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 are presented at the Export Southland Recognition Awards Dinner which 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.
Formed in 2000 as ‘The Southland Export Forum’ and re-branded in 2012, Export Southland works to achieve four main purposes:
One of the highlights on the Chamber calendar is the biennial Export Southland Recognition Dinner. The awards offer the exporting industry a chance to acknowledge exporters who best characterise the values of the exporting industry.
The categories for the Recognition Awards are:
The Innovation in Export award is a special award to recognise a Southland business which displays outstanding innovation in the exporting industry.
Innovation is not just inventing. It can include anything genuinely innovative; product or service, leadership, positioning or branding, marketing, sales channels, technology, creative pricing strategy or similar that is distinctly different and differentiates their business.
The winner of this award will illustrate how innovative strategies and practices have contributed to exporting success and applicants are 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.
The Service to Export Award recognises and honours an individual, who may or may not be directly involved with exporting, but in the view of the Export Southland Committee has made a significant contribution to exporting success in Southland. This individual will have:
- made an outstanding contribution to exporting success within Southland;
- assisted or is assisting in developing international recognition for Southland; and
- provided or is providing mentoring or assistance to exporters.
The award is open to people working within the catchment area of Southland.
The recipient of this award will have demonstrated sustained and outstanding performance and results in terms of:
- Export earnings, growth and profit
- Leadership and direction
- Excellence in marketing
- Export strategy and business planning
- Commitment to quality management
The business will have been engaged in generating significant export earnings for that business and New Zealand.
Examples of eligible businesses include:
- 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).