Small businesses receive big recognition

PLAY SOME TUNES: Rike Coetzer on the saxophone as she entertains guests at the gala breakfast.


Founder and CEO of the National Small Business Chamber, Mike Anderson said, “Being recognised as a champion business further validates the award winner’s reputation for quality and also provides opportunities for further growth.

“While our economy struggles to reach its full potential, small businesses, like the 2015 award winners, act as shining examples of how innovation, perseverance and commitment can have a big impact.”

The South African Small Business Awards is now in its seventh year and it once again drew thousands of entries. This year, it introduced three special awards which comprised the National Exporter Award, National Travel and Tourism Award and the National Innovation Award.

The 2015 National Small Business Champion was awarded to Ariston Global owned by Reginald Pillay, a trusted provider of accounting, tax, HR and advisory services which has grown over eight years to report a growth rate in excess of 250 percent this financial year.

The National Entrepreneur Champion and inaugural National Exporter Award went to Shooshoos, an exclusive baby shoe brand owned by Gill Bowen. The company has grown and has become the biggest exclusive baby shoe brand in SA and now exports to over 15 countries.

The National Woman in Business Champion was awarded to Sonja Smith, owner of Sonja Smith Funeral Group. Her passion for being of service to people in times of grief has seen the group go from strength to strength.

The National Young Entrepreneur Champion Award was awarded to Janine van Zyl, owner of Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream. She creates speciality 100 percent natural ice cream and sorbet in over 800 delicious flavours.

“This year’s winners have shown that through passion, hard work and dedication, success is achievable,” Anderson concluded.

The awards were hosted by the National Small Business Chamber and sponsored by Adams & Adams and FNB. Vodacom paid tribute to the contribution that small businesses make in creating employment and building communities in various industries throughout the country.



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