2015 David Award Winners
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According to their website, The David Awards have been recognising the unsung heroes in home and small businesses throughout New Zealand for the past eight years, whose tenacity, courage and ingenuity place them firmly at the forefront of entrepreneurship in this country. Apparently, this means us.
Heat Pumps NOW is a member of one of the best BNI chapters in Christchurch. BNI is a business networking group that sponsors The David Awards. Through BNI we found out about the competition, and in typical Heat Pumps NOW fashion thought we may as well give it a go, not really expecting to get anywhere.
Heat Pumps NOW entered the categories for People’s Choice, Most Outstanding Fledgling Business, and Most-Community Minded Business. Thanks to everyone who voted for Heat Pumps NOW to win the People’s Choice Award. We didn’t get anywhere with that one, but we’re very grateful for our supporters who followed the link and voted.
“The Most Outstanding Fledgling Business” category recognizes a company under two years old that’s smart, quirky, with a truly passionate team. The “Most Community-Minded Business,” highlights a company where community involvement is not what they’re about, but part of how they go about their core business.
For the “Most Outstanding Fledgling Business” category there were three other finalists from around New Zealand, while there were just two finalists total for “Most Community-Minded Business.”
Community has always been at the heart of Heat Pumps NOW, from recognizing the work of outstanding volunteers, to fundraising for those in need, donating time and resources to community organisations around Christchurch, and giving grants to local artists.
“We didn’t do any of those things to win awards. Our friends, family, and neighbours across Christchurch were so supportive of Heat Pumps NOW when we started out, and it’s very rewarding to be able to give something back. Helping those around us is just being part of the community. We don’t really think about it, it’s just part of who we are,” says Heat Pumps NOW Director, Blair Ashdowne.
Finally the day came. October 8th – The day the winners were announced.
“I jumped online at 11am when the announcement was due to be made and I honestly thought I had read it wrong,” says Heat Pumps NOW Communications and Marketing Coordinator Cameron Taylor. “I had to read the whole page three times before the news really sunk in. It was so exciting to let the rest of the team know.”
Winner of Two Categories and Supreme Overall Award
“We were up against some truly great business, not just from around Christchurch but all of New Zealand,” says Blair. “We are so humbled with this result, and want to take this opportunity to thank each and every Cantabrian who has supported Heat Pumps NOW. We couldn’t do what we do without you.”
The David Awards Judges Comments
Their excellent customer service has ensured their growth through word of mouth and referrals. They also contribute to their community in practical and measureable ways. They are succeeding where larger companies in their area have failed.”
- Davids Award Judge Pam Martin, on behalf of the judging panel.
If you’d like to experience our award winning service for yourself, or just want to say “congratulations,” contact Heat Pumps NOW on 03 377 7393.