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Ingram Micro takes top honour

Ingram Micro takes top honour

North Shore technology company, Ingram Micro New Zealand Ltd, walked away with supreme honours at the Westpac Enterprise North Shore Business Excellence Awards at North Harbour Stadium.

It was a big night for the Albany-based company which also won the Smales Farm Excellence in Sustainability and the Smith & Davies Employer of Choice Awards on their way to claim the prestigious overall Westpac Supreme Business Excellence Award for 2009.

Close to 600 people attended the annual awards, now in its 12th year, to recognise business excellence in North Shore City with 14 awards bestowed throughout the evening.

Ingram Micro’s excellent business ethos convinced and inspired the judging panel with their outstanding commitment to sustainability, employment practices and health and safety.

“We were particularly impressed with Ingram Micro’s environmental consideration in their EcoBuilding; their immense employee support systems and their strong ‘give back’ ethic to society,” says Matthew Bellingham, convenor of judges.

Ingram Micro New Zealand is a locally managed subsidiary of Ingram Micro Global, the world's largest wholesale provider of technology products and services. The firm carries a broad range of technology products including system, networking, component, peripheral, software and storage products.

Ingram Micro ventured into the New Zealand Market in 1997 and eight years later acquired Tech Pacific, a large IT distribution company that had been located on the North Shore since 1986. Last year the company relocated its head office to new purpose built premises in Apollo Drive which now houses over 200 employees, with a further 80 based at a warehousing facility in Wiri, South Auckland.  The company also has a sales office in Wellington and a sales office and small warehousing facility in Christchurch.

“For over 20 years Ingram Micro New Zealand has called the North Shore home,” says Gary Bigwood, Managing Director. “The majority of our employees live here, our staff functions and social club events are held here and our international visitors always stay on the Shore. So in 2008, when looking for a new location to house our continually growing workforce, it was an easy decision to remain on the North Shore.”

“As a distributor we are the link between resellers and vendors,” continues Bigwood. “We add value to our resellers by enrolling the expertise and support of our vendors; enabling our resellers to take advantage of the relationships that we have long established here in New Zealand and overseas. Additionally, our ability to leverage Ingram Micro’s global infrastructure provides us with world class logistics, information systems, financial strength, product expertise, an ever increasing line of products and specialised support.”

In congratulating Ingram Micro and all the category winners, Ian Blair general manager of business banking for Westpac New Zealand said the standard of entrants in 2009 surpassed all previous expectations.

 “With each passing year the quality of businesses striving to achieve recognition in the awards increases, illustrating the volume of business talent housed on the North Shore. Westpac is proud to be a joint primary sponsor of the awards for the 12th year, and this sponsorship has become an important aspect of our support for business in the City.”

Enterprise North Shore chief executive Terry Hoskins says that Ingram Micro epitomises the core principles of the Westpac Enterprise North Shore Business Excellence Awards. “To win one category is a marvellous achievement, but to take out two and the supreme title, as Ingram Micro has, is testament to the company’s impressive qualities.”

Category Winners for the 2009 Westpac Enterprise North Shore Business Excellence Awards are:

Smales Farm Excellence in Sustainability Award

Winner - Ingram Micro New Zealand Ltd - Venturing into the New Zealand Market in 1997, Ingram Micro New Zealand Ltd has been based on the Shore since 2005.  It is a locally managed subsidiary of Ingram Micro Global, the world's largest wholesale provider of technology products and services. Last year the company relocated its head office to new purpose built premises in Apollo Drive which houses over 200 employees.

 

3M Excellence in Innovation Award

Winner – Reid Construction Systems Ltd - Concrete construction is nothing new to Reid Construction who has been in business in New Zealand since 1984. The Albany-based company is leading the way in the civil and construction sectors through the development of lifting, reinforcing and fastening systems for concrete structures. Reid’s latest innovation, ‘bendable’ concrete, is still being tested, but is several hundred times stronger than normal concrete and can be  sprayed on existing structures to reinforce and provide superior resistance.
 

Actionmail Excellence in Marketing Award

Winner - Bartercard New Zealand Limited - As the world’s largest trade exchange, Bartercard facilitates barter exchange between member organisations, freeing cash flow and guaranteeing new business. Originating in Australia, Bartercard hit the New Zealand market in 1992, and the company’s Albany office now employs 50 people. Bartercard is currently signing around 100 new companies a month as businesses think outside the square to find solutions during challenging economic conditions.

