Who will be next to join the League of Champions?
Remember none of the previous winners believed they could win. Importantly, they did enter and they WON.
Award Winners 2015
National Small Business Champion 2015
With an eight year heritage, Ariston Global has earned the status of being a trusted strategic partner that offers multidisciplinary but integrated solutions that are both innovative and add value. Ariston Global’s core business solutions are to provide Accounting, Tax, HR and Advisory Services. Since embarking on a revised business strategy in 2014, Ariston Global has expanded its client base exponentially. This phenomenal growth has created many new, professional and long-term job opportunities for young entrants into the job market. Ariston Global projects a growth rate in excess of 250% this financial year with many more new jobs being created.
1st Runner Up
College of Production Technology Pty Ltd
The College offers Accredited Learnerships and Skills Programmes in the Production, Manufacturing, Wholesale, Retail, Logistics and Supply Chain Industries. Over its almost 15 years of existence, the college has secured itself as the preferred training provider of many of South Africa’s leading manufacturing and supply chain companies. The lecturers are all industry experts who can provide the learners with hands-on practical knowledge across a variety of industries. The college has programme approval from merSETA, W&R Seta and TETA; it has an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System, is BBBEE compliant and conducts its training nationwide.
2nd Runner Up
In 2002 during the world summit in Johannesburg, Henri was approached by the French embassy to assist with driving and guiding. Six years later what was a hobby turned into a business — Oembotu travel aka 'The Johannesburg Squirrel'. He secured his first major contract with a hotel in the mining district of the Johannesburg CBD. At that stage he had no car; his fleet was made up of rented vehicles. Today, Oembotu travel has been involved in several concierge and travel desk projects within Johannesburg precincts and hotels. His next step is to run the tuk-tuk tour in the Johannesburg CBD where 'The Johannesburg Squirrel' will be the transport link for tourists between Rea Vaya, Gautrain, the Red Bus and all places of interest within the CBD. The journey has not been an easy one. What keeps Henri going is his passion for service delivery and people.
National Entrepreneur Champion 2015
Shooshoos is the biggest exclusive baby shoe brand in SA, now exporting to over 15 countries. The business was taken over on 01 May 2014. At that time, a new brand and identity were created. Gill immediately introduced seasonal ranges with new designs, new to an 18 year old business. She launched a new website in South Africa, Australia and USA. Gill successfully signed a licensing deal with Disney, a month after the opening of their first stand‐alone Flagship store. She looks after social media in three different countries, websites in two countries, designs the shoe ranges, arranges photo‐shoots, manages sales (both locally and internationally), manages new leather colour needs and sampling of product. She also arranges all the local and international trade shows as well as all the day‐to-day issues of running a business. Her goal is to become a globally know baby shoe brand.
1st Runner Up
BEE Online (PTY) LTD
Journeying through the corridors of life is a challenge. How you deal with what’s on your path ultimately determines how successful you are choosing to be. Knowing when to work, and when to work harder, is what drives Tyrone. He is passionate about motivating all in his space who want to better themselves in all spheres of life. To 'lead by example' he believes that everyone deserves success and a fair chance. Tyrone is blessed with both and has used it to lay down his foundation of life. Now to keep building on it. It’s a never ending story because there are always challenges and always work to be done.
2nd Runner Up
Noble Water Solutions (Pty) Ltd
300 million Africans do not have access to safe drinking water. As a civil engineer, it is one of their responsibilities to provide the communities they serve with safe drinking water. Six years ago Kevin started to apply his mind and experience to coming up with an integrated 'African solution to an African problem'. On 6 July 2015 a patent was registered for the Noble Water Station — his invention. The Noble Water Station is the first, high-volume (10 000 litres per day), low-maintenance, portable (can be transported in a standard freight container), solar-powered water treatment plant, in the world. Each water station provides 500 people with 20 litres of safe drinking water every day for life. He was recently awarded the 'LEADERSHIP AWARD FOR WATER EFFICIENCY' at the AFRICA WATER LEADERSHIP AWARDS.
