As we expressed our gratitude to sponsors for their patronage and support of the Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards (INLIBA) 2019 at a special dinner hosted in their honour on September 16, 2019 at Pullman Hotel in Auckland, they returned the compliment saying that their involvement brought them closer to the Indian community.
“We are happy to join hands with Indian Newslink to celebrate the success of the Indian business community through INLIBA 2019. These Awards help us to not only promote our image but also our products and services,” they said.
Leaders praise Sponsors
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa and Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges sent messages of thanks to our Sponsors.
They said, “Indian Newslink Indian Business Awards have become the most significant in the business community of New Zealand. They are growing bigger and better year after year. Sponsors form the backbone of these Awards and we thank you.”
Indian Newslink Founder, the late Ravin Lal and the current Managing Director & Publisher Jacob Mannothra have always said that the judging process is robust, confidential and independent of the newspaper.
“None of us in the Company has privy to any knowledge relating to the panel of judges including the number of entries received and how they are marked,” they said.
Title Sponsor Vijay Singh, Managing Director of Oaks Property Management said that he was extremely happy to be associated with our Awards Programme.
“Indian Newslink makes everyone feel special and appreciated for their interest and sponsorship. The purpose of the Sponsorship is to recognise and encourage people in business. We are in the service industry and we appreciate companies that excel in their service to customers,” he said.
Rrahul Dosshi and Bhavini Doshii, Directors of the Rainbow Corner Group, this year’s Sponsor of Business Excellence with Social Responsibility (and last year’s Title Sponsor) said that they were committed to supporting INLIBA to showcase businesses that contribute both economically and socially to the wider New Zealand community.
“The Awards Scheme also provides us a unique opportunity to promote our Institution in New Zealand and overseas. We see these Awards as an opportunity to acknowledge, recognise and encourage young entrepreneurs for their contribution to the business community and economy as a whole,” they said.
Link2 Group Chairman & Managing Director Indra Sirigiri said that he was delighted to see leading organisations representing varied sectors at the Awards Night.
“The Business Awards Programme is a great initiative. I could see the benefits the sponsors derived by networking at the decision makers level and the pride they take in the ownership of the Awards,” he said.
Gratitude and Greetings from Us
We are honoured by the involvement and support extended by our Sponsors, who represent a broad spectrum of businesses in the country. As we express a special word of gratitude to them, we look forward to their continued support in making our Awards more meaningful and useful.
Categories and Sponsors
Business Excellence in Retail Trade: Indian Newslink
Business Excellence in Innovation: Singapore Airlines
Business Excellence in Marketing: Radio Tarana
Business Excellence in Customer Service: Mercury Printz
Best Employer of Choice: Link2 Group
Business Excellence in Health & Safety: Indian Newslink
Business Excellence in Ethics & Compliance: AUT
Business Excellence with Social Responsibility: Rainbow Corner Group
Best Small Business: PIC Insurance Brokers Limited
Best Medium-Sized Business: 2degrees Mobile Limited
Best Large Business: ASAP Finance Limited
Business Excellence in International Business with India; Manukau Institute of Technology
Best Accountant of the Year: SmartPayroll
Best Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Consulate of Fiji and Trade Commission Australia and New Zealand
Best Financial Advisor (Mortgage) of the Year: Oaks Property Management
Best Financial Advisor (Insurance) of the Year: AIA New Zealand
Best Businesswoman of the Year: Indian Newslink
Our Panel of Judges
We are grateful to our panel of distinguished judges, who went through the arduous task of evaluating the entries in various categories, visiting some finalists and deciding on the winners.
Ray Knight, Chair, Resilient Consulting
Nevil Gibson, Editor-at-Large, The National Business Review
Steve Corbett, Director Commercialisation, AUT
June McCabe, Director
Tony Bacon, M2M Consultant
Tim Livingstone, Consultant, UHY Haines Norton, Chartered Accountants
Chip Dawson, Managing Director, International Business Management Ltd
Mike Skilling, Management Consultant
Maria Taylor, Consultant
Most of our Sponsors and other guests at our Annual Sponsors Dinner held on Monday, September 16, 2019 at Pullman Hotel, Auckland (Picture by Narendra Bedekar, Creative Eye Fotographics)