The 5th Edition of the Mombasa Business Awards and Gala Dinner was held on 15th December 2017 at Wild Waters Mombasa.
The awards main aim is to demontrate KNCCI’s commitment in setting standards of business excellence within Mombasa County. This event was graced by over 700 business men from different organisation.
The Awards winners in the 22 categories were:
Award for Best Small Business
Dreamz World Group
After a lot of soul searching and research dreamz world group realized that there was a gap in the Travel industry in Mombasa as pertains Reliability, Flexibility, Dependability, Cost effectiveness, speed and value, that is why they decided to get into the market and create a niche. Air travel and Leisure is their core business. They handle Air Ticket booking services, Airport Transfers, institutions travel solutions, accommodation arrangements, excursions safaris, holiday arrangements for individuals and groups. They also handle corporate team building and peak performance training that is anchored upon every organization’s core values and packaged in activities that directly seek to address every silo and challenges that organizations face.
They desire is to providing a one stop shop for travel services with linkages across the region, Africa and the world at large.
Award for the Best Medium Business
Rangi Africa Limited
Rangi Africa Limited is a medium sized paint manufacturing company based in Mombasa. They strive to ensure that their customers are satisfied with their products and this has allowed them to receive a very good customer referral base and break into some new markets by referral. They have also maintained very good relationships with their suppliers and contractors because they do not compromise their standards and work ethics.
Rangi Africa pays meticulous attention to detail because of its holistic and customer-centered approach. They provide friendly, expert paint consultation and guaranteed customer satisfaction.
Award for the Best Use of Technology
National Transport & Safety Authority
The National Transport and safety Authority was established through an Act of Parliament; Act Number 33 on 26th October 2012. The objective of forming the Authority was to harmonize the operations of the key road transport departments and help in effectively managing the road transport sub-sector and minimizing loss of lives through road crashes.
The NTSA Transport Integrated management system (TIMS) is a free, seamless and convenient portal for members of the public to access NTSA services. This has introduced convince and efficiency oin the Registering and licensing of motor vehicles, Motor vehicle transfers, driving license renewals and many other services that are offered to the public through the TIMS portal. NTSA has brought services closer to the people through the use of technology.
Award for the Best Business Leader
Mr. B.T Shah (Mombasa Cement)
B.T. Shah is a Director at Mombasa Cement. Mombasa Cement Limited (MCL) was founded in 2007 to cater for the building construction segment as one of the top-quality cement manufacturers in the East African community and beyond. The firm installed the mother plant at Vipingo, Mombasa for cement clinkerization with a one-million-ton capacity and a cement grinding unit at Athi River, Nairobi. MCL is one of East Africa’s leading cement producers with an annual capacity of 800,000 tons. From 2012, production capacity will enhance to 1.6 million tons.
Award for the Best Employer
Ecu Worldwide (K) Limited
ECU Worldwide is the largest non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) with offices throughout the world specializing in freight consolidation. Thier core business is the handling of Less than Container Load (LCL), Full Container Load (FCL), and air cargo to numerous destinations worldwide.ECU Worldwide offers bi-weekly, weekly and daily services via our globally coordinated network of 300+ offices firmly established in over 160 countries including Latin America, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
ECU Worldwide has guaranteed space with all carriers and private off dock warehousing at most destinations.
They have been voted this year’s best employer.
Award for the Best Growth Strategy
Mombasa Maize Millers
Mombasa Maize Millers are the largest millers of maize and wheat in Kenya producing both maize flour and wheat flour under the Taifa brand and animal feeds under the brand name Faida Feeds. Founded by the brothers Islam Ali and Ahmed Ali in 1978, Mombasa Maize Millers is now managed by the second generation of the family, growing from a single small maize mill in Mombasa to become the largest miller of maize and wheat in Kenya. Mombasa Maize Millers have always taken pride in providing consumers with the quality, achieved by fine tuning the milling process and their stringent quality standards in selecting raw materials.
This year they are recognized as the company that has employed the best growth strategy over the years.
Award for New Business of the Year
Grain Industries Ltd
Grain Industries Limited (GIL) is a company located in the Shimanzi area of Mombasa, Kenya. GIL has invested in a state of the art milling plant and has a vision to be the number one consumer goods company in Africa.
Their main mission of GIL is to consistently improve the living standards of its consumers by providing them with world class quality products and services as well as value of money.
