2014 Sanlam Knysna Awards launched

The second annual Sanlam Knysna Awards kicked off last week with the announcement by organisers that the nomination stage is open.

The awards honour exceptional local companies and businesses, community leaders, brands and industry leaders “who make us proud to be a local,” says organiser and founder of the awards, Pieter Cloete.

“We are looking to acknowledge, reward and encourage Knysna enterprises that produce quality products which make Knysna competitive in the fields of technology, trade and investment,” said Cloete.

The awards also recognise community leaders and people determined to spur change in their communities and develop a culture of giving.

“We want to honour truly Knysna brands across the various sectors which benefit the local economy through the creation of jobs and advance our town’s quest for innovation, quality and productivity. In this way we believe we can create a platform for enterprises of all sizes and from all industries to learn best practices from each other and promote and encourage entrepreneurship and social change.”

The Sanlam Knysna Awards have partnered with Sanlam, a brand with a rich history in South Africa’s business and economic development. Other partners include the Garden Route Business Circle, Knysna Tourism, Barnies Trading, SEDA, Simola and the Economic Development Department of the Knysna Municipality. Media partners are Look4itKnysna (runner up – Best Business Blog in the SA Blog Awards 2012) and Knysna FM.

Nominations must be submitted online at www.knysnaawards.co.za by Monday, 1 September at 17h00. The public voting phase will be announced and the voting process will run for six weeks, from 3 September to 17 October 2014.

The gala awards evening will be hosted by the prestigious Simola Hotel on 6 November.

Award winners will receive extensive media coverage as well as a unique Sanlam Knysna Awards floating trophy and certificate.

Entrants must be located in and operate from the greater Knysna area which includes Sedgefield, Rheenendal, Harkerville and surrounds, be registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), be in possession of a valid Tax Clearance Certificate, and comply with all relevant laws and regulations of Government and/or industry associations.

Entrants can be nominated in up to three of the following categories:

  • Small Business Awards (sponsored by Sanlam)
  • Business Women of the Year Award (sponsored by Sanlam)
  • Business Man of the Year Award (sponsored by Sanlam)
  • Best Eatery Award (sponsored by Barnies Trading Knysna)
  • Best Tourism Establishment Award (sponsored by Knysna Tourism)
  • Best Community Leader Award (Sponsored by SEDA)
  • Charity Award
  • Best Tourism Activity, Festival and Local Market Award (sponsored by Knysna
  • Tourism)
  • Proudly Knysna Award (Sponsored by SEDA)
  • Young Entrepreneur Award (sponsored by Sanlam)
  • Service Excellence Award (sponsored by Garden Route Business Circle)
  • Social Media and Online Marketing Award (sponsored by Sozo Digital
  • Agency).

A Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a local resident who has made a significant contribution toKnysna as a whole, at the discretion of the judges.

For more information contact Pieter Cloete on (044) 382 7053 or visit the website www.knysnaawards.co.za.

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