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Incredible Business partners with NSBC to empower South African SMEs

Incredible Business is proud to announce a strategic partnership with the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC), a collaboration aimed at revolutionising the support available to small and medium-sized enterprises throughout South Africa.

This exciting partnership will grant businesses that register on the Incredible Business portal an NSBC platinum membership, valued at R3 950, completely free of charge.

Xero unveils breakthrough tech behind Just Ask Xero to improve accuracy of accounting tasks

GenAI-powered JAX beta coming soon will help small businesses complete accounting tasks wherever they are

Xero, the global small business platform, today unveiled at Xerocon London, groundbreaking technology underpinning its upcoming AI-powered smart business companion Just Ask Xero (JAX). The proprietary technology helps ensure greater accuracy while using AI in the accounting process.

Xero calls for greater support for small businesses, in spite of growth 

Two-thirds of South African small businesses report growth, with plans to invest in tech, skills and wellbeing. 

South African small businesses are feeling positive about the future, but need more support to tackle ongoing challenges, Xero’s 2024 State of Small Business Report reveals.  

The top barriers facing small businesses this year are political and economic instability (55%), persistent loadshedding (50%), lack of government support (49%), and access to funding (26%). However, 87% of small businesses are optimistic about their 2024 outlook - a 6% increase from last year - and nearly three-quarters (73%) have grown over the past 12 months.  

Would your courier cross rivers for you? DPD did just that.

SA’s most dedicated courier braves Mdumbi River to deliver parcel

South African small businesses need everyday champions. We have seen the impact they have on hope and positivity, on customer service and experience, demonstrating that the current doesn’t always move in one direction. 

In a tale of remarkable commitment, Sixolile Nqeketo, 29, a DPD courier driver, crossed the Mdumbi River by personally renting a kayak, arriving drenched and breathless, to ensure a timely delivery for a Takealot customer.

DPD and NSBC join hands to empower South Africa’s small businesses

In a bid to address the pressing challenges faced by small and medium-sized businesses in South Africa, DPD ZA, one of the country's leading couriers, has forged an exciting partnership with the National Small BusinessChamber (NSBC). The move aims to provide vital support to this crucial segment of the economy, which plays a significant role in fostering social stability and economic growth.

Understanding the struggles that entrepreneurs face, DPD ZA embarked on a mission to listen to its clients. The responses were clear – small businesses in South Africa grapple with load shedding and intermittent electricity supply, the high cost of adopting solar power and batteries, as well as challenges in managing their finances, and sales and marketing efforts effectively. Additionally, they sought ways to enhance day-to-day operations, ranging from training to streamlining packing and delivery processes.

Absa launches bespoke offering for youth and women-owned businesses

Amidst efforts to empower youth and women to start and grow their businesses and create jobs, Absa has just launched a unique banking solution, specifically designed with these business-owners in mind.

Respectively called Absa Emerging Entrepreneur and Absa Business She Thrives, the solution offers a monthly fee waiver for six months on a new Business Evolve account, free access to the integrated business management and accounting tool called Cashflow Manager and access to funding of up to R5 million on an unsecured basis, supported by Absa’s Enterprise Development and Alternate Lending Solutions. In addition, eligible businesses will be able to access their first credit facility without paying any initiation fee and qualify for up to 50% off their bond registration costs.

Apply Now: WIPO Global Awards 2024 seeks small businesses and startups successfully using IP

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today opened its 2024 Global Awards competition, inviting applications from small businesses and startups that use intellectual property (IP) to drive enterprise growth as well as positive societal impact.

Enterprises from all business sectors, based anywhere in the world, that meet application criteria may submit an application between January 15 and March 31, 2024. Winners will be announced in July 2024.

The Champions of the 2023 South African Small Business Awards announced

Ending off its 15th successive year, the NSBC and World Famous Events announced South Africa’s Top 5 Startup Winners, Top 10 Winners, Special Award Winners and the Main Category Award Winners at the 2023 South African Small Business Awards gala breakfast on 16th November, a glittering affair attended by the business elite. These prestigious awards have gathered a diverse range of entries all with one thing in common - a driving entrepreneurial force.
 
“We are astounded at the diversity of entrants again this year, but equally encouraged as it shows the depth and breadth of South Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit. Growing small and medium businesses is vital to the local economy and its ever-growing rate of unemployment. This type of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit will undoubtedly cultivate a much healthier business landscape for all involved,” says Mike Anderson, Founder and CEO of the NSBC.

More awards for HOT 102.7 FM in month to remember

The celebrating continues at HOT 102.7FM, as the Johannesburg-based commercial radio station has capped a memorable few weeks – both on and off air – with more awards and honours.

For starters, HOT 102.7FM has been shortlisted and ranked in the top 10 of three categories at the National Small Business Chamber Awards, which will take place in Johannesburg on the 16th of November.

The 2023 top small businesses announced

This has been a year of rebuilding and resilience, and this is reflected in the winners of the South African Small Business Awards. These awards acknowledge the tireless journey, hard work, outstanding achievements and vision of a small business to become an entrepreneurial success. It is a celebration of the most outstanding businesses and the exceptional businesspeople behind these successful and growing businesses.

These prestigious awards have gathered a diverse range of entries all with one thing in common – a driving entrepreneurial force. By being recognized as a South African Small Business Awards winner, they are encouraged to continue their SME journey and inspire those up-and-coming entrepreneurs to show up and start the idea which has been brewing in their mind.

This year the winners have been divided in to the 'Top 10 Small Businesses' and the 'Top 5 Startups'.

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