Kiwibank Business Markets took home the Supreme Award at the 2013 edition of the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards, in a ceremony in Auckland last night.
The company beat 41 finalists to what is the only national performance measure available to the business support sector.
“We congratulate all our winners and finalists who are doing a tremendous job delivering quality products and services to help New Zealand businesses maximise their potential. As a business school it’s important for us to celebrate the organisations that contribute to the economic development of our country,” said the AUT Business School dean, Geoff Perry.
Kiwibank Business Markets’ recent campaign to treat SMBs the same way some banks treat large corporates was a key factor for the victory.
“The quality of entries was extremely high, but there was one stand-out winner and that was Kiwibank Business Markets. If you apply management theory as it’s meant to be applied, it’ll increase your chance of success. When we evaluated Kiwibank it was very obvious that they were applying theory to practice and doing it well. They were also doing some things beyond what you’d find in academic literature – they had taken the tools and said, ‘we can do more’,” says Mark Le Fevre, head of AUT Business School’s Management Department, who led the evaluation process.
The Individual Leadership award went to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce CEO Peter Townsend, who helped set up Recover Canterbury immediately after the 2010 earthquake. The organisation has supported 7000 local businesses and kept an estimated $39 million in Canterbury post-earthquake.
A new award Export Support went to intellectual property firm AJ Park for helping Australasian companies identify, develop, protect and exploit their IP rights throughout the world.
Entries were evaluated by academic staff from the Management Department of AUT Business School and Mike Watson, CEO of the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation.
The award was presented on 5 September by the Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, at a gala dinner in Auckland attended by 700 people, including key figures from business, government and not-for- profit sectors.
The Awards, which are in their eighth year, were founded by Sarah Trotman, now director of Business Relations at the AUT Business School. The gala dinner on 5 September was recognised with a silver award for accessibility by social change initiative Be.Accessible.
The full list of winners is below.
2013 Winners Supreme Award Winner
Kiwibank Business Markets
Image Print Business under $5m turnover Management services
Stellar Consulting Group
Idealog Business under $5m turnover: Sales & marketing
Plato Design Agency
Idealog Business under $5m turnover: Technology
Aura RedEye Security Ltd
Crowe Horwath Business $5m-$10m turnover
Key Research Group
Crowe Horwath Large business $10m-$100m turnover
Kiwibank Business Markets
Highly commended: Advanced Security Group
Fuji Xerox Large business $100m plus
Joint winners: ANZ Bank New Zealand Ltd, DHL Express
NZ Business Excellence Foundation Not for profit
Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
NZ Business Excellence Foundation Not for profit large
The Marketing Association
Highly commended: KEA New Zealand
NZ Business Excellence Foundation Government
Highly commended: CarboNZero Holdings
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Export Support
Fuji Xerox Leadership/Individual
Peter Townsend (Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce)