SA Florist helps transform township businesses

Using marketplace technology, SA Florist has launched a programme to on-board township florists through an ecosystem that has been established to assist entrepreneurs to launch sustainable businesses. It plans to attract, upskill and support at least 30 entrepreneurs over the next three years.

A four-month pilot project was launched in Soweto to empower independent florists that are owned by black-women and service the township area. From 16 applications, five were selected to participate in the programme.

SA Florist managing director Matt Surkont says this pilot project was aimed at mining these gems. "After detailed analysis of the existing 300 florists on our platform, we found an unacceptably small percentage were black owned.”

The programme uses a two-pronged approach, combining training and peer-to-peer mentorship. The aim is simple, to play a pivotal role in using our technology to transform black townships into economic prosperity by creating market access.

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#SAFranchiseFriday featuring SkinPhD

As one of the leading pioneers in aesthetic beauty services and products, SkinPhD continuously invests in the research and development of raw materials recognised for their proven clinical efficacies. Combined with advancing innovations and technology in the field of medicine, SkinPhD’s research is swiftly tapering the gap between the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and medical industries; producing cosmeceutical products and innovative non-invasive surgical services. This essentially establishes SkinPhD as the beauty salon of the future. Joining the SkinPhD brand means moving into the fast lane in an industry poised for growth.

SkinPhD is dedicated to offering clients a world-class salon experience, with the latest in cosmeceutical products and aesthetic services of unmatched quality and value. Comprehensive, client-dedicated service is the focus of all SkinPhD Aesthetic Beauty and Hair Salon franchisees and employees. In fact, it is their hospitable dedication to maki…

The gender pay gap and poor retirement outcomes

As new regulations in the UK tackle the gender pay gap, Emma Heap, head of retail at 10X Investments, says enduring pay inequality between men and women is one of the reasons so many women in South Africa are not able to retire comfortably.

New regulations in the UK require that all companies with more than 250 employees report their gender pay gap to the Government Equalities Office by April this year. This shift towards greater transparency will likely put pressure on companies to pay their female and male staff more comparable wages.

The problem is far from unique to the UK, however, and South African women face similar, if not worse, struggles. The 2017 Pulse of the People report run by market research firm Ipsos found that, on average, women in South Africa earned 27% less than their male counterparts. The same report, which surveyed more than 3 500 employed South Africans across various occupations and regions, found that this gap becomes even wider when looking at top earners,…

Life-long learning key to entrepreneurial success

As a small business owner, it is vital to continually learn in order to ensure steady business growth. Cape Town based entrepreneur, Delia Cupido, owner of Chameleon Schools, is living proof of the power of life-long education in business.

According to the recently released Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report for 2017/2018, South Africa ranks 45 out of 54 countries in terms of perceived entrepreneurial capabilities. Gugu Mjadu, Executive General Manager: Marketing at Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS) says that it is therefore crucial for both aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs to tap into their entrepreneurial traits.

“Entrepreneurs should explore out-the-box ways to learn new skills and strengthen their capabilities in order to start and grow their businesses. This can be done by learning from part-time jobs, short courses, by networking or investing in a business mentor who is able to teach the skills that the entrepreneur is lacking.”

Cupido’s passion for continuous…

SA’s PREMIER entrepreneurial competition MARKS 30 YEARS OF CELEBRATING entrepreneurial excellence

Amid the current political optimism, entrepreneurs should be especially inspired by the continued commitment to SME support which emerged as a consistent theme in both the 2018 State of the Nation Address and the National Budget Speech. This is according to Christo Botes, spokesperson for the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, who believes that this continued focus evidences Government’s recognition of the vital role played by entrepreneurs in enabling economic growth.

Speaking in light of the launch of the 2018 competition, Botes says that this long-deserved recognition of the SME sector only further validates the competition’s unwavering commitment to celebrating excellence in entrepreneurship and fostering future economic growth.

“Now in our 30th year, this renowned competition continues to pay homage to the fearless South African entrepreneurs who dedicate themselves to their enterprises and businesses: driving growth, combatting…