Awards FAQs

What are the Business Awards?

Nelson Tasman Regional Chamber of Commerce established the Business Awards in 1988, to celebrate business success and promote business excellence in the Nelson Tasman region.

Do I need to be a member of Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce to enter?

No, the Chamber welcomes entries from all businesses in the region regardless of their membership status.

Is there help available to enter?

Yes, the Chamber runs Business Building Blocks seminars to help entrants and there are past winning entries available to view at the Chamber.

What will I get out of entering?

It will help you focus on your business, giving you a clear strategy and provide you with a well thought-out Business Plan. It provides you with a solid document that you can use for tendering processes, finance and marketing material. It also gives you an opportunity to promote your business.  Past winners regularly talk about how entering the award has helped boost their business profile.  

Do the judges visit my business?

No, but a Chamber representative will arrange a convenient time to visit your business once entries have closed.  The person who visits your business does not see your entry.

How much time will it take to put my entry together?

If you already have business and marketing plans, you’ll be able to use a lot of the information in those documents. If you do not have these documents, this is a great opportunity to get all the information in your head on to paper.

Can a not-for-profit business enter?

Yes. Explain how your funding is obtained, the criteria to which your charter or constitution requires you to operate, challenges you face in meeting your goals and objectives while retaining your special not-for-profit status.

Do I get feedback?

After the Awards the Chamber will offer you the opportunity to meet with one of the judges. They will give you general feedback on your entry and any tips for improving it should you choose to enter the awards another year.

Who gets to see my entry? Is it confidential?

It is confidential. The only people who get to see your entry contents are the 5 independent judges. Judges individually sign a confidentiality agreement. All copies of your entry are returned to you after the awards ceremony.

Do I need to get a professional to put my entry form together?

Absolutely not. Some entrants do use professionals, but you can definitely put it together yourself. In fact, we encourage entrants to do that, as it helps to give the judges a feel for you and your business. It’s really not about how glitzy the entry is, it’s about the content.

Do I have to attend the Awards dinner?

All entrants are expected to be represented at the Awards Dinner on Friday 3 November 2017. Winners are not advised of their success prior to the presentation of the Awards. The dress code is black tie. The evening starts at 6.00pm and includes a 3 course meal, and finishes late.

Reward your staff by having them attend or use it as an opportunity to host clients.

This was my first year in business and I made a small loss – will this count against me in my entry?

No, it won’t. As an emerging business the judges take into account the fact that your first year in business will have additional expenses, less turnover etc.

When do entries close?

Entries for the 2017 Business Awards have now closed.