YOU Travel Best Emerging Business Award

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Best Emerging
Business Award

BOP Export Awards


Have you made a quantum step in your exporting?

The Best Emerging Business Award celebrates companies, from within the Bay of Plenty, which have made the most remarkable leap forward in start-up exporting. The award is not sector specific, and the company will have been exporting for less than 5 consecutive years.

Each export company will be judged on the basis of its achievement relative to its own product or service sector.  The winner of this award will demonstrate extraordinary attributes in the following:

  • Endeavour and commitment to start exporting
  • Investment, personally and professionally, by principals involved
  • Export performance including earnings, growth and profit
  • Leadership and direction
  • Marketing strategy 
  • Proactive market penetration and export market development
  • Export strategy and business planning
  • Commitment to quality management

The judging methodology is objective and balanced. Companies both large and small have an equal opportunity to win this award.

Detailed criteria:

The business must be engaged in an activity which generates export earnings for that business.

Examples of eligible businesses:

  • any manufacturer and exporter of products
  • any business who exports someone else’s products
  • any exporter of services, including bringing people and foreign exchange into New Zealand (ie. tourism or education)

Examples of businesses which are not eligible:

  • importers of goods or services for consumption or use within New Zealand
  • unrelated companies which simply supply products for someone else to export 
  • traders who only buy products in an offshore country for sale in another 

If unsure of your company’s eligibility ask this: “Is the business receiving part of their turnover in foreign currency or export receipts and are they doing at least one of the following:

  • marketing overseas?
  • travelling offshore to promote the company and its products?
  • appointing offshore representation?

The applicant will have been exporting for less than five consecutive years.

The business must administer and manage the export business or business unit from within the catchment area of ExportNZ Bay of Plenty (see map below). The region includes Waihi to the North, Hicks Bay to the East, Taupo & Turangi to the South and east of the Kaimai Ranges.

Administration and management of the export business or business unit includes:

  • any export business owned and operated in the Bay of Plenty
  • any business exporting products produced in other regions providing that the export trading is managed from the Bay of Plenty
  • any subsidiary of a business located elsewhere provided that the Bay of Plenty subsidiary manages its own exports

Companies who have won an award in this category in previous years are not eligible to enter for three years following their win.

Entrants in the ‘Export Achievement’ and ‘Excellence in Innovation’ categories may also enter this award.

ExportNZ Bay of Plenty has sole discretion to accept or decline an entry.

The Process - What to expect

Entry Process

Important Dates

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