Prizes

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.

Overview of support for employers and the self-employed
Overview of other financial support
Overview of some mental health support and tools here and here
Official Covid-19 information

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.

Kia Kaha.

Heather and the Team at The David Awards.

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Business awards entrants always say how much simply entering a business award has helped their business. The process of submitting an entry helps you think more strategically about your business, and highlights strengths you may not have realised you had or weaknesses you would like to address. This is even more the case if you enlist an associate or mentor to go through the process with you - and every entry in The David Awards receives personalised feedback directly from the judges.

 

Everyone's a winner

Entrants, Finalists, Category Award winners and the Supreme Award winner all receive prizes and/or benefits for entering.

All entrants receive:

  • Feedback and suggestions from the judges
  • A "The David Awards" Entrant Logo to display on their web site and other promotional material

  

All Finalists also receive:   

  • Feedback and suggestions from the judges
  • A "The David Awards" Finalist Logo to display on their web site and other promotional material
  • Their names published on The David Awards web site
  • A 6-month subscription to NZBusiness Magazine, a long-standing publication with lots of information and inspiration to help you on the road to further business success.
  • Recognition through media releases naming them as finalists (and the opportunity to send their own media releases in this respect)
  • A certificate to display publicly recognising their Finalist status

 

Category Winners also receive:

  • Feedback and suggestions from the judges
  • A "The David Awards" Category Winner Logo to display on their web site and other promotional material
  • Their names published on The David Awards web site
  • Recognition through media releases naming them as category winners (and the opportunity to send their own media releases in this respect)
  • 1 year Free Web Hosting with Website World on our Success Plan, worth $660+gst. 
  • A certificate to display publicly recognising their Category Winner status

    

The David Awards Supreme Winner also receives:

In addition to the prizes mentioned above, the Supreme Winner also receives:

  • Feedback and suggestions from the judges 
  • "The David Awards" Supreme Winner Logo to display on their web site and other promotional material
  • Their names published on The David Awards web site
  • Recognition through media releases naming them as the Supreme Winner (and the opportunity to send their own media releases in this respect)
  • A trophy and certificate to display publicly recognising their Supreme Winner status
  • Free SEO Audit worth $1800+gst from Pure SEO