Frequently Asked Question..Why Enter?

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Why Enter?
The Awards provide great profile for those involved and an excellent opportunity for public recognition.

They also provide:
   • An opportunity to focus on your business by identifying your core strengths and competitive advantages
   • A good discipline to review your business and think about what makes you different from other organisations
   • Staff with a sense of pride in the organisation they work for, developing a unified team culture
   • New levels of motivation and enthusiasm by getting staff involved in the entry process.

A key feature of these Awards is the simplicity of entering.

The Entry Questionnaire is based around a 3 section covering your business story, the last 12 months in particular, and your goals. We do NOT require any further supporting information such as financials. Most entrants estimate the Entry Questionnaire takes on average 4-5 hours to complete.
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How can I get involved?

Enter yourself or nominate an organisation that you feel is worthy of recognition. This could include suppliers or clients you deal with. You can make as many nominations as you like.
    Entries Open: early February each year
    Entries Close: around late March each year
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How much will it cost our organisation to enter?
There is NO COST to enter The Gold Awards.
Should you make it through to becoming a Finalist, you are provided with a significant amount of public profile.
You will ONLY be required to pay for any tickets to the Awards Dinner.
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What happens after I register or nominate someone?
If you register your own organisation, you will be sent an Entry Questionnaire by our Gold Awards team to complete which is due in around early April.

If you nominate someone else, we will make contact with them informing them they have been nominated and send the Entry Questionnaire to consider.

Please Note: we do not disclose who nominated them, this is kept confidential. If you choose to inform them, please encourage them to enter.
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How long will it take to complete the Entry Questionnaire?
One of the attributes of these Awards is the simplicity of entering. 

There are 3 key sections covering your business story and 2016. We aim for the Entry Questionnaire to take about 4-5 hours to complete. We do NOT require any financial information or supporting material.
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How will I be judged?
By your business achievements based on the previous calendar year (ie. the 2017 Awards will be based on the 2016 calendar year) as outlined in your Entry Questionnaire. The Entry Questionnaire covers your points of difference, key characteristics and people management.

You fill out the Entry Questionnaire once. There are NO site visits or interviews.

With the Entry Questionnaire, we send out Guidelines as to what the judges are looking for.

The Entry Questionnaire is aimed at giving us a snapshot of your business with a particular focus on the last 12 months.

You can view the Entry Questionnaire and Entry Guidelines here....

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Who are the judges?
35 business and community leaders. All judging is done separately and independently and taken from the information submitted in your Entry Form. There are no judges panels.
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What do I win?
You will receive a Gold Awards trophy, much public profile and recognition from the time of being announced as a Finalist through to the Winners Announcement.

The supreme winner is chosen from ALL of the 7 industry (not including Discovering) category Finalists and receives a trophy.
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Can I enter if I don’t have business plans, marketing plans, OSH plans in place?
Yes you can. The judges will base their decisions on your achievements from the previous calendar year and your points of difference, key characteristics and people management as set out in your Entry Form.
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How do I enter the Best Practice Awards?
These three Best Practice Awards recognise businesses committed to positive:
       1) workplace safety systems and procedures
       2) sustainability practices
       3) HR and wellness Programmes.

There are separate sections of the Entry Questionnaire for these Best Practice Awards which can be entered in their own right or in addition to one of the 8 main Categories.
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How do I choose which Category I should enter?
You will generally find that your organisation could fit into more than one category. However you are only entitled to enter ONE of the 8 main industry Categories. Choose the category that best fits the capability/achievements you wish to profile. Checking out the winners in each Category here, may help you to decide.

You can enter one, two or all three of the Best Practice Awards.
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What exposure will I receive?
Should you make it through as a Finalist, there are a series of advertisements in The Dominion Post outlining the Finalists and Winners, as well as editorial coverage in The Dominion Post and profile on Facebook.
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Do we need to have a video?
Only if you are selected as a Finalist. We will need a 30 second video about you to show at the awards night. This may be an existing video. Or The Gold Awards can help you prepare your video clip from existing material, either photos or video at minimal charge.
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Where can I obtain photos?
The photo galleries of the Finalists Announcement Function and the Awards are hosted on The Gold Awards website and Facebook page a day or so after the events. You are welcome to download web quality versions or contact gayle@agenda-marketing.co.nz (or phone 04 384 6417 or 027 208 8780) if you require print quality versions - these are all provided free of charge.
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If I am a Finalist do I receive free tickets?
Unfortunately The Gold Awards are not able to subsidise the costs of food and beverage for the Finalists at the awards night.

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What is the dress code for the awards night?
This is a formal event with the dress standard being "Black Tie" meaning dinner suit and tie for men, and evening wear for women.

Each year The Gold Awards has a different business related "Event Theme" and we generally have a best themed outfit competition with a great travel prize attached. Themed dress is totally optional. Refer to "Golds in a Nutshell" to see some of these themes over the years.
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How do we get tickets?
Tickets go on sale as soon as the Finalists are announced in late May. They are posted out about 2 weeks before the awards night.
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How much are the tickets?
Finalists Ticket Prices - $175 + GST per person, $1,700 + GST for a Finalist Table (10 tickets)
General Ticket Prices - $195 + GST per person, $1,900 + GST for a Table  (10 tickets)

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