SME Excellence Awards

Young Entrepreneur

Outstanding business owner below the age 45 who has demonstrated significant success through leadership, market positioning, and company performance.

Woman Entrepreneur

Female business owner who has demonstrated significant success through leadership, market positioning, and company performance.

Growth

This award honors SMEs who have achieved outstanding commercial success and sustainable growth. Nominees should demonstrate initiative and willingness to undertake bold, new ventures. Submissions should also include evidence of sustainable growth and commercial success to levels that are outstanding for the size of the applicant’s operations.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

This prestigious endorsement goes to SMEs that demonstrate a high standard of commitment in the way they organize and integrate their responsible business practices. Submissions should provide evidence of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy that integrates responsible business practice into their mainstream operations. This CSR strategy should have a positive impact in the workplace, the marketplace, the environment, or the community.

Employment

This award goes to SMEs that demonstrate the provision of a stimulating and supportive workplace. Qualifiers should demonstrate how its people-development strategies have created a committed, motivated, and effective workforce.

Innovation

This award goes to SMEs that demonstrate a proven ability to create, nurture, and develop new products or services. Qualifiers should demonstrate how they have differentiated themselves from others in their industry. Achievements can include, but are not limited to, the invention, design, production, performance, marketing, and distribution of their product or service.