They recently rolled out their full-scale operations that is sending shockwaves in the market. They are this the 2017 new business of the year.
Award for Decade of Excellence in Business
Express Shipping and Logistics (Ea) Ltd
ESL is one of the most successful independent ships agency and holistic end-to-end logistics services provider. They are ISO certified 9001:2015 certified. They offer services to both public and private businesses in the East Africa Region.
Their values are reflected in the way they do business, always performing their duties exemplifying these values with respect both for their own people, customers, and suppliers.
Award for Women in Business
Cecily Kariuki -Labor Planet International Ltd
Cecily Kariuki is a nationally recognized professional in the field of Manpower outsourcing and provision of labor services.
Known as a shrewd and charismatic business lady and an extremely good public relations and human capital skills professional. She is a versatile, ambitious and results oriented business professional with over 10 years’ experience in Human Resource Outsourcing and provision of Manpower and Facilities Management services to Government institutions and multinational organizations in Kenya and the greater East African region.
Award for The Best Use of Social Media
Mombasa County Government Watch
For two years in a row the Mombasa County Government Watch, has wone tis category. Mombasa County Government watch is a page created to highlight some of the issues and challenges that citizens are facing that need to be looked at and get solved as quick as possible.
They currently have over 62,000 people following them on Facebook alone.
Customer Focus Award
Premium Energy Kenya
Premium Energy is part of the Premium group established in 2014 with an aim of moving more in to the upstream business of wholesale of Petroleum products as well as importation of white Petroleum products. Their operation has always been known for their quality service and exemplary customer service that leaves their customers satisfied at all times.
Award for Preferred Banking Institution
Kenya Commercial Bank
Kenya Commercial Bank has been recognized and awarded for being the most preferred banking institution two years in a row.
Get the right business account. Whether you’re starting out or just beginning to expand, they have shaped business solutions to support and put you in control of your business banking that’s why they are the most preferred banking institution.
Award for Best Corporate Citizenship
Mombasa Cement Limited’s core foundations of operational excellence, product quality and CSR continue to result in large-scale industry success. t Mombasa Cement Limited recognize the importance of social responsibilities as a corporate citizen. They have CSR programs and projects in youth development, education and most recently they have embarked on building walls, restoration and replacing of old roofs in schools as well as police stations around Mombasa. Most notable of all their CSR activities is the restoration of the tasks along Moi avenue, which have been the long-standing symbol of Mombasa.
Award for Most Preferred Micro Finance institution
KWFT is a fully-fledged Microfinance Bank offering banking services that includes both savings and credit products that cater for the needs of Micro, Small and Medium sized entrepreneurs. KWFT’s products and services are open to Organized Groups, Individuals, and Corporates. As at December 2016, KWFT had a loan book Ksh 22.1 Billion, assets valued at Ksh 32.1 Billion and deposits of Ksh 17.2 Billion. From humble beginnings, KWFT has risen to be the most successful Microfinance bank controlling over 45% of the Microfinance market in Kenya. With over 800,000 clients across the country, KWFT has invested in a vast branch network with over 245 offices spread out across 45 out of the 47 counties in Kenya. This has ensured that KWFT has deep penetration into remote, rural and peri-urban areas to ensure that women gain financial inclusion to uplift their living standards.
This is why they are the most preferred Microfinance Institution.
Award for Business Enabler of the Year
Kenya Trade Network Agency
Kenya Trade Network Agency (KENTRADE) is a state Agency under the National Treasury that is mandated to facilitate cross border trade and establish, manage and implement the National Electronic Single Window System (Kenya TradeNet System).
Kenya TradeNet System also known as Kenya National Electronic Single Window System has an inbuilt intelligence that enables traders who depend on east Africa’s economic gateway sea Port of Mombasa, airports and land border posts to track, clear and move their goods across borders much faster, easier and cheaper through a simplified cargo clearance process.
Award for Best Service in Tourism & Hospitality
Prideinn Paradise Beach Resort, Convention Center & Spa
PrideInn Paradise is only 25 mins from Mombasa City and also accessible from Vipingo Airstrip, with the powder soft sandy semi private alcove beach overlooking the shimmering Indian Ocean. Fringed by white beaches, and shaded by coconut palms, the silver ribbon of the Swahili coastline offers the ultimate tropical paradise. Bright white against the blue sky, set in extensive tropical gardens in the backdrop of the 13th century Swahili town.
