20 September 2016
Businesses and organisations have been called on to start nominations for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards (BEA).
Hosts, the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) last week made the announcement for this year’s event, which has been confirmed to take place at the Coral Sea Resort & Casino on Saturday 5th November 2016.
All registered businesses and organisations are encouraged to apply.
This year’s theme “Public Private Partnership for Job Creation” is based on SICCI’s current vision to work in collaboration with the government to grow the economy through a private sector led growth, where businesses are able to provide employment opportunities for Solomon Islanders.
15 awards are up for grabs in 10 different categories plus the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Business of the Year.
Three awards ‘Excellence in Service Delivery of the Year’, ‘Business Contribution to the Community of the Year’ and ‘Green Business of the Year’ will be shared out in three separate categories; for Small Business Enterprises, Medium Business Enterprises and Large Business Enterprises.
The categories are differentiated by the number of employees a business or organisation may have.
The awards are:
· Business Woman of the Year
· Entrepreneur of the Year
· Excellence in Service Delivery of the Year (3 categories)
· Employer of Choice of the Year
· Excellence in Emerging Business of the Year
· Most Innovative Business of the Year
· Exporter of the Year
· Business Contribution to the Community of the Year (3 categories)
· Green Business of the Year (3 categories)
· Prime Minister’s Award for Business of the Year
“So far we have received positive response to our call for nominations, and yes we’re looking forward to another exciting and memorable event this year ,” said SICCI’s CEO, Mr Meone.
According to SICCI’s Chairman, Mr Jay Bartlett: “The BEA is more than just wining, it is about celebrating success and honouring businesses that have performed outstandingly in the different awards this year”.
Businesses or organisations big or small are urged to nominate their business or any successful business they know.
Nominations are free and are easy to do by simply completing out a Nomination Form your business can be in the running for an award.
Already many corporate houses have booked tables and the public are urged to be quick to book as the 2016 BEA will be a sellout event.
Tickets are selling at $700 per head or $7,000 per table and $500 per head or $5,000 per table for SICCI members. Corporate tables are available for $10,000.
The Business Excellence Awards are SICCI’s biggest annual event and by far the most prestigious awards ceremony for businesses in the Solomon Islands.
The awards are known for being high profile and recognise successful business accomplishments.
This year marks the fourth BEA since its inaugural in 2013.
15 September 2016
Since 2013 the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has been shining a light on outstanding businesses in the country, honoring and recognising: success; excellence in service; leadership and innovation; green initiatives; contribution to the community and celebrating an entrepreneurial spirit through an exclusive business award ceremony.
Back again for 2016 the Business Excellence Awards (BEA) will be held on Saturday 5th November in an entertaining ceremony set to take place at the Coral Sea Resort and Casino, from 6:00pm.
In 2015 the BEA engaged with over 40 businesses from a diverse range of industries including; real estate, beverage production, banking, hospitality, property, utilities, agricultural, entrepreneurial and more. This year SICCI is looking to increase entrant numbers and reach the wider business community including Small Medium Enterprises and rural based business.
SICCI is pleased to be once again partnering with the Solomon Islands Government to host this event. With this year’s theme being “Public and Private Partnership for job creation”SICCI aims to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors by providing cross collaboration opportunities and forging positive relations between the Solomon Islands Government and the business community.
This year sixteen organisations and/or individuals will be honoured at the award ceremony in the following categories: Business Woman of the Year; Entrepreneur of the Year; Excellence in Service Delivery; Employer of Choice; Excellence in Emerging Business; Most Innovative Business; Exporter of the Year; Business Contribution to the Community; Green business of the year; Business of the Year which will be the Prime Minister’s Award. A selected panel of independent experts will again judge the awards.
The Business Excellence Awards are about more than just winning. They are the perfect platform for business owners to take a fresh look at their operation and have it assessed by experts.
The BEA offers unparalleled networking opportunities and the chance to reinforce credibility, pursue new ventures and build profiles. Better still, they’re an occasion for celebrating success, sharing stories and inspiring others.
In addition to an engaging award ceremony, you can expect an entertaining evening with performances by Solomon Islands finest.
Nominations are now open, and SICCI is calling on all businesses, regardless of size to enter all categories and compete for up to two awards. The Business of the Year will be the only category your business cannot enter.
Applications can also be downloaded from our website www.solomonchamber.com.sb
Details of the 2016 Business Excellence Awards will be released shortly.
Today, Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling all entertainers to attend an audition to perform at this year’s Business Excellence Awards.
If you are a singer or dancer, or if you are soloist or in a group this is your chance to perform at the most prestigious awards event to take place in Honiara!
To register your interest call Qeto on 7619489 now!
Auditions will take place at the Coral Sea Resort and Casino from 10am to 12pm on Friday 16th September 2016.
Not everyone who auditions will be chosen.
If you are chosen to perform at the event, you will be paid for your services.
No food, drinks or payment will be provided for the audition.
13 September 2016
SISBEC builds marketing with Chamber of Commerce
Word travels fast.
Yes, very effective for a small Honiara city. For petty talks that is.
But according to Mr Ben Nginabule, manager of the Solomon Island Small Business Enterprise Centre (SISBEC), the old way of getting word around is so far their most effective marketing strategy.
Mr Nginabule who has been managing the business centre for the last five years, revealed that the organisation’s most successful marketing approach is by “word”.
The Manager revealed this in an interview with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) on the organisation’s marketing methods. SICCI has collaborated with SISBEC in the past and will continue to do so in facilitating targeted trainings for its members.
The manager said a recent study done on those that have undertaken training with the centre revealed that most of them got to know about SISBEC informally, or have heard it from friends.
This is probably hinged on SISBEC’s many years in operation and the wide network they have developed with many stakeholders including the business community, government and NGOs.
SISBEC has come a long way into establishing its own reputation.
Incorporated in 1998, to be exact.
From a donor-funded organisation to until just over two years ago, SISBEC has transformed itself into being a self-sustained profit-making organisation with a steady climb of intakes and staff.
Mr Nginabule agrees it could be time to step up their marketing methods.
SISBEC is still without a website and their Facebook is slowly but positively gaining progress.
The organisation’s only sales activity in the mainstream market is by a newspaper advertisement that comes out twice a week in Solomon Star. This is topped up by the frequent distribution of brochures – and of course spreading the word.
SICCI this week offered to assist SISBEC in its social media platforms by marketing the training courses that SISBEC offered in the SICCI website. “Social media is still something we are looking into,” Nginabule admits, but pleased with SICCI’s offer.
The partnership would build a link for SICCI’s members who may be interested in SISBEC’s training services.
It also provides a platform for the public to access online information regarding SISBEC’s training opportunities.
SISBEC services include trainings on SYOB (start your own business), marketing and customer service, business plan writing, book keeping, costing and pricing, internal control, financial management and prep & interpretation of financial reports.
SICCI’s CEO Mr Meone said he hopes the website initiative will assist SISBEC’s marketing strategy and help spread the word.
“One of SICCI’s main objectives is to promote small business enterprises (SMEs) either through facilitating trainings but also providing a platform where SMEs can promote their products and services.
“SMEs remain critical to the growth of our economy and it is vital that we provide them with opportunities to grow, but at the same time assist in any way to market their products such as through online marketing. Perhaps the fact that people can now easily access the internet makes it ideal for businesses to go online,” said Mr Meone.
SISBEC has a capacity to take in up to 25 students at a time with the engagement of seven qualified trainers.
Their office and training room is located at the Anthony Saru Building, Level 2, in Point Cruz, Honiara.