The 2015 Business Excellence Awards took place on Saturday 14th November at the Honiara Hotel in lavish black and gold themed ceremony and was a magnificent success.
This year saw the highest number of nominations yet for Awards, up almost 20% on last year.
The judging process was conducted independently of both Solomon Islands Government and SICCI. A panel of 6 judges made all decisions. The judging panel consisted of individuals from Transparency Solomon Islands, SI National Council of Women, Australian Government, as well as the three Solomon Islands Government ministries with the greatest contact with the private sector.
The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to congratulate all the winners and runners-ups at this year’s Business Excellence Awards.
Award for Business Women of the year; Winner: Julie Gegeu (Premier Group of Companies); Runner up: Mrs. Ana Tupou (Payless Co Ltd), Award for Entrepreneur of the year; Winner: Duddley Longamei (Varivao Holdings Ltd); Runner up: Justin Fuo’o (Tropic Glass & Aluminum – TGA), Award for Excellence in Service Delivery; Small Business Category Winner: Tower Insurance; Medium Business Category; Winner: Prestige Property Development Ltd; Runner up: Café El-Shaddai & SATSOL; Large Business Category; Winner: Heritage Park Hotel winner; Runner up: Tropic Glass & Aluminum Limited (TGA), Award for Employer of Choice; Winner: Solomon Breweries Company Limited (Solbrew); Runner up: Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (SIEA), Award for Excellence in Emerging Business; Winners: Pan Oceanic Bank & Bmobile-Vodafone, Award for most Innovative Business; Winner: Kokonut Pacific SI Ltd (KPSI); Runner ups: Varivao Holdings Ltd, Award for Exporter of the year; Winner: Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL); Runner up: Kokonut Pacific SI Ltd (KPSI), Award for Business Contribution to the Community; Small Business Category; Winner: QBE Insurance; Runner up: Solomon Rice Company (SolRice), Large Business Category; Winner: Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited (GPPOL); Runner up: Bank South Pacific (BSP), Civil Society Category (Local NGOs and CBOs); Winner: Solomon Islands Women in Business Association (SIWIBA); Runner up: Pinihimae & Associate Group (PAG), Award for Green Business of the year; Small Business Category; Winner: Kokonut Pacific SI Ltd (KPSI); Runner up: MK Farm Fresh, Large Business Category; Winner: Bank South Pacific (BSP), Civil Society Category (Local NGOs and CBOs); Winner: Pinihimae & Associate Group (PAG).
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare who attended the celebration re-confirmed his Governments promise to continue to support the Business Excellence Awards and to try and cement better relations between the Corporate Sector and the Solomon Islands Government.
Australian Indigenous leader and prominent businessman, Mr. Warren Mundine delivered a keynote speech outlining how, with the right determinations, nations can within a generation lift themselves out of poverty. He cited as examples many Indigenous communities in Australia, as well as the nation of South Korea.
Solomon Island Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Jeremy Bartlett delivered a powerful speech, the “Plight of 10,000”, which addressed the challenge posed for our nation by the entry of 10,000 new entrants into the workforce. He challenged the Private Sector and the Solomon Islands Government to work together to provide 10,000 jobs a year for these young people. Jeremy urged the community to create a new era of change.. “So that one day when the history of Solomon Islands is written, let them look back at this partnership proposal as the little line in the sand that changed the course of our beautiful Island nation. It’s not rocket science. We are here and we are ready. Lets do it!”.
The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce lived up to its promise to deliver a “Bigger and Better” Business Awards event and delivered an entertaining evening with performances from various local traditional dance groups including; NYS Dancers; Feresubua custom dancers; Avaiki Polynesian dancers; Jethro Puiah & Bruce Baiabe; Da Band featuring Brian Maesulia, up coming talent Jessica Stewart, 2015 Solo Icon Winner Amy Baura; Q Sound and a touching accapella version of the Solomon Islands National Anthem, which was belted out by De Hamonious featuring Melody Fefera.
SICCI would particularly like to record its gratitude to the Solomon Islands Government for its support, which made the event possible. Solomon Airlines provided major and generous sponsorship. SICCI is also grateful to Solbrew and Sullivans for their support.
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