Here you can find out which category you should enter your business into in the North Canterbury Business Awards. If you're still unsure, or if you wish to clarify or discuss any of the categories, please contact Miles Dalton at Enterprise North Canterbury.

Professional Services Award – Sponsored by BDO

BDO 20logoThis award recognises businesses that use their specialist skills and knowledge to assist their customers. What do you do that adds value for your customers?

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Excellence in Retail Award – Sponsored by Kingsford Kitchen

Kingsford Kitchen LogoThis award is aimed at exceptional retail businesses in North Canterbury which demonstrate outstanding customer/client focus, sound management, and excellent quality. Why are you a better retailer than those around you?

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Tourism and Hospitality Award – Sponsored by Artisan Spa

Artisan Spa Logo Hospitality Award SponsorThis award recognises businesses and organisations that are exceptional contributors to the region’s tourism, promotions, events or lifestyle activities. What do you do for visitors that shines above other businesses?

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Manufacturing and Trades Award - Sponsored by ENC

ENC logoThis award recognises businesses that use their hands-on knowledge or specialist skills to create, repair or build. What is it about your product, process or offering that makes you unique?

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Agribusiness Award – Sponsored by Mauri ANZ Stockfeed

Mauri ANZ Stockfeed logoThis award is aimed at business enterprises and organisations that form part of, or contribute to the primary sector. We are seeking businesses that show exceptional stewardship of environmental resources as well as innovation and a clear strategic direction. They will demonstrate sound employment practices and have a strong relationship with local community.

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Emerging Business Award - Sponsored by Hellers

Hellers Logo SmallThis award is aimed at new businesses with a solid vision of what they want to achieve and that can demonstrate success towards achieving that vision. Those that succeed in this category will be able to show their business plan, demonstrate that they have identified their market niche well and show that they are on track to achieving growth.

Entrants for this award must have been trading for between one and three years.

Innovation Award - Sponsored by Spark Business

Spark Business CanterburyThis award recognises businesses and organisations that bring something unique to the table. This may be a technological innovation, or a new process within a business. This award is aimed at organisations that have looked outside the square and found a new way of doing things.

Community Enterprise Award – Sponsored by PAKn’SAVE

Pak n Save RangioraThis award is aimed at businesses and organisations that are succeeding in improving the social fabric of their community. Those who succeed in this category will show they are achieving well defined social objectives while still demonstrating excellent business practices. How are you making your community (or the world) a better place, while operating in a manner that will provide longevity to your business or organisation?

Environmental Step Change Award  - Sponsored by Environment Canterbury

ECan logoThis award is for businesses or organisations that have acted to protect or improve the natural environment. This could be initiatives to reduce business waste or to reduce pollution risk via better policies or improved staff training. It could also include actions to protect or restore local ecosystems. What are you doing to protect or improve the environment that provides an example for other businesses and organisations to follow?

Categories for all Participants


North Canterbury News Logo SponsorPeople’s Choice Award – Sponsored by The North Canterbury News

This award is voted by the public of North Canterbury through our website. All eligible organisations from other categories are automatically entered for this award. This award is an opportunity for you to promote your services to your own customers and to the wider North Canterbury audience.



Mainpower new logo CMYKSupreme Award - Sponsored by Mainpower

The Supreme Award recognises the North Canterbury business that best demonstrates exceptional all-round performance across a range of business areas and their superior positioning amongst all business entries. All eligible commercial businesses from other categories are automatically considered for this award.


With thanks to our 2018 North Canterbury Business Award sponsors:

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