Testimonials


We are so thrilled to be named as a finalist in the Most Outstanding Fledgling Business category.  We have experienced massive growth in the 18 months since we launched the company, and sometimes we find that because we are involved 24 / 7 in the business, that we don’t stop to take stock of just how much we have achieved in such a small amount of time.

It is exposure, like the David Awards, that will help us with the crucial task of building our brand awareness, and profile, and we are so grateful.
Helen Mander, Heartsaver NZ Ltd

On the value of entering The David Awards:
"When Waverley Klein Ovink decided to enter the David Awards in 2008, little did she realise that, as a direct result, it would lead to her husband Wilco being a guest presenter at the Australian Dairy Innovation conference in Victoria in February 2009.

Potentially this opportunity will open the door to the Australian market for The Wrangler Ltd’s lame cow handling product, not surprisingly called ‘The Wrangler’. It’s a breakthrough that simply would not have happened if Waverley had not made the effort to submit an entry.

Whakatane-based The Wrangler Ltd won two categories in the David Awards (which are staged entirely online): Marketing, and Innovation. Waverley subsequently sent press releases on their awards success to major rural publications. A professor at the University of Melbourne happened to spot the article in Dairy Exporter magazine and asked Wilco to speak at the prestigious Dairy conference about their innovative product – under the theme of ‘innovative products changing the face of dairying’. Timing nicely with a spot on New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s “Pathway to Markets” programme, the couple see this as a perfect opportunity to establish the Wrangler brand across the Tasman.

“Entering the David Awards, achieving success and having something significant to write about for the farming papers is what it was all about,” says Waverley. “Over a number of years we had become identified as innovative in New Zealand. We already had that kudos, but we’d never been benchmarked, and when the awards judges identified us as innovative, well it gave so much more weight to our reputation.” This story provides a great example of how business awards can benefit businesses in a tangible way. It’s also a good example of how to capitalise on the whole experience. As Waverly puts it, “you need to shout it from the rooftops”. Entering business awards does indeed have its benefits – for The Wrangler Ltd it was opening doors to a new market."
Excerpt from article originally published in NZBusiness Magazine

To Potential Candidates for “The David Awards” - an open letterBecoming a winner in many categories including “The Supreme Award” for small business of the year 2008 has been life changing.

We already thought we were doing ok – we all enjoy coming to work so things can’t be too miserable? – but after we received recognition of all our achievements the whole team pulled together like I’ve never seen before. They were all proud, just like myself, and asked if they could take pictures to churches, home, etc., to hang on the wall with the award. A lot of our staff had never received a pat on the back in this way before. We all think of ourselves as nobodies but the awards remind us that we’re all somebody, and we’ve all got our part to play in this world.

Entering the awards in itself forces you as a business owner to review things from a very wide variety of angles which can be a very valuable exercise in tough times. Just entering the awards gave us an immediate improvement in our performance for the month after the entry form.

We have been told we are about to receive formal recognition from parliament shortly which we are excited about.

Our business has always had slow but steady growth no matter what the economic environment, but since the awards we have been at maximum capacity constantly, and we have had to make a lifestyle decision to stop accepting too many new customers. This is fantastic because we have the customers of our choice. Business in now easy, fun and we all enjoy a good work/life balance.

Thanks Heather, HP, Warehouse Stationery, NZ Business Magazine, HomebizBuzz, and all those who supported “The David Awards”.

David Rouse
Auckland Auto Clinic

And from some other entrants

"It was great to enter the David business awards to act as a benchmark against other businesses.  When we started Sachie’s Kitchen, it was actually as my hobby but the business rapidly grew into something that has become quite amazing.  Because we are so involved with the business’s day-to-day operations and we have always tried to remain quite humble – I didn’t think honestly we would be good enough to win!  It gives me real confidence that we are on the right track – in fact we won 4 awards in 2012!
 
Secondly, it’s great to look back and see how much we have grown.  As a small business owner it’s very easy to forget and celebrate how far you’ve come because we often think about the future, what’s next and take time to stop, pause and reflect. Also entering the awards allowed us to assess all our systems and processes as to how effective and efficient they are, and by spending time “on the business” rather than “in” allowed us to further tighten our systems and foster new ideas that can be used.
 
Oh – and winning the Supreme Award and the trophy was terrific too!!!"
- Sachie Nomura, Sachie's Kitchen, Supreme Winner, The David Awards 2012.

"Entering the awards allowed us to look at our business from a different angle, celebrate our success and identify areas for improvement. We've come a long way from a suburban garage in Palmerston North... We still both work from home, enjoying the flexible lifestyle rewards; but also the challenges of running what is now a multi-million dollar business with pre-school aged kids sitting underneath the desks and playing in the offices. The Supreme award was a delightful addition [to the Lifestyle and Transitional awards] and we're sure that we will receive incalculablebenefits from receiving the award."
- Joe Hesmondhalgh, GroutPro, Supreme Winner, The David Awards 2011.

 

“Winning the 2010 Supreme Award secured us some great publicity as well as additional credibility with new customers. The whole David Awards experience also gave me confidence and impetus to really push forward in overseas markets. As a result we have recently experienced some encouraging success breaking into the Australian market and we’re building a successful relationship with a UK partner.”
- Jackie Rive, Brookby Herbs, Supreme Winner, The David Awards 2010.

