All-round excellence

TOP HONOURS: The Pallet Company get the party started after winning the 2012 Westpac Supreme Excellence in Business award on Thursday night.
TOP HONOURS: The Pallet Company get the party started after winning the 2012 Westpac Supreme Excellence in Business award on Thursday night.

It was innovation that started the business and sheer determination that got it where it is today.

The Pallet Company in Glendene, which manufactures pallets and crates, won the 2012 Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award after impressing judges with its all-round business performance.

It was a big night for the company which won two other awards; the Canam Group Excellence in Innovation and Improvement and Rosebank Business Association Excellence in Sustainable Success Awards.

Chairman of judges Chad Wilkie says the company excelled in its entry and provided evidence of its increased profitability and revenue.

"The Pallet Company has built steadily over a number of years, demonstrates great leadership, clear strategic aims and well communicated and executed plans," he says.

"It has delivered particularly strong outcomes for improved manufacturing processes and exceeded tough sales and profit targets."

The Pallet Company has grown from a one-person operation to employing more than 65 staff.

Managing director Nick Barton started it in 1995 at the age of 18 believing that hard work and determination would help create a market-leading business.

"It is possible to sustain a successful business throughout economic hardships," he says.

"Recent years have forced me and my team to think beyond our natural limits seeking improvements that have made The Pallet Company a truly sustainable and successful business."

More than 500 people attended the 18th annual awards ceremony at The Trusts Stadium on Thursday night to acknowledge winners of the evening's nine categories and supreme award.

Mayor Len Brown paid tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit out West.

"Auckland needs to become an economic powerhouse if we are to provide jobs for all our people and become the world's most liveable city.

"The standards of the entries in these awards suggest that we are well on the way to that," Mr Brown says.

Awards are run in the west, north and south business communities by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development.

Chief executive Brett O'Riley believes it's an important programme for Auckland.

"The importance of striving for excellence shouldn't be underestimated as a growth mechanism for businesses. Organisations like this year's winners provide immense inspiration for other local ventures and improve their own performances," he says.

"Congratulations to The Pallet Company and all the winners. They represent the tall kauri of Auckland businesses whose innovation, drive, and all-round excellence makes them capable of competing on the international stage and will in turn help to create a robust and vibrant Auckland economy."

Westpac was the major sponsor.

Its business banking general manager Ian Blair says the bank is delighted to be associated with a programme that inspires organisations to strive for success.

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