The Judges say the fact the David Awards has the largest-ever number of finalists in several categories this year is testament to the indomitable entrepreneurial spirit of the small businesses which entered, and the significant increase in not only the number, but quality, of entries.
“This year’s entries represent an extremely diverse range of business sectors across many product and service categories,” says long-time Judge, Glenn Baker. “The one common thread has been the business owner’s desire to seize an opportunity and run with it. This is despite the odds and the somewhat rollercoaster business environment that everyone faced through the various Covid lockdowns.”
Entry numbers are 40% up on the best-ever year, says Founder Heather Douglas. “That excludes the People’s Choice entry, which is voted rather than judged, where the response has been even greater, with the numbers almost doubling from our previous record.”
“The pandemic can wreak havoc all it wants,” says Baker, “but these businesses will not be stopped!”
Started in 2008, The David Awards recognise the unsung heroes in home and small business – the Kiwi Davids taking on the Goliaths of the New Zealand business landscape.
Finalists for 2021 are:
The Most Outstanding Fledgling Business
The Most Outstanding Established Business
The Most Outstanding Triumph over Adversity
The Most Innovative Business
The Most Inspired Use of Marketing
The Most Outstanding Social Impact
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