There was a packed house at the Great Lake Centre on Tuesday 27 June for the announcement of the finalists for the 2019 Great Lake Taupo Business Awards.

Twenty local businesses have been recognised for their business excellence across nine different categories.  The Awards are held every second year and encourage and support businesses in the greater Taupo region in their quest for sustainable growth, development and excellence.

With almost 80 entries received, the finalists were determined by a judging panel from the Business Management faculty of Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology.  Entrants were required to answer a comprehensive range of questions, on topics including innovation, business planning, people management, leadership, marketing, processes and financial sustainability.

Chief Judge Jeni Fountain said the standard of entries was extremely high and in some categories there was very little distinguishing the scores to determine the finalists.

The finalists are now subject to two further phases of judging before the winners are announced at a Gala Dinner at Wairakei Resort on 16 August.  Firstly, every finalist is visited by one of a further panel of independent business experts.  Then every finalist will also be mystery shopped, with a mix of virtual (web based) and in store assessments made.  The scores from these visits are added to the earlier score generated from the written entry, and these combined figures are used to identify the nine category winners, and the BNZ Overall Business of the Year.

2019 Great Lake Taupo Business Awards Finalists: 

HOUSE OF TRAVEL TAUPO EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – EMERGING BUSINESS:

  • Catch 22
  • Freedom Dance & Pilates
  • Green Start NZ
  • Mancraft Barbers
  • The Cozy Corner

VINE EATERY & BAR EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – SMALL BUSINESS:

  • Big Brown Paws Doggie Daycare and Spa
  • Formula Challenge Racing & Taupo Karts
  • Hear Better Audiology
  • Pure LED
  • Spacecraft

ZEST BROKERS EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – MEDIUM BUSINESS:

  • Baked With Love
  • Build Taupo
  • Chamberlain Carpentry & Joinery

STRETTONS EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – LARGE BUSINESS:

  • DB Consulting Engineers
  • Morrell Motors

LEGEND EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS – NOT FOR PROFIT BUSINESS:

  • Anamata CAFE
  • Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
  • Lake Taupo Hospice
  • Tongariro National Trout Centre

ENTERPRISE GREAT LAKE TAUPO – EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION:

  • Anamata CAFE
  • Chamberlain Carpentry & Joinery
  • Formula Challenge Racing & Taupo Karts
  • Morrell Motors
  • Tongariro National Trout Centre

QUALITY PRINT EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY:

  • Build Taupo
  • Huka Falls River Cruise
  • Mancraft Barbers
  • Tongariro National Trout Centre

MORE FM EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION:

  • Big Brown Paws Doggie Daycare & Spa
  • Chamberlain Carpentry & Joinery
  • Hear Better Audiology
  • Huka Falls River Cruise
  • Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

WAIRAKEI RESORT EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP:

  • Anamata CAFÉ
  • Build Taupo
  • Chamberlain Carpentry & Joinery
  • Huka Falls River Cruise
  • Mancraft Barbers