BY PHILIP ANTOH | firstname.lastname@example.org
VODAFONE GHANA and the Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Ghana Awards (SMEGA) 2018 have rewarded local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and certain individuals who have been working tirelessly to ensure the sustainability of the country.
The event to award the SMEs and the individuals took place at the Accra International Conference Centre recently.
The awards scheme, which is in its 5th year, considered the service, trade, industrial and agribusiness sectors for the awards.
In the Agribusiness sector, the Agro Commodity Trade Recognition Award (SME Community Impact Award) went to Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying Limited; Agro Processing was won by Dream Consult and Supplies; and the Recognition Award (Long Service Award) was given to Mumuadu Rural Bank Limited. The Micro Agribusiness award was given to Greencesta Ventures.
In the Trade sector (Food & Water Products) the SME Technology Adoption award was won by Samba Foods with the Micro Light Industry Manufacturing (Beverage Products) going to Yesli Ice.
Other awardees in the Trade sector at the night included Jenesus Clothing, for Textiles, Apparel and Fashion Accessories; and Aide Chemists Limited for the Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics awards.
In the Industrial sector – the Food Processing award was received by Top Creative Industries Limited, SME Researchers Award earned by Prof. Ibok Oduro, KNUST; and Media Reportage taken by Business123, with Micro Industry Manufacturing (Leather Works) going to Barimah Shoe Industry Limited
The other awardees in the sector were Western Global Technology Limited for Manufacturing Water/Beverage; and Terling International Limited, Manufacturing of Chemical.
In the Service sector, Ad-Media & Print earned media recognitions while SME Achievers Award went to Digicut Production and Advertising Limited.
The rest were Transport & Logistics won by Modern World Logistics Ltd; Industry Manufacturing (Cosmetic Product) Yumzaa Anest Enterprise Micro; Product Innovation, Zeno Yoghurt; Electronics & Electrical, Peg Ghana Solar Limited; SME Export Excellence Award, Rancis Aluminium Company Limited; SME Rising Star, Gyenatua Later Micro-Credit; and SME Woman Entrepreneur, Dr Mrs Naa Asheley Dordor of the Nova Wellness Centre.
Others awards were SME Agency Award to Rural Enterprises Programme; SMEGA High Impact Award, Kwasi Attah-Antwi; SMEGA Business Personality Award, Mrs Grace Amey-Obeng.
SMEGA is a national award scheme instituted to recognise the countless achievements of Ghanaian SMEs and individuals for entrepreneurial excellence in various categories.
The award focuses on innovation, creativity, productivity, technology application, good management practices, corporate governance and business growth and profitability. It also considers product quality, market competitiveness among businesses that ultimately promote “Made-in-Ghana” products on local and global markets.
It has provided business opportunities for companies and individuals who have won awards and also also-ran participants.
The award has been expanded to cover and award the countless achievements of micro-businesses and individuals in the micro-sector who have performed excellently to support the growth of Ghana’s economy.
Vodafone, which is the head sponsor of the awards, said it continued to deliver great dividend for both parties beyond the glitz, glamour and the strutting of stuff on display. The real focus should be how the future is shaping out to be and how “we can be ready to confront it as businesses.”
Speaking at the awards night, Director of Vodafone Business Solutions, Ms Angela Mensah-Poku, said it was easier the role companies like Vodafone play in empowering SMEs to grow and transform.
Ms Mensah-Poku said “we have become the nerve-centre in this journey of equipping them with technological solutions whilst endowing them with skills and knowledge to become future multinationals and local corporate.”
“It will soon no longer be enough to be called an SME – the real measure will be how impactful and scalable a company has become. I know some of our businesses are going through some difficulties as we speak, especially due to tighter regulations in accessing finance and other services,” she stated.
The good news is that the government has declared its commitment to increasing support in maintaining stability and consistency in the SME space and Vodafone is confident in every sense that access to finance in a more simplistic way will soon become ubiquitous and easy.
“Currently, our commitments to developing SMEs in the country by offering them innovative solutions remain unchanged. Currently SME’s make up 25% of our Enterprise revenue portfolio whilst commanding about 60% in terms of volumes.
Ms Mensah-Poku called on the multinational companies to partner or team up with SMEs to create bigger businesses and enhance economies of scale.
“Finally, I want to congratulate all the businesses gathered here today. I have no favourite award winners tonight because we are all winners,” she said.