Business Awards Attracting Much Attention

At the halfway stage in the entry process, interest in this year’s Electra Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards is strong.

Awards organiser Kirsten Kilmister, says “it’s great to see so much interest from those who have never entered before.”

Some of the previous category winners are planning to enter again, following the lead of others who have re-entered to test the improvements they made and strive for the Business of the Year title.

The Past Masters category has already attracted a couple of previous major winners. *This* category is for previous ‘Business of the Year’ Award Winners that have shown the most significant improvements in the manner in which their business has developed since their top award was made. There are only 16 businesses eligible and some of them no longer exist.

Businesses that have registered their interest are using the awards-provided Entry Coordinator, Jeff Smith of Boost Business for advice and assistance in completing the documentation for the entry process.
Stuart Allen, from Allen Paper Ltd, Winner of the Small Business of the Year Excellence Awards 2010, says “entering the Awards allowed us to take a moment as a team to step back from the day to day hustle and bustle of our business and collect our thoughts and information from our business. This work became our entry which in turn has become a guide to our business.”

Tim Gibbs of last year’s* *Regional Branding & Promotion* *winner, Te Horo Foods, says “Jeff Smith, the entry coordinator, made the process a breeze and we gained some useful insights into our business from spending time on the business rather than on it.”

Entries for the 2011 Electra Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards close on 11thJuly.
Allen Paper Newsprint, Kraft Paper, Tissue Paper, Greaseproof Paper,


Chip lovers around the country will need no excuses to head to their local chippie this month, as the much loved takeaway food celebrates a milestone 150th birthday.

According to the National Federation of Fish Friers in Britain, the chip can trace its origins back to 1860, when the Malin family of London first started frying chips in their home.  It is thought that 13 year old Joseph Malin came up with the concept of selling the chips with battered fish to the poor living in London’s West End.1

However, not everybody agrees with the National Federation of Fish Friers.  Some credit a British entrepreneur, John Lees, with starting the fish and chip craze when he began selling them out of a wooden hut.  According to another theory, chips were invented as a substitute for fish rather than as an accompaniment.  Belgian housewives were said to have first begun cutting up potatoes in the shape of fish, when local rivers were frozen over and real fish could not be found.

Regardless of whom you believe, there is no doubt that fish and chips have come a long way since their humble beginnings.  For generations, fish and chips have been popular from feeding the masses during World War Two through to being eaten on holiday at the bach.

Locally, chips even have their own champion in the form of the The Chip Group™.  The Group works with the food service industry to increase the quality of chips made in New Zealand by promoting best frying practices.

The Chip Group™ Chairperson, Glenda Gourley, said she is pleased chips have reached such a milestone birthday.

“It’s great to see some international recognition for chips as they’ve been around for a very long time and are hugely popular.  In New Zealand alone, Kiwis consume approximately 7 million servings of chips each week.

“While technology has ensured that they have come a long way from the heavily fat laden and greasy dish they began as, we believe they can only get better through improved cooking practices.”

In line with that approach, The Chip Group™ has worked with chip shop operators and the hospitality sector to develop a set of Industry Standards (NZ) and online training, to help perfect cooking techniques and improve the nutritional status and quality of chips.

“Our research shows that not only does the quality of the chip improve when cooked according to the Industry Standards but consumers also prefer the taste of chips when they are cooked this way.”

Glenda said the origin of fish and chips is something the Group has often pondered.

“There’s a lot of confusion about where fish and chips originated and there doesn’t appear to be a simple answer.

“Some research suggests that fish and chips were developed separately. It is thought that the French may have invented chips and in 1839 Charles Dickens referred to a ‘fried fish warehouse’ in Oliver Twist.

“Eitherway, we think the chip deserves recognition for its longevity and the gastronomic love affair so many people have developed with this food over 150 years.”

For more information on The Chip Group™ and the free online training visit:

Winners Small Business of the Year

After being finalists for small business of the year in 2009, This year Allen Paper  was nominated for as a finalist for two categories in the 2010 Electra Business Awards: New Thinking and the excellence category of small business of the year.

Allen Paper was named Small Business of the Year and Director Stuart Allen was presented the award by Frankie Stevens at the Award functions in Levin.

Receiving a nomination in the New Thinking category and contending it with two software company’s is a testament to the improvement and growth strategies being developed and  deployed by the team at the paper packaging manufacturer; Allen Paper.