Pick n Pay gives small businesses a boost


Following media reports of small businesses being strong-armed by large retailers, Pick n Pay’s Enterprise & Small Development Programme is to be lauded as it is partnering with more than 100 small businesses and invested approximately R170 million into supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses through mentorship and business development.

Speaking at the Meet the Maker launch, Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, director of transformation, re-affirmed the Ackerman family’s long tradition in empowering entrepreneurs by integrating their products onto its shelves. Pick n Pay’s new initiative will showcase and promote products from small suppliers over a three-month period in eight stores across the country: Durban North, Faerieglen, Norwood, Seapoint, Wynberg, Waterfront, Claremont and Brackenfell.

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SBi SME Indaba

Thursday 11 April 2019 – 09h00 – 14h30
Bryanston Country Club

We hope you can join us for what promises to be another memorable morning of speeches, debates and inspiration.

Giving us ‘bang for our bucks’ are Keynote Speakers Sipho Pityana, BUSA president and an early and bold voice against state capture; Nozabelo Ruth Bhengu, chair of the parliamentary portfolio committee on small business; and the irrepressible GG Alcock, author of KasiNomics and KasiNomic Revolution – The rise of African Informal Economies.

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The next steps to owning your own business

For those that attended the IFE Franchise & Entrepreneurs Expo in Durban this past weekend, being able to talk on a one-to-one basis with franchise personnel from the range of franchise businesses on offer was invaluable as a big part of the success of franchising is in the win-win business partnership between the franchisor and its franchisees. FASA, whose mandate in presenting franchise expos is to educate the public on this business format, cannot emphasise enough the importance of understanding exactly what franchising is and how it operates.

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Make sure the franchise you choose is a FASA Member

franchise association stand

The success of franchising is largely due to the handful of franchisors, who, 40 years ago, got together to formalise the business format of franchising along international ethical standards and laid the foundation for what is today the Franchise Association of South Africa.

The franchise sector today is well-positioned to come together in a concerted effort to stimulate entrepreneurship and create much-needed jobs. The opportunities to expand into many more sectors and particularly in the social and services sectors of the economy are endless – with the goal of accelerating BEE and enterprise opportunities, give training to the youth and above all create much-needed jobs.

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