Entries in the 2016 Westpac Auckland Business Awards have exceeded previous years and created a new benchmark for Auckland businesses looking to profile their achievements in both innovation and excellence.

Attracting a wide range of businesses from many sectors, both B2C and B2B, this year’s roll call includes young, emerging businesses like Boardertown and Wild on Waiheke through to well established achievers like Bobux International.

121 companies across Auckland have entered this year’s Awards making up 221 category entries across the region.

In all areas there are examples of outstanding creativity represented in businesses such as: Central - Eat My Lunch, Triumph & Disaster, Wild on Waiheke ; North - Distribution Box, Moemoe Limited, Clare Talbot Garden Design, Dodson Motorsport; South -  Bobux International, Boardertown, Icom New Zealand; West - Josef Rakich Fitness, Black Sands Brewing Company, Spike HQ.

As Auckland business embraces the ‘pipeline for success,’ that these Awards deliver, more businesses are entering and returning to take on new categories and the opportunity to benchmark with peers. Repeat entrants this year include Naveya and Sloane, Auckland Trotting Club, Love My New Zealand and Northern Arena.

Excellence in Innovation is a popular category across all regions as is Best Emerging Business. A new category Excellence in International Trade (replacing Excellence in Exporting), is also popular with the change of name better representing what’s being done in the Auckland region. Another new category, Employer of the Year, has attracted a good number of entries.

2016 Westpac Auckland Business Awards Entrants

90 Seconds, Alexandra Park/Auckland Trotting Club, Alive Foods Limited (Frooze Balls), Animation College New Zealand Limited, Anti-Money Laundering Solutions Limited, Apparel & Merchandising Solutions Ltd, Base 2, Clouth Investments Limited T/A Hireace, Eat My Lunch, Ellerslie Four Square, FoundationFootprint, Fraedom, Generator, Harmoney Limited, Hi-Spec Plumbing and Gas LTD, Honeywrap Ltd, HR Shop, I Love Pies, Intelligent Ink, International College of New Zealand Limited, Jacobs, Julian Bartrom, kanDO Innovation Ltd, Logicore Ltd, MYOB, MyTuition, Naveya & Sloane, Optimal Clinical Trials Ltd, Pacific Islands Trade & Invest, Paralympics New Zealand, Protempo Limited, Pure SEO Limited, Pushpay Holdings Limited, Refresh Renovations, Smart Express Limited, Sutcliffe Jewellery Ltd, The Mind Lab by Unitec, Transdev Auckland, Triumph & Disaster Ltd, ViFX Managed Operations, WhereScape Software Limited, Wild on Waiheke, youtap!, Auto Super Shoppes, Bliss hair design, Ceres Organics, Claire Talbot Garden Design Limited, Distribution Box Ltd (dbox), Dodson Motorsport, DogHQ, Electronic Partners Limited, Home Sweet Home Property Management, HTG Limited, Lidgard Sails and Shades Limited, Life Clinic Health And Beauty Ltd, Manawanui Incharge, Max Marketing, Miit, Moemoe Limited, Northern Arena, OneClick Limited, PBF, Provincial Childcare Holdings Limited, Reg the Dog Limited, Safety Nets NZ Limited, STAAH Limited, Star Kayaks, Straker Translations, Vesta Central Ecommerce, Ambridge Rose Healthcare, Aspect Blinds, Auckland Motorway Alliance, Auckland South Immigration Consultants Limited, Boardertown Ltd., Bobux International, Building Lifestyle NZ Ltd, Business Buddy, Chancellor Construction Limited, Conveyancing Shop Lawyers, Discoveries Educare, Eastern Automotive Performance Centre, Easy Freight Ltd, Fission, Glass Team Limited, Global Financial Services Ltd, Global Imports & Exports Ltd, GMP Pharmaceuticals Group, Hallmark Limousines Ltd, Harcourts Preet & Co, Highbrook Apartments Limited T/A Quest Highbrook, IBBZ Accounting Limited, Icom New Zealand, Link 2 Group Limited, New Zealand Health Manufacturing Limited, PMA Global, PRIME.design, Quentosity Ltd, Rayglass Boats, Sudima Hotel Auckland Airport, The Goodness Grocer, Urban Eden Ltd. T/A Hanging Gardens, Attest Ltd, Bethells Beach Cottages, Black Sands Brewing Company, Genevieve's, Henderson Discount Pharmacy, Josef Rakich Fitness - Best Emerging Business, Liquidstrip, Love My New Zealand, Mitre 10 Mega Westgate, Motion Design, MyHR, Permallu Holdings Limited (PHL) T/A McDonald's West Auckland, QualityCare Dental Group, Te Atatu Toasted, Te Henga Studios, The Hub Consulting Limited, The Naturalfood co (2001) Ltd, The Stone Paper Company Limited, Thomas Civil and Environmental Consultants Limited, Spike.