The annual Business Growth Award organised by Business Botswana and Grant Thornton returns in November. The purpose of the awards, according to the organisers, is to honour and share the stories of businesses that have shown commitment to strategic and holistic growth, and that encompass a broad range of activities across the business. These include innovation, market development, strategic leadership, improvements in financial measures and promotion of culture and people. This year Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC) are part of the organisers. The awards are said to have been created to tell a success story. BITC Acting CEO, Meshack Tshekedi said the collaboration will recognise and honour local enterprises that promote the spirit of success. innovation, job creation, quality and good business ethics in Botswana’s business community He said their role will be to recognise BITC-assisted clients in areas of manufacturing and exporter of the year among others.
Director –Business Development Services at Business Botswana, Zoe Isaacs said as Business Botswana, one of the things through which they achieve their mandate is the recognition of innovation that comes up in market development. “All things considered, the main focus is businesses that create employment, businesses that contribute EDD and organisations that can substitute importation in Botswana,” she said. Vijay Kalyanarama, Partner at Grant Thornton, said the aim of the award is to seek out privately owned businesses that impact Botswana’s economy positively and demonstrate positive growth as both an organisation and towards the economy. “Grant Thornton’s main clientele is private businesses therefore we found it best fit to initiate PBGA as a (Corporate Social Responsibility) CSR initiative to motivate private organisations to perform to the best of their ability and contribute enormously to Botswana’s economy and create a corporate friendly environment,” he said.