The Dunedin City Council has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards.
Recognised for excellence in the ‘Government’ category, and based on its Dunedin Business Internship Programme administered through the Council’s Economic Development Unit, the DCC will join 48 other finalists in this years’ AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards – a record number in the awards seven year history.
Sarah Trotman, Founder of the Excellence in Business Support Awards and Director of Business Relations at AUT Business School says the high level of interest this year is highly encouraging for New Zealand business.
“The Excellence in Business Support Awards were established in 2005, and never before have we had 49 finalists. It’s a true reflection of the quality of applicants we have had this year.
“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 Trotman.
For Dean of AUT Business School Geoff Perry, being aligned with the awards provides an important opportunity to build on the Schools existing engagement with industry.
“The Excellence in Business Support Awards are regarded highly among industry, providing organisations the chance to benchmark their performance alongside others in their field. As a Business School, it’s important for us to celebrate the businesses that contribute to the economic and social development of our region, so that together, we can continue to add value to the changing world of business,” says Dr Perry.
The robust entry and evaluation process of the awards enables finalists to reflect on how effectively their organisation achieves business excellence in all key areas including leadership and planning, customer and market focus, provision of business support, evaluation and improvement, and business results.
The Dunedin Business Internship Programme operates within the city’s business community providing a market place for skilled interns and businesses to meet in a friendly and cost-effective environment. Its purpose is to improve the flow of top quality students into Dunedin businesses to help with staff shortages and provide ‘real’ experience for students seeking work opportunities post graduation.
Finalists now have until 6 July to submit their final applications. The winners will then be announced on 25 October at a black-tie gala dinner in Auckland. The Supreme Award will be chosen from the category winners.
Evaluation of all nominations will be overseen by The New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, including evaluators for the management department of AUT Business School. Excellence will be assessed using the international Baldridge criteria.
A full list of the 2012 Finalists of the AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards can be seen below:
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
Business under $5m turnover – Technology
Business under $5m turnover – Accounting and Finance
Business $5m - $10m turnover
Laser Plus Ltd
Large Business Specific Initiative
Deloitte Fast 50
ASB Bank Ltd Business Focus Account
Large Business $10m-$50m turnover
Large Business $50m-$200m turnover
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts
Large Business $200m plus
ANZ Banking Group NZ
Not for Profit
Sustainable Business Network
Beef & Lamb NZ
Development West Coast
Onehunga High Business School
Dunedin City Council – EDU
Business.govt.nz (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment)
Dispute Resolution Services
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 Chamber of Commerce