KLCBT Finalists 2017

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The KLCBT Annual Awards is a showcase of Excellence, rewarding outstanding business achievements, sound business practices, and recognising businesses and individuals who truly make a difference within the Kruger Lowveld Community. 

This 17th instalment of this coveted event will take place on Friday the 13th October 2017 and will only spell good luck as everybody who are finalists in this competition are certainly winners.

“The competition is extremely tough and every business announced as a finalist can certainly be proud of their business achievement.  For this reason we show a 30 second promotional video of each and every finalist at the evening of the awards, giving these businesses the best exposure they could wish for, with 450 of the who’s who’s of the Kruger Lowveld Business- and Public Sector in the audience” says KLCBT COO, Linda Grimbeek.

With only 15 awards given every year, the event is highly prestigious and the only one of its kind in the region.  Only 10 of the awards are contested ,which businesses can enter for, and after an extensive adjudication process, the finalists and winners are selected.  This however does not include an interview with the candidate.  Zelda Koegelenberg, Chamber PRO and events manager explains:  “We do a telephonic questionnaire with clients and suppliers of the business, followed by an evaluation of their financial growth and their corporate community investment.  Surprisingly the entry form is less than two pages long, and all the hard work is done by us, not the contestant.” 

The remaining awards that will be given are the five special awards.  There are no finalists for these and the recipients do not know that they will receive an award.  This year, awards will be given for Business Personality, Tourism Personality, Philanthropy Award, Leadership Award and finally the President’s Award.

The President’s Award was introduced only 3 years ago and goes to a recipient that has made an unrivalled contribution to the Kruger Lowveld economy over several generations.  Previous recipients, were the Halls Family in 2015 and The Lowvelder in 2016.  Another two awards will be presented for the first time in 2017, the Innovation in Tourism Award and the “Webbie” Award. 

Innovation in Tourism is desperately needed in our area to stimulate tourism.  Modern tourists want experiences and not just a soft bed and a hot meal.  Our three finalists are very good examples of how our tourism industry is awakening to meet this demand.

Keeping up with modern times in the business world, the “Webbie” award will go to a company which is extremely successful and mindful of social media.  They will boast a great, informative website or more than one website, they will be highly visible on Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media.  They will be an example for other businesses to follow on how to make the most of social media in marketing and sales campaigns.

KLCBT and Lowvelder wishes all the Award finalists the very best of luck.

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