We will celebrate your success at the Business Awards on November 27

Business Awards 2022: Then Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures to then Leader of the Opposition (and now Incoming Prime Minister) at the 13th Annual Indian Newslink Business Awards held in Auckland on November 29, 2022. Others in the picture are India’s High Commissioner Neeta Bhushan, National Party Deputy Leader Nicola Willis, Then Immigration, Workplace Relations and Safety and Transport Minister Michael Wood and Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, Community and Voluntary Sectors and Youth Minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan. (INL Photo by Narendra Bedekar)

Venkat Raman
Auckland, November 15, 2023

Political leaders, captains of the industry, prominent businesspersons, top executives of companies,

professionals and prominent members of the South Asian communities, entrants and others will be among those present at the 14th Annual Indian Newslink Business Awards ceremony due to be held in South Auckland later this month.

The formal Black Tie Event will be held from 5 pm on Monday, November 27, 2023, at Swaminarayan Complex, located at 1/7 Wilmay Avenue, Papatoetoe, South Auckland. An independent panel of judges is currently evaluating hundreds of entries received in 18 categories to decide on the finalists and winners and the winner of the Supreme Business Award. In addition, Commemorative awards will be presented to companies and individuals for their outstanding performance during the year.

Tickets, priced at $150 plus GST and tables seating ten persons at $1500 plus GST per table are available. Dress code: Black-Tie with Tuxedo or Full Suit for Gentlemen and Saree or Cocktail/Evening Dress for Ladies. The event will begin with Non-Alcoholic Cocktails and Networking and progress with Speeches, Entertainment, Dinner and Awards Presentation Ceremony.

For bookings, please call 021-836528. Email: venkat@indiannewslink.nz

About Indian Newslink Business Awards

Indian Newslink launched the Business Awards scheme in 2008 to recognise and reward businesses owned, managed, operated and franchised by people of Indian origin. An external panel of judges, independent of Indian Newslink was established to receive entries, evaluate, discuss and finalise the winners. There were eight categories and the Supreme Business of the Year Award.

The Awards Programme is launched on March 1 with a call for entries. The Judges conduct three free online Workshops for potential entrants on topics of interest. These include 1. How to Write a Good Entry 2. The importance of a sound Business Plan 3. How to raise capital for business development and many other topics.

Entries close on August 31 and thereafter, the judges arrange for visits to entrants where required for interviews and discussions. The names of finalists and winners are always announced only at the Awards Ceremony held in Auckland during the last week of November.

Over the years, following consultations with the business community or based on the feedback received, categories are changed, new categories added but one aspect of the Awards Programme has always remained the same: its integrity, honesty and robust process. Our Judges, both past and present, are renowned business consultants, accountants, lawyers and specialists in various fields. We have in place an elaborate entry process, a specific form for each category seeking information about the entrant, including their structure, nature of business, their position in the market, financial performance and other details. Entry forms are downloaded from the Indian Newslink website and completed forms are sent directly to the Chairman of the Panel of Judges who undertakes the responsibility to distribute the entries. Site visits and interviews are held with selected entrants wherever there is a need to do so.

Professional assistance, independent of Indian Newslink and the Panel of Judges is available to entrants, who should negotiate terms and fees directly.

Awards Categories

There are 18 categories, of which 13 are Company Categories and five are individual categories. They are 1. Business Excellence in Retail Business 2. Business Excellence in Innovation 3. Business Excellence in Marketing 4. Business Excellence in Customer Service 5. Best Employer of Choice 6. Business Excellence in Health & Safety 7. Business Excellence with Ethics and Compliance 8. Business Excellence with Social Responsibility 9. Best Small Business 10. Best Medium Business 11. Best Large Business 12. Business Excellence in International Trade with India  (Open to all companies) 13. Business Excellence in International Trade with Fiji (Open to all companies) 14. Best Accountant of Year 15. Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year 16. Best Financial Advisor (Mortgage) 17. Best Financial Advisor (Insurance) 18. Best Businesswoman of the Year

Supreme Business of the Year Award (All entries will be entered for this category)

Assurance from Judges

Chip Dawson, Chairman of the Panel of Judges said that winners, finalists and participants in the Indian Newslink Business Awards since its inception in 2008, will testify to the integrity and high level of confidentiality that this Programme entails.

“We are independent of Indian Newslink and no one from the company is a part of our panel of judges. All entries are received by me directly and every entry is evaluated by at least two judges. They also visit companies to discuss or verify statements made. The Indian Newslink Business Awards are among the most respected in the country and as judges, we are proud to be associated with this Programme,” he said.

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