National Woman in Business Champion 2015
Sonja Smith Funeral Group (Pty) Ltd Sonja Smith-Janse Van Rensburg
Passion is what started Sonja Smith Funeral Group and passion is what has sustained her throughout the years — passion for being of service to people in times of grief. The journey has been long and the challenges many, but with their unique 'velvet touch' approach, they have grown from strength to strength. Sonja has received numerous awards, including former Businesswoman of the Year. Her greatest achievement to date is the progress she has made in the ongoing struggle for the rights of parents to have a choice regarding the burial of their miscarried babies, as recently featured in Rapport and on Carte Blanche: 'Miscarriage of Justice'. The brand identity of the Sonja Smith Elite Funeral Group reflects some of the uniqueness found within this organisation. The endearment, personal touch and solace offered, along with the trend-setting influences and corporate social investment efforts, are unparalleled in the industry. The activist role, tackling legal issues that are directly related to the industry, has resulted in a significant competitive edge. Her endeavours encapsulate the spirit that make entrepreneurs who they are — daring to go where none have gone
1st Runner Up
More than half of their staff are young women under the age of 35 who have aspirations of their own. To this end, Tanya would like to set a good example to them of what can be achieved if they put their minds to it. It is common knowledge that being a woman in business is fraught with difficulty when you want to become a success in your field, more so when you have the twin goals of career and family. Tanya discovered that upholding the worth of our men is what makes them more open to our strength. She has discovered that as a woman, she cannot aspire to lead like a man. She is emotional, involved in her staff’s lives and sensitive to their needs as women and mothers. This does not make her weak or less efficient, but rather serves to extract loyalty and excellent performance from her staff who appreciate that they are treated like whole people.
2nd Runner Up
Mighty Comms (Pty) Ltd
We live in a highly advanced and competitive world where opportunities and possibilities are endless, so much so that the only limiting factor is one’s mind. In business, one has to be dynamic, have initiative, a strong sense of urgency and a drive to get things off the ground and keep them going. You have to constantly and enthusiastically persuade and motivate others to buy into your idea or product, and sometimes even adjust your message and delivery style to suit the targeted recipient. It’s often a long and tough road, and so it takes a special kind of person to keep at it. That is what entrepreneurs do on a daily basis … and that is what Refilwe does.
National Young Entrepreneur Champion 2015
Cold Gold Artisan Ice Cream
Janine van Zyl
Speciality 100% natural ice cream and sorbet made by supporting local suppliers and only using organic, as far as possible, ingredients. They have made over 800 flavours and any ice cream dream can be made according to any dietary requirements: vegan, banting, low carb high fat, diabetic, paleo. The only limit is the season! Made ethically, responsibly and with lots of love by Janine, the owner, founder and executive chef. Her motto is 'Perfection is all the little things done well with love.'
1st Runner Up
Amphiguard Brickyard CC
Tshepiso has a strong belief in herself and in education. There is a saying that goes, 'If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you; if you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.' She is in a constant process of learning. No matter what obstacle she encounters, she keeps going and never gives up. She constantly pushes to achieve her goals and always finds ways to make it happen. She doesn’t accept defeat and offers no excuses. She can handle the tears of frustration and the grind of pressure, but at the same time celebrates the success and the small achievements along with the large achievements. Her staff is her greatest asset, as in manufacturing you rely on your staff to produce on time. Look after them and they will deliver.
2nd Runner Up
Industrial Baking Ingredients T/a Infanta Foods — Marisa da Silva
Marisa da Silva is a young female entrepreneur taking her family business to a family empire. Infanta Foods was founded 34 years ago by her parents and as second generation, together with her brother, they are taking the business to the next level. At 24 years of age, Marisa may be young, but having grown up inside the business she has learnt the business from the ground up to where it is today. Marisa has taken the business from business-to-business to an online store as well as launched a retail range named Banting Made Easy.
Award Winners 2014
National Small Business Champion 2013
Imbizo Shisanyama aka “Busy Corner”
In 1997 Imbizo Shisanyama aka “Busy Corner” was established in a container on a street corner in Ivory Park by founder Rita Zwane. With only a single pot, gas-griller, display fridge, gas paraffin stove, and only two employees, the concept of Africa’s ultimate braai experience was born. Today the business employs 54 permanent staff and is enjoyed by patrons from all over South Africa, Africa and beyond.
