A diverse group of winners was announced at the New Zealand International Business Awards, with the data warehouse automation software provider WhereScape winning the coveted Judge’s Supreme Award for International Business, as well as Best Medium Business.
Nine companies were acknowledged in this year’s awards, which are in their 50th year of celebrating the success of New Zealand businesses on the world stage.
The judges were impressed by WhereScape’s accomplishment of translating big data into big business.
“Their clever transition from a product company to a global sales organisation has allowed them to exploit the global opportunity for data analytics, right at the time when expertise in big data is most sought after,” said judge, David Downs.
Among those who took home accolades in this year’s awards, were Haka Tours and Timely jointly winning Best Emerging Business, and Gallagher with Best Large Business and the Excellence in Design Award.
Straker Translations and New Zealand Mint respectively received awards for Excellence in Innovation, Marketing and Design, while Ngai Tahu Tourism won the He kai kei aku ringa for Maori Excellence in Export award, and Xero the Excellence in Leadership award.
The award winners receive:
- $25,000 for each General Category Winner
- $25,000 for the Supreme Winner
- General and Special category winners each receive two tickets to Better By Design’s CEO Summit.
Celebrating 50 years of business icons
This year marked the 50th anniversary since the inaugural export awards were first presented to innovative Kiwi businesses.
Half a century is a big milestone, and to celebrate a set of art works inspired by '50 years of the Art of Business' were commissioned.
These special artworks were created to recognise previous award winners’ contribution to this country’s export success.
These artworks celebrating iconic companies, including Tip Top and Crown Lynn, were on display at the awards ceremony.