Businesses entering in this category were required to provide evidence of an innovative approach to products, or processes, which has contributed to the success of the business. Judges were also interested to hear from businesses who have pivoted their operations as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The winner is: IMPERIAL ARMOUR
The finalists are:
• Icebolethu Group
• Capitol Caterers
• Mi7 National Group (Pty) Ltd
Imperial Armour cc was established in October 2000 and this year, celebrates 21 years in business. The company’s experience, excellent quality, and continual innovations has made it the leading manufacturer of personal protective equipment in KZN.
At Imperial Armour all staff are continually involved in research, design and innovation. This ongoing culture provides in-house involvement in new products and sees innovative ideas reaching the market.
In April 2020, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the management at Imperial Armour realised that it was necessary to think creatively. Whilst the employees were unable to work due to Covid19 business restrictions, Imperial Armour continued to find innovative work solutions to maintain workflow and the continuity of the company during this difficult period. This resulted in Imperial Armour becoming an essential services organisation in South Africa.
Commenting on Imperial Armour’s win Louisa Garland, managing director said, “Winning this award has made us feel overjoyed. We are extremely honoured to be recognised with our all-female company, the boost to morale at work is incredible.”