ACC Excellence in Workplace Safety Award

Winner – Naylor Love Construction - In the six years since the Glenfield office of Naylor Love Construction opened, the branch has completed $300 million of projects in the North. The company offers a full range of construction services, feasibility and pre-construction planning, comprehensive project management services, and design management. Known for its excellent relationships with clients and subcontractors and its can-do attitude, it aims to deliver measurably the best construction services.

North Shore Times Excellence in Not For Profit Award

Winner - Project K North Shore - Running on the North Shore since 1999, Project K is an innovative educational programme designed to build self-esteem and give life-direction to young New Zealanders. It combines a number of proven strategies into one cohesive programme including a three week Wilderness Adventure, a 10 day Community Challenge and a 12 month mentoring follow-up. Each year Project K North Shore supports 60 participants, their families and mentors.

Smith & Davies Employer of Choice Award

Winner - Ingram Micro New Zealand Ltd - Venturing into the New Zealand Market in 1997, Ingram Micro New Zealand Ltd has been based on the Shore since 2005.  It is a locally managed subsidiary of Ingram Micro Global, the world's largest wholesale provider of technology products and services. Last year the company relocated its head office to new purpose built premises in Apollo Drive which houses over 200 employees.

Chelsea Sugar Excellence in Exporting Award

Winner – Good Health Products Limited - Active on the North Shore since 1987, Good Health is a natural health company with a customer oriented focus. Their product range includes the full spectrum of health oils, comprehensive digest, winter and seafood ranges, designer herbal and weight management formulations, multi-vitamins, minerals, and skin care. Good Health also offers regular retail training seminars and free naturopathic advice line. Ingredients are sourced from New Zealand farmers and growers with GE-free and organic crops remaining the company’s first priority.

 

Quest Recruitment Best Emerging Business Award

Winner – North Shore International Academy - As a leading training provider of hospitality education to international and domestic students, North Shore International Academy has over 800 students in 2009. Established in 2004, NSIA became the first institute in North Shore City to offer courses in professional cookery and hospitality management. NSIA, who hosts students from over 30 countries, also offers a dedicated career service centre to help students find industry placements.

 Eco Insulation Excellence in Design, Research and Development Award

Winner - Navman Wireless New Zealand - Recognised internationally as an innovator and leading player in the industry, Navman Wireless designs and manufactures GPS-based vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions for the global transport, utility and service industries. All Navman Wireless products are designed and supported by a team of 45 research and development engineers, based at the company’s Northcote office.

Flo2Cash Excellence in Service Delivery Award

Winner - Inter City Urgent - With a fleet of 30 vehicles, Inter City Urgent is an Albany-based urgent courier company. The company’s support staff has 106 years of combined industry experience and believes in providing service of the highest quality and reliability.

Massey University Excellence in Technology Award

Winner - Reid Construction Systems Ltd - Concrete construction is nothing new to Reid Construction who has been in business in New Zealand since 1984. The Albany-based company is leading the way in the civil and construction sectors through the development of lifting, reinforcing and fastening systems for concrete structures. Reid’s latest innovation, ‘bendable’ concrete, is still being tested, but is several hundred times stronger than normal concrete and can be  sprayed on existing structures to reinforce and provide superior resistance.

 

Benefitz Best New Startup Business Award

Winner – Opening Doors Auckland Limited - Supplying doors and hardware to the building industry since April 2007, Opening Doors provides the personal touch by meeting onsite with builders and home owners, completing site measures and organising all their needs like a one-stop-door shop. In 2009 the company opened a showroom in Glenfield with an impressive display of working products.

Speak First Committed Optimist

Winner – Palmers Browns Bay - It’s not just plants and garden accessories at Palmers Browns Bay, who have branched out with two gardening programmes. An Allotments project sees the company work alongside the Salvation Army in a practical workshop teaching sustainable vegetable gardening to families. A Gardenscapes venture brings landscaping to life within the centre to show customers a three dimensional ‘living picture’ of their gardening plans before they replicate it at home.

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