Media Release - 23 September 2011

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Contact: Jenni McManus
Communications Manager. EY
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Bill Buckley, from Buckley Systems Ltd, is the winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award. 

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate entrepreneurs through regional, national and global awards programmes in more than 140 cities in 50 countries. The awards encourage entrepreneurial activity and recognise people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards Director Jon Hooper congratulated all finalists.

“This year’s finalists are inspirational in the way they have managed the downturn and for the passion with which they have pursued opportunities,” says Hooper. “Entrepreneurs operate in the same economic environment as everyone else and yet they continue to innovate and prosper. They create new business models and they create jobs. There’s something to be learned in that and something to celebrate,” says Hooper.

“In June next year Bill Buckley will represent New Zealand in Monte Carlo, competing alongside the world’s best entrepreneurs. That will be an incredibly exciting and rewarding networking experience that presents game-changing business opportunities," says Hooper.    

The winners of two special inaugural awards in 2011 are:

Social Entrepreneur: Sir Ray Avery, Medicine Mondiale.   This award honours an individual who has created and lead an organisation, whether for-profit or not, that is aimed at catalysing large scale and systemic social change through the introduction of new ideas, methodologies and changes in attitude.
Exceptional services to entrepreneurship: Sir Graeme Douglas, Douglas Pharmaceuticals.  This award recognises an individual’s lifetime commitment to entrepreneurship.

The 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year category winners are: 

Products;  Dr Doug Cleverly, Argenta
Services;        Simon Gault, The Nourish Group and Sous Chef
Technology;  Sean Simpson, LanzaTech
Young;   Victoria Ransom, Wildfire
Master Entrepreneur; Joint win:  Bill Buckley, BSL - Buckley Systems
    Linda Jenkinson, LesConcierges
Commendation:  Anthony Leighs. Leighs Construction

Previous overall winners include:

Tim Alpe – Jucy Group
Diane Foreman – Emerald Group
Sir Michael Hill - Michael Hill International
Ashley Berrysmith - Freshcuts NZ
Sir Richard Taylor - Weta Workshop

The 2011 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards® judging panel comprises:
Greg Cross, Cross Ventures
Bill Day, Seaworks
David Johnson, Trends International
Diane Foreman, Emerald Group
John Hynds, Hynds Pipes


Buckley Systems Ltd (BSL) is a global leader in the manufacture and supply of precision electromagnets to 90 percent of the world’s ion implant industry, which makes silicon chips, LED TVs, touch phones, iPhones and iPads.
Buckley founded the Auckland-based business in 1986. All its production is exported, primarily to the US, UK and Japan.

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About Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY 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 recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY 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 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

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