The annual Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards Presentation Ceremony has been growing from strength to strength and attracting increasing number of guests year after year. This sparkling event attracts the country’s leadership and top executives of national and multinational companies, entrepreneurs and a host of others.
The Awards Presentation Ceremony, held at the Sky City Convention Centre in November, is an evening of success stories of scores of large, medium and small businesses and individual achievers. Since its launch in 2008, the Awards Night spotlights the variety of businesses owned, operated, managed and franchised by people of Indian origin in New Zealand.
Exhibition & Networking
The evening commences with an exhibition of Sponsors showcasing their products and services, accompanied by cocktails and canapés. This 75-minutes segment also provides a unique opportunity for guests to network, renew contacts and establish new ones.
These Awards are a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of our business community and derives their stature and respect by recognising the spectacular growth story of Indian entrepreneurs over the years.
Dinner & Entertainment
Although constituted and promoted as a primary business event, the Awards Night Ceremony is also an occasion to enjoy quality entertainment and sumptuous dinner, served to the taste of guests at their tables. The entertainment programme comprises cultural performances with a live band that has been a part of the ceremonies since they began in 2008.
Masters of Ceremonies
Television programme presenters and celebrity speakers host our Awards Nights programmes. TV3 ‘Campbell Live’ Host John Campbell (2009), TV 3 News Presenter Caroline Robinson (2010), Former Auckland Mayor Christine Fletcher (2012), Singer & Entertainer Jackie Clarke (2013), Celebrity Speaker Michelle A’Court (2014) and Television Sports Presenter Michelle Pickles (2015) have been among our Masters of Ceremonies.
Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards Presentation Ceremonies have the honour and privilege of the presence of a number of international and national dignitaries. Over the years, they have included the then Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, Prime Minister John Key, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Leader of the Opposition, other ministers, Members of Parliament, India’s High Commissioners, the then Waitakere Mayor Sir Bob Harvey, Auckland Mayor Len Brown and many others.
Former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi and the Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdul Ali were our Special Guests from overseas in 2012 and 2013.
As well as enhancing the value of our Awards Programme, our Guests of Honour are also a source of inspiration and admiration to the business community.
Businesses run by people of Indian origin in New Zealand are successful as they are a perfect amalgamation of the best business practices of the east and the west.
They are built on a platform of hard work, dedication and determination.
Indian business owners are good at identifying gaps in the market. Customer demands, if met satisfactorily, can provide businesses with a ready customer base, and the ‘first mover advantage.’
Incorporating new technology in the running of businesses also gives Indian enterprises an edge. It gives the enterprises a contemporary feel whilst retaining the long established tenets of honesty and integrity.
These principles are recognised at the Awards Night as the finalists and winners were announced in individual categories (14 individual categories this year). Special mention of these factors is made of those featured in the Business Excellence in Retail Trade, Innovation, Marketing and Customer Service segments.
Small and Medium-Sized businesses are the backbone of the New Zealand economy.
Many Indians own such enterprises, predominantly as family-operated. These are another example of the importance that the family plays in Indian culture, exhibiting the strong bond formed between family members.
The Awards night highlights this facet by recognising achievers in these categories.
New Zealand was the first country in the world to accord voting rights to women and it is therefore befitting to applaud Indian women who have made their mark in an equitable and open society.
The ‘Best Indian Businesswoman of the Year’ Award recognises the contribution made by women to business.
The ‘Best Accountant of the Year,’ the ‘Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year,’ the ‘Best Financial Adviser (Mortgage) of the Year’ and the ‘Best Financial Adviser (Insurance) of the Year are all Awards that celebrate the success of Indian professionals in various sectors of the economy.
As curtains come down on Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards, the stage is set for next year’s event; with a promise to make it bigger and better.