Research Unit was hailed as the CapeTalk and Sage One Small Business Awards winner at a gala event held in Cape Town tonight. Owners, Chad and Erin-Lee Petersen, stood out amongst the 30 finalists for their service excellence during a three week nomination procedure which included over 500 businesses throughout the Western Cape.
After a gruelling judging process,Research Unit came out tops according to the judges. This year's judges said they were very impressed at the level of innovation and entrepreneurship in the small business category. CapeTalk show host Africa Melane said, "I believe that small businesses are the driving force behind the economy and all the finalists this year have reaffirmed this."
Small businesses who offer great service often go unrecognized and don't get the exposure they should. Research Unit walks away with an advertising package on CapeTalk to the value of R250 000 and the runners up, Sweet Temptations Toffees and Perfect Hideaways each take home an airtime package to the value of R150 000 on CapeTalk.
In addition to this, they receive a laptop with free access to Sage One Accounting and Sage One Payroll software. This includes a year’s worth of software support and a training course or seminar of their choice.
The evening included speeches by former winner Karen Dudley of The Kitchen.
City of Cape Town's Head of Investments Tim Harris spoke about how small business and a focus on service could make Cape Town the preferred city to do business in South Africa.