– SME awards is an annual event organised and convened by Bizna Kenya
– It aims at celebrating SMEs based on their performance and customer relations
– A rigorous process was used to select contestants who had expressed interest
– After selection, successful applicants were nominated into the contest
– The public was thereafter allowed to vote for SME of their choice before judges made a verdict
The curtains closed on the SME Awards 2019 with Expeditions Maasai Safaris being crowned as the SME of the year.
Expeditions Maasai Safaris, a tours and travel company, took lead in the competitive awards after edging out three other competitors who were nominated in the same category (SME of the year).
The gala awards ceremony was convened at Nairobi’s Laico Regency Hotel on the evening of Friday, May 24.
The travel company was closely followed by Twinkle Pharmacy, a medical health firm, which clinched second runners up position.
In the Upcoming SME category, SasaHost (web solutions provider) was voted as most promising firm.
It beat RoyalTrendia (digital and media services) and Atlanta Property Developer (real estate).
Expeditions Maasai Safaris which won the SME of the year award was also voted as best firm in Tourism and Hospitality sector.
Other rivals in the category were Africa Outdoor (travel services and events management) and Exquisite Events by You (events design and décor services).
Modest collections was the top company in the Transport and Logistics sector where it competed against Ahadi Movers and Livitech Auto Spares Ltd.
Here are other winners in other categories:
Username Investment Limited was announced winner.
Username defeated Saif Real Estate and Sahihi Interior Builders in the Real Estate Category.
Twinkle Pharmacy Limited.
The company competed against Adec Services EPZ Limited and Tazz Advisors Limited.
Industry Award Trophy
Nyaga Mechanical Engineering Limited.
It beat Kyle Ibrahim Ltd and Dan Rays Creations.
Soko brand was voted as best in the category.
Global Strategy Developers and The Artrix Theater also participated in the category.
It won against Kenarava and OxfarmAg.
The SME Awards 2019 comes one year after the success of the inaugural Young Entrepreneurs Awards (YEA Awards).
The Awards are organised by Bizna Kenya and aim at recognising and celebrating small and medium-sized enterprises based on their performance, profitability, quality of products and customer relations.
Speaking during the event Bizna boss Tonnie Mello who is also the founder of the awards lauded winners and urged SMEs to ensue their businesses were dully registered.
“Some of the contestants were dropped since we they not able to prove to the judges that their businesses were compliant with requirements of the law,” stated Mello.
Speaking at the same event, president elect of the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Richard Ngatia, observed that SMEs were an integral point in the growth of the economy.
Ngatia, however, noted negative profiles of some SMEs on CRB had dealt them a blow and most of them could not access credit to broaden their businesses.
“We are currently trying to find ways that will help SMEs blacklisted on CRB to access credit through KNCCI. SMEs are key to creating job opportunities for the youth and it is important that all sectors join forces and see them grow,” he said.
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