It is with a heavy heart and profound empathy for the difficulty and uncertainty small businesses throughout New Zealand are currently facing that we have decided not to hold The David Awards 2020.
We know that small businesses will be facing enormous challenges and that what the future holds will differ for each of you. For some, the painful reality is that nothing will save your current business. For others, Covid-19 presents opportunities which didn’t previously exist and you may be struggling to adapt and keep up. Many will fall between these two extremes, but wherever your business sits, we have no doubt you have far bigger things on your mind right now - and rightly so - than entering awards.
What we also know, from more than a decade of small and home businesses sharing their challenges and successes with us, is that small businesses are agile, resilient, creative and very necessary to New Zealand. Every year entrants have demonstrated how, after immense adversity, they have picked themselves up and dusted themselves off, taken a long, hard look at their situation, the challenges and opportunities, adapted what they are doing and stepped up to the mark. Their nimbleness, determination and perseverance have been invaluable in equipping them for the fray. And they have come out the other side stronger, wiser and having found ways to conquer the obstacles or circumvent the roadblocks they encountered along the way.
Like you, many of the judges and organisers of The David Awards are fighting fires in their own businesses and employment situations. We understand not only the stress of steering a business through this time of change and upheaval, but the huge toll it takes at a personal level too.
We would, however, like to share an observation with you. The high number of business failures in the small and home business sector is often cited - and misinterpreted - as a sign of how fragile this sector is. We say to you it is actually a sign of its resilience, because if one bothers to dig a little deeper the picture which emerges is not one of a business failing, but often of a business morphing into something else. Something which is built of sterner stuff and based on a little more experience.
We know you need time to evaluate, plan, tackle the challenges and even heal. In recognition of the extraordinary times we are facing together at present, we are dedicating The David Awards 2020 to all small business owners throughout Aotearoa.
And we want you to know each and every one of you is a true “David” in our eyes.
You are not alone, we know you are resilient and there is light at the end of the tunnel, whether you can see it now or not.
We salute you.
Finally, we encourage you to draw on help which is available.
We expect to be back bigger and better than ever in 2021 and look forward to hearing some amazing stories of triumph and fortitude then. In the meantime, be kind to yourselves and each other.
Heather and the Team at The David Awards.
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Who are our “Davids”?
Our “Davids” are ordinary, everyday, Kiwi small business owners who are not afraid of taking on the Goliaths of the commercial world – despite the overwhelming imbalance in size and resources - and forging success for themselves on their own terms.
Our “Davids” are the local entrepreneurs whose visions seem impossibly big and unattainable but who have taken small step after small step, until the unlikely seems probable and the probable begins to become a reality.
Some of our “Davids” are ordinary business owners who have faced more than their fair share of heartache and who, when mere survival is a triumph against the odds, manage to rebuild their lives, and thrive. Or who have overcome personal tragedies or life-changing health issues to maintain their independence and self-esteem, reinvent themselves, or build not only a viable business, but a future and security for themselves and their families.
Our “Davids” are those whose aspirations, courage, and determination have shaped their businesses and their destinies. Who have seen a niche and had the audacity to invade and occupy it as their own. Who may have risked their homes, their relationships or their reputations to chase their dreams. Who, with an undersized budget and a colossal vision have found ingenious ways to hold their own, and whose passion, integrity and nimbleness have enabled them to out-wit and out-manoeuvre the competition. Who have risen above the doubt – their own, their families’, their friends’, or their advisors’ – and proven their entrepreneurial success.
Our “Davids” are business owners who contribute in many ways to New Zealand’s performance on the world stage and give back to the communities in which they operate.
Above all, our “Davids” are ordinary people who have a great idea, and the sheer grit and determination to turn it into an extraordinary business.