HP’s small and medium business marketing manager Warwick Grey has scooped this year’s Most Significant Contribution by an Individual prize at the Vero Excellence in Business Support awards.
The award recognises individuals who have introduced services, products and ideas to small business owners, or championed successful business support initiatives.
Grey says it was a thrill to be nominated for the award and to get feedback from customers during the process.
“The awards process required me to talk to the people I felt we had supported and the feedback I received was just an incredible surprise and a great thrill,” he says.
The awards were held in Auckland on 17 April as part of the regional Small Business Expo. Grey was nominated by Home Business New Zealand co-founder and director Heather Douglas, herself a winner of the first Individual Contribution award in 2005.
The supreme award winner was business software provider MYOB New Zealand, also a finalist in the Large Business over $10 million turnover category.
EEO Trust took out the Not for Profit category EEO over other finalists Economic Development Group (Hamilton) and the New Zealand Centre for SME Research.
Dunedin business incubator Upstart, another not for profit, won the High Growth Sector category.
More than 100 organisations and individuals entered the 2008 awards, with 43 finalists selected in 11 categories by judges from The New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation.