Tau­ranga move proves to be a win­ner

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ATau­ranga busi­ness which moved 11 em­ploy­ees from its Auck­land oper­a­tion to the Bay of Plenty has been crowned Busi­ness of the Year.

Jenkins Fresh­pac Sys­tems prints la­bels for the fruit in­dus­try and opened a new pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity in Tau­riko in Au­gust, 2013, when it brought its Auck­land staff to town.

Last night, Jenkins was named supreme win­ner of this year’s West­pac Tau­ranga Busi­ness Awards.

Tau­ranga Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Stan Gregec said he saw a very high stan­dard in en­trants, with a strong fo­cus on tech­nol­ogy — par­tic­u­larly in the ki­wifruit sec­tor.

Other win­ners were: Waikato & BOP Sus­pended Ceil­ing Ser­vices; Lit­tle Big Events; Tau­ranga Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices; Graeme Din­gle Foun­da­tion Bay of Plenty; Fash­ion Is­land; Road Safe Traf­fic Man­age­ment; Good Lo­cal Pyes Pa; Fern Gar­den Preschool & Child­care Cen­tre, Voy­ager Group; Seeka; and Car­rus Corp.

Head judge An­drew Hitch­field said, “This year we con­tin­ued to see lo­cal busi­nesses em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy as the cor­ner­stone for care­fully con­sid­ered and well­struc­tured strat­egy and felt that re­gard­less of the orig­i­nal mo­ti­va­tion for en­ter­ing the awards the process . . . makes the process ben­e­fi­cial for all.”

Jenkins, which also won the Voda­fone Em­brac­ing Dig­i­tal Tech­nol­ogy Award and the YOU Travel Ser­vice Ex­cel­lence Award, was touted by judges as hav­ing a cul­ture shaped by its long and proud pri­vate own­er­ship.

Judges said Jenkins had be­come the clear mar­ket leader for la­belling and pack­ag­ing of hor­ti­cul­tural prod­ucts.

It has been able to keep out larger com­peti­tors that are more re­sourced by fo­cus­ing on its ex­per­tise and su­pe­rior ser­vice of­fer­ing, judges said.

Lo­cally, the com­pany works with all the large ki­wifruit pack houses and Ze­spri to en­sure pro­cessed ki­wifruit is fit for mar­ket. As the bulk of pack­ing is sea­sonal it was crit­i­cal that its ma­chines were able to run with min­i­mal down­time, en­sured by around-the­clock tech­ni­cal ser­vice, judges said.

West­pac area com­mer­cial man­ager Clare Basire said the awards ac­knowl­edged busi­ness ex­cel­lence. “This is about recog­nis­ing PHOTO / FILE the smartest, strong­est and most sus­tain­able busi­nesses in the com­mu­nity.”

This year a new Cor­po­rate Spon­sor­ship Award, spon­sored by Air New Zealand, has been es­tab­lished to recog­nise and en­cour­age Who won what

■ ACC Work­place Safety Award — Waikato & BOP Sus­pended Ceil­ing Ser­vices Ltd

■ Uni­ver­sity of Waikato Cor­po­rate Lead­er­ship Award

■ Ze­spri Busi­ness In­no­va­tion Award — Lit­tle Big Events

■ Voda­fone Em­brac­ing Dig­i­tal Tech­nol­ogy — Jenkins Fresh­pac Sys­tems Ltd

■ Trust­power Cus­tomer Ex­pe­ri­ence Award — Tau­ranga Vet­eri­nary Ser­vices Ltd

■ Bay of Con­nec­tions So­cial En­ter­prise Award — Graeme Din­gle Foun­da­tion Bay of Plenty

■ Gartshore Re­tail In­te­ri­ors Re­tail Ex­cel­lence Award — Fash­ion Is­land

■ Toi Ohomai Emerg­ing Busi­ness — Road Safe Traf­fic Man­age­ment Ltd

■ Bay Venues Tourism & Hos­pi­tal­ity Award — Good Lo­cal Pyes Pa

■ Bay of Plenty Busi­ness News Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Award — Fern Gar­den Preschool & Child­care Cen­tre

■ YOU Travel Ser­vice Ex­cel­lence Award — Jenkins Fresh­pac Sys­tems Ltd

■ Pow­er­cro Man­u­fac­tur­ing &/or Dis­tri­bu­tion Award — Voy­ager Group

■ Air New Zealand Cor­po­rate Spon­sor­ship Award — Car­rus Corp

■ West­pac Tau­ranga Busi­ness of the Year Award — Jenkins Fresh­pac Sys­tems Ltd

spon­sor­ship. Judges said the cor­po­rate sec­tor was al­ready ex­tremely gen­er­ous, with­out which a huge num­ber of events, both sport­ing, and cul­ture and amenity within the city sim­ply would not hap­pen.

Jenkins Fresh­pac Sys­tems em­ployee Emily Tuiti re­lo­cated to Tau­ranga with her work, which has just been named Tau­ranga Busi­ness of the Year.

PHOTO / FILE

Some of the “in­cred­i­ble hu­mans” who vol­un­teer at the Tau­ranga Com­mu­nity Food­bank, which is the sub­ject of this year’s Bay of Plenty Times Christ­mas Ap­peal.

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