Professional accolades

At the 2011 Westpac Northland Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards held in Whangarei at the end of October 2011, Doubtless Beauty was proud to be awarded the Henderson Reeves Connell Rishworth Excellence in Professional Services Award.

Doubtless Beauty wins the 2011 Top Energy Tall Poppy Gold Retail Award and Supreme Business Award.

From Northland Age 4 October 2011

Two years ago, Mangonui company Doubtless Beauty won the Supreme Top Energy Tall Poppy Award (shared with Kaikohe's Northpoint Trust), and last week Mark and Jodi Osborne did it again for 2011.

A drop in the number of entries this year was put down to the economic downturn, but competition organisers said the event still attracted entries from across the district, and the standard was as high as ever. Top Energy director and deputy chairman Mike Simm said he expected businesses had been hesitant to enter in a tough economic year, but the chances provided by the competition to benchmark businesses and improve processes placed those companies that did enter in an excellent position as the market improved.

Mr Simm said entries had been assessed using a points system, with scores awarded against a range of criteria including marketing, controls, systems and processes, leadership and results. The judges aggregated the scores to identify the provisional finalists in each category, which were then visited by an awards judge. "The Tall Poppy Awards are designed so that businesses can benchmark themselves each year against the progress that they have made," Top Energy chief executive Russell Shaw said. "This means the process is a valuable annual tool for business review and planning." Multiple awards could be conferred in each or any category at three levels, namely gold, silver or merit.

As well as being half of an award-winning business, Mark Osborne is the general manager of Kaitaia's Te Ahu Trust, which is building a $14 million civic centre in the town, while in 2009 Doubtless Beauty was runner-up for the best beauty therapy clinic in New Zealand, at New Zealand beauty industry awards.

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