Thursday, 1st October, 2015

Global trade promotions management software operator Flintfox International has emerged victorious from the Westpac Auckland Business Awards North held last night, winning the Supreme Business Excellence Award and the Excellence in Exporting category, as well as CEO, Mike Ridgway, winning the Excellence in Business Leadership category.

Flintfox International is an outstanding example of Auckland business succeeding in international markets and evidencing local businesses that are consolidating Auckland’s growing export driven economy.

The Westpac Auckland Business Awards reward excellence in business, and celebrate business innovation and best practice across Auckland North, South, West and Central.

Says Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett, “Through the Awards we are able to identify a rich mix of success factors that enhance business capability - tech innovation is a critical success factor at the North awards with finalist businesses such as Flintfox International, iCOS LIVE, Unleashed Software and EasyForms bringing new, disruptive software innovations to market.”

“The Awards are good for business. We also have many small, capable businesses creating niche solutions and making a strong claim for their market share. Being small is their advantage and their success won’t allow them to be overlooked,” adds Barnett.

Auckland Council’s economic growth agency – Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) – partners the Chamber to present the Awards.

Patrick McVeigh, ATEED General Manager Business, Innovation & Skills, says: “ATEED is proud to support the awards and congratulates last night’s winners for being recognised as examples of business excellence.

“As the awards results show, many Auckland North companies are already demonstrating world-class innovation.

“ATEED is committed to working with businesses in the North and across the region, cultivating this culture of innovation which will be vital to our region’s economic transformation.”

“A huge congratulations to the category winners at the 2015 Westpac Auckland Business Awards North,” says Karen Silk, Westpac GM Commercial, Corporate & Institutional

“Westpac is extremely proud to be associated with a programme that recognises the outstanding achievements of businesses across New Zealand, particularly in the Auckland North region.

“We wish the 2015 award winners all the very best for their future business endeavours and, if history is anything to go by, we absolutely know they will continue to excel,” says Silk.

More details about the Westpac Auckland Business Awards North category winners can be found at

The regional Awards, hosted by Auckland Chamber of Commerce with the support of ATEED, offer businesses a chance to be rewarded for their excellence, to share their stories and to celebrate their successes. For a complete list of finalists visit

Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2015 North - WINNERS

Excellence in Innovation Sponsored by Massey University

Excellence in Marketing Sponsored by P.M.T
Urban Dogs Limited

Best Emerging Business  Sponsored by Air New Zealand
Picnic Box Limited

Excellence in Customer Service Delivery Sponsored by Barfoot and Thompson

Excellence in Strategy and Planning Sponsored by PwC
EasyForms Limited

Excellence in Exporting Sponsored by Ports of Auckland Limited
Flintfox International Limited

Excellence in Business Leadership Sponsored by Partners Life Limited
Mike Ridgway, Flintfox International Limited

Supreme Business Excellence Sponsored by Westpac
Flintfox International Limited

Click here to view WABA North Gala Dinner & Ceremony Photos

Password for downloading photos: WBAnorth

For more information contact Michael Barnett, mobile: 0275 631 150.

Michael Barnett, Chief Executive, Auckland Chamber of Commerce.