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2016 South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards
The BEA recognises and celebrates business excellence, playing an important role in promoting and strengthening economic development in the region.

Entering these prestigious awards provides you and your team with a rare opportunity to take a step back from day to day operations and review your business from a fresh perspective.

Past winners have found the entry process not only highly rewarding and motivating, but also of immense strategic value in positioning their business for long-term, sustainable growth.

Entrants benefit from significant local media coverage, with category and supreme winners able to leverage their success in on-going advertising and communications activity well past the immediate event period. In addition to the benefits for businesses, the awards play an important part in lifting the overall profile of South Canterbury, raising awareness of our business sectors for the economic benefit of all South Cantabrians.

View the 2015 Business Excellence Awards.

Award Categories

  Open to businesses that have been trading less than three years.
  Open to businesses with Fulltime Equivalent staff (FTE) 1 – 5
  Open to businesses with Fulltime Equivalent staff (FTE) 6 - 15
  Open to businesses with Fulltime Equivalent staff (FTE) 16+


  Open to businesses whose principle activity is the sale of goods to the consumer. Reliability, value and outstanding customer service are all essential to the overall retail experience.

  This award is specifically for the Not for Proft sector. Entrants should demonstrate their commitment and involvement to enhancing and supporting the South Canterbury community, and this could be in areas such as culture, education, health or welfare.

 Special Awards 2016

  This business is creatively using technology to their advantage in achieving success and has adopted new innovative methods or systems in their company. The technology (or technologies) is not limited to IT, and will provide a competitive advantage through its application and leverage. Entry is optional for this award

  This award is voted by the public of South Canterbury through the South Canterbury District website All finalists are eligible for this award

  This award acknowledges the overall winner selected from all the category winners


Entry Process & Guidelines

Entering the awards is simple, download your entry pack and get started here. Come along to an entry workshop to get help with your entry.

  • Each section must be completed within the specified word limit, so plan your entry to gain maximum mileage out of the limited word count. The word count is however a maximum number and you may be able to complete some sections with less than this amount.
  • Please word process your answers. No handwritten entries will be accepted. The presentation of your entry is important.
  • Answer all questions clearly and concisely and avoid narrative as a substitute for hard facts. The use of bullet points may assist in summarising information.
  • Entering can be a real team effort so consider brainstorming the questions with your staff, business partners, advisors etc. You might be surprised at the level of involvement and interest shown.
  • Appendices are not allowed.
  • It is not compulsory to include financial indicators, however indicators such as gross profit percentage could enhance your entry.
  • For any enquiries contact the SC Chamber of Commerce office (03) 687 2733 or email
  • Entries close at 5pm on Friday June 17. No late entries will be accepted.

Key Dates

 19 May - 10 June  Entry Workshops 
 17 June  Entries Close at 5pm
 27 June - 14 July  Judging Process
 22 July  Finalists Announced
 Ticket Sales Begin
 People's Choice voting begins
 1 - 12 August  Preperation of Video Clips for Gala Evening
 19 August  People's Choice Voting Closes
 26 August  2016 South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business  Excellence Awards Gala Evening, Caroline Bay Hall,  Timaru

Entry Workshops
Workshops are scheduled to assist businesses entering the awards. This is an opportunity to cover any questions you may have regarding the entry process and gain insight into writing your entry.

For details and to register for a workshop please phone the Chamber office on 03 687 2733 or emai

 19 May   Workshop Timaru - 10.00 - 11.30am
 Aoraki Development, 19 Church St, Timaru
 26 May  Workshop Tekapo - 10.30 - 12noon
 Tekapo Community Hall, Tekapo
 26 May  Workshop Geraldine - 10.00 - 11.30
 Geraldine Resource Centre, Geraldine
 7 June  Workshop Waimate - 10.30 - 11.30
 Waimate District Council, Waimate
 10 June  Workshop Timaru - 10.00 - 11.30am
 Aoraki Development, 19 Church St, Timaru

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