Connect Nigeria, with the support of Union Bank, celebrated the top 100 emerging small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria.
The campaign for the award, which was organised to challenge, encourage and recognize Nigerian SME Businesses, officially kicked off in February 2018 with a call for nominations of emerging SMEs that have distinguished themselves by providing excellent products and services.
The lead sponsor, Union Bank recognised the 100 emerging businesses as part of the bank’s yearlong celebration of 100 years of operation from a record total of 13,470 nominations in 25 broad categories.
Mrs. Ogochukwu Ekeide, the Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing at Union Bank praised the recipients for their hard work and dedication. She also revealed the bank’s desire to partner with, support and reward SMEs.
Ekeide encouraged the SMEs to keep up the good work and expressed the desire to see them become fortune 500 companies in the future.
The Head of Business Development at Connect Nigeria, Uzo Anekwe, who delivered a welcome message on behalf of the Connect Nigeria’s MD, Emeka Okafor commended all those who participated in the top 100 emerging SMEs event, noting that they were are all winners.
He said he was glad businesses in Nigeria were beginning to understand the dynamics of doing business in a global economy and putting systems and structures in place, to be able to compete globally.
Okafor said Connect Nigeria as a brand is committed to investing in the SMEs because they are the future of Nigeria. He then went further to note that all 100 winners will be published in featured articles via the Connect Nigeria online platform, to boost their visibility, and online presence.
He revealed that 100 free tables will be given to all the winners of this year’s event, to showcase and exhibit their products and services at Africa’s largest SME event in April 2019. The winners were also told they would enjoy free one-year membership on the Club connect Platform with all the benefits that come with it.
Okafor concluded by congratulating the award recipients for their sterling efforts and assured them of Connect Nigeria’s support as they continue to raise the bar while doing business the right way in Nigeria.