Best in Business Awards - Nomination Form

Business Awards Nominations have now closed - thank you to everyone that took the time to nominate a business. Look out for the announcement of finalist businesses coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do we run the Pukekohe Business Awards?
    The Business Awards were launched in 2012 to celebrate the businesses in Pukekohe. We wanted to reward our local businesses for their achievements and provide an event that people could be excited to attend with their teams. The business awards are designed to promote the amazing businesses we have in our own backyard and give them the credit they deserve. We understand the effort that people put into running their business and this is public recognition of that effort.
  • How do you get to be nominated?
    Eligible businesses are nominated by the public which is a fabulous endorsement of the service the business is providing. We allow every business that is nominated into the competition – there is no process of elimination with our awards – if you are nominated, you are a finalist! It is really lovely to hear the wonderful reasons why people have chosen to take the time to nominate these businesses. Businesses may also nominate themselves as it is a great opportunity to find out how your businesses is tracking.
  • What is an 'eligible' business for nomination?
    Any Business or Company operating from a commercially rated property within the Pukekohe Business Improvement District (BID) is eligible to enter, provided that they are already a member or will sign up as a member of the Pukekohe Business Association on acceptance of entry. Current Associate Members may also enter the awards.
  • Do some businesses decline their nomination?
    Unfortunately for various reasons some businesses choose to decline their nomination. This is always a disappointment to the Business Association as we really want these businesses to get the recognition they deserve! Just by being nominated the business receives three free adverts in the Franklin County News celebrating their success. This is great, positive, publicity for our local businesses.
  • What prizes are there?
    There are 5 categories in the awards. ’Retail’, ‘Hospitality’, ‘Industrial / Trade’, ‘Professional Services’, and ‘Health and Beauty’. From each of these categories a winner is chosen and then an overall winner is decided. We also have three special categories to reward businesses for their attempt to gain votes, by submitting an amazing submission, and for achievement in the community.

    Category winners receive a cash prize, a trophy, and an article about their business in the Franklin County News. This year, category winners will also receive a two minute promotional video to utilise.

    The supreme winner also receives a winners logo.
  • How are the businesses judged?
    For the category winners and overall winner the nominees are judged as follows;

    50% - Based on an independent mystery shopper report
    50% - Based on a submission the business makes on why they think they are ‘best in business’

    For the special prizes ‘Most Votes Received’ is awarded to the business that gained the most public votes. ‘Outstanding Submission’ is awarded to a business that had an amazing submission. The community recognition award will be awarded to a business that has demonstrated community involvement through the submission process. These special prizes reflect the effort that businesses put in whilst they may not have won a category.
  • How much does it cost to attend the awards?
    Each nominated business receives 2 complimentary tickets. Each additional ticket is $80 + GST which is heavily subsidised by the Business Association. This $80 + GST gets you a three course meal, two drinks on arrival, as well as the opportunity to attend a fabulous night out! Nominated businesses have the first option to purchase tickets and any remaining tickets will be available from the 7th July for the public to purchase.
  • When is the Business Awards Evening?
    The 2017 Business Awards will be held on the 29th July.
  • What is the dress code for the awards evening?
    The business awards are a black tie event so suits, cocktail dresses or long formal gowns! This is an opportunity to get dressed up.

    The event always has a celebrity Master of Ceremonies to ensure that it is a fun and entertaining evening. These have included Pam Corkery, Ben Hurley, Michelle A’Court, Hilary Barry and Jackie Clarke.
  • What category does my business fit into?
    • Industrial / Trade Business (includes rural, building, plumbing, mechanics, electrical,transport, manufacturing and logistics)
    • Retail (businesses whose prime function is the sale of goods, either face to face or online. These include privately owned shops, franchise outlets and chain stores)
    • Tourism / Hospitality Business (
      accommodation, activity operators, and businesses that sell food and beverages
      cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, fast food outlets and catering services)
    • Health and Beauty (Services include gyms, beauticians, hair dressers, massage therapists, doctors, pharmacies)
    • Professional Services Business (includes lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, veterinarians, photographers, web & graphic designers, financial planners, IT providers, insurance brokers event hire businesses, printing, engraving, travel agents, and repair services)