About the Champion Canterbury Business Awards
The Champion Canterbury Business Awards in association with The Press recognise and celebrate the excellence, innovation, and success of businesses and charities in the Canterbury Region. The Awards programme culminates in the largest business awards ceremony in New Zealand with numerous high profile guests in attendance. The Awards region is defined by the Canterbury Regional Council boundaries, which includes nine District Councils and the Christchurch City Council.
To ensure the Champion Canterbury Business Awards is the most positively recognised and prestigious awards programme in New Zealand, accessible to all businesses in the Canterbury region regardless of their size or industry.
The inaugural Champion Canterbury Business Awards in association with The Press were held in 2003. Since then the Awards have grown both in terms of entries and attendees at the Awards Ceremony.
In 2005, a new component was incorporated into the award categories to highlight the equal contribution made to the Canterbury region by small, medium and large enterprise. From this year, each category incorporated a small enterprise component and a medium/large enterprise component. This extended the Awards to a wider audience ensuring small enterprises were involved.
In 2007 the Awards Ceremony was attended by 1,000 people with the Special Commendation and Supreme Awards being presented by Prime Minister, Helen Clark.
In 2008, an excess of 1,000 people across the Canterbury business community attended the Awards Ceremony and with the increased exposure of the awards, we received a record number of nominations and entries.
2009 proved Canterbury businesses are determined to succeed. We had a new record number of nominations and entries, and the Awards Ceremony was sold out with a waiting list several weeks prior to the event.
In 2010, 1,030 business people attended the Awards, proving the strength and resilience of the Canterbury business community following the September 4 Christchurch Earthquake.
After nearly one year of enduring continuous aftershocks and earthquakes, Champion Canterbury Ltd made the decision to not hold the normal Awards process in 2011. Instead a Champions of Canterbury acknowledgement cocktail event was held at CBS Canterbury Arena, where over 1,000 Cantabrians celebrated the challenges and adversity faced by so many.
2012 celebrated 10 years of the Champion Canterbury Business Awards and the full awards programme and ceremony was re-launched.
In both 2012 and 2013, over 1,120 guests attended the Awards Ceremony at the CBS Canterbuy Arena.
2014 saw another successful year of the Awards programme, with a record number of entries. Over 1,230 guests attended the Awards ceremony held on 17 September 2014.
2015 was the best year yet for the Business Awards! with over 190 entries for the Awards and over 1,300 guests in attendance, this showed just how strong and how much the Canterbury Business community has grown over the past few years.
The Awards are made possible by a committed and loyal family of sponsors including Lead Sponsor, The Press, and Principal Supporters, the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, Vbase and Westpac.