Law firm takes 2014 Supreme Business Support Award

A radical shift designed to put clients at the centre of its business has earned law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts the Supreme Award at the 2014 AUT University Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards. 

In response to the global financial crisis, Minter Ellison made big changes aimed at growth, finding ways to better serve its client base and identifying new business opportunities.

“Minter Ellison Rudd Watts has a clear long-term vision that defines its strategy well. The entire business revolves around a philosophy to “Listen, Care, Deliver”, which is essential to excellence in business support.  Although an established firm in New Zealand, in recent years it has embarked on growth and change strategies and the results clearly reflect a dynamic, successful firm,” says awards evaluator AUT Accounting Lecturer Gillian Craig.

Minter Ellison also won the ‘Auckland Centre for Financial Research Business $20M-$100M T/O’ category award.  Winners of all the category awards are listed below.

“Business cares about business support, because excellent support behind the scenes from firms like Minter Ellison makes for successful business outcomes at the front end,” says AUT University Dean of Business and Law, Professor Geoff Perry.  “This year the standard of entries across the 11 categories was impressive, which confirms that the business support sector continues to make a significant and valuable contribution.”

The Awards, founded by AUT Business School’s Director of Business Relations and Executive Education Sarah Trotman, are now into their ninth year and are the only national performance measure for New Zealand organisations that provide business support.  Applications are judged by evaluators from the AUT Business School and the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation.

The 2014 Awards were sponsored by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Fuji Xerox, Drake New Zealand, Idealog, CPA, Image Centre Group, IBM and the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation.

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2014 AUT University Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards

Category Winners

Image Centre Group < $5M T/O Management Services

Idealog Business < $5M T/O Sales & Marketing
The Research Agency

Idealog Business < $5M T/O Technology
The Web Company

New Zealand Work Research Institute Business $5M-$20M T/O 
Potentia Limited

Auckland Centre for Financial Research Business $20M -$100M T/O
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts (also winner of Supreme Award)

Fuji Xerox Large Business $100M + T/O

New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation Not for Profit      
Sustainable Business Network           

Drake New Zealand Government   
Winner:  Audit New Zealand             
Highly Commended:  The New Zealand Companies Office  

Drake New Zealand Government Partnerships                 
Ministry of Education – Vocational Pathways Programme

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Export Support
Joint Winner:  DHL Express (New Zealand) Ltd
Joint Winner:  AJ Park

Fuji Xerox Leadership
Franceska Banga (CEO New Zealand Venture Investment Fund)

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