Entry guidelines

The 2017 Champion Canterbury Business Awards in association with The Press recognise the excellence, innovation, and success of businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the Canterbury region in the 2016 calendar year.
The following information has been established to provide you with details on the categories available to enter and helpful tips for answering the questions being asked on the entry form. Many previous entrants have remarked on the simplicity of the entry process and it being a good discipline for the following reasons :

  • An opportunity to focus on your business by identifying your core strengths, competitive advantages, and any areas for further improvement
  • An opportunity to review and document your achievements and milestones over the previous calendar year
  • Helps create new levels of motivation and enthusiasm for the organisation by getting staff involved in the entry process.
Individual businesses and not-for-profit organisations are entitled to enter one category from either of the lists below


One sector category plus one specialty category

(For example; your business industry may fall under the Producer/Manufacturer Category and you may also export your products overseas, therefore you are able to enter the Champion Producer/Manufacturer Sector Category, plus the Champion Exporter in the Specialty Category)
Sector Categories Specialty Categories*
Champion Producer/Manufacturer Champion Exporter*
Champion Infrastructure/Trade Champion Innovation*
Champion Professional Service ACC Workplace Safety Award*
Champion Tourism/Retail/Hospitality  
Champion Community Impact*  
*These categories have separate entry forms/questions to the below information

Click here for more information on the categories

Activity Summary - 20-word summary of your key business activity or purpose.
*This descriptor will be used in the media should you become a finalist

Business Description - 100 word summary describing the purpose of your business. This description should reflect how your business fits into the category you have chosen.
*This description will be used in the media should you become a finalist

Point of Difference -  400-word summary describe what makes your business, services and/or products unique. Outline your core services, ways in which the business operates to achieve your goals and objectives.

Key Characteristics - 800 word summary, provide 5 examples which highlight your organisation innovation and creativity, excellence in business practice and unique position in the Canterbury Market.

Social Responsibility - 400 word summary highlighting the way your organisation demonstrates environmental stewardship, social responsibility and fosters staff wellbeing.


The following are some useful tips on the information judges are looking for in your answer to certain questions;

Your point of difference

  • Innovative product and/or service development
  • Unique marketing and branding strategies
  • Unique customer markets
  • Evidence of positive outcomes or competitive advantage resulting from this point of difference, and how this links to improved performance
  • Your organisation’s guiding principles and company values - and how you involve key stakeholders (including staff, suppliers and customers).

Key characteristics of your business

  • Business objectives that have been achieved in 2016
  • Innovative initiatives that have been successfully implemented
  • Unique organisational policies – internal and/or external benefits
  • Examples of adding value to the Canterbury region, business community or the community in general
  • Buying locally
  • Local sponsorships, e.g. involvement in community/charitable initiatives
  • Branding/marketing behaviour that reinforces positive social values
  • Active involvement in a local business organisation or industry group
  • Other awards achieved or won
  • Innovative responses to changes in your enterprise’s operating environment
  • Product integrity
  • Application of innovation/technology
  • Ethical and responsible governance model strategies.

Social Responsibility

  • Practical actions your business has taken to improve resource efficiency, the environment or reduce greenhouse gas emissions e.g. energy and water efficiency, waste minimisation and efficient transport
  • The adoption of continual improvement processes such as social/environmental reporting or certifications
  • The positive impact your organisation makes on the health and wellbeing of you stakeholders, including employees, customers, investors and the wider community
  • People management approaches used to build staff engagement, support personnel development, embrace diversity, provide equal employment opportunities, support migrant staff or address skill shortages

The Champion Community Impact Award recognises the positive impact and importance of the roles not-for-profit organisation have in the Canterbury Region. This award is for non-profit organisations that are:

  • an incorporated society, association or organisation, which is not carried on for the purpose of providing profits or gains to any member or shareholder, and whose governing rules or constitution restrict any distribution of funds to any member or shareholder.
  • any entity registered under the Charities Act 2005.
  • a not-for-profit educational institution or body, church or church administration organisation.
Questions on the Champion Community Impact entry form differ to the above information which is for entries into the Sector Categories.


Up to 35 business and community leaders judge the awards independently. Judges are asked to identify any potential conflict of interest from an entrant list, if a judge has a conflict with an entrant in a particular category they will be removed from judging that category.

There are two rounds of judging – one to determine finalists from all entries, and one to determine winners from finalists. Judging is completed online, judges are asked to score the following sections;

  • Point of Difference
  • Key Characteristics
  • Social Responsibility

Once judges have completed scoring all scores are then tallied by the online system, this will then identify in round 1 who the finalists are and then in round 2 who the winners are. Judges scores are based solely on the information submitted in the official entry form submitted by the business.

Final results are then audited by PwC who independently verify the impartiality and accuracy of the judging process.

Once the winners have been confirmed at the end of the judging for round 2, the judges will be notified of the winners and will be asked to vote for the overall 'The Press Champion Supreme' winner for the Small Enterprise and over all Supreme winner for the Medium/Large Enterprise. Please note you must win your category to be eligible to win The Press Champion Canterbury Supreme Award.


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