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

  • SA’s top entrepreneurs recognised across sectors

    South Africa’s premier annual entrepreneurial competition, Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year®, this morning named Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner, founders and owners of The Creative Counsel (TCC), as the overall winners of the 2015 competition in Johannesburg this morning. Speaking at the event, spokesperson for the 2015 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® competition, Christo Botes, said that the judging process was extremely challenging this year, with judges having to select winners for the seven categories from 15 deserving finalists who were selected to advance to the final round of judging. Botes says that Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner of TCC were selected as the overall 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year® winners due to the phenomenal success which the business has achieved in its 14 years of operation. “Founded in 2001 as a two-man agency, TCC is today the largest advertising group in South Africa by staff and turnover, with a targeted presence in Africa and plans to expand further into emerging markets.” He says that TCC has also perfected the process of job creation – a trait inherent in entrepreneurs and a key reason why the competition seeks to discover and unmask South Africa’s economic heroes and celebrate the role they play in society. “The agency is one of South Africa’s largest private first-time employers in that the business employs untrained candidates and then focuses on up-skilling these individuals and equip them with experience for their future careers.” Other 2015 category winners include: 2015 more