Sage One in search of SA’s best small business

The Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk Small Business Awards with Sage One, powered by Sage Pastel and VIP, have started and the annual search for small businesses with big dreams, great passion and enormous potential has begun. The Awards give Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk listeners the opportunity to nominate small businesses that have impressed them over the past 12 months.

The Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk Small Business Awards with Sage One, powered by Sage Pastel and VIP, have started and the annual search for small businesses with big dreams, great passion and enormous potential has begun. The Awards give Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk listeners the opportunity to nominate small businesses that have impressed them over the past 12 months.

The goal of the competition is to give recognition to great small businesses that offer exceptional service, and provide them with the necessary exposure to help them grow, and inspire other entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps. The Awards are sponsored by Sage One – simple, secure and affordable online accounting and payroll for small, growing business. Sage One is powered by Sage Pastel and VIP.

Says Ivan Epstein, CEO of Sage AAMEA: “We have always been passionate about small businesses for two reasons: firstly, we understand their challenges because we started as a small company ourselves, and secondly, because we believe they are the key to creating new jobs and growing South Africa’s economy.”

“We are pleased to sponsor the Small Business Awards again this year. We’ll once again be able to showcase some great small companies that are contributing to the small business sector, and hopefully play a role in helping them take their businesses to the next level.”

Sage One will award both of the winners with a laptop with free access to Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll software, including one year’s worth of software support, and a training course or seminar of their choice, giving them the freedom they need to run their business anywhere, anytime. An airtime package to the value of R250 000 on Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk and one month’s advertising exposure on the Google Display Network to the value of R25 000 will also be awarded to the winners to further promote their businesses.
The 2 runners-up will receive Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll software, including a year’s worth of software support. They will also receive a free training course or seminar of their choice as well as an airtime package to the value of R150 000 on Talk Radio 702/ 567 Cape Talk.

Last year’s winner, Roof Rats, clear bats, rats, dust and all the other accumulated mess out of ceilings. “Winning this competition gave our business a real boost,” says Diederik van ‘t Hof, owner of Roof Rats. “The exposure has given us enormous credibility and has helped us to grow our business and attract new customers.”

If you have received exceptional service from a small business, Talk Radio 702, 567 Cape Talk and Sage One want to recognise it, so be sure to submit your nomination before 22 August 2014.

Visit www.sba.702.co.za or www.sba.capetalk.co.za for more information.

Research Unit hailed as 2014 Cape Talk Small Business Awards winner

Leather goods manufacturer Research Unit has beaten stiff competition from 30 finalists to win the Cape Talk 567 Small Business Awards with Sage One, powered by Sage Pastel and Sage VIP. The runner-ups are confectionary maker Sweet Temptations Toffees  and upmarket holiday home rental specialist Perfect Hideaways. The Awards aim to recognise and celebrate small businesses that offer exceptional service.

Leather goods manufacturer Research Unit has beaten stiff competition from 30 finalists to win the Cape Talk 567 Small Business Awards with Sage One, powered by Sage Pastel and Sage VIP. The runner-ups are confectionary maker Sweet Temptations Toffees  and upmarket holiday home rental specialist Perfect Hideaways.

The Awards aim to recognise and celebrate small businesses that offer exceptional service, and provide them with the necessary exposure to help them grow, and inspire other entrepreneurs to follow in their footsteps. The Awards are sponsored by Sage One– simple, secure and affordable online accounting and payroll for small, growing businesses.

Run by a husband and wife team, Research Unit designs and makes quality leather goods from its own studio in Cape Town. Since its humble beginnings in 2011, it has focused its energy on building a leather goods brand that is recognised as an example of quality, innovation, minimalism and elegance.

“This year’s entries are a clear reflection of the diversity and strength of the small business sector in Cape Town. With their willingness to go the extra mile, their obsession with quality, and their innovative use of materials and processes, Research Unit really stands out as a great small business,” says Ivan Epstein, co-founder of Softline and CEO of Sage AAMEA (Australia, Asia, Middle East and Africa). “Our winner and our two runner-ups illustrate just how much potential there is in South Africa for small businesses that dream big and execute well. Congratulations to them.”

