18 June 2012

Intergen has been selected as a finalist in the 2012 AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards.

Recognised for excellence in the Large Business $10 - $50 million turnover category, Intergen joins 49 other finalists in this years’ AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards – a record number in the awards seven year history.

Sarah Trotman, Founder of the Excellence in Business Support Awards and Director of Business Relations at AUT Business School says the high level of interest this year is highly encouraging for New Zealand business.

“The Excellence in Business Support Awards were established in 2005, and never before have we had 49 finalists. It’s a true reflection of the quality of applicants we have had this year.

“Such interest in recognising quality in the field of business support indicates an understanding that, with world-class business support, New Zealand can build world-class business,” says Trotman.

For Dean of AUT Business School Geoff Perry, being aligned with the awards provides an important opportunity to build on the Schools existing engagement with industry.

“The Excellence in Business Support Awards are regarded highly among industry, providing organisations the chance to benchmark their performance alongside others in their field. As a Business School, it’s important for us to celebrate the businesses that contribute to the economic and social development of our region, so that together, we can continue to add value to the changing world of business,” says Dr Perry.

The robust entry and evaluation process of the awards enables finalists to reflect on how effectively their organisation achieves business excellence in all key areas including leadership and planning, customer and market focus, provision of business support, evaluation and improvement, and business results.

Finalists now have until 6 July to submit their final applications. The winners will then be announced in October at a black-tie gala dinner in Auckland. The Supreme Award will be chosen from the category winners.

Evaluation of all nominations will be overseen by The New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, including evaluators for the management department of AUT Business School. Excellence will be assessed using the international Baldridge criteria.

A full list of the 2012 Finalists of the AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards can be seen below:


Business under $5m turnover – Management Services

  • Optimal Usability Limited
  • Otago Innovation Limited
  • Rotorua Chamber of Commerce
  • The Small Business Company
  • Valentine Addis Ltd


Business under $5m turnover – Sales & Marketing

  • The Research Agency
  • Plato Design Agency
  • Verve – The Event Agency
  • Terabyte Interactive


Business under $5m turnover – Technology

  • Vadacom
  • Optimal Usability
  • Aura RedEye Security Group Ltd


Business under $5m turnover – Accounting and Finance

  • Debtworks
  • DJCA
  • GoFi8ure


Business $5m - $10m turnover

  • Provoke Solutions
  • Advanced Security
  • Laser Plus Ltd


Large Business Specific Initiative

  • Deloitte Fast 50
  • ASB Bank Ltd Business Focus Account
  • BNZ Finance


Large Business $10m-$50m turnover

  • Plan-b Ltd
  • Banklink
  • Intergen
  • Telecom Rentals
  • Fusion5


Large Business $50m-$200m turnover

  • Kordia Networks
  • 2degrees
  • Minter Ellison Rudd Watts


Large Business $200m plus

  • Gen-i
  • GE Capital
  • Bidvest
  • Bartercard NZ
  • ANZ Banking Group NZ


Not for Profit

  • Sustainable Business Network
  • Leadership NZ
  • Beef & Lamb NZ
  • Development West Coast
  • Onehunga High Business School



  • CarboNZero Holdings
  • Dunedin City Council – EDU
  • Business.govt.nz (Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment)
  • Dispute Resolution Services
  • Work & Income


  • Dr Ann Smith – CarboNZero Holdings
  • Chris Quin – CEO Gen-i Australasia
  • Rachel Brown – CEO Sustainable Business Network
  • Glen Senior – CEO The Small Business Company
  • Michael Barnett – CEO Auckland Chamber of Commerce


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