2018 Nelson Pine Industries Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Winners
The winners in the 2018 Nelson Pine Industries Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Award winners have been described by the judges as “caring as much for our people as their do their bottom line”.
The strong theme of wishing to do community or environmental came through at the annual Business Awards across all the categories, according to the independent judging panel.
This year was the 30th anniversary of the Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, so it was only fitting that the overall major sponsor of the Awards was Nelson Pine Industries, who won the inaugural Supreme Business Award in 1988.
Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Acting CEO Ru Collin said the Awards evening was a wonderful reflection of the region’s diverse and thriving business community.
“We’re very proud of the 30 year history of the Awards. The evening itself is always a great opportunity to celebrate the great things that business does for our community.
“This year also marks 160 years of the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce. We’ve been around for a long period of time, helping to shape the region into what it is today”.
This year the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce introduced new categories to mark the 30th anniversary of the Awards, and to reflect all aspects of business excellence. These included:
- Datacom Clever Business Award
- New Zealand King Salmon Community Impact Award
- Wakatū Incorporation Young Business Person of the Year
- Nelson Forests Ltd Business Person of the Year
39 entries and nominations were received across all categories. Nominations for Business Person and Young Business Person of the Year were whittled down to five finalists in each category which then went out to public vote. More than 4,000 votes were received.
In addition, two members of the Nelson Tasman business community were inducted into the Chamber’s Hall of Fame. Recipients of the Hall of Fame award are recognised for their long-standing commitment and involvement with the Chamber, the business community and the wider Nelson Tasman community.
The 2018 Award winners are:
NELSON PINE INDUSTRIES SUPREME BUSINESS AWARD WINNER:
The Winner is Orange Dog.
The judges were impressed with this clever local business. Orange Dog developed their own market where none existed before and they have continued to expand it.
This involves research and development at significant effort along the way. They provide outstanding customer service with innovative business practices…. the judges called this business a true kiwi success story.
There is a great staff culture and it is a fun place to work. Civic care is an important part of the culture, for example their ‘Scooter survivor’ programme, and they also identify charities that fit with their culture (for example Nelson Ark and volleyball).
NELSON WEEKLY/WAIMEA WEEKLY EMERGING BUSINESS AWARD WINNER:
The winner is Hemisphere Health.
Hemisphere Health is taking the visionary approach to occupational health and safety.
The judges admired the business for providing a wraparound service with the objective of getting people in the Nelson Tasman region back to work.
NZME SMALL BUSINESS AWARD WINNER:
The winner is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson-Tasman (BBBS).
The demand for what BBBS offer in our community is very strong, and essential to our community health.
The strong board leadership assists the organisation’s success, with the staff being driven, efficient and passionate about providing successful relationships between mentors and mentees.
The social return to the community is eighteen times every dollar spent.
The objective was clearly articulated and understood by the BBBS team, and the procedures and policies that support this are evident in their success.
MEDIAWORKS MEDIUM BUSINESS AWARD WINNER:
The winner is Orange Dog.
Orange Dog created their own market where previously one didn’t exist.
The business now has a number of competitors but continue to deepen their existing customer base through innovation and identifying what their customers need.
Orange Dog export outside the region and into Australia while employing 13 locals to do so.
NELSON CITY COUNCIL LARGE BUSINESS AWARD WINNER:
The winner is Crombie Lockwood Nelson.
Crombie Lockwood is the deserved winner of this award due to the character of the people and their desire to improve.
Crombie Lockwood Nelson stood out for their transformation story and pursuit of excellence in their field, both at the firm and at the individual levels. Within the Nelson Tasman community they have established a strong local identity focused on partnerships within the region.
NEW ZEALAND KING SALMON COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD WINNER:
The winner is Volunteer Nelson.
The benefits to our community of all entrants in this category is immense. The judges hope that all present at the awards take the time to thank, celebrate and where possible look to help the entrants in this category and all their peer charities. We are a better community because of them.
The judges felt that despite the relatively low profile, Volunteer Nelson has the greatest reach into so many areas of our community. They are the ‘busiest, behind the scenes organisation you might never have heard of’.
DATACOM CLEVER BUSINESS AWARD WINNER:
The winner is Nelson Weekly Ltd.
Nelson Weekly Ltd ticked all the boxes in regards to added value to the region through their Nelson App. Digital innovation was identified as a way to move their business forward to become the leading media organisation in the top of the south.
WAKATŪ YOUNG BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
Benjamin Clark, Master Jeweller, Benjamin Black Goldsmiths
Benjamin is a young and talented jeweller and entrepreneur, who launched Benjamin Black Goldsmiths in 2013 alongside his partner Amy.
Over the past five years they have built a Deloitte Fast 50 award-winning business manufacturing, retailing and wholesaling jewellery to domestic and international markets.
Driven by Benjamin’s vision to help people leave a legacy, Benjamin Black Goldsmiths works with people around New Zealand and the world, creating custom, personalised jewellery that is made by hand and made to last for generations.
His diverse approach to business has included implementing multiple revenue streams, including the introduction of a sister brand, Black Matter Jewellery.
Catering to a niche market, Black Matter has very quickly grown in popularity, most recently being picked up by a leading department store in New Zealand and international buyers in New York.
Benjamin is a proficient business person with a humble nature and exciting future ahead.
NELSON FORESTS LTD BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR
Pic Picot, Pic’s Peanut Butter
In 2007, Pic Picot, a visually impaired 55-year-old, began making peanut butter in his garage and selling it at the Nelson Market.
The company now employs 45 people across three Nelson locations, produces 20,000 jars of peanut butter daily and its premium peanut butter is sold in 13 countries, including China and the USA.
In 2015 Picot Productions was overall winner of the Commerce Nelson Business Awards, and in 2019 Pic was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to business.
Pic’s Peanut Butter World, a 4000m2 purpose-built factory and visitor experience will be opening in Saxton Road early 2019.
RĀTĀ FOUNDATION HALL OF FAME RECIPIENTS
Posthumous Award – Terry McCashin
A link to official photos will be provided here soon.