Best of business in the boom

The team from BlueBerryIT, the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Excellence Awards supreme winners. Photo: Supplied.

A celebration of Marlborough’s businesses has seen some of the region’s best gather to mark industry achievements.

The 2019 Business Excellence Awards took place on Friday night at the Marlborough Convention Centre.

Nelson computer repair and IT business BlueberryIT was the overall winner at the glitzy event, scoring high and with an “x-factor that inspired” the Marlborough community, and the judges.

Marlborough Chamber of Commerce chief executive Hans Neilson says the awards were everything he hoped they would be.

“There cannot be a better celebration of business excellence in Marlborough,” Hans says.

“Sometimes, in the day to day, we forget our defining qualities, but to a fresh set of eyes they are readily apparent.”

He says the night was about recognising and celebrating excellence, innovation, and success of businesses and not-for-profit organisations across Marlborough.

A panel of judges, themselves successful businesspeople, chose the winners from the varied categories.

Well & Good Health won the Marlborough Convention Centre Emerging Business Award for a business that has started trading within the last 2 years.

Explore Marlborough Wine Tours won the Haack Construction Small Business Award for a business that has an annual turnover of less than $1 million.

BlueBerryIT won the Dominion Salt Medium Business Award for a business that has an annual turnover of between $1 million and $3.5 million.

New Zealand King Salmon won the Marlborough Lines Large Business Award for a business that has an annual turnover of over $3.5 million.

Cordall won the Only Marlborough Clever Business Award for a business that demonstrates innovation and responds to change.

Graeme Dingle Foundation Marlborough won the New Zealand King Salmon Community Impact Award that recognises a programme or business that has had a positive impact on the Marlborough community in a way that inspires others and makes a difference.

The Paper Rain Project co-founder Indigo Greenlaw was named the NZME Young Business Person of the Year Award, impressing judges with her ethics and business achievements.

Indigo was awarded the prize over two other nominees; DR Strength owner Richard de Reeper and The Honey Collection chief executive Georgia Devlin.

Wallace Diack Chartered Accountants director Tony de Reeper was awarded the Trustpower Business Person of the Year Award, demonstrating leadership, vision and community involvement as well as having proven business achievements.

Two others were nominated for the distinguished award, Vines Village co-owner Jeff Fulton and Cuddon chief executive Andy Rowe.

Terry and Toni Gillan were inducted into the Business Hall of Fame, designed to recognise those who have, during their business career, demonstrated service both to their industry and to the greater Marlborough community.

All entries into the emerging, small, medium and large business categories were automatically entered into the Supreme Business Award.

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