The South African Chamber of Commerce nominations are now open for the South African Business Awards 2015. This year, there will be seven awards up for grabs
The third annual South African Business Awards recognises the achievements of the crème of the South African business community in the UK.
The first award ‘Business Leader of the Year’ has received the following nominations so far, namely John Andrew Boyd, Avi Lasarow, Michael Abromowitz and Paul Gardiner. The award is for an individual who displays outstanding leadership qualities, which have contributed to the growth and management of a business. The judges will be looking at how openness, engagement, strong values and strategic vision for change helped them achieve their objectives, and how they have influenced the growth and success of their business.
The second award is ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, which is awarded to an individual who has displayed outstanding entrepreneurial flair and successfully employed an original idea to launch their own business. So far, these candidates have been nominated: Pily Mirazi, CV Pillay, Ross Goodwin and Gordon Glyn-Jones. The judges will be looking at: entrepreneurial qualities such as drive, ambition, vision, tenacity, inspirational leadership, inventiveness and confidence, as well as levels of growth and financial performance.
The third award is for ‘Innovator of the Year’, awarded to an individual who consistently proves to be at the cutting edge of their field and employs new technologies to spur growth, for which Avi Lasarow has been nominated so far.
The ‘Woman in Business of the Year’ is for a businesswoman who displays an enterprising spirit, determination and business acumen in the male-dominated business world. The nominees who are in the running are: Pily Mirazi, Odile Ham, Natalie Immelman and Tolene van der Merwe. The judges will be looking at how hard work and courage has led to them climbing the ladder to the senior ranks of their organisation, and if they have set an example for women everywhere, as well as their influence and impact on the growth of their business.
The award ‘Rising Star of the Year’ will be awarded to an individual under the age of 35 who displays great potential and is a breakthrough talent in any industry. The nominees who are currently in the running are Carlos Menezes, Adele Walker and Dibabatso Masooa. The judges will be looking at: challenges they have faced and how their hard work and determination continues to place them on an upwards trajectory, as well as if they have been a significant contributor to their organisation.
For the ‘New Business of the Year’, judges will be looking for a small business that has achieved significant financial growth. Adele Walker, Dean Deetlefs, Avi Lasarow and Simon Bozzoli have been nominated.
The final ‘Giving Back Award’ is for a business leader or company that has excelled in promoting corporate support for charities either within their own organisation or across the private sector. The judges will be looking at their contributions to charities, the community or the environment, and the level of corporate social responsibility.
Voting and nominations are open until 19 April. It’s only possible to vote for one person in each category, and previous award winners may not be nominated for the same award category.