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Did you hear the News?


We are delighted to announce that nominations are open for the Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards 2023.

This year sees the announcement of some exciting new categories. The range of categories have been broadened to ensure that more businesses are motivated to enter.

Categories 2023

Standard Bank Client of the year – SME Category Less than R100M turn over per annum, entrants must bank with Standard Bank

Standard Bank Client of the year – Larger Enterprise More than R100M turn over per annum, entrants must bank with Standard Bank

Manufacturing Sector

Broadly defined as the physical or chemical transformation of materials or compounds into new products.

Transport/Logistics Sector

Refers to activities concerned with land transport, railway transport, water transport, and transport via pipelines, air transport, and activities of travel agencies, post and telecommunications, courier activities, as well as storage and warehousing activities.

Franchising Sector

A business that is owned by one or more people who provide products or services under the branding and rules stipulated by a parent company.

Family-Owned/Managed Businesses

Open to businesses where the majority ownership/management remains within a family (or multi-family) structure, and where more than one generation contributes to the success of the business.

Agricultural and Agro-Processing Sector

Incorporates establishments and activities that are primarily engaged in farming activities, but also includes establishments focusing on commercial hunting and game propagation and forestry, logging and fishing. The beneficiation of primary materials and intermediate goods from agricultural, fisheries and forestry-based sectors is included.

Community Upliftment and Improvement

This award is open to businesses or social enterprises that have made a significant positive impact on the community and region they operate in. This could include: charitable efforts, or developing your local community.

Renewable Efficiency – Green initiatives

This category includes renewable energy, low-carbon transport, energy-efficient buildings, clean technologies, improved waste management, improved freshwater provision, etc.

Employee Wellness

This award is for businesses that go the extra mile to engage their staff members and what difference this makes to the business. This may be through in-house training, flexible working, personal development, workplace wellbeing activity and teambuilding.

KZN Top Brand:

The top homegrown brand in KwaZulu-Natal is awarded based only on the results of a public poll.

Business Leader of the Year

The Standard Bank KZN Top Business Leader’s award is an honorary award given to a businessperson who has demonstrated exemplary business achievement, industry influence and is a true inspiration to others.

Being nominated, shortlisted and winning one of the Standard Bank KZN Top Business awards is an real acknowledgement that your business is a true success and contributing something meaningful to the KZN economy.

The annual awards will take place on the 20 July 2023 and will again be streamed live. This much anticipated event promises to be a wonderful night of celebration, where we will celebrate the achievements of all the businesses participating.

To nominate or enter visit

Entries close on the 23 June 2023

For more information contact

01 What are the Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards? The Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards is an annual event that recognise individuals, companies and organisations that are not only excelling but integrating responsible business practice into their mainstream operations. These practices result in a positive impact in the marketplace, environment, community, and workplace, creating a better life for all in KwaZulu-Natal. In addition, the Standard Bank KZN Top Business Awards offers an excellent opportunity for leading businesspeople to meet, be inspired and showcase their achievements to their peers.


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