The Eighth Annual BNZ-Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (INIBA) held on November 23, 2015 at the Sky City Convention Centre attracted a broad spectrum of people, including political and business leaders, professionals and others.
Among the Guests of Honour were Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Associate Trade Minister Todd McClay, Minister of Small Business Craig Floss, Ethnic Communities Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-liga, Opposition Leader Andrew Little, Former UNIDO Advisor Jebamalai Vinanchiarachi, Indian High Commissioner Charge d’ Affaires Sandeep Sood, Auckland Mayor Len Brown, BNZ Managing Director & Chief Executive Anthony Healy, BNZ Director Mai Chen and KPMG Executive Chairman Ross Buckley.
Since its inception in 2008, our Awards Scheme have strived to be a credible platform where the best of businesses and professionals of Indian origin are recognised and honoured. This event is the culmination of an exercise which begins in March with an invitation for entries in various categories- there were 13 this year, in addition to the ‘Supreme Business of the Year.’ An independent and distinguished panel of judges evaluate the entries and declare the finalists and winners at the Awards Night.
The evening began at 5 pm with cocktails, providing an opportunity for the guests to mix and mingle. The networking hour also provided our sponsors an occasion to showcase their goods and services and has helped over the years to forge new acquaintances, and commercial partnerships.
Michelle Pickles, popular Sports reporter and television presenter (TV3) was the Master of ceremonies.
The Awards covered different scales of businesses owned, operated, managed or franchised by people of Indian origin in New Zealand
Small & Medium-sized businesses are the backbone of the New Zealand economy. Most of them are family-owned and operated, shining as an example of the importance that family plays in Indian culture. The Awards Night highlighted this facet by honouring successful companies with Business Excellence Awards in Small & Medium-Sized Businesses, the winners of which this year were respectively Global Import & Export and Global Financial Services.
Businesses in New Zealand rely a lot on word-of-mouth to achieve success. Businesses run by people of Indian origin fully realise this virtue, and emphasise on good customer services. Link 2 Group won the ‘Business Excellence in Customer Service’ category, and acknowledged this trait as a major factor in expanding its client base and getting repeat orders.
In this age of intense competition and plethora of options available in all sectors, it is imperative that any commercial product is marketed well. There should be awareness, curiosity and excitement generated to make any product successful. The social media is an evolving space, which should also be tapped in today’s world. The Awards night had a category encompassing these traits through ‘Business Excellence in Marketing.’ Crest Clean South & East Auckland won this award, and were praised by the judges for their innovative and engaging marketing campaigns.
INIBA 2015 also awarded talented individuals in the business community in categories of the Best Accountant and Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Youth power drives the world with their energy and continual desire to succeed keeping businesses moving forward. Saurav Wadhwa of IBBZ Accounting and Umesh Thakur of Patton Ltd were declared respectively the Best Accountant and Best Young Entrepreneur for 2015. Mr Wadhwa epitomised how the Kiwi society provides a fair chance to all. He started his career in the hospitality sector, and steadily worked his way up to become a sought after financial guru.
New Zealand was the first country in the world to accord women the right to vote in 1893. It is only befitting that INIBA recognised the outstanding contribution made by women, running successful businesses, by awarding the ‘Best Businesswoman of the Year’ trophy. Ronita Sharma from Forever Shine & Beauty won the award for the second year in a row.
India’s potential as a destination for investors and businesses is recognised by the ‘Business Excellence in Export to India’ category. This has the possibility to be the most lucrative sector for Kiwi exporters in years to come; provided the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India goes through. Auckland Institute of Studies bagged the award this year.
The last Award declared for the night was the most prestigious, namely, Supreme Business of the Year.’ Patton New Zealand won this coveted title. Based in Auckland, it provides refrigeration and air conditioning products and related services.