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The Dragon’s Den at the 2021 Tauranga Business Awards

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While we consider ourselves a friendly and supportive bunch, this sight of the ‘Dragon’s Den’ must have been somewhat intimidating for the businesses that entered the 2021 Tauranga Business Awards. With the glamorous awards night at Farmer Auto Village coming up tonight, I’ll share my experiences of our judging process a few weeks ago.

Spread over a Saturday and a Sunday The Dragon’s Den was an intense pitch weekend. This came after a site visit by chief judge Jamie Lunam. Each pitch was fifteen minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions, with some prepared earlier based on the written applications. Each of the 30-odd businesses was looking for feedback, input, and ultimately recognition for the hard work they put into their organisations.

A whole range of businesses with a huge variety of products and services, the companies all had one thing in common: an absolute passion for what they were doing combined with the desire to be the very best. Having been part of the judging team for the second year running, what I saw made me very hopeful for the future of the Bay of Plenty economy and New Zealand as a whole. We’ll see some giants emerge from the participant list and many will provide a solid contribution to our region and country for years to come.

And while it was great to engage with passionate and driven business leaders, there was another thing I really enjoyed about the weekend, other than the outstanding organisation by Tauranga Chamber of Commerce Business Awards organiser Anne Pankhurst. What I thoroughly enjoyed was the strength in the diversity of the judging panel: each fiercely intelligent and opinionated, combined with a desire to listen and learn from our other judges. No wallflowers or bullies there, but a great bunch of high-integrity, generous individuals wanting the Bay of Plenty to thrive. I learned as much from our panelists as I learned from our participants, and I hope that our association with the Tauranga Business Awards will continue for years to come.

Now it’s time to dust off the tux and head over to Mike’s showrooms on Hewletts Road for an evening of celebration, and, together with my mate Shane Dufaur, hand out the 2021 Productivity People and Ballance Agri-Nutrients Continuous Improvement Award to a very deserving winner.

About the author: Geerten Lengkeek is the Managing Director of Productivity People