Jay Changlani –
In my last issue (July 15, 2015), I wrote about the importance of business plans.
It is now time to focus on the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards and what they can do to your business.
Recently, one of my clients won a prestigious painting award for his work in the Wellington region. He said that filing entries was a fantastic experience and that it significantly raised his organisation’s profile.
His business gained the industry media coverage, opportunity to connect with a wider audience. One of the requirements of the Award was to complete the SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat) analysis, which helped him to uncover his strengths and competitive advantages and also highlighted areas of improvement.
One such prestigious Awards Programme is the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards 2015. Established in 2008 to recognise business successes in New Zealand, the Awards are one of a kind for the Indian business community.
The Awards Presentation Ceremony held in November has been hailed as ‘bigger and better’ year after year.
Prime Minister John Key, Member of Parliament Phil Goff (representing Labour), the then India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Ravi Thapar, Auckland Mayor Len Brown, BNZ Chairman John Waller and BNZ Managing Director Anthony Healy were among our Guests of Honour last year.
More than 900 businesspersons, consultants and professionals were present at the Awards Night, which included cocktails, dinner, speeches and entertainment.
The Awards Presentation Ceremony has had the honour of presence of several leaders and internationally recognised dignitaries including Mr Key, Sir Anand Satyanand (while in office as Governor General), Former West Bengal Governor Gopalakrishna Gandhi, Prince of Arcot Nawab Mohammed Abdulla Ali, Indian High Commissioners Kadakath Pathrose Ernest, Retired Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Avanindra Kumar Pandey and Mr Thapar, AUT University Vice-Chancellor Derek McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Bill English, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, then Opposition Leaders Phil Goff, David Shearer and David Cunliffe, then Small Business Minister John Banks, Mr Waller and Mr Healy.
The finalists and winners of Awards 2015 will be announced at a gala Black Tie Dinner to be held on November 23, 2015 at the Sky City Convention Centre, details of which will be announced in due course.
There are 13 categories to the Awards this year.
They include Business Excellence in Retail Trade, Business Excellence in Innovation, Business Excellence in Marketing, Business Excellence in Customer Service, Business Excellence in ICT, Best Small Business, Best Medium Sized Business, Best Large Business, Business Excellence in International Business with India, Best Accountant of the Year, Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Best Businesswoman of the Year and Best Financial Adviser (Mortgage & Insurance).
Please do not miss the opportunity to be seen as an outstanding business in New Zealand and to network with other businesspersons at Awards Presentation Ceremony.
Entries opened on March 1, 2015 and will remain open until 6 pm on August 31, 2015.
Jay Changlani is Director and Tax Specialist at Accounts Icon Chartered Accountants.