Bay Export awards open for nominations

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Pictured Above: All category winners from last year’s Bay of Plenty Export Awards: (from left) Dan Meade and Hemi Coates, Manaaki Adventures; Brian Smith, Automation & Electronics NZ; Murray Denyer, Cooney Lees Morgan; Ruby Grant, Heilala Vanilla, and Greg Jarvis, Bluelab.

Entries are now open for this year’s Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards 2020, sponsored by Zespri International, in early March, says ExportNZ Bay of Plenty executive officer Joanna Hall.

The categories this year are:

  • Best Emerging Business – sponsored by You Travel

Recognising success for exporting businesses with up to five years’ history of international operations with growth.

  • Best Medium-Large Business – sponsored by Sharp Tudhope Lawyers

Recognising success for exporting businesses with total annual revenue over $5 million.

  • Excellence in Innovation – sponsored by Page Macrae Engineering

Recognising success in developing and commercialising innovation in international markets, incorporating intellectual property, strategy, processes, and monitoring.

  • Export Achievement – sponsored by Beca

Recognising a particular individual within a business who has made a material contribution to their export success through processes, products or technologies, team dynamics, ultimately resulting in export growth and profitability.


The organisers of the Bay of Plenty ExportNZ Awards are encouraging local businesses to nominate companies and people in their networks that deserve showcasing for their contribution to the export sector for what will be the 30th anniversary of the awards, to be held on 19 June.

“We welcome exporting companies who’d like to get recognition for their hard work, objective feedback from experienced judges, and boost their staff morale to enter the 2020 awards,” said Hall.

The theme for this year’s awards will be announced in early March and Hall said the event was sure to be ‘out of this world”, said Hall.

Entries close Friday, 8 May, 5pm so ExportNZ BOP is encouraging early nominations. For further information, please contact Joanna Hall at joanna@exportnz.org.nz

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