Nelson Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Supreme Business Award winners, My Tax with chief executive Lester Binns holding the award. Photo: Tim Cuff Photography

Top business award for tax refund company


It had already been a great year for Nelson online tax refund business, and it got even better on Friday when it won the Supreme Award at the Nelson Pine Industries Chamber Business Awards at the Rutherford Hotel. was founded by chief executive Lester Binns in 2008 and is now is one of the country’s leading online tax refund businesses, employing up to 40 staff.

Earlier this year, it won a Canstar Blue Consumer Satisfaction Award and on Friday the judges at Friday’s NPI Chamber of Commerce Awards also rated highly, saying it is “a game changer in its sector” and “has exciting potential for global success”. general manager Riki-Lee Newport says their staff are delighted with their win, which is a direct result of a lot of “passion and hard work”.

It is the first time the business entered any awards and the staff are still “really excited and overwhelmed”.

“Everyone has such a passion for this company and Lester has so much respect for the staff that he makes everyone want to be passionate about it,” Riki-Lee says.

“We really care about putting in our absolute best effort and working really hard for Lester – it’s quite unique in this industry because there’s not often a lot of passion for tax.”

The judges stated that’s “business model has been well thought out and the foundations are solid. The investment in technology has been significant and it is well positioned to go from strength to strength.

“A remarkable and revolutionary business with its customers spread across New Zealand, yet all conducted from offices in Nelson’s CBD.” had won the NZ King Salmon Large Business Award earlier in the evening.

The NZME SME Award was won by Trans Tasman Industries and the Nelson Forests Investing in People and Skills Award was won by Can Plan Nelson Limited.

The Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Trust won the Media Works Customer Excellence Award, Trans Tasman Industries won the Datacom Innovation Award and Cod and Lobster won the Fairfax Media START UP Award.

Chamber chief executive Dot Kettle says it was “another brilliant evening” and that Nelson is “an amazing place to do business in and from. It’s a region bursting full of talented, passionate, generous people,” she told the 390 guests attending the awards.

She also paid tribute to the entrants, judges and sponsors, and thanked “the people behind the brands and businesses that are exceptional and an ongoing source of inspiration.”