Te Puke Times - 2021-11-25


Trevelyan’s wins leadership award


Carmen Hall

umbling”. That is the word James Trevelyan used to describe how he felt when the company picked up a prestigious accolade at the 2021 Tauranga Business Awards. Trevelyan’s Pack & Cool received the Corporate Leadership Award, which is selected not judged. James says it was an honour to be “shoulder tapped”. “I’m sure there are many other businesses out there who are equally, if not more deserving of it.” He credits his parents, John and Elizabeth, for setting the values at Trevelyan’s. “My dad was a forester and he enjoyed good tidy processes and he was a values-led person. Mum was always the tea lady . . . she connected with everyone and was the camp mother.” James says “we don’t always get it right every time” but they are constantly evolving. “I always wanted to work at a place where you could have a dream and ask why not? One of our visions is to have a workplace where anyone on the workplace floor can say ‘why are we doing this’ or ‘why can’t we do it another way’?” “It’s allowed people to be very involved in the business.” That philosphy and culture have stood Trevelyan’s in good stead. Event organiser Anne Pankhurst says the Corporate Leadership Award recognises an organisation or business’ outstanding contribution to the region. “Trevelyan’s was chosen for their commitment to sustainability in all sense of the word — people, profit and planet. “As a family-owned business, they have strong values that guide their every decision, with their team and the wider community at the forefront of their mind. They are an integral part of their local community. “We were particularly impressed with how they went above and beyond to protect their people during Covid-19 and their proactive approach, implementing systems and processes early to get ahead of the game.” Tauranga Chamber of Commerce chief executive Matt Cowley says entering the awards is an opportunity for any business to gain independent feedback about what they do and how they do it. “We hear from past entrants that the entry process is a huge learning opportunity, a chance to reflect on and celebrate how far they have come, and recognise the hard work of their team.”


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