Clare FarrantSenior Communications ManagerErnst & Young+64 274 899 email@example.com
Auckland, 13 AUGUST 2009 – 16 of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs have made it through to the finals in New Zealand’s leading business awards, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year®. The finalists represent a cross section of industries throughout New Zealand.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists for 2009 are:
Art + Object Limited
ASR Marine Consulting and Research
Emerald Group Limited
Miyo Baby Hammocks
New Image Group
The Face Place MedSpa™
The Schuitman Group
More information on the individuals finalists can be found online here.
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Director Jon Hooper said this year's finalists are people who have held fast to their dreams despite challenging economic times.
“To become a finalist in these Awards, entrepreneurs must display leadership, creativity, business acumen, perseverance, and an unflinching determination to succeed. This year’s finalists have shown they have all of that and more. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards recognises and celebrates these people, their substantial achievements, and their contribution to our society and to our economy,” says Hooper.
“Entrepreneurs are passionate, disciplined, and hard working people. They face setbacks and hardship like any other New Zealander, but they have unique qualities that set them apart,” says Hooper. “They never give up. They are resilient and resourceful. They have the ability to capitalise on ideas that create employment and lift productivity,” he said.
“We wish each of the finalists all the best in the coming months as category winners are chosen, and the overall winner is selected by the judges.”
Category winners will be announced on Friday 11 September, and New Zealand’s 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year will be announced at an award banquet on Thursday 22 October, 2009.
The overall winner will represent New Zealand, competing against entrepreneurs from more than 135 cities in 50 countries at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Monte Carlo in May 2010.
The 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards judging panel comprises:
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About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.
As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® global program has been running since 1986, and in New Zealand since 1997. Entrants are assessed on their innovation, integrity, influence, strategic direction and national/global impact by a leading panel of independent judges. Their relationships with their local communities are also taken into account.
The overall winner of the New Zealand Entrepreneur Of The Year® is invited to represent New Zealand at the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award held annually in Monte Carlo.
Former New Zealand winners include Michael Hill of Michael Hill International, Ashley Berrysmith, New Zealand Fresh Cuts Limited, and Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop & Digital.
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