Commercial success celebrated at the Ignite Wānaka Business Awards

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Civil and structural engineering company Batchelar McDougall Consulting won first prize at the Ignite Wānaka Business Excellence Awards last night.

The local company was recognized for its impressive growth, strong customer relationships and R&D investments, as well as its focus on people and strong governance at the awards, hosted by the Ignite Wānaka Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Milford Asset Management.

Batchelar McDougall also won the Outstanding in Professional Services category.

The winners in each category are:

  • Milford Asset Management Supreme Business Awards: Batchelar McDougall
  • Outstanding Tourism (supported by Lake Wānaka Tourism): lavender farm
  • Outstanding in Professional Services:
    Batchelar McDougall
  • Outstanding in Hospitality (backed by Drive Accounting):
    Pembroke Patisserie
  • Excellent in infrastructure/trades (supported by Findex): Dunlop Manufacturers
  • Outstanding in retail (backed by LOGIC1): Ocula
  • Outstanding non-profit organization (supported by Queenstown Lakes District Council): WAI Wānaka
  • Outstanding in sustainability (supported by Queenstown Airport):
    wild yarn
  • Outstanding Startup (supported by Air New Zealand): Village Gift and the Next Chapter (co-winners)
  • Resilience and Diversification Award (supported by Todd & Walker Law): wild yarn
  • Outstanding in Innovation (supported by Aspiring Law): The film crew
  • Outstanding Employer (supported by EASI NZ): Ocula
  • Audience Award (supported by the Wanaka app): The gift of the village

Mandy Bell, President of WAI Wānaka and co-owner of Criffel Station, received the Outstanding Individual award (sponsored by Cardrona Alpine Resort).

Over 200 people attended the awards gala dinner, which took place at Rippon Hall.

The winners were selected by an independent panel of local judges: Wayne Hudson (organizer), Ann Lockhart, Charlie James and Meg Taylor.

Hudson says: It was good to see a large number of entries, despite some negativity resulting from the lockdowns of the past two years. We also appreciated the honest feedback from attendees on how Covid has affected them and how they are handling the impact on their businesses. Congratulations to all who participated. Simply filling out a registration form would have helped them look
at their business instead of being lost in deals. And I hope they learned something positive during the registration process.

Ignite Wānaka President Jo Learmonth said, “The Ignite Wānaka Board of Directors congratulates all of this year’s award winners and finalists. The past two years have been particularly difficult and it is important that we take a moment to celebrate all that we have accomplished as a local business community. We would especially like to thank our sponsors – without their support this event would not have been possible.

In addition to category sponsors and main sponsor Milford Asset Management, the following companies donated their time, products and services: Scope Media, Radio Wānaka, Wānaka App, The Messenger, The Film Crew, Rippon Winery, Miter 10 Wānaka, Entertainment Solutions, Wānaka Marquee & Party Hire, Metallurgie Wānaka, Pacific Linen.

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