Photo: Rita Zwane
1st Runner Up
Innovative Glass Design
After receiving a family loan of R2300, Innovative Glass design was started in 1987 by Shiona Harris. From the humble beginnings of a home based small income generating hobby, the business has grown from one person sandblasting and making clock mirrors to a leading trophy business 23 years later, employing 34 staff with the head office in Gauteng and a branch in the
Photo: Shiona Harris
2nd Runner Up
The Recruitgroup was started in 2006 by Laura Reynolds and Ryan Reynolds at the tender age of 24. By year two their business was voted one of the top 15 recruitment agencies in South Africa and in 2010 and 2012 Won Recruiter of the Year at the annual CareerJunction Awards. The Recruitgroup has expanded to include Recruit IT Solutions, RecruitFin, RecruitMI, RecruitSite, RecruitRate and RecruitHR. The business employs close to 40 staff members.
Photo: Laura Reynolds
National Entrepreneur Champion 2013
From the age of 16, Anita had to be financially independent. She was forced to stand on her own two feet and make ends meet. Her entrepreneurial skills developed out of tough times. In time, Anita identified the need for gourmet handmade confectionary. After cooking toffees, after hours, for 18 months, she decided her passion would become a full time business. In 2010, Sweet Temptations Toffees was born. The brand has now become a household name. From year one to two, Sweet Temptations Toffees grew 1902% and is growing at a steady rate of 45% for the current financial year.
1st Runner Up
Nungu Marketing & Distribution
Due to a failed partnership in 2007, Tebogo found himself in serious financial trouble, with multiple ITC judgments, the loss of five properties, his furniture and two motor vehicles. With no capital or financial credibility, Tebogo, a self-taught graphic designer, decided to start Nungu Marketing. Design was initially the key service offering when he started Nungu Marketing. He raised capital through profits and landed key accounts, such as – Tiger Brands, Vodacom, Sony and Aspen Pharmaceuticals. He also made arrangements to clean up his financial mess.
2nd Runner Up
Full Swing Consulting
Three years ago Nishol was informed by the previous director of Full Swing Consulting that he is liquidating the company and the staff, including himself, were to be retrenched. Realizing the potential, he decided to save the business, secure his future, and the future of his colleagues. He offered to purchase the business in 12 installments. The owner agreed on the basis that if he missed a single payment, the company would be re-instated back to the previous owner. After 8 months he paid for the business in full. Full Swing Consulting has been trading as a profitable architectural practice since then.
Award Winners 2012
In 2012, the gala dinner was hosted once again at The Venue, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg. The guests came from all corners of South Africa and abroad. The competition was stiff, but at the end, GroundUp Media walked away as the 2012 National Small Business Champion and the individual award went to Theri Rossouw as the 2012 National Entrepreneur Champion.
Award Winners 2011
In 2011 the gala event moved to The Venue, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg - and yes, the evening was filled with glitz, glamour and true champions. We saw the Bean People winning the coveted title of 2011 National Small Business Champion and the mercurial Rianette Leibowitz winning the individual award of 2011 National Entrepreneur Champion.
Award Winners 2010
The 2010 NSBC Annual Dinner and Small Business Champion Awards proved once again to be a resounding success, attracting in excess of 3500 entries. The competition was stiff and the entries were of an extremely high calibre. More than R200 000 in prizes were handed over to the two winners. The 2010 National Entrepreneur Champion, Lesego Boshego and the 2010 Small Business Champion, Crystalmount Workplace Services, represented by Trevor Whittaker were indeed overwhelmed by their achievements.
Award Winners 2009
2009 brought more than 800 entries. At the gala dinner on the 18th November 2009 (at Cantare, Montecasino, Fourways, Joburg) the 2009 National Entrepreneur Champion, David Mphuti and the 2009 Small Business Champion, i-Line Films, represented by Johnny Taute were announced. Both Johnny and David have continued to prosper and importantly, remained close and important associates of the NSBC.