The Champion Canterbury Business Awards incorporate a range of categories to cater for the diversity of businesses in the region. Individual businesses and not-for-profit organisations are entitled to enter one category from either of the lists below or you can choose to enter one Sector Category plus one Specialty Category. Businesses should choose the category that most suits the emphasis they wish to highlight in their entry.
Sector categories focus on the type of industry businesses are in and have two components ensuring small and medium/large enterprises are recognised. Please note full-time contractors are considered full-time employees (FTEs). If you are a national or international organisation, the size you select should be based on your Canterbury staffing levels.
SMALL ENTERPRISE = Enterprises must be stand-alone commercial entities with less than 15 FTEs
MEDIUM/LARGE ENTERPRISE = Enterprises with 15 or more FTEs
1. CHAMPION PRODUCER/MANUFACTURER
Recognising innovative manufacturers, agribusinesses and primary producers of materials, products and technology.
1A. PRODUCER/MANUFACTURER - Small Enterprise [under 15 FTEs]
1B. PRODUCER/MANUFACTURER - Medium/Large Enterprise [15 or more FTEs]
Types of organisations who may like to consider this category: growers, farming, agribusinesses, manufacturers, technology and software developers
2. CHAMPION INFRASTRUCTURE/TRADES
Recognising smart providers of infrastructure, utilities, construction and trades contributing to Canterbury's growth.
2A. INFRASTRUCTURE/TRADES - Small Enterprise [under 15 FTEs]
2B. INFRASTRUCTURE/TRADES - Medium/Large Enterprise [15 or more FTEs]
Types of organisations who may like to consider this category: Infrastructure providers, construction companies, trade businesses (builders, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc.) and organisations involved in the supply of water, electricity, networks and telecommunications
3. CHAMPION PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Recognising professional service providers that support and contribute to business and personal success
3A. PROFESSIONAL SERVICE - Small Enterprise [under 15 FTEs]
3B. PROFESSIONAL SERVICE - Medium/Large Enterprise [15 or more FTEs]
Types of organisations who may like to consider this category: accounts/financial services, legal firms, IT service providers/web designers, architects, engineers, designers, management consultants, HR/recruitment, PR & communications, fitness professionals
4. CHAMPION TOURISM/RETAIL/HOSPITALITY
Recognising businesses that provide exceptional customer service, unique experiences and lifestyle activities.
4A. TOURISM - Small Enterprise [under 15 FTEs]
4B. TOURISM - Medium/Large Enterprise [15 or more FTEs]
Types of organisations who may like to consider this category: retail outlets, online retailers/services, wholesalers and importers, hospitality ventures, bars/cafes/restaurants, catering companies, travel agents, tour companies, accommodation providers, transport providers
5. CHAMPION COMMUNITY IMPACT
Recognising the positive impact and the importance of the roles not-for-profit community organisations have in the Canterbury region
5A. NOT-FOR-PROFIT - Small Enterprise [under 15 FTEs and an annual operating budget of under $700,000]
5B. NOT-FOR-PROFIT - Medium/Large Enterprise [15 or more FTEs]
*Although this is a sector category, the questions for the Champion Community Impact Award differ from the questions for the other sector categories.
To be eligible for this Award, entrants must be registered as a charity with the Charities Commission. They must also be not-for-profit, providing products or services of a charitable nature to those in need and undertaking their charitable work within Canterbury
The specialty categories can be entered individually or in addition to one of the sector categories. These categories focus on how an organisation does business. This allows businesses to highlight an aspect of their business which the sector category may not capture.
(Example; your business industry may fall under the Producer/Manufacturer Category and you also export your products overseas, therefore you are able to enter the Champion Producer/Manufacturer category, plus the Champion Exporter from the specialty categories).
6. CHAMPION EXPORTER
Recognising innovative exporters that have made sustainable gains either in emerging or existing markets.
6A. Exporter - Small Enterprise [under 15 FTEs]
6B. Exporter - Medium/Large Enterprise [15 or more FTEs]
Types of organisations who may like to consider this category: exporters or any businesses earning a foreign exchange
7. CHAMPION INNOVATION
Recognising a breakthrough idea/innovation which, if commercialised, has the potential to transform the business, and provide a significant contribution to Canterbury's economy
8. ACC WORKPLACE SAFETY
Recognising exemplary workplace safety systems and procedures, acknowledging a 'safety first' approach
Types of organisations who may like to consider this category: any businesses or not-for-profit organisations who consider they have an exemplary Health & Safety system, processes and safety-first culture
*Should you be selected as a finalist for the ACC Workplace Safety Award, ACC will conduct a worksite assessment as part of the judging process.
OTHER CATEGORIES PRESENTED AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY
CHAMPION CANTERBURY SPECIAL COMMENDATION AWARD
Recognising an outstanding Cantabrian who has contributed to Canterbury business and the community.
CHAMPION SUPREME AWARDS
Supreme award winners are voted on by our judging panel; to be eligible for the supreme award you need to win your category award.