Friday 14 October 2016
Key guests for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards the Prime Minister, Honourable Manasseh Sogavare and Australian Indigenous artist and businessman John Kundereri Moriarty AM, have confirmed their participation for the awards night that is set to take place on Saturday 5th November.
The Honourable Prime Minister will present the top award, the Business of the Year Award which is also the Prime Minister’s Award, while Mr Moriarty AM has been given the honour of being the keynote speaker for the occasion.
Both have confirmed their attendance at this year’s awards which will be held at the Coral Sea Casino & Resort.
Prime Minister Sogavare returned to the country last week following his travel to Vanuatu. Upon his return the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Sogavare’s attendance at this year’s BEA.
The Prime Minister will be presenting the Business of the Year Award which is awarded to the best selected of the 15 award winners.
Last year the Business of the Year award was presented to Dudley Longamei who also won the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award with his successful exporting company Varivao Holdings Limited.
Keynote speaker Mr Moriarty AM is expected to deliver an address on the 2016 BEA theme: Public Private Partnership for Job Creation.
Moriarty is an Indigenous Australian artist, successful businessman, government advisor and a former footballer.
He is also Chairman and Co-founder of Balarinji, a leading Australian Indigenous design and strategy consultancy which was established in 1983.
He also co-founded, and co-chairs The Nangala Project, a not-for-profit initiative creating an environment for change to benefit children and youth in remote Indigenous communities.
Moriarty was named South Australian Aboriginal Businessman of the Year in 1992.
In 2014 Moriarty was inducted into the Australian Design Hall of Fame, and in 2015 was inducted into the Football Federation of Australia Hall of Fame.
He is the recipient of the Order of Australia (AM), the St Peters Citizenship Award, and the Advance Australia Award for Service to Industry and Commerce.
Nominations for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards will be closing on Wednesday 19th October. To nominate your business or to purchase tickets call the SICCI office on 39542 or head to www.solomonchamber.com.sb.
Friday 14 October 2016
The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) today announces the hosts for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards (BEAs).
Two-time host Millicent Barty and SICCI’s newest face Neil Nuia will be master of ceremonies for the renowned event that is set to take place at the Coral Sea Casino & Resort on Saturday 5th November.
Considered one of the most decorated corporate awards night with the regular attendance of the Prime Minister and the business community in the country, the BEAs bring the biggest challenges, even for an experienced host.
Neil, who joined SICCI earlier this month as the new Membership & Services Officer, was selected to take on the task from his impressive presentation skills and theatre background.
It is the first time for a SICCI staff member to be given the responsibility.
Before Neil joined SICCI, he worked as the Networking Officer for the Development Services Exchange.
Outside of his work Neil is a passionate theatre maker who voluntarily gives up his time to assist the Dreamcast Theatre, a 12-year-old community-based NGO group that employs young people that use the theatre programme to advocate against social issues affecting the country.
“In theatre, a script is the key to a successful performance and successful performance will be measure by confidence and staging,” Neil explains.
“Every time I step onto the stage I bring my game face and most of the time my game is my audience.”
Neil made his first hosting assignment with SICCI last Friday during the BA5 (Business After 5) event hosted with Our Telekom at the Heritage Park Hotel.
He did an exceptional job.
“The BEA is going to be a huge experience, which I would like to have a go at to bring something fresh for the audience. No doubt it is going to be nerve racking, but that is something that I am planning to get rid of before I step up that stage.
“The tricky bit is that I know little about the Business Excellence Awards and the kind of expectations expected of me, but one thing I know for sure is I’m hosting alongside one of the BEAs’ greatest MCs – Millie!”
Millicent, who has become the stage face of the BEAs, will make her third appearance to host the awards.
“For myself, I feel very honoured to be selected every year to host the Awards,” she said.
Millicent is well known for gracing the spotlight.
She is much better accredited as the Queen Pageant winner of the 2009 Miss Solomon Islands. Millicent however has made her traits known as a communications designer, fashion designer and an entertainment promoter.
“The BEAs is one of the most exciting annual event in the Solomon Islands, and I feel privileged to be a part of it,” she says.
“Every year the [BEA] show gets better and better.”
She says her continued engagement to host the BEAs has also helped herself in many ways.
“The BEAs we know is very formal, but it’s really good to network and build relationships with my audience”.
She says hosting the awards, although fun, is a very challenging job.
“You get nerves when hosting such an event. Especially with the very formal sort of serious crowd and you’d try to improvise and fit in with the formality.”
Millicent now runs her own business of creating designs and artwork called Millicent Designs, but still attends to her emceeing skills when called on.
She is just as excited to be working alongside a new co-host.
She says she looks forward to host with Neil. This is the first time for the pair to be able to work together.
