Monday, 31st October, 2016

The 2016 Westpac Supreme Business of the Year was awarded to Skyline Queenstown

The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award which recognises an individual’s significant contribution to the Queenstown region was awarded to Barry Thomas

Category winners as follows:

McCulloch & Partners SME Business of the Year was awarded to Roost Mortgage Brokers

Lane Neave Large Business of the Year Award was awarded to Skyline Queenstown

SIT Excellence in Construction, Trade or Services Award was awarded to Naylor Love Construction Ltd

Air New Zealand Excellence in Hospitality or Accommodation Award was awarded to Hotel St Moritz

Heartland Technology Excellence in Professional Services Award was awarded to Colliers International Otago

Queenstown Resort College Employer of the Year Award was awarded to Skyline Queenstown

Destination Queenstown Best Emerging Business Award was awarded to MAXraft

Real Journeys Excellence in Tourism, Activities or Events Award was awarded to Skyline Queenstown

 

Please see below the finalists for each category.

McCulloch & Partners SME Business of the Year Award: For any business with turnover up to $2.5 million

Feast Creative
HQ New Zealand
Roost Mortgage Brokers
TomTom Productions
Lane Neave Large Business of the Year Award: For any business with turnover in excess of $2.5 million

Jucy
Mons Royale
Shotover Camera Systems
Skyline Queenstown
Real Journeys Excellence in Tourism, Activities or Events Award: Recognises a business that demonstrates business excellence in the tourism, activities or events sector

Jucy
Nomad Safaris
Skyline Queenstown
Ziptrek Ecotours
SIT Excellence in Construction, Trade or Services Award: Recognises a business that demonstrates business excellence in the construction, trade or services sector

Hoamz Ltd
MAXraft
Naylor Love Construction Ltd
Partners in Grime
Air New Zealand Excellence in Hospitality or Accommodation Award: Recognises a business that demonstrates business excellence in the hospitality or accommodation sector

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hotel St Moritz
Millbrook Resort
Skyline Queenstown
Heartland Technology Excellence in Professional Services Award: Recognises a business that demonstrates business excellence in the professional/corporate services sector

Colliers International Otago
New Zealand Sothebys International Realty
Roost Mortgage Brokers
Wherewolf
Queenstown Resort College Employer of the Year Award: Recognises a business which has developed leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention

Cardrona Alpine Resort
Heartland Technology
Shotover Canyon Swing & Canyon Fox
Skyline Queenstown
Destination Queenstown Best Emerging Business Award: Recognises a business that has achieved significant business growth during the last one to three years as a result of effective planning and delivery. The business must have started trading after 31 March 2011 and to have been operating for a minimum three year period as at 30 June 2016

Landmark Homes Central
MAXraft
Neat Meat
Thrillzone


Thank you to our sponsors who make this event possible:

MAJOR SPONSOR - WESTPAC:

Once again, Westpac is proud to support the 2016 Westpac Queenstown Business Excellence Awards and continue our tradition of recognising the vital role business has to play in both the local and New Zealand economies. Alongside the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce, we understand the importance of businesses across the Queenstown region, both big and small. It’s why we’re the major sponsors of 17 Regional Business Excellence Awards around the country. Small business contribute to nearly 30 percent of our GDP, so there’s absolutely no doubt about the important role SME’s play in New Zealand’s economy. As part of our Grow New Zealand initiative we’re all about encouraging people to invest in their local areas, like Queenstown and believe businesses in Queenstown deserve to be recognised and rewarded for outstanding achievements. It’s great to see the Awards give entrants an opportunity to have a renewed focus on their business – identifying the strengths and challenges and of course coming up with winning solutions. All the best to those businesses entering the 2016 Westpac Queenstown Business Excellence Awards.
Regards, Karen Silk, Westpac General Manager, Commercial, Corporate & Institutional

CATEGORY SPONSORS:

McCulloch & Partners are pleased to again be the sponsor for the SME Business of the Year Award. McCulloch & Partners have been in Queenstown for over 45 years and have grown as the town's business community has grown. Small to medium sized businesses account for a huge part of the town's commercial activity and we are pleased to be supporting this very important part of the business sector.


Lane Neave is recognised nationally as one of New Zealand’s leading full-service law firm with offices in Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. They are uniquely sized to provide real value and advantage. Lane Neave has the legal capability of a large firm, the affordability and value of a mid-sized firm, but the customer intimacy and approachability of a boutique firm.


Air New Zealand: with the spectacular growth of air travel to and from Queenstown in the past 15 years, this destination is now Air New Zealand’s fourth largest domestic port by passenger numbers. Air New Zealand is proud to be the name behind the inaugural Queenstown Marathon and is very proud to sponsor the Westpac Queenstown Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, encouraging the thriving Queenstown business sector.


Real Journeys is a family owned South Island tourism business founded in 1954 that operates the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak High Country Farm in Queenstown, world renowned cruises in Milford & Doubtful Sounds, the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, day walks on the Milford Track, Stewart Island ferry & tour services. Real Journeys also owns Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka, the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch & Kiwi Discovery/Queenstown Rafting in Queenstown.


Southern Institute of Technology introduced the Certificate in Construction in August this year to help provide skilled graduates into Queenstown’s growing construction industry, which was well received by industry members. “Over the next five years Queenstown is set to experience a marked increase in the volume of construction work and demand for apprentices will be high. SIT will continue its commitment to the Queenstown trades sector in the coming years with the hopes of introducing other trades related programmes.


Queenstown Resort College is New Zealand’s multi award winning Premier Tourism and Hospitality Management Tertiary Provider, specialising in Hospitality Management and Adventure Tourism Management. Winning the Supreme Business Award in 2012 was an important milestone for both QRC and the growth of Education in the Queenstown region. From past winner to sponsor is a natural step, and it is fitting that QRC is now sponsor of the Employer of the Year Award.


Destination Queenstown is the regional tourism organisation responsible for marketing Queenstown as the Southern Hemisphere's premier four season lake and alpine resort. As the neutral tourism contact point for the resort, we work with local businesses, including tourism operators, the hospitality industry, accommodation providers, retailers, and service sectors to promote Queenstown as a unique destination that offers visitors truly memorable experiences. DQ is the proud sponsor of the Best Emerging Business Award.


Heartland Technology: established ten years ago, Heartland Ricoh is a local Queenstown business. We specialise in the supply and servicing of Ricoh brand multifunctional photocopiers and network printers. For us, it’s all about service. We answer clients calls locally, so you’ll deal directly with our helpful, highly-skilled staff and technicians. We believe operating locally still has value, so we take pride in working together with local businesses to help our community grow.


PRODUCT & SERVICES SPONSORS:

SKYCITY Queenstown
Peregrine Wines
TomTom Productions
Lion Nathan
Audience Alive
Sheena Haywood Photography
Mountain Scene
MediaWorks