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.
Customers will be able to read about each entrepreneur behind the respective brands being showcased through a leaflet available in-store. Entrepreneurs like father and son duo, Patrick & Emile Langeveld from Greenworld Chemical Services and Supplies whose business, which employs eight people now produces PnP Firelighter brand of firelighters.
Or Peter Nyathi, founder of Tropical Mushrooms in Magaliesburg, who was awarded Pick n Pay’s 2019 Small Supplier of the Year based on his business’ exceptional growth performance and job creation.
Other ESD suppliers participating in the Meet the Maker showcase include Comessa Food Services, Musgrave Gin, Khayelitsha Cookies, Allergen Baker, Sage Kitchan, Oryx Desert Salt and Mojo Me.
“We believe retailers need to create a sustainable ‘pond’ for entrepreneurs to ‘fish in’, says Ackerman-Berman. ‘Apart from giving small businesses access to market, we need to ensure they remain long-term, sustainable suppliers to Pick n Pay. We hope this great new platform yields further success for these proudly South African small business owners and the people they employ.”
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