Business superstars up for honours

Nearly 50 finalists have made it to the next round of the AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards, rewarding achievements in areas from leadership to marketing, evaluation and improvement, and the all important bottom line.

Sarah Trotman and Geoff Perry of AUT Business School

Sarah Trotman and Geoff Perry of AUT Business School

AUT's Business School took ownership of the awards earlier this year, and 49 finalists were chosen, the highest ever in the awards' seven-year history.

“There has been a significant increase in the number of entries from large businesses, and such interest in recognising quality in the field of business support indicates an understanding that, with world-class business support, New Zealand can build world-class business,” says awards founder Sarah Trotman, who is also director of business relations at AUT Business School.

Finalists now have until July 6 to submit their final applications. The winners will then be announced in October at a black-tie gala dinner in Auckland.

Evaluation of all nominations will be overseen by The New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, including evaluators for the management department of AUT Business School.

The 2012 finalists are:

Business under $5m turnover – Management Services

  • Optimal Usability Limited
  • Otago Innovation Limited
  • Rotorua Chamber of Commerce
  • The Small Business Company
  • Valentine Addis Ltd

Business under $5m turnover – Sales & Marketing

  • The Research Agency
  • Plato Design Agency
  • Verve – The Event Agency
  • Terabyte Interactive

Business under $5m turnover – Technology

  • Vadacom
  • Optimal Usability
  • Aura RedEye Security Ltd

Business under $5m turnover – Accounting and Finance

  • Debtworks
  • DJCA
  • GoFi8ure

Business $5m - $10m turnover

  • Provoke Solutions
  • Advanced Security
  • Laser Plus Limited

Large Business Specific Initiative

  • Deloitte Fast 50
  • ASB Bank Limited -Business Focus Account
  • BNZ Finance

Large Business $10m - $50m turnover

  • Plan-b Ltd
  • Intergen
  • BankLink
  • Telecom Rentals
  • Fusion5

Large Business $50m-$200m turnover

  • Kordia Networks
  • 2degrees
  • Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Large Business $200m plus

  • Gen-i
  • GE Capital
  • Bidvest
  • Bartercard New Zealand
  • ANZ Banking Group NZ

Not for Profit

  • Sustainable Business Network
  • Leadership New Zealand
  • Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd
  • Development West Coast
  • Onehunga High Business School


  • CarboNZero Holdings
  • Dunedin City Council – Economic Development Unit
  • (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment)
  • Dispute Resolution Services Ltd
  • Work & Income


  • Dr Ann Smith – CarboNZero Holdings
  • Chris Quin – CEO Gen-i Australasia
  • Rachel Brown – CEO Sustainable Business Network
  • Glen Senior – CEO The Small Business Company
  • Michael Barnett – CEO Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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