2017 Business Excellence Awards return with new award categories

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IN its 4th consecutive year, the Business Excellence Awards returns on Saturday, November 5 at the Coral Sea Resort and Casino from 6pm.

Now a fixed event in the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) annual calendar, the Business Excellence Awards (BEA) continues to grow and in 2017 a record amount of nominations were received, with over 60 businesses from a diverse range of industries entering to win one of the 16 plaques awarded over the various categories.

The 2017 BEA will be an entertaining and exciting event aimed at celebrating, acknowledging and honouring the success and contribution of local business to the community and is a celebration of all that is best in Solomon Islands business and it defines the standard for good practice in business.

Looking to again increase entrant numbers and to reach the wider business community, in particular smaller businesses, SICCI has revamped the award categories and have added a number of new categories to the list in 2017.

This year 10 businesses and/or individuals will be honoured at the award ceremony in the following categories: Entrepreneur of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Medium Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Business Contribution to the Community Award, Innovation & Technology Award, Special Awards, Agribusiness of the Year, Tourism Business of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Business Excellence Award. A selected panel of independent experts will again judge the awards.

SICCI is pleased to be once again be partnering with the Solomon Islands Government to host this event with this year’s theme being “Unity in Leadership”.

Leadership remains critical in our journey and quest for growth and economic development and the recent signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the government and the private sector reaffirms the ongoing need for partnership, collaboration and unity in leadership between these two important sectors.

Equally important, the theme reflects the pressing need for us as a country to unite at all levels of society to work together towards our common goals involving our stakeholders in the process.

The highly esteemed Business Excellence Awards recognises and rewards the exceptional work and the results gained by the trail blazers in the Solomon Islands business domain, in the face of an ever-increasing competitive market.

Continuing the search, the 2017 Business Excellence Awards will seek out the leading lights of the business industry, looking for those whose creativity, commitment, experience and strong leadership has helped them achieve success in an increasingly challenging corporate climate.

In addition to an engaging award ceremony, you can once again expect an entertaining evening with performances by local entertainers.

Nominations are now open, and SICCI is calling on all businesses to enter all categories and compete for up to two awards.

The Prime Minister’s Business Excellence Award will be the only category your business cannot enter.

To nominate your business or another brilliant business you know of please contact the SICCI office on 39542 and speak with Ernest Ta’asi or email [email protected]

Nominations close Wednesday Friday, October 20, 2017.

Applications can also be downloaded from our website www.solomonchamber.com.sb

Tickets to the Business Excellence Awards are on sale now for $500 per person for SME Members, $600 per person for Members, $750 per person for Non Members and corporate tables are available for $13,000. All tickets can be purchased through the SICCI office by calling 39542.