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Retailers continue a winning streak at the Newmarket Business Awards 2017

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  • June 23, 2017
  • Sarah Dunn
Retailers continue a winning streak at the Newmarket Business Awards 2017

Businesspeople from across the retail-heavy Newmarket district have gathered at The Langham to celebrate their community’s success stories. The awards saw just under 100 entries this year and were attended by 330 people.

Newmarket’s high-performing retailers are obviously maintaining their standards: Michael Holmes Premium Eyewear again scooped up the ‘Retailer of the year’ award, and Glamour Boutique was awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ award for the second year in a row.

The winner of ‘Best bar/Restaurant’ award was also unchanged, with Burger Burger taking it home for the third year running.

The judging panel for this year’s awards included business leaders Andy Hamilton (Icehouse), Anne Norman (James Pascoe Group), Anthony Hoy Fong (Chef), Jayne Atherton (Business Editor, Sunday Star Times - Fairfax), Michael Barnett (Auckland Chamber of Commerce), Michelle Vogt (Mint Consulting), Stewart Sherriff (2degrees) and Wynnis Armour (Armour Consulting). Sponsor judges included Rachel Dovey from Bayleys, and Steve Beaumont from Continental Cars.

Guest speaker Jenene Crossan, founder and chief executive of hair and beauty booking company Flossy, shared a candid and personal reflection on her professional journey.

Accepting the possibility of failure is key to success, she says: “Accepting that you could fail is actually as important as dreaming that you could succeed.”

“Perfection just isn’t an option,” Crossan says. “It will not only slow you down, it will end up killing what you’re doing.

The Newmarket Business Association celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, having been founded in 1937.

“We’re a bit flasher these days, but the essence of what we do remains the same,” says chief executive Mark Knoff-Thomas.

The full list of winners is:

  • ‘Employer of the Year’ – sponsored by ANZThe Mind Lab by Unitec
  • ‘Retailer of the Year’ – sponsored by Hayes KnightMichael Holmes Premium Eyewear
  • ‘International Retailer of the Year’ – sponsored by Westfield NewmarketCITTÀ
  • ‘Best Innovation of the Year’ – sponsored by Vector: Tech Futures Lab
  • ‘Best Customer Experience’ – sponsored by Recognise & Reward: Glamour Boutique
  • ‘Best Bar/ Restaurant of the Year’ – sponsored by Newmarket Business AssociationBurger Burger
  • ‘Best Café of the Year’ – sponsored by Countdown Newmarket: Cali - All Day Eatery
  • ‘Best Small/ Medium Business of the Year’ – sponsored by 2degrees: AML Solutions
  • ‘Best Medium/ Large Business of the Year’ – sponsored by Multi-Media SystemsVend
  • ‘Young Business Person of the Year’ – sponsored by Rotary Newmarket: Olivia Vincent – Muse Boutique
  • ‘Most Sustainable Business of the Year’ – sponsored by SBM Legal: Wise Cicada
  • ‘Newmarket People’s Choice’ Award 2017: Glamour Boutique
  • ‘Newmarket Supreme Winner’ Award for 2017: Tech Futures Lab

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Outgoing Spark CEO Simon Moutter talks transformation, diversity and leaving a legacy beyond just metrics

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  • July 11, 2019
  • Elly Strang
Outgoing Spark CEO Simon Moutter talks transformation, diversity and leaving a legacy beyond just metrics

Simon Moutter has just wrapped up a seven-year tenure at telecommunications company Spark. Under his rein, the changes the company has gone through are nothing short of radical, from its name (Telecom to Spark), to its operating model (traditional to agile), to its culture (publicly called out to inclusive) to its structure (one monopoly brand to many). Here, Moutter has a candid chat about his journey as CEO, the company's push to be a more diverse and inclusive workplace and how one of his biggest lessons learned was he couldn’t solve a cultural issue with processes and strategy.

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Sephora on Queen Street announced for July opening

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  • July 11, 2019
  • Courtney Devereux
Sephora on Queen Street announced for July opening

Three years after launching online into New Zealand in 2016, French beauty chain Sephora is ready to commit to bricks and mortar. Now, the beauty store is set to open its three level flagship on Queen Street come July 20.

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Kiwi manufacturing cements itself on home shores with latest acquisition

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  • July 11, 2019
  • Courtney Devereux
Kiwi manufacturing cements itself on home shores with latest acquisition

New Zealand based manufacturing has seen success as Cactus Outdoor, a Kiwi owned manufacturing brand, has acquired Albion Clothing Limited. The two manufacture companies will combine to create some of the most used and robust clothing supplied in New Zealand.

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