“It’s exciting to be named as the winner of the Cape Talk Small Business Awards for 2014,” says Owners, Chad and Erin-Lee Petersen at Research Unit. “We pride ourselves on excellent customer service because we believe that the customer experience continues long after their purchases have been made. Winning this Award will inspire us to do even better in the future.”

Courtesy of Sage One, Research Unit wins a laptop with free access to Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll software, including one year’s worth of software support, and a training course or seminar of their choice, giving them the freedom they need to run their business anywhere, anytime.

The company also receives an airtime package to the value of R250 000 on Cape Talk and one month’s advertising exposure on the Google Display Network to the value of R25 000 will also be awarded to the winners to further promote their businesses.

Runner-up Sweet Temptations and Perfect Hideaways will each receive Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll software, including a year’s worth of software support. They will also receive a free training course or seminar of their choice as well as an airtime package to the value of R150 000 on Cape Talk.

 Visit www.sba.702.co.za or www.sba.capetalk.co.za to check out the finalists.

Seeking small business heroes

702, CapeTalk and Sage One are recognising and rewarding SA’s best small businesses. The 702/CapeTalk Small Business Awards with Sage One are underway, with more than R1 million in prizes up for grabs for the winners and runners-up in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The annual Awards seek out small businesses with big dreams and enormous potential, recognising their achievements and providing them with the support they need to grow.

702, CapeTalk and Sage One are recognising and rewarding SA’s best small businesses.

The 702/CapeTalk Small Business Awards with Sage One are underway, with more than R1 million in prizes up for grabs for the winners and runners-up in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

The annual Awards seek out small businesses with big dreams and enormous potential, recognising their achievements and providing them with the support they need to grow. The Awards invite 702 and CapeTalk listeners to nominate small businesses that have impressed them over the past 12 months.

The aim is to give recognition to great small businesses that offer exceptional service, and provide them with the necessary exposure to help them grow, and inspire other businesses to follow in their footsteps.

The Awards are sponsored by Sage One – simple, secure and affordable online accounting and payroll for small to medium businesses. “Whether it’s a start-up, or established business, the key to success is passion, persistence, hard work and determination. We want to know about small businesses that are striving for success in everything they do, including customer service,” says Ivan Epstein, CEO of Sage AAMEA (Africa, Australia, Middle East and Asia).

“Small businesses are the engines of employment and economic prosperity. We at Sage are passionate about helping them to succeed. We want to highlight the achievements of small businesses that are creating jobs, building the economy, and delivering goods and services that enhance the lives of their customers.

For 702 and CapeTalk, the campaign offers valuable exposure to small businesses. “Since we launched the Small Business Awards we have profiled 420 businesses on our platforms, giving them an opportunity to reach new markets. The feedback from the business owners has been that the interviews have had a direct and immediate impact – their phones start ringing as soon as they come off air,” said Colleen Louw, CapeTalk station manager.

“The Small Business Awards are part of our broader strategy to support small businesses as this sector is critical to the growth in our economy,” added 702 station manager, Pheladi Gwangwa. “As large enterprises downsize and restructure, small businesses have come to play an increasingly important role in creating employment and for that reason they need our support to give a multiplier effect to this role.”

The winning small businesses will be awarded the following:

  • The Winners: In each region, the two winners will receive an advertising package to the value of R250 000 on 702/CapeTalk.
  • The Runner-ups: In each region, the two runner-ups will each receive a R125 000 airtime package on 702/CapeTalk.

Sage will award the winners in both regions a laptop with free access to Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll software (including one year of software support) and a training course or seminar of their choice, giving them the freedom they need to run their business anywhere, any time.

Last year’s 702 Small Business Awards winner was Book Express, founded in 2005 as a micro enterprise that provides new and second hand books at an affordable price to the UNISA student market. Leather goods manufacturer Research Unitwon the CapeTalk Small Business Awards.

“We received more than 1 800 nominations last year, showing the diversity and strength of South Africa’s small business sector,” says Epstein. “This year, we hope to receive even more. We’re looking for small businesses with a passion for excellence and achievement.”

If you have received exceptional service from a small business, 702, CapeTalk and Sage One want to recognise it, so be sure to submit your nomination as soon as possible. Finalists will be announced from the week of 10 August. Visit www.sba.702.co.za or www.sba.capetalk.co.za for more information.

 

Press release from 27 July 2015.