It’s the best in the business
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
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