Hawke’s Bay’s export successes will be celebrated at the region’s seventh annual Export Awards in August, featuring a wide range of inspiring regional businesses and exporters.

Details of the ExportNZ ASB Export Awards were announced today by ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay Managing Director, Amanda Liddle.

Companies will compete for the T&G Global Best Established Exporter Award (organizations with over $5 million in annual revenue), the Southeast Asia Center of Asia-Pacific Excellence in Innovation Award, and the ContainerCo Best Emerging Business Award. Another important feature is The Unsung Heroes Award, sponsored by Napier Port and derived from the nominations, which reflects the hard and often invisible work undertaken by people within their company.

Winners of the top three categories will compete for the top ASB Exporter of the Year award and will be automatically entered into the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) International Business Awards in Auckland in November. Last year, the ASB Exporter of the Year was New Zealand-based Frost Fans of Hastings.

Eligibility for the ExportNZ ASB Hawke’s Bay Awards covers organizations located from Gisborne to Pahiatua. Judging criteria include core operations and achievements related to export business, and award nominees will also receive site tours by the judging panel.

Registration closes July 1, with site visits taking place over the following two weeks. The finalists will be announced on August 1, with the awards gala dinner on August 25 at Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre.

The master of ceremonies for the Export Awards will be David Downs who, by day, is the CEO of New Zealand Story Group. David has had an eclectic career, having previously been a comedian, television and radio actor. It now classifies itself as a ‘genetically modified organism’, documenting its battle with cancer through 2017 and 2018.

This year’s awards jury includes NZTE Director Wayne Norrie, ASB International Trade Manager Fergus Lee, Callaghan Innovation Specialist Jenny Brown, Port of Napier Chairman Alasdair Macleod and Regional Director of NZTE James Medina.

Amanda Liddle of ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay recognizes the strength of export businesses in the region.

‘The battle rages on for exporters who face another year of uncertainty, skyrocketing costs to their bottom line, labor shortages and supply chain issues which are increasing day by day.

“Yet despite this, they still manage to demonstrate exceptional resilience and continuous innovation in their businesses, which is exactly what these awards are about.

”There is an award category for every type of export business – you don’t have to be the biggest company in town, just tell us why you’re the best at it. what you do. ”

Ms Liddle says the awards have become a highly anticipated event on the Hawke’s Bay business calendar and, despite the hardships of the past year, she expects some exciting entries which make the evening so interesting.

ASB Executive Managing Director for Corporate Banking, Nigel Annett, said: “We are delighted to be back in 2022, sponsoring these awards to recognize and celebrate the high caliber of Hawkes Bay exporters. Over the past few years, Kiwi exporters have faced huge hurdles with supply chain constraints and COVID-related labor shortages, but the Hawkes Bay region is benefiting from healthy diversity across many sectors and continues to thrive, demonstrating both maturity and resilience.

Simon Arcus – managing director of Business Central, which supplies ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay locally, said his organization was proud to support excellence in a vital sector of Zeeland’s economy.

“These awards are a celebration of the hard work and excellence required to compete on the world stage, as well as the significant contribution Hawkes Bay exporters make to the local economy.”

Hawke’s Bay Airport is sponsoring the gala dinner. Other sponsors are New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Hastings District Council, Napier City Council, Grundy Productions and Te Mata Estate.

ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay is overseen by Business Central, which represents 3,500 employers in the Lower North Island and Nelson. Business Central provides advice to employers, health and safety and human resources, and advocates policies that reflect the interests of the business community.

Entry forms, requirements and entry forms for the Awards Dinner are available on the ExportNZ website, www.exportnz.org.nz, or by emailing Amanda Liddle at [email protected]

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