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Each year, the Wellington Gold Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals in the region, highlighting their contributions to the local economy and community.

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The Wellington Gold Awards, established in 1999, have become a prestigious event that showcases the best of Wellington’s business talent. The awards aim to recognise excellence in 8 categories, including Creative Gold (film, media & creative content), Innovation Gold (recent R&D projects), Emerging Gold Products (small businesses, 10 or fewer staff), Emerging Gold Services (small businesses, 10 or fewer staff), Global Gold (exporters), Supporting Gold (infrastructure & services), Technology Gold (digital creators), Vibrant Gold (events, hospitality & tourism facilities). These categories reflect the diverse and dynamic nature of Wellington’s business landscape. In addition to these categories, there are 3 best practice awards – ACC Workplace Safety Gold (workplace safety), Green Gold (sustainability practices & products), Team Gold (HR & wellness programmes).

Why should you participate?

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: One of the key aspects of the Wellington Gold Awards is their role in fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. By recognising and celebrating the achievements of local businesses, the awards inspire others to strive for excellence and push the boundaries of what is possible. This culture of innovation is essential for driving economic growth and ensuring Wellington remains a competitive and vibrant city.

Local and International recognition: Moreover, the Wellington Gold Awards provide a platform for businesses to showcase their success stories and gain recognition both locally and internationally. This exposure can lead to new opportunities, partnerships, and investments, further fueling the growth of the local economy.

Judging process: One of the standout features of the Wellington Gold Awards is the rigorous judging process. A panel of independent judges, consisting of industry experts and business leaders, carefully evaluates each entry based on specific criteria such as innovation, sustainability, and growth. This ensures that only the most deserving businesses and individuals are recognised, adding to the prestige of the awards.

Building connections: The Wellington Gold Awards also play a crucial role in building connections within the business community. The awards ceremony, attended by hundreds of business leaders, provides a valuable networking opportunity for attendees to connect, share ideas, and explore potential collaborations. This networking aspect is invaluable for fostering a strong and interconnected business ecosystem in Wellington.

Important Dates: The applications are open from March 1 to April 26th. The finalists will be announced on June 7th. Between June 10th and June 28th, the finalists in various categories will be given an opportunity to provide more information. The winners will be announced on the 23rd of July at the Embassy Theatre, Kent Terrace, Wellington. The important point to note is that the entry is free for all participants.

How can we help?

We can assist you in translating your application’s basics into tangible benefits. Our approach aims to make the judges’ life easy, utilising impactful messaging to differentiate your submission. We use the Fact-Reason-Result formula to make your application stand out.

Writing business award submissions can be time-consuming. Through planning, managing, and writing business award submissions, we have helped clients participate and win many business awards.

The Wellington Gold Awards are more than just a ceremony; they celebrate excellence, innovation, and entrepreneurship in Wellington. By recognising local achievements, they drive economic growth, inspire innovation, and build a stronger business community. The event is a highlight on the social calendar, promising a night of excitement, glamour, and celebration for participants, sponsors, and attendees alike.

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