It’s the best in the busi­ness

Taupo Times - - FOLLOWS IN PARENTS’ FOOTSTEPS CARE OF BUSINESS - ROBERT STEVEN Award re­cip­i­ents: Hear Bet­ter Au­di­ol­ogy Cy­cle Chal­lenge Taupo De Lake Taupo Ana­mata CAFE

New­com­ers and old-timers were both cel­e­brated at the Ser­vice IQ Great Lake Taupo Busi­ness Awards on Fri­day night.

Taupo De Bretts Spa Re­sort picked up the BNZ Over­all Busi­ness of the Year, as well as the Stret­tons Large Busi­ness Award.

Owner Barry Kirk­land said he bought De Bretts as a di­lap­i­dated pools com­plex in 1987 and had since trans­formed it into a suc­cess­ful busi­ness.

‘‘We’ve seen the ups and downs of Taupo and grown our busi­ness from some­thing that was at times strug­gling, to a suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion with over 60 staff,’’ he said.

Kirk­land praised op­er­a­tions man­ager Mirela Pe­trar.

Pe­trar’s rise from house­keeper to se­nior man­ager was a re­flec­tion of the pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment done at De Bretts, he said.

A newer busi­ness to win big was Hear Bet­ter Au­di­ol­ogy, win­ning the Emerg­ing Busi­ness tro­phy and the In­no­va­tion award.

Other mul­ti­ple award win­ners in­cluded Cham­ber­lain Car­pen­try & Join­ery, which scooped the More FM Small Busi­ness Award and the Wairakei Re­sort Ex­cel­lence in Lead­er­ship tro­phy.

The awards were run by Town­cen­tre Taupo and Taupo Cham­ber of Com­merce & In­dus­try.

(Highly Com­mended listed first, then award Win­ner in bold)

Tom­a­hawk Emerg­ing busi­ness: Aero­sphere In­spec­tion,

More FM Small busi­ness: Pil­brows Watch & Clock Restora­tions, Cham­ber­lain Car­pen­try & Join­ery

Zest Bro­kers Medium busi­ness: Huka Honey Hive, Cre­me­brulee Hair & Beauty Stret­tons Large busi­ness: Trev Terry Ma­rine, Bretts Spa Re­sort

Leg­end Not-for-Profit busi­ness: Ana­mata CAFE, En­ter­prise Great Lake Taupo Ex­cel­lence in In­no­va­tion: Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge, Wairakei Re­sort, Hear Bet­ter Au­di­ol­ogy

Qual­ity Print Ex­cel­lence in Sus­tain­abil­ity: Taupo DeBretts Spa Re­sort, Huka Honey Hive

Vine Eatery Ex­cel­lence in Com­mu­nity Con­tri­bu­tion: Hear Bet­ter Au­di­ol­ogy,

Wairakei Re­sort Ex­cel­lence in Lead­er­ship: De Bretts, Cham­ber­lain Car­pen­try & Join­ery

BNZ Over­all Busi­ness of the Year: Taupo DeBretts Spa Re­sort

ROBERT STEVEN/FAIR­FAX NZ

De Bretts Spa Re­sort cel­e­brate win­ning the BNZ Busi­ness of the Year award at Ser­vice IQ Great Lake Taupo Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness Awards, held Wairakei Re­sort on Fri­day

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