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New, simplified process - get your entry in today for the Westpac Choose Manawatū Business Awards

Has your business gone above and beyond this year? Have you changed the way you operate, redeployed your people, developed a creative marketing campaign? We want to hear from you.

The entry deadline for the Westpac Choose Manawatū Business Awards has been extended, and with simple online entry forms and judging criteria - entering is easier than ever! Entries now close on midnight, Tuesday 27 October.

Award Categories 2020

- Welcoming Communities Inclusive Business Award
- ETECH Excellence in Innovation Award
- UCOL Innovation with Talent Award
- Excellence in Marketing Award
- Māori Business Award
- Emerging Business Award
- MediaWorks People's Choice Award
- Manawatū Standard Spirit of Manawatū Award

Why Enter the Awards?

By entering the Awards, you have the opportunity to increase your business’ profile, to recognise your team and to access a range of incredible prizes.

Alongside the prestige of becoming a finalist, you’ll receive:

  • Two complimentary tickets to the Awards Night (including dinner and a drink on arrival)

  • The opportunity to join an exclusive, money-can’t-buy, business workshop for award winners with ex-CEO of Spark New Zealand, and Te Aho Tāmaka leader,  Simon Moutter

  • Feedback on your category entry from our panel of independent, expert judges

  • Recognition at the Awards Night in front of over 350 members of the business community

  • The chance to win one of four advertising packages from Stuff valued at $1000

  • Free marketing for your business through media and social media coverage in the lead up to, and after, the Awards Night

  • Access and unlimited use of professional photography packages showing your business in action

  • A finalist prize-pack that connects you to free and discounted services and products from local businesses, including; car grooming, digital marketing, catering discounts, promotional packages and more.

Your Questions Answered

Can I enter my own business?

Of course! Businesses can enter themselves into the Westpac Choose Manawatū Business Awards - the only award category open for public nominations is the MediaWorks Peoples’ Choice Award.

What award category do I enter? 

If you’re not sure what award category is right for you, sign up for our free entry form workshop next Wednesday or have a chat with our team for some advice.

Can I enter more than one award?

As long as you fit the entry criteria, you can enter as many award categories as you like.

Does it cost to enter the awards?

Award entries are 100% free.

How long does it take to enter the awards?

Not long at all. This year, we’ve simplified the award entry process and judging criteria. Simply, fill in our online entry form and you’re good to go.

Do I have to bank with Westpac to enter?

Absolutely not. Any business can enter the Awards as long as they operate within Manawatū.

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This was published in the 60 Seconds with CEDA newsletter on October 12, 2020. Sign up here to receive our newsletters directly

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