Contracting Company Named Business of the Year

A successful Waikanae civil engineering company has been selected as the 2014 Kāpiti Horowhenua Electra Business of the Year.

Goodman Contractors Limited (Goodmans), a family operated Civil Engineering Contracting company started by Rick Goodman and his brother in 1963, was awarded the supreme Business of the Year Award at the Electra Business Awards gala dinner in Levin on Friday, 10 October 2014.

It was a big night for the company which claimed two other awards with the Large Business Excellence Award and the Health and Safety Achievement Award.

In announcing the supreme award, the judges said Goodmans impressed them as being a quality business, saying: “Following some tough times, the business has made a remarkable come-back and is returning excellent revenues through focusing on strong commercial opportunities while caring for its people. Taking a number of measurements into account, including winning a significant number of awards, Goodman Contractors has scored very high in several areas of their business and the judges are proud to make them Business of the Year.”

Kāpiti Pak’n Save received the Highly Commended Award with the judges noting the company’s particular strengths in their operational focus and financial control that delivers healthy bottom line results, a general ability to manage all aspects of their business, and their constant drive to improve their business.

Goodmans has a workforce of up to 60 permanent employees with an extensive range of experience and knowledge. All staff are appropriately licenced and are trained according to our internal training system. External training is used as appropriate.

There are a team of middle managers who meet regularly with senior management. These staff have advanced skills and knowledge in their areas of expertise and are capable of leading and supervising crews of staff. Goodmans middle management team includes job supervisors and a workshop manager.

The other Excellence Award winners were:

Owner-operator:Craig Pope Mortgages & Insurance

Small Business:Jomp Hair Design

Medium Business:Longbeach

The Achievement Award winners on the night were:

Health and Safety:Goodman Contractors Ltd

Sustainability:Kāpiti Pak’n Save

New Thinking:Woodhaven Gardens Ltd

Emerging Business:Tall Poppy

Employer of Choice:Jomp Hair Design

The winners of the popular Customer Choice Awards are judged solely based on the voting of their customers. These awards were hotly contested once again.

The Customer Choice winners were:

Retail:Swazi Apparel

Service:Book Island