Newmarket business awards: ugly is beautiful

.99 managing director Ben Goodale (left) and Newmarket Business Association chief executive Mark Knoff-Thomas

Newmarket Business Association chief executive Mark Knoff-Thomas and retail expert Ben Goodale talk about the awards

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The fourth annual ANZ Newmarket Business Excellence Business Awards are on tonight, with upcoming business such as I Love Ugly, Best Ugly Bagels, Overland, Burger Burger and Mini Garage among the finalists.

This year’s judging panel included business leaders Anne Norman, Rob Fyfe, Tim Alpe, Andy Hamilton, Michael Barnett, Mark Hill-Rennie and Andrew Parsons (New Zealand’s only Professor of Retailing, from AUT). 

Speaking on NBR Radio, Newmarket Business Association chief executive Mark Knoff-Thomas says this year’s awards have been more inclusive, with a greater number of categories to include all business sectors such as retail, hospitality and commercial.

The winners of each category, and the Supreme Winner, will be announced this evening at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

The ANZ Newmarket Business Excellence Awards finalists and winners (in alphabetical order):

ANZ Newmarket Supreme Winner
Mini Garage Auckland

‘Vend – Retailer of the Year Award’ (NZ only)
Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear

Modes (winner)

Pony Professional

‘Westfield – International Retailer of the Year Award’ (NZ + overseas)
I Love Ugly (winner)

Overland Presents Merchant 1948

Piccadilly Shoes Ltd

‘2degrees – Best Small / Medium Business of the Year Award’ (non-retail)
101 Fitness

Mini Garage Auckland (winner)

The Lumsden Freehouse

‘Multi-Media Systems Limited – Best Medium / Large Business of the Year Award’ (non-retail)
GrabOne (winner)

Haka Tours

Metlifecare

‘Best Customer Experience Award’
Best Ugly Bagels

Haka Tours

Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear

‘Best Café / Restaurant Award‘ (day focus)
Altezano Espresso

Best Ugly Bagels (winner)

Carbon Garage

‘Marley Loft - Best Restaurant / Bar Award’ (night focus)
Burger Burger (winner)

Tasca Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant

The Lumsden Freehouse

‘Pacific Linen - Employer of the Year Award’
Alpha Recruitment (winner)

Fidelity Life

Life Pharmacy 277

‘Newmarket Rotary – Young Business Person of the Year Award’
Hannah Read - Glamour Boutique

Kathryn Wilson - Kathryn Wilson (winner)

Melissa Smit – 101 Fitness

‘Auckland War Memorial Museum - Most Sustainable Business Award’
Alpha Recruitment

I Love Ugly (winner)

Modes

‘People’s Choice Award’
Best Ugly Bagels

Glamour Boutique

Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear (winner)

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