosophy is to be‘strong’, ‘kind’ and ‘interesting’; a ‘strong’ company that delivers excellent products and services that satisfy customers, and is able to reward its shareholders continuously; a ‘kind’ company that contributes to local and global communities in terms of environmental conservation, ethical behavior, and social contribution; and an ‘interesting’ company at which employees find their life and work fulfilling.

Specialist support services organisation Spotless, sponsor of the under $5 million turnover – Management Services category and Business under $5million turnover – Technology, is responsible for Facilities Management and Managed Services, Cleaning Services, Food Services, Laundry Services and Retailer Services throughout New Zealand, delivering a range of single and integrated service solutions to approximately 5,000 clients. Spotless combines service excellence with best practice management support, and operates a team of environmental specialists who actively help their clients achieve energy, water and waste reduction targets.

Other sponsors include Image Centre, New Zealand's premier full service communications provider, known for creating communications that make a difference to the bottom line, and generating great ideas that translate into tactical business solutions; Idealog - the magazine and website of New Zealand creative business, ideas and innovation; and The New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, who support New Zealand organisations in improving their performance and capability through best practice management frameworks.

Evaluation of the finalist entries will be overseen by The New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, aligned to the international Baldrige criteria for performance excellence.

Winners will be announced on November 7 at a black tie gala dinner at The Langham Hotel.

For a list of all finalists, visit aut.ac/Excellence_in_business_support_awards
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