The South African Chamber Business Awards 2017

The Directors of the South African Chamber of Commerce UK invite you to celebrate the 5th annual South African Business Awards recognising the achievements of the crème of the South African business community in the UK.

The South African Business Awards event, featuring the twelve dish Tastes of South Africa buffet, will be held at:

The Conservatory, Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Harrington Gardens. London, SW7 4LH

Date: 19 April 2017
Time: Doors open 18:30 – Carriages 22:30

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The Conservatory, Millennium Gloucester Hotel

It’s time to once again honour those South Africans who have done the most to promote South Africa and South African business in the past year. It’s time for your Chamber’s South African Business Awards 2017.

Here is your chance to nominate your favourite South African business man or woman living in the UK. All you have to do is to make a nomination and give a few details about your nominee and which Business Award you are nominating them for and we will do the rest. There are nine prestigious South African Business Awards this year so you just need to decide which is the most appropriate for your nominee.

Nominate quickly though because the South African Business Awards nominations close at midnight on Wednesday 5 April. The judging will take place between then and the event on Wednesday 19th April. The South African Business Award judges, all top business men and women in their own right and including several previous South African Business Award winners, will meet during that time to vote on who each of them think should be the winners of each award.

The South African Business Awards will be presented to the winners at a prestigious event in the Conservatory at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London on the evening of Wednesday 19th April. Each Business Award nominee will be presented with a framed certificate honouring their Business Award nomination with the winner in each category receiving the attractive desktop South African Business Award. A feature of the Business Awards evening will be the five star Tastes of South Africa buffet consisting of twelve of your favourite South African dishes.

SPECIAL HOTEL RATE FOR BUSINESS AWARDS EVENT GUESTS FOR NIGHT OF 19th APRIL:
Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Room only £125 inc VAT (single or double occupancy)
Plus £12 per person for breakfast on 20th April (Optional)
Parking £40 for 24 hours
Bookings can be made via Priscila Braz at priscila.braz@millenniumhotels.com . Please quote ‘SACC Awards’ when sending through the reservations. Rates are subject to availability.

The South African Chamber Business Awards Categories for 2017

Business Leader of the Year

Awarded to an individual who displays outstanding leadership qualities which have contributed to the growth and successful management of his/her business.
The judges will be looking at:

  • How openness, engagement, strong values and strategic vision for change helped them achieve their objectives and the respect of others
  • Noteworthy achievements and key challenges which they have overcome
  • Evidence that their contribution led to the growth and success of their business
  • What the culture of their organisation will retain after they have departed

Entrepreneur of the Year

Awarded to an individual who has displayed outstanding entrepreneurial flair and successfully employed an original idea to launch his/her own business.
The judges will be looking at:

  • Entrepreneurial qualities which they have demonstrated such as drive, ambition, vision, tenacity, inspirational leadership, inventiveness and confidence
  • Levels of growth and financial performance and how they have achieved these through, for example, innovative culture, market awareness and operational efficiency

Innovator of the Year

Awarded to an individual who consistently proves to be at the cutting edge of his/her field and employs new technologies to spur growth.
The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence of creativity, imagination and their ability to think outside the box
  • The scale of their innovations and the methods used to implement them
  • Evidence that their contribution led to the growth and success of their business
  • Whether these innovations have created a tangible benefit for their organisation

Woman in Business of the Year

Awarded to a businesswoman who displays an enterprising spirit, determination and business acumen leading to success in the male-dominated world of business.
The judges will be looking at:

  • How hard work and courage has led to them climbing the ladder to the senior ranks of their organisation and setting an example for women everywhere
  • Evidence of how their influence and impact has led to the growth of their business

Rising Star of the Year

Awarded to an individual under the age of 35 who displays great potential and is a breakthrough talent in any industry.
The judges will be looking at:

  • The challenges that they have faced and how their hard work and determination continues to place them on an upwards trajectory
  • Evidence that they have the ability to become a significant contributor to their organisation and/or the wider business community

New Business of the Year

Awarded to a small business that has made significant strides in achieving sustained growth.
The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence that the business has experienced a good level of financial growth in a short period and has good future prospects
  • The challenges faced by the business and how these have been overcome e.g. through being dynamic and innovative

Professional Individual Award

Awarded to a UK based professional individual who has exhibited the highest standards of professionalism in his or her South African oriented business in the UK. The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence that the individual has exhibited the highest standards of professionalism and problem solving in his or her field.
  • The challenges faced and the success in overcoming them

Promotion of Development in SA Award

Awarded to a UK based individual who has done most to promote development in South Africa.
The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence that the individual has made a significant contribution to development in SA
  • The challenges faced and the success in overcoming them

The Play Your Part Award

For a business leader and/or company that has excelled in promoting corporate support for charities either within their own organisation or generally across the private sector.
The judges will be looking at:

  • Evidence that they have made significant contributions to charities and/or the community and/or the environment
  • The level at which CSR activities are encouraged within their organisation
  • Any CSR initiatives which they have championed themselves

Developing bilateral SA-UK trade is a primary objective of the Chamber.
The judges will be briefed to look for evidence that the nominee has had a positive impact on SA-UK and UK-SA trade.