Ndulamiso Appliance has been named the winner of the 702 Small Business Awards with Softline Pastel.
The competition has been running on Talk Radio 702 for over a month, with listeners nominating small businesses that had given them outstanding service. Thirty finalists were chosen from over 10 000 nominations and were interviewed on John Robbie or David O’Sullivan’s shows.
Last week, a panel of judges deliberated on the final 30 businesses looking at factors including a sense of entrepreneurship, potential and vision for growth, the soundness of the business, service orientation and impact on their community. Three companies stood out, the judges decided: Dignity Boards, Virgo Storage and Ndulamiso Appliances.
Dignity Boards, which empowers street people by employing them to display advertising boards was a fine example of social entrepreneurship, which featured strongly among a number of this year’s finalists.
Virgo Storage, a company that provides a valet service at very reasonable prices at OR Tambo International Airport showed the outstanding service and entrepreneurial spirit that the call to nominations asked for.
Ultimately, though, there had to be a winner. “Ndulamiso appliances satisfied all the criteria,” says judge and Talk Radio 702 station manager, Pheladi Gwangwa. “Moreover, the judges were impressed by their level of dedication and service to the customer. This was demonstrated by the overwhelming positive response to their nomination from listeners who had used them.”
For Grant Lloyd, MD of Softline Pastel Payroll, “it was Donald and Ernest’s commitment to training and skills development – in true entrepreneurial fashion – that was very refreshing and set them apart”.
At the awards event in Sandton, MD of Softline Pastel, Steven Cohen congratulated all the finalists. “It gives me hope to see people, many of whom had jobs in the mainstream, actually take the leap and believe in themselves enough to go for it. By each of these individuals starting out on their own, it’s had a multiplier effect on others’ lives through job creation and economic activity – critical for the future of this country.”
702 presenters John Robbie and David O’Sullivan presented the winners with their awards which included an airtime package on Talk Radio 702 for Ndulamiso Appliances. All of the top three finalists received a Small Business Starter pack that includes accounting, payroll and legal software and for the first time this year, the winner will also receive basic business mentorship from Softline Pastel which aims to assist them in developing a sustainable business model.