This Resort is the ideal escape from all the stress. Business and Leisure at the Pride Inn Paradise is a lifestyle statement for the discerning and quality conscious. With its unique facilities this hotel is one of a kind.
Additional Facilities include largest convention centre for 2500 pax, aqua safari water theme park full of fun activities for all and a pool bar that also offers a street food experience with comfort food from all the corners of the world.
Award for Most Improved County Department
Department of Trade, Energy and Industry
The Department of Trade & Investment, Energy & Industry, Mombasa County. Was among the first departments to automate the issuance of single business permits through their E-Business permits platform. In Partnership with the World Bank Group, the county launched the automation of Business permits that included:
1. Single Business Permit (Fire Protection and Dimensional Sign)
2. Liquor License
3. Outdoor Advertising Permit.
Just recently the department launched an investment portal called “Mombasa Invest “which is now live. The portal is part of the digital reforms initiated by the County Government’s Department of Trade, Energy and Investment meant to provide an online interactive platform for both foreign and domestic investors. The portal will be a one–stop–shop, providing information on investment opportunities available in the County and end to end support from the County’s investment promotion agency, Mombasa Invest.
Award for Most Preferred Transport Company
Panal Freighters Limited
Panal Freighters Limited
Panal Freighters Limited is a one-stop shop when it comes to transportation and freight. The company has grown to become one of the household names in East and Central Africa offering freight forwarding services to its clientele nationally, regionally and internationally. The company has expert and dedicated staff that can facilitate effective solutions for your business using vast network of air, ocean, rail or road transportation modes, thus helping you extend your business horizon beyond the Kenyan boarders. Panal Freighters is ISO 9001:2008 Certificate and has been received the Kenya Ports Authority Award for Exemplary Service in Facilitation Cargo Clearance at the port of Mombasa.
Award for Most Preferred Training Institution
JKUAT, Mombasa Campus
JKUAT, Mombasa Campus
JKUAT Mombasa CBD Campus offers a blend of general, management and technology based long-term academic courses and tailor-made executive short courses. Their executive training is strategically supported by the university’s corporate partners in order to meet the ever-changing training needs of the executive trainee. Their executive training targets ambitious up-ward looking executives in companies, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, academic and research institutions, government ministries and agencies, parastatals and self-run consulting firms, who wish to gather specialized skills to propel them to higher levels in their careers. The campus is located at the heart of the coastal city of Mombasa in the stylish Mombasa Trade Centre (formerly Ambalal building) along Nkrumah road.
Award for Outstanding Community Service
Human Rights Agenda
Human Rights Agenda (HURIA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization based at the Coast of Kenya founded immediately after the 2010 referendum as a response to the dictates of the new constitutional order. The organization seeks to use human rights values and principles as well as constitutional values enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010. Their mission is to promote human rights culture embedded on respect and responsibility for the greater realization and equal enjoyment human rights by all through all levels of society
SACCO of the Year Award
Mombasa Port Sacco
Mombasa Port Sacco was registered on 7th November 1966 under the Co-operative ACT Chapter 490 with membership mainly drawn from the Kenya Cargo Handling Services Ltd. With the opening of the common bond their Members are now drawn mainly from Kenya Ports Authority, institutions within Mombasa County and across the country, former KPA employees (pensioners) and the business community.
The Sacco has been licensed by SASRA to undertake deposit-taking Sacco business in Kenya (popularly known as Front Office Service Activity or FOSA). The Sacco has a membership of 5,500 members as at year May 2016.
The society runs FOSA and BOSA activities with each having its own financial products and services.
Their FOSA commenced operations in 2010 offers deposit-taking services and continues to grow in clientele and the business volume as well.
Award for Best Agribusiness Company
Africa Plantation Capital
The APC Group is widening its corporate presence in Kenya in a bid to facilitate the group’s major investment into forestry plantation sector that could be crucial in meeting the challenges currently faced by the global biomass industries in their quest for a sustainable source of textile quality fibre for the garment industry, as well as the need for African based manufacturing solutions.
In Kilifi, Africa Plantation Capital has acquired 200 acres of freehold land and reserved 800 acres as part of its first multiple-step bamboo project in Kenya. Africa Plantation Capital is targeting the establishment of more than 5,000 acres in the next five years between the ports of Mombasa and Lamu.
KNCCI congratulates all the award winners and wish them a happy and successful 2018.