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Top Awardees Build on Last Year’s Success

Published: Sun 13 Nov 2011 03:05 PM
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Top Awardees Build on Last Year’s Success
Once again, this year’s awards attracted a record entry and those who reached finalist status were commended by the judges for the overall quality of their entries.
The highly contested Supreme Franchise System of the Year award went to Paper Plus NZ Ltd who last year won the Retail Services category, but this year took out both the category and the supreme awards. In the judges’ opinion the application demonstrated effective work systems coupled with sound leadership. In addition to a strong focus on exceeding customer expectations and impressive levels of performance, the judges were also impressed by their innovative approaches to support their franchisees in their challenging marketplace.
The Supreme Franchisee of the Year Award again went to a last year’s category winner with Columbus Coffee, Ashburton claiming both the category and supreme awards. The judges commented that the impressive application showed that they had benefitted from the feedback they received last year and that it reflected a strong focus on customer satisfaction and the monitoring of business performance across a comprehensive range of measures provided solid data to understand and improve their business.
The Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards, held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland on 12th November and attended by more than 220 members of FANZ and their guests, is the annual showcase for outstanding performers in franchising and suppliers to the franchising sector.
Guest of Honour, the Hon Simon Power, Minister of Commerce, thanked FANZ for inviting him back again to the Awards ceremony and reflected on the work the Government has achieved in the Commerce portfolio, including to support SMEs, over the past three years. The Minister also commented on the substantial contribution to the economy that is made by the franchising sector
David Foster, Chairman of FANZ said, “In entering the Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards each entrant opens up their business to the scrutiny of the evaluators and judges. Through this process those entrants learn more about their business, its strengths and its weaknesses to enable them to chart the directions for their businesses to follow for ongoing success”.
Head Judge and Management Consultant, Peter Garnett MBE, who was also a member of last year’s judging panel, commented, “The Judges were impressed by the quality and calibre of the applications submitted by all of this year’s entrants, from both Franchise Systems Owners and individual Franchisees. The robust nature of the evaluation and judging process provides a valuable oversight of the health of the industry. New Zealand’s franchising sector can be very proud of its commitment to customer service, the implementation of sound business systems and processes and for the excellent results being achieved - despite the challenging economic climate.”
The 17th Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards Winners:
SUPREME AWARDS
Westpac Franchise System of the Year - Paper Plus NZ Ltd
Westpac Franchisee of the Year - Columbus Coffee Ashburton
CATEGORY AWARDS
Business Services Best Franchisee of the Year sponsored by Franchise Accountants - Paramount - Remuera
Business Services Best Franchise System of the Year sponsored by Franchise Accountants - Paramount Franchise Services Ltd
Food and Beverage Best Franchisee of the Year sponsored by Super Liquor & Pernod Ricard New Zealand - Columbus Coffee - Ashburton
Food and Beverage Best Franchise System of the Year sponsored by Super Liquor & Pernod Ricard New Zealand - The Coffee Club Franchising (NZ) Ltd
Home Services Best Franchisee of the Year sponsored by Rendezvous Hotels, - Exceed Maintenance - Ellerslie
Highly Commended - Exceed Maintenance - New Plymouth
Home Services Best Franchise System of the Year sponsored by Rendezvous Hotels, - Exceed Maintenance
Highly Commended - GroutPro New Zealand
Lifestyle Services Best Franchisee of the Year sponsored by Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre - SKIDS Willow Bank and Sancta Maria
Highly Commended - SKIDS Remuera, Bayfield, Anchorage Park
Lifestyle Services Best Franchise System of the Year sponsored by Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre - SKIDS (Safe Kids in Daily Supervision)
Retail Best Franchisee of the Year sponsored by WHK - Paper Plus - Cromwell
Highly Commended - Civic Video Mount Eden
Retail Best Franchise System of the Year sponsored by WHK - Paper Plus NZ Ltd
SPECIAL AWARDS
Master Franchisee Award sponsored by Franchise New Zealand Magazine & Website - SelectCleaning - Wellington
Franchise Export Award sponsored by Baldwins Intellectual Property - GroutPro NZ Service Provider Award sponsored by Westpac New Zealand - Franchise Accountants Media Campaign of the Year sponsored by The New Zealand Herald - Paper Plus NZ Ltd Highly Commended - Exceed Maintenance
Note to Editors: The Westpac New Zealand Franchise Awards entries are independently evaluated and judged under the internationally recognised Baldrige criteria for business excellence and administered by the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation. The Media Campaign award is determined by both agency and media judges. Photos of winners and contact details for interviews plus judges’ comments on individual awardees are obtainable from the FANZ office from Monday 14 November.
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