 

We are thrilled and honoured to have been nominated as a finalist and look forward to receiving our certificate and feedback.  Since entering the inaugural
David Awards we have made great strides ahead, as if “putting yourself out there” somehow galvanizes action!
Annette Rose
Maskworx

It was an honor to be recognized and a wonderful experience for me and my business.
I thought the live pod cast was really well done and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it.
I look forward to next years awards!
Jodee Reid
Baby Baby 

I was delighted to receive a ‘Highly Commended’ – awesome effort for organizing the awards – thank you for giving home businesses the opportunity to shine!
Lori Trigwell
Silverstone Jewellery

We, like many business, have had a hard couple of weeks so the timing of this good news was very welcome.  We put out an editorial when we became finalists and have one going in our local paper this week.  I need to sit down and right a press release to all of our farming papers.  It is excellent PR for us, and lovely to get such high praise from such prominent judges.
Waverley
Wrangler

What past entrants say

As a small business owner it’s very easy to forget and celebrate how far you’ve come because we often think about the future, what’s next and take time to stop, pause and reflect. Also entering the awards allowed us to assess all our systems and processes as to how effective and efficient they are, and by spending time “on the business” rather than “in” allowed us to further tighten our systems and foster new ideas that can be used.

Oh – and winning the Supreme Award and the trophy was terrific too!!!

Sachie Nomura
Sachie's Kitchen, Supreme Winner, The David Awards 2012

I would recommend any small business to enter the David Awards. Winning the Supreme Award was both an honour and surprise, it’s great to be recognised for doing what you love every day.

The whole Pure SEO team gathered in the boardroom to watch the results on the big screen, the reaction when we won was amazing – the entire team were extremely proud.

We have since used momentum from the win to build and grow our business even more.

 
Richard Conway
Pure SEO, Supreme Winner. The David Awards 2013

Entering the awards allowed us to look at our business from a different angle, celebrate our success and identify areas for improvement. We've come a long way from a suburban garage in Palmerston North... We still both work from home, enjoying the flexible lifestyle rewards; but also the challenges of running what is now a multi-million dollar business with pre-school aged kids sitting underneath the desks and playing in the offices.

The Supreme award was a delightful addition [to the Lifestyle and Transitional awards] and we're sure that we will receive incalculablebenefits from receiving the award

Joe Hesmondhalgh
GroutPro, Supreme Winner, The David Awards 2011

Firstly, it allowed us to apply for an award in the true context of our present situation, that of the little battler struggling to emerge from amongst giants. With most awards this aspect is downplayed. In the case of the David Awards it is celebrated.

Secondly, the categories are reflective of the genuine stages faced by startups. Like the above, this allows us to present ourselves frankly and candidly and be judged in a small business context absent the pressure and sophisticated PR of larger operations. […] That we are privileged to have received this award means we can, on our website and other marketing material and in conversation, drop in the fact that we are 'winners'.

To have been externally judged and found meritorious, especially in a place as small as NZ, is very valuable. We will lean on this honour for years to come.

 
Andre Prassinos
Bio Brew, Winner: Most Outstanding Transitional Business, The David Awards 2012.

Winning the 2010 Supreme Award secured us some great publicity as well as additional credibility with new customers.

The whole David Awards experience also gave me confidence and impetus to really push forward in overseas markets. As a result we have recently experienced some encouraging success breaking into the Australian market and we’re building a successful relationship with a UK partner.

Jackie Rive
Brookby Herbs, Supreme Winner, The David Awards 2010.

We are just so humbled by this result. We never expected to win both the categories we entered, let alone the top prize. We are blown away by this recognition, and by the feedback we are receiving from our community.

Just entering The David Awards was an opportunity to reflect on what our team has done in our short time as a company, and celebrate many small achievements where we have helped people. It’s brought our team closer together and reminded me personally why I started this business.

To be a finalist was an honour in and of itself. To win Most Outstanding Fledgling Business and Most Community-Minded Business is so humbling. To win the Supreme Award as well… I’m almost at a loss for words.

Blair Ashdowne
Heat Pumps NOW, Supreme Winner, The David Awards 2015.

I think the entry format is great. the informal nature of the awards ceremony (some of them are just money-making spinners and all a load of hype). Can't wait to get my subscription of NZ Business!

Entrant
2015 post-Awards survey

It's great that there is an awards group for small-medium businesses around NZ where everyone has a chance to show their stuff. It's not industry specific and it's easy to enter. Don't change that aspect.

Entrant
2015 post-Awards survey

I can confidently say the David Awards for us was great in terms of great PR, new clients (even this week we got a client who saw our article in NZ Business after we won), and of course the thrill. But for me, the best part was seeing how my team felt about us winning this together and watching them grow in confidence of who we are and how we do things.

It was an amazing boost within the first two years of business – like any business owner, even when things are going well, there is a huge responsibility to deliver to both your team and to your clients. To celebrate that hard work and know others have seen your success is just the best feeling.

Rachel Klaver
Identify Marketing & Consulting Ltd, Supreme Winner, The David Awards 2016