One of the highlights on the Southland Chamber of Commerce calendar is the biennial Export Southland Recognition Dinner. Organised by the Export Southland Committee, the dinner has become a prestigious and popular event. It features a variety of quality local export food, an evening of entertainment and award presentations. Formed in 2000 as ‘The Southland Export Forum’ and re-branded in 2012, Export Southland works to achieve four main purposes:
The awards offer the exporting industry a chance to acknowledge exporters who best characterise the values of the exporting industry. The presentations include the announcement of recipients of the HSBC Southland Export Trust Grant and three Recognition Awards. In past years the grant has assisted many local export businesses towards developing their products and chosen international markets. The evening also provides an opportunity to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution within the Southland export sector.
The awards recognise the value of export activity to the Southland economy and celebrate the role leading individuals and businesses make to the region’s economic well being. The awards dinner is an excellent opportunity for exporters and supporters to come together and celebrate a vibrant export sector.
Nominations can be made by members of the public, and individuals and companies can also nominate themselves. Nominations are not guaranteed to be recognised, but they will be considered for the reasons put forward to the Export Southland Committee.
12 September 2016
The Export Southland Recognition Awards Dinner was held Friday 9th September to recognise the value of export activity within the Southland economy and celebrate the role businesses and passionate individuals make to our region’s economic wellbeing.
Acting Chair of Export Southland, Nigel Gear said, “The dinner is an excellent opportunity for exporters and supporters to come together and celebrate a vibrant export sector. It was great to have Southland’s contribution to the national economy recognised by Hon Simon Bridges who presented the recognition awards last night and other dignitaries including Mr Zhang Fan, Economic & Commercial Counsellor from the Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in NZ.”
Joint principal sponsors HSBC and Air NZ Cargo along with a number of other key sponsors and supporters contributed to making the evening a successful event in the regional business calendar. The dinner featured a menu of export quality Southland produce, with the very talented duo of D&M - Dan Monteath and Michelle Lange providing entertainment throughout the evening.
The Export Southland Committee introduced a new Innovation in Export Recognition Award for 2016 which attracted a high level of nominations.
The winner of this award will illustrate how innovative strategies and practices have contributed to exporting success and applicants will be asked to describe how their enterprise has invested in developing innovative thinking, products, services, initiatives, processes, or a business model that have been integral to the enterprise’s success or establishment.
Export Southland would like to congratulation the following Recognition Award recipients for 2016:
HSBC Corporate Recognition Award Winner - Stabicraft
Air NZ Cargo Individual Recognition Award Winner – Paul Adams
Export Southland Innovation Award Winner – Blue River Dairy
HSBC Southland Export Trust Grant Recipients
Principal Grant sponsor HSBC presented $6,000 to Focus Technology Group to assist with travel to US Acumatica Conference to promote their TimeTrak product suite technology
A second grant of $7,000 was awarded to Back Country Foods Ltd to assist with research and translation services for export into the South American Market
About Export Southland:
Export Southland was established in the year 2000 as a result of key regional exporters working with the Chamber of Commerce to create an entity which would perform the following functions:
• to represent exporters’ views on policy issues,
• to promote networking, educational and social events,
• to recognise significant business/individual contributions in the export sector, and
• to assist start-up export orientated businesses.
It is a voluntary organisation operating under the umbrella of the Southland Chamber of Commerce and receives ongoing sponsorship assistance from HSBC and South Port.