The Kitomba NZARH Business Awards is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate your success (and creativity) in business, to focus on your goals and to motivate your team. With more than $15,000 in prizes to be won, what are you waiting for?
Entering the awards costs $99 for one awards category entered, or $199 for multiple categories. Entry fees are non-refundable.
For information about each award category, and the process of entering, download the entry form.
Registrations and entries close 31st August 2015.
Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year: La Villa Hair & Beauty
L'Oreal Professionnel Grand Salon of the Year: Morph Hair
H & B Boutique Salon of the Year: La Villa Hair & Beauty
Kitomba Excellence in Marketing: Morph Hair
2 Degrees Employer of Choice: Hair Scene Hair & Beauty
Wella Fastest Growing Salon: Common Thread
Wella Sustainable Salon: Morph Hair
JustBookMe Best New Entrant: Protege Hairdressing
Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year: H&B Hair Art & Beauty
L'Oreal Professionnel Grand Salon of the Year: Soho Hair & Beauty
Fudge Boutique Salon of the Year: Jomp Hair Design
Kitomba Excellence in Marketing: Mane Salon
Telecom Employer of Choice: Hair Scene Hair & Beauty
Wella Fastest Growing Salon: La Villa Hair & Beauty
Wella Sustainable Salon: The Powder Room
JustBookMe Best New Entrant: The Powder Room
2014 Kitomba NZARH NZ Salon of the Year, H & B Boutique Salon of the Year and Schwarzkopf Business Stylist of the Year
"To say it means the world to me for so many different reasons is an understatement. On a personal level, the confidence that I have gained through not only industry recognition, but also self-recognition—trusting my own judgment and having faith in myself as a successful business owner—is invaluable. With a combination of proud clients, fevered friends and family, online/social media, and industry recognition, we have had an extraordinary amount of publicity, and positive feedback. I can’t find the right words to describe how much this award means to me!"
Jeanette Cork - Winner
Schwarzkopf Best New Entrant 2011
"The opportunity that the Kitomba NZARH Business Awards gave us was a chance to highlight how good this industry is. It showcases that all of us are more than 'just hairdressers'. We're business owners; responsible for staff, clients and an industry that is dynamic, exciting and innovative. For my business personally it's about acknowledging that the Capelli team is a real representation of the commitment, the dedication and pride that our industry cultivates with awards such as these."
Winner Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year 2012
"Winning these awards is the crème de la crème and all I can think is I am so grateful So You Hairdressing has been recognized for what I always dreamed it would be. My team are the ones at the helm of my business and they feel so proud to be part of this great team."
2012 winner Images Excellence in Marketing, L'Oreal Entrepreneur of the Year and Telecom Best New Entrant
"As a new salon, winning these awards will help us build our profile and gain credibility with our clients. It has absolutely boosted the morale of the team and makes everyone feel proud to be a part of the Mane vision."
Winner - Schwarzkopf Business Stylist of the Year
"This has been my career highlight to date - what an awesome experience and a great night."
Winner - Kitomba One Excellence in Marketing 2011
"Just entering keeps me accountable to my salon's business plan. We all need to analyse our businesses. The opportunities that come out of being a finalist or a winner are huge. Our clients love it and it's one of the most effective marketing tools around. It makes the team proud to be recognised for all their efforts. Thank you Kitomba and NZARH for providing this platform to be recognised by."
Winner - Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 and Fastet growing Salon 2011
"Winning these awards was sensational for team morale. Our clients love that we won too."
Winner - Telecom Employer of Choice and 2011 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year
"Winning this fantastic award has been the pinnacle of my career so far and validates all the hard work. Thank you Kitomba and NZARH for making these awards possible and for helping to raise the bar on the professional standards of this wonderful industry. What a great opportunity to analyse all aspects of my business. To celebrate the achievements and give a clear focus moving forward. Our team and our clients all love being part of our success. We haven't stopped celebrating! Our success proves you don't have to be the biggest kid on the block to be a winner."
2014 L'Oreal Grand Salon of the Year, Kitomba Excellence in Marketing, Wella Sustainable Salon of the Year.
“Winning three Kitomba NZARH Business Awards reflects the importance of continually striving to get all the ingredients just right. Having a team that love their craft and love people is vital to sustainable success. Our involvement with other salons and hairdressing gurus such as Michael Beele and, powerhouse, Mana Dave has contributed hugely to our fashion focused direction with our craft being at the fore of our customer experience.”
4x Kitomba NZARH Business Awards winner including 2010 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year
"The real advantage of the awards is just entering. Even though the entry form is easy to complete, it does make you look in-depth at your business. I learned more about our bottom line and how we got there in the few hours of completing the entry form than I had all year."
For numeric categories such as Boutique Salon of the Year, judges attach a weighting to each performance metric. These weightings are applied to all entrants of that category to produce the category winner.
For non-numeric questions and categories, such as Excellence in Marketing, judges score entries as follows:
Answers are concise and compelling: 30%
Entry includes results with evidence: 30%
Entry demonstrates unique ideas: 15%
Judges overall impression: 15%
Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year
This award goes to the all-round best salon of 2014. To be considered for this award, entrants must enter Grand or Boutique plus Excellence in Marketing and Employer of Choice.
Grand Salon of the Year
This award is for salons with annual turnover exceeding $600,000. In this award judges are looking for a results driven business with all-round strong KPI’s.
Boutique Salon of the Year
This award is for salons with an annual turnover up to $600,000. In this award judges are looking for a results driven business with all-round strong KPI’s.
Employer of Choice
Judges are looking for a clear workplace culture where staff feel nurtured, training is a priority and everyone wants to work for them.
Excellence in Marketing
Judges are looking for a business with a unique brand that demonstrates planning, innovation, creativity & results.
Fastest Growing Salon
Judges are looking for a business that is in serious growth mode. Growth in revenue, client numbers, client spend and ultimately profitability.
Judges are looking for a business with sustainable practices that are an integrated part of their everyday business.
Business Stylist of the Year
Judges are looking for the business stylist that is consistent across all KPIs to deliver great service to their clients.
Best New Entrant
Judges are only looking at first-time Business Awards entrants, and from these, the all-round strongest entry of all first-time participants.
Best Salon Design
Your salon perfectly balances function and form. From interior design to salon location and floor plan, it’s all about providing the right look and feel for your target market