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2015 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.

Key dates
28 May - 11 June   Workshops for entrants
19 June   Entries Close at 5pm
25 June - 13 July   Judging Process
24 July   Finalists Announced
Ticket Sales Begin
People's Choice Voting begins
3 - 14 August   Preparation of Video Clips for Gala Evening
21 August   People's Choice Voting Closes
28 August   BEA Gala Evening, Caroline Bay Hall, Timaru


Categories & Entry Guidelines

  Open to businesses that have been trading less than three years.
  Open to businesses with Fulltime Equivalent staff (FTE) 1 – 15
  Open to businesses with Fulltime Equivalent staff (FTE) 16 - 50
  Open to businesses with Fulltime Equivalent staff (FTE) 51+


  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 2015

  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 Guidelines
  • 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.
  • 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 ADBT office (03) 687 2682 or email
  • Entries close at 5pm on Friday June 19. No late entries will be accepted.
  • View the Conditions of Entry & Eligibility

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 ADBT office on 03 687 2682 or email

28 May   Timaru   11am – 12noon, ADBT Training Room, 19 Church Street
4 June  Geraldine  11am – 12noon, Geraldine Community Resource Centre
4 June  Fairlie  10.30 – 11.30am, Mackenzie Community Centre Lounge
9 June  Waimate  10.30 – 11.30am, Nosh Roadside Gourmet
11 June  Timaru  11am – 12noon, ADBT Training Room, 19 Church Street

Entries for this years awards are now closed.

- Emerging Business Award
- Small Business Award
- Medium Business Award
- Large Business Award
- Retail Award
- Community Organisation Award

NB: Entries into The Emerging, Small, Medium and Large Business Awards are all eligible for the People's Choice & Supreme Awards and have the option to enter the Innovation & Technology Award. The Retail and Community Organisation Awards are stand alone awards, but businesses may choose to enter one of these awards alongside one of the other categories listed above. Please take care to ensure you use the correct form/s. View the full Conditions of Entry & Eligibility.

Nominate a business
When you nominate a local business or charity, we’ll make contact with them to inform them they have been nominated, and send them the entry form to fill out. Nominations are confidential, but you are welcome to let the organisation know you’ve made the nomination and encourage them to enter.

Nominations for this years awards are now closed.

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