In response to the global financial crisis, Minter Ellison made big changes aimed at growth, finding ways to better serve its client base and identifying new business opportunities.
“Minter Ellison Rudd Watts has a clear long-term vision that defines its strategy well. The entire business revolves around a philosophy to “Listen, Care, Deliver”, which is essential to excellence in business support. Although an established firm in New Zealand, in recent years it has embarked on growth and change strategies and the results clearly reflect a dynamic, successful firm,” says awards evaluator AUT Accounting Lecturer Gillian Craig.
Minter Ellison also won the ‘Auckland Centre for Financial Research Business $20M-$100M T/O’ category award. Winners of all the category awards are listed below.
“Business cares about business support, because excellent support behind the scenes from firms like Minter Ellison makes for successful business outcomes at the front end,” says AUT University Dean of Business and Law, Professor Geoff Perry. “This year the standard of entries across the 11 categories was impressive, which confirms that the business support sector continues to make a significant and valuable contribution.”
The Awards, founded by AUT Business School’s Director of Business Relations and Executive Education Sarah Trotman, are now into their ninth year and are the only national performance measure for New Zealand organisations that provide business support. Applications are judged by evaluators from the AUT Business School and the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation.
The 2014 Awards were sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Fuji Xerox, Drake New Zealand, Idealog, CPA, Image Centre Group, IBM and the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation.
Image Centre Group < $5M T/O Management Services
Idealog Business < $5M T/O Sales & Marketing
The Research Agency
Idealog Business < $5M T/O Technology
The Web Company
New Zealand Work Research Institute Business $5M-$20M T/O
Auckland Centre for Financial Research Business $20M -$100M T/O
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (also winner of Supreme Award)
Fuji Xerox Large Business $100M + T/O
New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation Not for Profit
Sustainable Business Network
Drake New Zealand Government
Winner: Audit New Zealand
Highly Commended: The New Zealand Companies Office
Drake New Zealand Government Partnerships
Ministry of Education - Vocational Pathways Programme
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Export Support
Joint Winner: DHL Express (New Zealand) Ltd
Joint Winner: AJ Park
Fuji Xerox Leadership
Franceska Banga (CEO, New Zealand Venture Investment Fund)
Finalists named for 2014 AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards
Finalists for the 2014 AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards have been announced today.
“For any business, the standard of support it gets behind the scenes from business support organisations has a great bearing on whether it succeeds or fails,” says AUT University Dean of Business and Law, Professor Geoff Perry. “By acknowledging excellence in business support we aim to highlight the important role of business support, celebrate excellence, and raise the standard of business support across the board.”
The importance of strong leadership in business support cannot be underestimated and is demonstrated in the quality of the two individual finalists in the Leadership category this year, Stephen Jacobi and Franceska Banga.
Stephen Jacobi provides consultancy services in international trade, government relations and economic development, drawing on a deep knowledge of New Zealand’s trade negotiating effort and an extensive network of contacts within and outside New Zealand. Jacobi’s recent successes have included helping to restore New Zealand’s trade relationship with the United States and preparing and supporting New Zealand FTA negotiations with Japan (through the Trans Pacific Partnership) and Korea.
Chief Executive of the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund Franceska Banga is well known for her leadership of the policy and framework for New Zealand’s venture capital sector since 2000. She is also highly regarded in the international venture capital community. Under Banga’s guidance the New Zealand Venture Investment Fund has invested around $145 milliion into 167 New Zealand companies since 2002, and to date those companies have earned $1.5 billion in revenues and $1.2 billion in export dollars.
Finalists for each of the 11 categories have until 11 July to submit their final applications, which will be then evaluated by a team of academics from the AUT Business School’s Management Department. Evaluation of applications is overseen by the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation.
In evaluating applications the judges will focus on: leadership and planning, customer and market focus, provision of business support, evaluation and improvement, and results.
Now into their ninth year the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards are the only national performance for New Zealand business support organisations.
Winners of the 11 category awards and the Supreme Award will be named at a gala dinner on 2 October.
The gala dinner is held in the Great Room of the Langham Hotel. Wheelchair access is available through the Great Room entrance and the Hotel lobby entrance. There are wheelchair ramps in the hotel and staff are available to assist. Click here for venue layout and physical accessibility map.
For sponsorship enquiries, please contact
Annie Gandar, Manager Business Relations, AUT University Business School, phone 09 921 9999 ext 5330, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Excellence in Business Support Awards are proudly sponsored by
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