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Recognising stand out Auckland Businesses


Construction company Canam Group Ltd is just one of many West Auckland businesses which has been recognised, rewarded, supported and applauded for its achievements through the prestigious Westpac Auckland Business Awards.

Canam Group is a former West Supreme Excellence Award winner, and found the Awards experience highly rewarding. That experience, and Canam Group Ltd’s belief in the Awards concept resulted in the company subsequently choosing to sponsor the West Excellence in Innovation category.

Entries are now open for the Westpac Auckland Business Awards – West 2014, and Iain Hobson, Business Development Manager at Canam Construction encourages businesses in the west to seize the opportunity to be a potential winner, and gain the other benefits which come from entering.

Iain Hobson says compiling the company’s entry was not easy, but there is no question it was worth it: “As the process unfolded, we discovered it to be a hugely rewarding exercise and I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the amount of positive feedback we have received as a result of winning the Awards.”

As Canam Group found, the Awards offer businesses of all sizes in Auckland an opportunity to step back and review business plans and goals to see how far the business has come, to benchmark systems and processes with successful companies across the entire region, and to gain brand exposure to key Auckland business decision-makers and potential customers.

This year, the Awards will be presented in central, north, south and west Auckland under a common brand, and with the backing and expertise of two powerful business networks – the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).

Chief executives Michael Barnett of Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Brett O’Riley of ATEED believe consistency across the Awards process will bring additional prestige to the winners and will allow firms to benchmark across the wider region.

Brett O’Riley says: “Together, we are committed to Awards based on judging criteria which reward and foster innovation and excellence, and will help to grow the high-tech and exportready economy which Auckland needs.”

Michael Barnett says it is important for companies to realise the Awards are about “celebrating business excellence – which is a business’ ability to ride out tough times and capitalise on the opportunities”.

“These Awards will recognise resilience, innovation, and the essential principles of business success,” he said.

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