Jenneth`s Hair and Beauty Studio was named the winner of this year’s 702 Small Business Awards with Softline Pastel in an awards ceremony held at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton on Tuesday night.
The Awards are based on outstanding service and call for listeners to nominate small businesses they have dealt with that go the extra mile.
Clem Sunter addressed the 30 finalists and stressed the critical role that entrepreneurs such as themselves play in South Africa’s growth and development.
“In the current business environment, big business is not able to grow and provide jobs in the way that small businesses can,” he said.
“There is such a need to promote small business which is why a competition like this, which gives small businesses the exposure they need, is so important,” he added.
Steven Cohen, MD of Softline Pastel was equally enthusiastic about the finalists’ contribution to the country.
“All of the small businesses that were profiled this year prove that if you are passionate about something, you can make money from it,” said Steven Cohen, managing director of Softline Pastel.
“I hope that their success inspires others to open small businesses, as the SME sector is so vital to creating jobs and taking our country forward.”
The judges were pressed to select their winners but all were blown away by Jenneth Ntanwisi’s sheer passion for her business, Jenneth’s Hair and Beauty Studio.
“Her strength of personality has been the driving force behind the growth and the success of her hair salon,” said 702 presenter, John Robbie, who announced the winners at the ceremony.
“She has cultivated an extremely loyal customer base over the years that has encouraged and supported her in the development and the expansion of her hair salon, which has in turn enabled her to employ new staff and nurture their loyalty.”
The judges were also very impressed about the potential growth plans and prospects for the business.
The two runners up in this year’s awards were Shop and Ship, an online tech store and Atlantic Pools and Ponds, which offers pool and pond installations and repairs.
The winner and two runners up were rewarded with airtime packages to advertise on Talk Radio 702 as well as laptops loaded with Softline Pastel Accounting, Payroll, HR and other business software in addition to software training and support.
Shop and Ship is an online store that started selling Apple products but has expanded to include a broad range of cellular and electronic products.
The judges were impressed with the way in which the owners, the Shein brothers have spotted a gap in the Apple market, where margins are small, by identifying the need for quick intelligent service, turnaround time on orders, and support.
Atlantic Pools and Ponds has managed to grow almost entirely through word of mouth referrals based on the quality of owner Jacques Marais’ service. The judges were very impressed with the way in which he inspires loyalty in his staff, that his staff see themselves as part of a family, and the employees take pride in their work. The judges were also impressed with the way in which he uses a network of other small business providers to assist him on projects and jobs.
“We congratulate the winners, and all the finalists. They are shining examples of why the SME sector is so important to our economy and we look forward to watching these businesses go from strength to strength,” said MC for the evening, 702 presenter, David O’Sullivan.
Source: 702 Talk Radio