Wednesday 19 October 2016
Tickets for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards have been sold out.
The Coral Sea Casino & Resort will accommodate 400 people who have secured tickets for the awards night on Saturday 5th November.
Guaranteed to be an exciting night out, ticket buyers will take part in the celebration of successful businesses who will be awarded in 16 categories including the top Prime Minister’s Award also known as the Business of the Year Award.
The ceremony is about celebrating success, sharing stories and honouring businesses that have done exceptionally well in advancing their business frontiers in the different awards that are up for grab.
In addition to an engaging award ceremony, it will be an entertaining evening with performances by Solomon Islands’ finest.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has also confirmed his attendance along with keynote speaker for the event Indigenous Australian artist, businessman and government advisor John Moriarty AM. The theme for the event is “Public Private Partnership Job Creation”.
Organisers Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) thanked businesses and individuals who bought tickets for the occasion.
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Two-time ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ Julie Gegeu Haro shares her success
Respect, humble and gratitude.
When a two-time award winning businesswoman known for building five subsidiaries in just over half a decade gives you this impression, it’s hard not to admire.
She’s one of those people you’d have in mind when you think of the Business Excellence Awards.
Julie Gegeu Haro, owner of the Premiere Group of Companies Limited (PGCL) this week shares with us some of her future plans and the aftermath impacts of winning the 2014 and 2015 awards for Businesswoman of the Year.
She has decided not to compete this year.
Julie makes it clear her intentions not to accept any nominations for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards to put more focus on her growing business and give the opportunity for other successful women, men and organisations.
“I am humbled to be recognised by the Business Excellence Awards over the past two years, but I feel that there are others out there who deserve this recognition as well,” Julie says.
“This is one of the reasons I will not be accepting nominations of any of my subsidiaries or myself for this year [BEAs].”
Putting God and her family first in every acknowledgement of her success, Julie comes out with her desire to see other successful women and men to be given the recognition that has had a positive impact for herself.
“Yes the Awards have made a positive impact to my businesses, especially in terms local and international recognition.
“Being a recipient of the Businesswoman of the Year has attracted clients both locally and internationally. It has also helped my businesses in networking, one of the powerful tools in business so yes, the awards have been making positive impacts.
“Not only that, but the BEA helps you personally. It helps you grow within yourself, but also, the passion to help others grow especially in the economic empowerment, so that they too can afford a better education for their children, proper health facility for their family, and a better lifestyle that they can afford.
“This is more satisfying to me, than growing Premiere Group.
“I would like to see other women in business to benefit from this as well, and I am encouraging our SIWIBA members and others to be nominated for this awards. It’s a prestigious award.”
She understands that many women would feel reluctant or not confident to apply or nominate for the awards.
She said she did too.
But there was no harm in applying, and when she did in 2014 and then in 2015, it proved successful and opened up more opportunities to her fast growing group of companies.
Julie however has some advice for upcoming winners for this year.
“Be humble, and respect others.
“Whether someone is in the informal sector or formal sector, or does not have a high education level, they are still contributors to economy. We must respect that.”
Julie is now putting all focus to expand her subsidiary wings with rebranding and launching their website, which is already operational.
Amidst this she plans to provide as much employment as she can offer.
She says one of Premiere’s main focus is to provide job creation to help address the high unemployment issue in the country, empower younger generation to be focusing on becoming employers, other than, employees only, and to develop her staff to become potential shareholders in her businesses subsidiaries.
Julie’s vision aims to improve the standard of living of the general populace and give back high returns to stakeholders while contributing to the communities.
“If I have time in the future, I am passionate to mentor some young people, for them to be economically empowered, so the transition of building a sustainable economy is a reality,” she says.
“We live and work – we touch the lives of people by providing their basic needs and services,” the Premiere mission statement says.
Currently Premiere Group of Companies Limited (PGCL) has five subsidiaries, within the Real Estate Industry, Communication Industry, Catering Industry, Mobile Money & Digital Financial Services, Construction & Civil Earthworks and Events, Procurement and logistics.
The first Premiere Group Company, Premiere Real Estate, Property Managers and Developers was registered in 2008, however being operational and launched in 2009.
Crystal’s Café, currently at Honiara Domestic Airport, was opened in 2010 followed by Premiere Top Up in 2011.
The Premiere Group of Companies was registered as a Limited Liability Company in 2012 and at this stage 10 people were employed.
To date Julie employs some 60 plus workers, throughout the country.
Three offices in Honiara, including the new one and two Provincial Office in Auki, Malaita and Gizo in Western Province.
Julie recently moved into a new office at Point Cruz, Anthony Saru Building ground floor that will serve as the PGCL Head Office. Also this is the hub for new business subsidiaries, now where Premiere Construction, Civil & Earthworks, Premiere Events, Procurement, & Logistics is based.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank God, my late parents especially my mother who has been an inspiration to me, my family and my husband and children for putting up to the sacrifices we’ve made to get to where we are,” Julie acknowledges.
She also acknowledges her staff, clients from her subsidiaries and business networks both locally and internationally, especially her big partners Solomon Telekom, ANZ Bank, SIWIBA, and SICCI.
