The Zones 2018 Annual Conference

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The conference, based on ‘Smart Growth’ used in-depth analysis, data and insights of the business as a whole to help franchisees on their business journey, improving and inspiring all facets of the franchises. The inaugural conference brought new and existing franchisees together and was of great value to all. Through workshops and activities, humorous quizzes and collaborative growth sessions, the Zones team reinforced their cooperative spirit and learnt new tools to apply to their business practice.

As part of the conference, a major highlight was the Annual Awards Dinner, where seven awards were presented for the following categories:

  • Best Marketing of the Year Award
  • Customer Service of the Year
  • Best Team of the Year
  • Best Sales Growth of the Year
  • New Franchise of the Year
  • Franchise of the Year

Click to find out who won each award!

Winners of Best Marketing of the Year Award – Zones 2018

The 2018 Zones Annual Awards Dinner presented seven awards recognising the achievements of our people and businesses across the key areas that drive success. The Best Marketing of the Year award judging criteria was based on the franchisees who are best using marketing to scale up their business towards a successful future.

The finalists were:

  1. Stu & Debbie Gill
  2. Steve & Rochelle Strawbridge
  3. The Tauranga Team (Nigel Ramsden & Nichola Vague)

Congratulations to The Tauranga Team (Nigel Ramsden & Nichola Vague) who took out this award!

Customer Service of the Year Award – Zones 2018

The 2018 Zones Annual Awards Dinner presented seven awards recognising the achievements of our people and businesses across the key areas that drive success. The Customer Service of the Year award recognises the franchise that has excelled at delivering the Zones offer, and has been verified by direct customer feedback.

The finalists were:

  1. Stu & Debbie Gill
  2. Steve & Rochelle Strawbridge
  3. Matt & Boyd Gillespie

Congratulations to Matt & Boyd Gillespie who took out this award!

Best Landscape Project of the Year Award – Zones 2018

The 2018 Zones Annual Awards Dinner presented seven awards recognising the achievements of our people and businesses across the key areas that drive success. The Landscape Project of the Year award recognises the franchisee who has best applied the Zones 5-step process to a project, resulting in happy customers and a profitable business.

The finalists were:

  1. Kate Ryan
  2. Tracey & Glen Barker
  3. Stu & Debbie Gill
  4. Steve & Rochelle Strawbridge
  5. Matt & Boyd Gillespie

Congratulations to Matt & Boyd Gillespie for their project for the Plowmans at Greenhithe!


Best Team of the Year Award – Zones 2018

The 2018 Zones Annual Awards Dinner presented seven awards recognising the achievements of our people and businesses across the key areas that drive success. The Best team of the Year award recognises the Franchise who is growing their business by building the best team of employees, sub-contractors and supply partners.

The finalists were:

  1. Leah Huang
  2. Steve & Rochelle Strawbridge
  3. Matt & Boyd Gillespie

Congratulations Steve & Rochelle Strawbridge who took out this award!

Best Sales Growth of the Year Award – Zones 2018

The 2018 Zones Annual Awards Dinner presented seven awards recognising the achievements of our people and businesses across the key areas that drive success. The Best team of the Year award is based on consistent and sustained revenue growth for the 12 months from Jul to Jun 2017 to Jul to Jun 2018.

  • In 3rd place was: Judd & Ramona Stratful
  • In 2nd place was: Tracey & Glen Barker
  • In 1st place, with 358 and 557,000 growth in the last 12 months, was Kate Ryan!

Congratulations to Kate Ryan who took out this award!

New Franchise of the Year Award – Zones 2018

The 2018 Zones Annual Awards Dinner presented seven awards recognising the achievements of our people and businesses across the key areas that drive success. This award recognises outstanding new Franchisees who are helping to build the future of Zones. Finalists are chosen from Franchisees who commenced between Jan 2017 and Dec 2017.

The finalists were:

  1. Tracey & Glen Barker
  2. Judd & Ramona Stratful

Congratulations Tracey & Glen Barker who took out this award!

Franchise of the Year Award – Zones 2018

The 2018 Zones Annual Awards Dinner presented seven awards recognising the achievements of our people and businesses across the key areas that drive success. The Franchise of the Year Award recognises the Franchise who is best using marketing, people and processes to scale up their business towards a successful future.

The finalists were:

  1. Kate Ryan
  2. Steve & Rochelle Strawbridge
  3. Matt & Boyd Gillespie

Congratulations Matt & Boyd Gillespie who took out the biggest award of the event