Sixteen awards are up for grabs in the 2016 Business Excellence Awards including the Prime Minister’s Award.
SICCI encourages businesses and organisations to nominate their business before the nomination deadline on Wednesday 19th October 2016.
Nominations are open for all registered businesses. Call 39542 or head to www.solomonchamber.com.sb
20 September 2016
Businesses and organisations have been called on to start nominations for the 2016 Business Excellence Awards (BEA).
Hosts, the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) last week made the announcement for this year’s event, which has been confirmed to take place at the Coral Sea Resort & Casino on Saturday 5th November 2016.
All registered businesses and organisations are encouraged to apply.
This year’s theme “Public Private Partnership for Job Creation” is based on SICCI’s current vision to work in collaboration with the government to grow the economy through a private sector led growth, where businesses are able to provide employment opportunities for Solomon Islanders.
15 awards are up for grabs in 10 different categories plus the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Business of the Year.
Three awards ‘Excellence in Service Delivery of the Year’, ‘Business Contribution to the Community of the Year’ and ‘Green Business of the Year’ will be shared out in three separate categories; for Small Business Enterprises, Medium Business Enterprises and Large Business Enterprises.
The categories are differentiated by the number of employees a business or organisation may have.
The awards are:
· Business Woman of the Year
· Entrepreneur of the Year
· Excellence in Service Delivery of the Year (3 categories)
· Employer of Choice of the Year
· Excellence in Emerging Business of the Year
· Most Innovative Business of the Year
· Exporter of the Year
· Business Contribution to the Community of the Year (3 categories)
· Green Business of the Year (3 categories)
· Prime Minister’s Award for Business of the Year
“So far we have received positive response to our call for nominations, and yes we’re looking forward to another exciting and memorable event this year ,” said SICCI’s CEO, Mr Meone.
According to SICCI’s Chairman, Mr Jay Bartlett: “The BEA is more than just wining, it is about celebrating success and honouring businesses that have performed outstandingly in the different awards this year”.
Businesses or organisations big or small are urged to nominate their business or any successful business they know.
Nominations are free and are easy to do by simply completing out a Nomination Form your business can be in the running for an award.
Already many corporate houses have booked tables and the public are urged to be quick to book as the 2016 BEA will be a sellout event.
Tickets are selling at $700 per head or $7,000 per table and $500 per head or $5,000 per table for SICCI members. Corporate tables are available for $10,000.
The Business Excellence Awards are SICCI’s biggest annual event and by far the most prestigious awards ceremony for businesses in the Solomon Islands.
The awards are known for being high profile and recognise successful business accomplishments.
This year marks the fourth BEA since its inaugural in 2013.
15 September 2016
Since 2013 the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has been shining a light on outstanding businesses in the country, honoring and recognising: success; excellence in service; leadership and innovation; green initiatives; contribution to the community and celebrating an entrepreneurial spirit through an exclusive business award ceremony.
Back again for 2016 the Business Excellence Awards (BEA) will be held on Saturday 5th November in an entertaining ceremony set to take place at the Coral Sea Resort and Casino, from 6:00pm.
In 2015 the BEA engaged with over 40 businesses from a diverse range of industries including; real estate, beverage production, banking, hospitality, property, utilities, agricultural, entrepreneurial and more. This year SICCI is looking to increase entrant numbers and reach the wider business community including Small Medium Enterprises and rural based business.
SICCI is pleased to be once again partnering with the Solomon Islands Government to host this event. With this year’s theme being “Public and Private Partnership for job creation”SICCI aims to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors by providing cross collaboration opportunities and forging positive relations between the Solomon Islands Government and the business community.
This year sixteen organisations and/or individuals will be honoured at the award ceremony in the following categories: Business Woman of the Year; Entrepreneur of the Year; Excellence in Service Delivery; Employer of Choice; Excellence in Emerging Business; Most Innovative Business; Exporter of the Year; Business Contribution to the Community; Green business of the year; Business of the Year which will be the Prime Minister’s Award. A selected panel of independent experts will again judge the awards.
The Business Excellence Awards are about more than just winning. They are the perfect platform for business owners to take a fresh look at their operation and have it assessed by experts.
The BEA offers unparalleled networking opportunities and the chance to reinforce credibility, pursue new ventures and build profiles. Better still, they’re an occasion for celebrating success, sharing stories and inspiring others.
In addition to an engaging award ceremony, you can expect an entertaining evening with performances by Solomon Islands finest.
Nominations are now open, and SICCI is calling on all businesses, regardless of size to enter all categories and compete for up to two awards. The Business of the Year will be the only category your business cannot enter.
Applications can also be downloaded from our website www.solomonchamber.com.sb