Empowerment skills recognised

Excellence in business was celebrated in style in Dunedin last night.

The Westpac Otago Business Awards, which are held every two years, were presented at the Dunedin Town Hall.

Amid what had been an "incredible" year, Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dougal McGowan said the function was a fantastic opportunity to both share and hear many business stories — not only of recent events, but also their history.

Mr McGowan was thrilled with the number and quality of entries in this year’s awards, saying it was the "best we’ve had yet".

He also congratulated those who entered and were not finalists, during what had been a particularly difficult year. Hopefully that pause to reflect would aid each business that took part, he said.

Mercy Hospital Dunedin Ltd won the excellence in service award, before going on to be named supreme winner.

Mercy Hospital Dunedin won the excellence in service prize and was judged the overall 
Mercy Hospital Dunedin won the excellence in service prize and was judged the overall winner at the Otago Business Awards last night. Back (from left) Andrew Taggart, Chris Jackson, Judith Vercoe, Philippa Pringle, Emma Nuttall and Richard Whitney. Front (from left) Craig Wyatt, Ange McNulty, Jason Silby, Jackie Wilde and Alofa Lale. PHOTOS: GREGOR RICHARDSON

Judges said all the category winners were of such a high calibre that it was hard to pick one supreme winner.

But, in the end, Mercy Hospital Dunedin’s strong business operating model and high commitment to empowering staff and stakeholders provided it with a slight edge over the other finalists.

The company had submitted an excellent entry.

"They have a systemised and deliberate approach, empowering staff and stakeholders to bring their best selves to work," the judges said.

Contego Systems founder Justin McEntyre won the Future Business Leader Award. Judges said he showed a varied range of leadership at a local and national level and it was also encouraging to hear of his influence as a business mentor.

Contego Systems founder Justin McEntyre. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON
Contego Systems founder Justin McEntyre. PHOTO: LINDA ROBERTSON

Mr McEntyre founded the business in 2016 with the aim of changing the way in which passive fire protection systems were designed and installed in New Zealand’s commercial buildings. Contego won the emerging business award at the business awards in 2018.

Business personality winner Sarah Hussey owns three central city hospitality businesses with her husband, Patrick: The Swan taproom and eatery in Bath St, and The Perc Central and The Perc Exchange cafes.



Westpac Otago Business Awards 2020
Supreme business excellence: Mercy  Hospital Dunedin Ltd
PKF Future Business Leader: Justin  McEntyre 
The City of Dunedin Mayor’s business  personality award: Sarah Hussey
People’s Choice: Check In Ltd
Forsyth Barr excellence in service: Mercy Hospital Dunedin Ltd
Otago Daily Times excellence in retail: Night ’n Day Foodstores
Port Otago excellence in distribution and logistics: Southern Furniture Movers Ltd
Anderson Lloyd excellence in primary industry: Silver Fern Farms
Otago Community Trust excellence in not for profit: Otago Museum
Enterprise Dunedin excellence in tourism and hospitality: Speight’s Brewery Tours
OSMA excellence in manufacturing and technology: Tuapeka Gold Print
NZTE international business award: Education Perfect
Grow Dunedin Partnership emerging business award: Reno Masters Ltd
Otago Polytechnic business sustainability and resilience: Southern Clams Ltd
University of Otago Maori business award: Horizon Tours
University of Otago Business School innovation award: Animation Research Ltd
Dunedin Casino business integrity award: Kainic Medical Communications
ACC essential service safety award: Night ’n Day Foodstores

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