Congratulations to our 2015 competition winners!

Entrepreneur of the Year® 2015: Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner, The Creative Counsel
Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the Year®: Kim Whitaker, Once in Cape Town
Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year®: Bryan Anderson, Delta Steam Systems
Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year® and Innovator of the Year: Nadir Khamissa, The Hello Group
Job Creator of the Year: Lewis Thomas, Partners Hair Design
Judges Prize: Ncamisile Maphumulo, Coastal Nephrology Centre

About the EOY competition

The Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® awards aims to honour, benefit and uplift South African SMEs. The competition celebrates excellence in entrepreneurship, serving as an inspiration to others to succeed in the world of business.

Breaking norms leads to success for 2015 EOY entrant

Breaking norms leads to success for 2015 EOY entrant

Wearing pink and playing with dolls is often associated with most little girls’ childhood. This was not the case for Shireen Sayed, an adventurous outdoor enthusiast who grew up climbing trees. This Durban-based entrepreneur, owner of Aspire Project Management, says she knew from a young age that she would carve her career in the built environment, and what lead her to initially take the decision to study civil engineering. Determined to succeed after her parents’ tuition funds ran out after her first year of studies, she managed to stay at school by seeking funding from engineering companies that she contacted more

In the media

  • Finding the silver lining in the dark economic cloud

    While the country and the world may be facing economic woes, it doesn’t mean it is all doom and gloom for South Africa’s local entrepreneurs. This is the sentiment of Christo Botes, spokesperson for the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS. “South Africa faced a number of challenges over the past 12 months, including a weakening rand, ongoing power shortages, student protests, and growing water crisis. This year also began with its own trials as we saw the rand weakening further plummeting to an all-time low, and the enduring water shortages remain a major threat to various industries,” says Botes. Botes says that this signifies that each year has its own set of challenges, yet at the same time, also brings new opportunities and business prospects for entrepreneurs to capitalise on. “Now more than ever, entrepreneurs should take charge and carve out their own futures by seizing the opportunities available to them.” Given the current tough economic conditions facing South Africa, Botes provides a few considerations for local entrepreneurs to keep top of mind: Entrepreneurs should prioritise refining their product and service offerings. As consumer spending power declines due to the various economic woes, businesses ought to be conscious that spending is stretched due to the increased costs of living and consumer debt. One method to retain clients in tough times is to provide unbeatable levels of customer service. Implementing activities and measures that create a greater customer experience and improve service levels will dazzle more