Celebrating Small Business at Annual Awards Ceremony

The SBA brought the curtain down on Small Business Week 2016 with its Annual Awards Ceremony held on the last day of the Week of Activities.

This event provides the opportunity for the organisation to recognise the significant contribution being made by members to social and economic development, and to highlight the input of other contributors to the small business sector.

In his remarks, SBA president, Dalton Medford, made a plea for a ‘structured funding mechanism, such as a cooperative society’, through which the $50 million promised by Government to the small business sector could be administered.

Mr Medford also appealed for the long awaited 40% procurement of Government’s goods and services to the MSME sector, to materialise. The president opined that the current recessionary environment necessitated a greater commitment on the part of Government in assisting the sector to access markets for their products.

A total of nine awards were presented at the event in the categories of Sectoral and Special Awards. For the first time, one firm copped both Small Business of the Year and People’s Choice Awards - Atlantis Seafood Inc. represented by Mr Dave Waithe made history this year in both the internal and public awards. The coveted President’s Award went to N Pure Inc. represented by Neil Corbin, for the demonstrated innovation and diversification in the business during the previous year.

Sectoral Awards were conferred as follows:
Agribusiness Award – Atlantis Seafood Inc.
Wholesale/Retail Award – Dwellings Inc.
Information Communications Technology Award – NX Technologies Ltd.
Group Member Award – Pig Farmers Cooperative Society
General Services Award – Sentry Insurance Brokers Ltd.
Professional Services Award – Resilia Accounting Services. 

 

Above, Mr David Waithe of Atlantis Seafood Inc., winner of the Small Business of the Year and the People’s Choice Awards, seen here with the SBA CEO, Ms Lynette Holder.