Business Excellence Winners!

Harding Construction was the proud winner of the South Canterbury Medium Business Excellence Award, 2018.

“This was undoubtedly the highlight of our year,” said Managing Director, Simon Harding. “We are very proud of our team and of the work we do. It’s a real privilege to have been recognised in this way.”

Judges commended the company’s systems development, company culture and commitment to providing excellent customer service.

“It’s a thrill to have won this award,” said General Manager, Heather Harding. “It’s a real credit to the whole team. But we are also very are that like Man, no business is an island. We wouldn’t be where we are if it weren’t for the other great businesses we work with and rely on. South Canterbury really is a great place to do business in.”

The Business Excellence Awards (BEA) are well supported in South Canterbury, with record entries this year. Janet Hogan, BEA coordinator for South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce said organisers were excited by the calibre and number of entries received.

The BEA recognise and celebrate business excellence, playing an important role in promoting and strengthening economic development in the region. The entry process requires businesses to review their strengths and weaknesses by providing information and commentary on company systems, performance and culture.

"Answering the questions requires careful thought from different perspectives," says Simon. "Staff discussions to answer questions can also offer great insights into the culture of the business and prompt ideas for growth and development."

“Entering awards is not just about testing ourselves against others,” says Heather. “It also encourages self-evaluation and business analysis from another perspective. It can really make you think about your business in a new way. That’s got to be a good thing.”