Battery company a powerful force at Manawatu Business Awards
A Palmerston North battery company has taken out the supreme award at the biennial Westpac Manawatu Business awards.
DCPower won the supreme award and two other prizes at the event, held at the Awapuni Racecourse on Friday night.
The company, which sells automotive, solar and industrial batteries, also won the Professional Services and Retail, and Small Business awards.
Westpac Area Commercial Manager Christine Jones said DCPower was an innovative and leading-edge company.
"They are at the forefront of new technology that will help shape our future world. It is a well-deserved win for this quality company," Jones said.
Another big winner on the night was Dr Richard Garland, the former managing director of New Zealand Pharmaceuticals Ltd, who was the recipient of the Lifetime Service Award, which was given to individuals or business in recognition to their significant contribution to the region.
Manawatu Standard editor Jonathon Howe, who presented the award, said Garland was a worthy and much-respected recipient.
"He has contributed both in business, through New Zealand Pharmaceuticals Ltd, and the community in general through sports, arts and culture.
"Our community has benefited from his generosity of spirt and time," Howe said.
The Spirit of the Manawatu award, for exceptional focus on community work, was given to Inspire Net Limited.
Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) chief executive Will Samuel said the Inspire Net team, lead by James Watts, had quietly contributed to Manawatu communities for almost two decades.
"James and his team are focussed on providing the best service and helping communities and community groups," Samuel said.
CEDA regional business manager Mark Hargreaves said the awards were assessed against seven different criteria including strategy, marketing, quality and systems, and health and safety.
The judges took into consideration how well businesses implemented these elements, Hargreaves said.
The Agriculture and Food award was won by Ebony Coffee NZ Limited, a roastery in Palmerston North, while Arohanui Hospice won the Large Business and the Not for Profit awards.
The hospice provides specialist palliative care for people in the Manawatu, Tararua, Horowhenua and Rangitikei, as well as support for family members.
The non-profit organisation held regular fundraisers and sought volunteers and sponsorship from businesses to raise money.
The Medium Business award went to Tailorednz, a wealth and risk management company in Palmerston North. Tailorednz specialised in cash flow and debt management, wealth protection and financial and retirement planning.
The Construction and Manufacturing award was won by scaffolding company Scaffit, and the Distribution and Logistics award was given to DKSH New Zealand Limited. DKSH's national distribution hub was in Palmerston North .
Levno Limited won the Education, Research and Technology award.
The company created bluetooth technology that could transmit information to customers' phones and computers about temperatures of milk in vats, fuel storage levels and water and irrigation delivery on farms.
The awards were hosted by comedian, Jeremy Corbett, at the Silks Lounge.
Categories and the winners:
Distribution and Logistics Award - DKSH New Zealand Limted
Agriculture and Food Award - Ebony Coffee NZ Limited
Construction and Manufacturing Award - Scafit Limtied
Education, Research and Technology Award - Levno Limited
Professional Services and Retail Award - DCPower Limited
Not for Profit Award - Arohanui Hospice
Spirit of the Manawatu Award - Inspire Net Limited
Small Business Award - DCPower Limited
Medium Business Award - Tailorednz Limtied
Large Business Award - Arohanui Hospice
Lifetime Service Award - Dr Richard Garland
Westpac Manawatu Supreme Business Award - DCPower Limited