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Judging innovation no easy task for panel

JAMES IRELAND
Last updated 05:00 18/07/2013
Chad Wilkie
BUSINESS NUT: Chad Wilkie is the judging panel convener for the Westpac Auckland West Business Awards.

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Chad Wilkie has been on the Westpac Auckland West Business Awards judging panel for the past decade.

This year he's chairing it.

Finding a winner isn't easy, he says.

Entries are now closed so two judges will be assigned to each category to pore over entry forms and evaluate each business during the next four weeks.

"It's a very time-consuming exercise. They spend between half an hour to an hour on each form."

Three finalists in each category will be named on August 14 at a special function at Trusts Stadium in Henderson.

The awards are organised by Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to acknowledge excellence in innovation, sustainability, leadership and customer service.

A $5000 prize is up for grabs along with marketing support.

Mr Wilkie, a self-described "business nut", started his career after gaining a bachelor of commerce from Auckland University and becoming a qualified chartered accountant.

"I'm always impressed when I see the things people do to succeed in business. The innovation and entrepreneurship I see makes me feel great."

This year's major media awards sponsor is Suburban Newspapers Ltd, a subsidiary of Fairfax Media and publisher of the Nor-west News.

Mr Wilkie says the mentoring programme gives business owners insight into how their operation is going and how it can move forward.

"This gives them the chance to get advice from people who have succeeded in their chosen field and it's a way to make contacts."

Last year's winner of the Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award was The Pallet Company.

The 2013 winners will be announced at a gala dinner on October 17.

Go to businessaucklandnz.com for more information.

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