EOY winners announced

Martin Beyers has been crowned as the 2010 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year®.

The co-owner of CERadvance lead a pack of entrants from across the country. They were subjected to strict judging criteria to ensure that the business was not only sustainable, but also exceptional.

EOY winner: One step at a time
EOY winner the embodiment of real entrepreneurship

Martin Beyers winner of the 2010 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year®. Martin Beyers winner of the 2010 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year®.
Martin Beyers is no Richard Branson; he does not instantly draw you into his world with a wealth of charisma.

Neither is he a Steve Jobs; intent on taking over the world one iPod at a time.

He also does not remind you of Lakshmi Mittal; the creator of a global empire.

Yet, Beyers beat hundreds of South African business owners to win the 2010 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year .

The reason for his success in the competition and in business is clear within minutes of meeting the man: he is the embodiment of real entrepreneurship.

Vision, creativity, innovation, careful planning, passion and hard work are the best adjectives to use.

EOY winner: Sweet smell of success
Snack manufacturer master of reinvention

Theo Bakkum, Managing Director of Awesome Snacks Theo Bakkum, Managing Director of Awesome Snacks
The saying adversity breeds opportunity is relevant to almost all entrepreneurs in South Africa, but none more so than Theo Bakkum.

The Managing Director of Awesome Snacks has had a turbulent decade to say the least.

But, it is the way in which he overcame the challenges presented which saw him crowned the Sanlam / Business Partners Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year .
A new beginning
Bakkum held a number of directorships at Simba before becoming the Managing Director of National Brands' Willards.

A restructuring process however, saw him being retrenched. Bakkum pursued a couple of business opportunities and in 2003 Awesome Snacks was born.

EOY winner: Entrepreneurial freedom
Challenge becomes opportunity

Martin Brown, owner of Radical Holdings Martin Brown, owner of Radical Holdings
Martin Brown has a competitive advantage that none of his rivals can beat: he is paralysed from the neck down.

In Brown's eyes, he is not disabled; he is ahead of the competition.

"If two people tried to sell you a wheelchair and I was one of them, who would you buy it from?" the Sanlam / Business Partners Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year says.

This somewhat simple statement is the cornerstone of a business that is quickly blossoming into an international operation.

With partner Pieter Nell by his side, Brown has taken Radical Holdings from a concept created by necessity, to an operation that has seemingly no limits.

EOY winner: Bitten by the bug
Pharmacist pursues entrepreneurial freedom

Lovely Letsoalo, owner or Wespark Pharmacy Lovely Letsoalo, owner or Wespark Pharmacy
Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes but there is one common element that binds them: vision.

Where others saw an abandoned post office in Pretoria's West Park, Lovely Letsoalo saw a beginning.

While it would be the beginning of a pharmacy, it would also be the beginning of a new business empire.
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