Top builds and successful business operations were recognised at the Lockwood Franchise Awards held during the company’s annual conference in Fiji in August.
Guest speakers and activities focused on the company’s market positioning “Building the Eco Edge”, and being a responsible organisation with a range of buildings offering eco features.
The overall Franchise of the Year was awarded to A J Mooney & Co Ltd, based in Greymouth and covering the West Coast territory.
The prestigious award was measured on five criteria — sales, business presentation, the all-round quality of the showhome, compliance to the franchise system and teamwork.
Judges said A J Mooney & Co clearly stands out in the way it positively presents itself to customers and represents the Lockwood brand over all aspects, such as its building sites, vehicles and uniforms.
Rating highly across all criteria, the company’s showhome also scored well as an efficient operation which ensures people feel welcome.
The company also excelled in the teamwork criteria, which appraises companies’ interaction with the franchise network and support office.
A J Mooney & Co was also named the Sales Champion for Lockwood’s Initial Homes brand. In addition to the residential market, the company builds a number of lake and holiday homes and farm dwellings to suit the unique West Coast market.
The Best Show Home was awarded to Taupo’s Peter Richards Builders Ltd from Taupo, and also covering the Turangi and Ohakune areas. The franchise has two showhomes in Taupo, but it was the Kinloch showhome that particularly won favour with the judges.
It was described as “grandiose”, and a clear reflection of the standard the company builds to.
The Sales Champion for the Lockwood brand was Coastwood Homes Ltd from Thames which covers the Coromandel Peninsula, Whangamata and Te Aroha areas.