Friday 14 October 2016
Key guests for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards the Prime Minister, Honourable Manasseh Sogavare and Australian Indigenous artist and businessman John Kundereri Moriarty AM, have confirmed their participation for the awards night that is set to take place on Saturday 5th November.
The Honourable Prime Minister will present the top award, the Business of the Year Award which is also the Prime Minister’s Award, while Mr Moriarty AM has been given the honour of being the keynote speaker for the occasion.
Both have confirmed their attendance at this year’s awards which will be held at the Coral Sea Casino & Resort.
Prime Minister Sogavare returned to the country last week following his travel to Vanuatu. Upon his return the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Sogavare’s attendance at this year’s BEA.
The Prime Minister will be presenting the Business of the Year Award which is awarded to the best selected of the 15 award winners.
Last year the Business of the Year award was presented to Dudley Longamei who also won the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award with his successful exporting company Varivao Holdings Limited.
Keynote speaker Mr Moriarty AM is expected to deliver an address on the 2016 BEA theme: Public Private Partnership for Job Creation.
Moriarty is an Indigenous Australian artist, successful businessman, government advisor and a former footballer.
He is also Chairman and Co-founder of Balarinji, a leading Australian Indigenous design and strategy consultancy which was established in 1983.
He also co-founded, and co-chairs The Nangala Project, a not-for-profit initiative creating an environment for change to benefit children and youth in remote Indigenous communities.
Moriarty was named South Australian Aboriginal Businessman of the Year in 1992.
In 2014 Moriarty was inducted into the Australian Design Hall of Fame, and in 2015 was inducted into the Football Federation of Australia Hall of Fame.
He is the recipient of the Order of Australia (AM), the St Peters Citizenship Award, and the Advance Australia Award for Service to Industry and Commerce.
Nominations for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards will be closing on Wednesday 19th October. To nominate your business or to purchase tickets call the SICCI office on 39542 or head to www.solomonchamber.com.sb.
Friday 14 October 2016
The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) today announces the hosts for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards (BEAs).
Two-time host Millicent Barty and SICCI’s newest face Neil Nuia will be master of ceremonies for the renowned event that is set to take place at the Coral Sea Casino & Resort on Saturday 5th November.
Considered one of the most decorated corporate awards night with the regular attendance of the Prime Minister and the business community in the country, the BEAs bring the biggest challenges, even for an experienced host.
Neil, who joined SICCI earlier this month as the new Membership & Services Officer, was selected to take on the task from his impressive presentation skills and theatre background.
It is the first time for a SICCI staff member to be given the responsibility.
Before Neil joined SICCI, he worked as the Networking Officer for the Development Services Exchange.
Outside of his work Neil is a passionate theatre maker who voluntarily gives up his time to assist the Dreamcast Theatre, a 12-year-old community-based NGO group that employs young people that use the theatre programme to advocate against social issues affecting the country.
“In theatre, a script is the key to a successful performance and successful performance will be measure by confidence and staging,” Neil explains.
“Every time I step onto the stage I bring my game face and most of the time my game is my audience.”
Neil made his first hosting assignment with SICCI last Friday during the BA5 (Business After 5) event hosted with Our Telekom at the Heritage Park Hotel.
He did an exceptional job.
“The BEA is going to be a huge experience, which I would like to have a go at to bring something fresh for the audience. No doubt it is going to be nerve racking, but that is something that I am planning to get rid of before I step up that stage.
“The tricky bit is that I know little about the Business Excellence Awards and the kind of expectations expected of me, but one thing I know for sure is I’m hosting alongside one of the BEAs’ greatest MCs – Millie!”
Millicent, who has become the stage face of the BEAs, will make her third appearance to host the awards.
“For myself, I feel very honoured to be selected every year to host the Awards,” she said.
Millicent is well known for gracing the spotlight.
She is much better accredited as the Queen Pageant winner of the 2009 Miss Solomon Islands. Millicent however has made her traits known as a communications designer, fashion designer and an entertainment promoter.
“The BEAs is one of the most exciting annual event in the Solomon Islands, and I feel privileged to be a part of it,” she says.
“Every year the [BEA] show gets better and better.”
She says her continued engagement to host the BEAs has also helped herself in many ways.
“The BEAs we know is very formal, but it’s really good to network and build relationships with my audience”.
She says hosting the awards, although fun, is a very challenging job.
“You get nerves when hosting such an event. Especially with the very formal sort of serious crowd and you’d try to improvise and fit in with the formality.”
Millicent now runs her own business of creating designs and artwork called Millicent Designs, but still attends to her emceeing skills when called on.
She is just as excited to be working alongside a new co-host.
She says she looks forward to host with Neil. This is the first time for the pair to be able to work together.
Sixteen awards are up for grabs in the 2016 Business Excellence Awards including the Prime Minister’s Award.
SICCI encourages businesses and organisations to nominate their business before the nomination deadline on Wednesday 19th October 2016.
Nominations are open for all registered businesses. Call 39542 or head to www.solomonchamber.com.sb