Christchurch Business a Finalist for 2 Small-Business Awards

Published: Mon 5 Oct 2015 10:00 AM
Christchurch Business a Finalist for Two Small-Business Awards
The finalists for the 2015 David Awards have been named, and Christchurch business Heat Pumps NOW are nominated in two categories.
Those categories are “The Most Outstanding Fledgling Business,” recognizing a young or start-up company under two years old that’s smart, quirky, with a truly passionate team. The other category is “Most Community-Minded Business,” highlighting a company where community involvement is not what they’re about, but part of how they go about their core business.
For the past eight years, The David Awards have been recognising the unsung heroes in home and small businesses throughout New Zealand – the Kiwi Davids taking on the Goliaths of the New Zealand business landscape.
“We are so proud and humbled to be recognized nationally in not just one, but two categories,” says Heat Pumps NOW Director Blair Ashdowne. “When we entered The David Awards a few months ago I don’t think we really expected to get anywhere. We’re truly blown away by this result.”
For the “Most Outstanding Fledgling Business” category there are three other finalists from around New Zealand, while there are two finalists total for “Most Community-Minded Business.”
Community has always been at the heart of Heat Pumps NOW, from recognizing the work of outstanding volunteers, to fundraising for those in need, donating time and resources to community organisations, and giving grants to local artists.
“We didn’t do any of those things to win awards. Our local Christchurch community was so supportive of Heat Pumps NOW when we started out, and it’s so rewarding to be able to give something back. We don’t really think about it, it’s just part of who we are,” says Blair.
The popularity of The David Awards continues to grow, with the total number of entries swelling by 27% this year – on top of about the same amount of growth last year.
“It’s not just the number of entries, though, which is gratifying”, says The David Award’s Founder Heather Douglas, “it’s the variety and quality of those entries too”.
Winners of The David Awards 2015 will be announced on at 11 a.m. on 8 October.

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