Award Categories & Special Awards

The Awards

Entrants can choose to enter one category and up to three special awards or choose to only enter the special awards. You do not need to enter a category in order to enter a special award. These are standalone awards.


Award Categories

Emerging Business

Commercial business trading less than 3 years.


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Small Business

Commercial business with
1 – 5 FTE

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Medium Business

Commercial business with
6 – 15 FTE

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Large Business

Commercial business with
16+ FTE


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Global Exporter

Recognises successful exporters who continue to play an active role in the export community.

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Community Organisation

Not for Profit community organisations.

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Special Awards

Emerging Leader Award

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Workplace Safety Award

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Innovation and Technology Award

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Supporting Local Award

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Environment Canterbury Sustainability and Environmental Award

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People’s Choice Award

This award is voted by the public of South Canterbury through the website. All finalists are eligible for this award.

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Special Commendation

Recognising a leader of the business community who has done exemplary work and has made a significant contribution to the business and wider community.

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Judging Process

  • The judging panels are made up of local and national business leaders.
  • All awards entry documentation and entry forms are treated as confidential by the organising team and judges and will not be returned to entrants.
  • Applicants are not expected to provide or reveal proprietary information regarding products, processes, or services.
  • Judges will be asked to declare any conflicts of interest and if necessary alternative judging arrangements will be made.
  • Each judge has volunteered their time without compensation and is committed to assisting with the success of the awards.
  • Judging scores remain confidential and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the awards. Please do not contact the judges for any comment.
  • Please note: The top scoring entrants in each category/award will become finalists; however, entrants must score over 60% to become a finalist.
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