MyTax supreme winners at Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Awards

A company that made tax interesting has been awarded the Nelson Pine Industries Supreme Business Award.

Nelson-based tax refund agency MyTax took home two awards from the 2016 Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Business Awards for being a “game changer in its sector”.

Judges commented the business “constantly demonstrated a strong and increasing market share and had potential for global success”.

The MyTax team walk away with a three-month lease of a 2016 Honda Civic sedan from Bowater Honda as part of their prize.

MyTax Chief executive and founder Lester Binns thanked his staff, the chamber and the judges.

“To be recognised against such a high calibre of businesses is very humbling,” he said.

Along with the Supreme Award, MyTax also won the NZ King Salmon Large Business Award where judges commented how surprised they were to be so excited reading about a tax refund organisation.

Gearbox producing business Trans Tasman Industries (TTI) won two awards, the NZME SME Award and Datacom Innovation Award.

Owner Bruce Verdon was credited for inspiring the judges. He took “his boyhood passion of engines, wheels and all things mechanical and created a gearbox which is sought after worldwide”.

Verdon said they would not have had a chance in the competition if it weren’t for operations coordinator Joy Sheehan who “took it upon herself” to enter the business and complete the extensive application.

The Nelson Forests Investing in People and Skills winner was Can Plan Nelson for its clear commitment to the health and wellbeing of staff, staff’s family and upskilling young people to become valuable employees.

Can Plan owner Michael Boocock said it was through “hard work and commitment” the business had been able to grow from strength to strength.

The Fairfax Media Start Up Award went to the Cod & Lobster for making a commitment to its business which was “second to none” as a start up and the Media Works Customer Excellence Award went to the Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Trust for its unique care of patients.

Hospice chief executive Frans Dellebeke gave an emotional speech, thanking everyone who helped the hospice.

“It [hospice] is not a place to die, it’s a service to help people live as comfortably as possible until they do die.”

The judging panel included Anissa Bain from Pitt and Moore law firm, accountant and business consultant Alan Hinton, Viv Fox former owner of the Smokehouse Cafe in Mapua, Brian Hirst from Tasman Bay Food Group and former NZ King Salmon chief executive Paul Steere.

Chamber chief executive Dot Kettle said the 2016 awards night was “another brilliant evening”.

She said Nelson Tasman was “an amazing place to do business in and from. It’s a region bursting full of talented, passionate and generous people”.

Kettle said the event was a sell out with 390 business leaders and entrepreneurs in the crowd and 17 businesses entering.

Original article by Stuff