Never heard of the North Canterbury Business Awards before? Wondering what all the buzz is about? Read on to find the answers to all your burning awards questions!

What are the North Canterbury Business Awards?

Taking place every two years (with a one year break for Covid), the awards are North Canterbury’s premier business event and celebrate all that is great about business in North Canterbury. We honour the best businesses in our region and bring the business community together for a great night out at the awards ceremony.


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Past entrants have told us that the application process was hugely rewarding in itself, giving them a chance to sit down and reflect on where they have come from, what they have achieved and where they are headed. Winners have reported improved staff morale, increased awareness of their business and subsequent increases in sales and partnerships. Entrants and winners have also told of gaining a stronger feeling of participation in the North Canterbury business community, meeting other business owners and finding out about other local businesses that they weren’t aware of. And of course, winners gain the glory of being crowned the best in the region!


How do I enter?

Entries are only accepted via the online entry form. However, 2021 entries are now closed


HanmerWhat’s involved?

The entry process involves filling out an online form with a lot of in-depth information about your business. It is expected that the entry process will take a number of hours overall (you can save and come back later as we know you are busy!) but as mentioned, entrants find this process in itself hugely rewarding and view it as a chance to sit down and look really closely at their business operations. All entries then go to our panel of expert judges who will decide category winners and finalists, all of whom will be announced at the Gala Evening on September 24th.


What does it cost?

It’s free to enter the awards – the only cost to you is time. All finalists will be given the opportunity to be included in our paid advertising features closer to the event date, and you will also need to purchase a Gala ticket ($185+GST) if you wish to attend the awards ceremony.


Who am I competing against?

Businesses of all types and sizes compete in the business awards, from small one-man-bands to major franchises employing hundreds of people. We judge each business on their merits, taking into account the size, age and support available to each business. We measure your business against where we would expect it to be at the current stage, rather than by size or maturity. This means that a small business has just as much chance of winning as bigger, more mature businesses, as long as they are run well and are achieving their goals.


Who are the judges?

The 2021 North Canterbury Business Awards judges are Steve Wilkinson, Debs Taylor-Hayhurst and Brian Davey. All of our judges are very experienced, carefully selected experts from across the business and social sector. They bring a wide and varied background in many aspects of business ownership, community development, planning and goalsetting and they bring their exceptional knowledge and expertise to the awards judging role. Click here to meet the judges >>


Rapt audienceWhat is the Gala Evening?

In short, the fun part! The Gala Evening is an exclusive black-tie event where all of the award winners are announced and all of the awards are presented. With Frankie Stevens as the MC, live music and fine dining, it is always a hugely entertaining evening and an excellent networking opportunity. This year the Gala Evening will be held on November 20th at the new MainPower Stadium in Rangiora. You can reserve your gala tickets online now >>


What are the key dates?

28 April

Launch event

29 April

Applications open

18 June

Applications close

12 July

People's Choice votes open

11 August

People's Choice votes close

20 November

Business Awards Gala event


Who sponsors the event?

The North Canterbury Business Awards are brought to you by Enterprise North Canterbury, but would not be possible without the support and generosity of the following local sponsors. You can read more about the sponsors here >>

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