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Tourism sparkles in the SA economic gloomhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/tourism-sparkles-in-the-sa-economic-gloomTourism sparkles in the SA economic gloomThrough the storm clouds of a distressed economy, the South African tourism industry stands out as a ray of sunshine, says Anton Roelofse, regional general manager of Business Partners Limited, who points to a 12% year-on-year growth of overseas visitors in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period the year before. 2017-09-28T22:00:00.0000000Z
Entrepreneurship as a career - no longer a choicehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/entrepreneurship-as-a-career-no-longer-a-choiceEntrepreneurship as a career - no longer a choiceFor years, the debate around South Africa's stubborn unemployment figures has always contained the argument that we need to raise awareness about entrepreneurship – that is, starting your own business – as an alternative career choice for school leavers.2017-06-29T22:00:00.0000000Z
2017 Entrepreneur of the Year - competition now open for entrieshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/2017-entrepreneur-of-the-year-competition-now-open-for-entries2017 Entrepreneur of the Year - competition now open for entriesThe instrumental value that entrepreneurs add to the South African economy is indisputable – they are an important cog in the creation of the much-needed jobs in the country. It is therefore encouraging that the challenges and obstacles which impede this valuable sector are receiving some much-needed attention from both the public and private sectors – with the inclusion of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and National Budget Speech – beckoning for a more focused approach to entrepreneurial development in the country.2017-03-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
Warehouse boom takes hold as manufacturing declineshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/warehouse-boom-takes-hold-as-manufacturing-declinesWarehouse boom takes hold as manufacturing declinesThe slow decline of manufacturing in South Africa is making its impact felt in the local property market as demand for factory space wanes. Shane Padayachy, property finance specialist at Business Partners Limited, says one the defining property trends of 2017 is the move away from factory premises to warehouses.2017-03-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
Meteorological and economic drought poised to end in 2017https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/meteorological-and-economic-drought-poised-to-end-in-2017Meteorological and economic drought poised to end in 2017Just like the latest rains hold the promise that at last the drought may be broken, the signs are everywhere that South African business owners can, for the first time in quite a while, look forward to a year in which the economy will start flowing forward again, says Ben Bierman, Managing Director of Business Partners Limited.2017-01-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
Everyone has a role to play in stimulating entrepreneurshiphttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/everyone-has-a-role-to-play-in-stimulating-entrepreneurshipEveryone has a role to play in stimulating entrepreneurshipVery often, any discussion about stimulating entrepreneurship devolves into a litany of things the government should be doing, but in reality there is very little that government can do on its own to persuade more South Africans to start their own businesses, and to support them to grow and prosper, says Byron Jeacocks, Business Partners Limited regional general manager.2016-11-24T22:00:00.0000000Z
A tourisms good run looks set to lasthttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/a-tourisms-good-run-looks-set-to-lastA tourisms good run looks set to lastThere are no signs that the gravity-defying performance of the South African tourism is likely to subside any time soon, says Anton Roelofse, regional general manager of Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS).2016-09-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
The business of tourismhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/the-business-of-tourismThe business of tourismTourism is one of the largest industries in South Africa and is considered one of the major booster of the economy. With South Africa becoming a destination of choice for sporting, business and cultural events, a wide range of opportunities exist for entrepreneurs in the travel and tourism industry.2016-09-21T22:00:00.0000000Z
Every young person a winner in this business plan competitionhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/every-young-person-a-winner-in-this-business-plan-competitionEvery young person a winner in this business plan competitionWhether you have your toes in the water already, or whether you are still standing on the side, there are few better opportunities to take the plunge into starting your own business than the upcoming Business Plan Competition for Aspiring Young Entrepreneurs.2016-06-26T22:00:00.0000000Z
Are entrepreneurs doing their part in South Africa's development?https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/are-entrepreneurs-doing-their-part-in-south-africas-developmentAre entrepreneurs doing their part in South Africa's development?When a quarrelsome bunch like economists agree on something, one can be pretty certain of its universal truth. There are few topics that generate such consensus among economists as the importance of entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to economic development, says David Morobe, regional general manager of Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS).2016-03-28T22:00:00.0000000Z
join other successful square pegs, enter the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year® awardshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/join-other-successful-square-pegs-enter-the-2016-entrepreneur-of-the-year®-awardsjoin other successful square pegs, enter the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year® awardsSouth Africa's premier annual entrepreneurial competition, the Entrepreneur of the Year® awards sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS last year named Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner, founders and owners of The Creative Counsel (TCC), as the overall winners of the 2015 competition in Johannesburg on 7 September 2015.2016-02-23T22:00:00.0000000Z
Hard times ahead, but also great opportunitieshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/hard-times-ahead-but-also-great-opportunitiesHard times ahead, but also great opportunitiesBusiness owners who steered their enterprises through the financial crash that started in 2008 may experience a familiar dread when they look at the storm clouds gathering on the 2016 business horizon. It is going to be a big one, says Nazeem Martin, Managing Director of Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS).2016-01-27T22:00:00.0000000Z
What drives entrepreneurs to take the path less travelledhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/what-drives-entrepreneurs-to-take-the-path-less-travelledWhat drives entrepreneurs to take the path less travelledOne of the most enduring myths about those who take the difficult, uncharted path of pioneering their own businesses is that they are mainly motivated by money. The short response to anyone who tries to uphold this crude misunderstanding is simply: there are many easier ways to make money than starting your own business.2015-10-21T22:00:00.0000000Z
Fostering entrepreneurshiphttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/fostering-entrepreneurshipFostering entrepreneurshipIt is often said that the difference between an entrepreneur and an ordinary person is that the entrepreneur sees an opportunity where others see a problem. Does the same go for the way in which entrepreneurs see the problems that plague entrepreneurship itself in South Africa?2015-06-24T22:00:00.0000000Z
Signs of stability, steady growth in franchising sectorhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/signs-of-stability-steady-growth-in-franchising-sectorSigns of stability, steady growth in franchising sectorNothing can seem to get the franchising industry down in South Africa – certainly not the sluggish economic growth of the last few years, says Christo Botes, executive director of Business Partners.2014-04-22T22:00:00.0000000Z
Clear signs of a dawn after five years of gloomhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/clear-signs-of-a-dawn-after-five-years-of-gloomClear signs of a dawn after five years of gloomFor an owner-manager hunkered down in survival mode on his shop floor after five harrowing years of economic gloom, the signs of a turnaround may not be all that apparent, but Nazeem Martin, CEO of the leading small-business finance house Business Partners, says the evidence is compelling.2014-01-23T22:00:00.0000000Z
Planning is the only antidote to painful reality of seasonal swingshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/planning-is-the-only-antidote-to-painful-reality-of-seasonal-swingsPlanning is the only antidote to painful reality of seasonal swingsSeasonality in business is never as pronounced as it is over the festive season, when large swathes of the economy shut down and others light up.2013-12-22T22:00:00.0000000Z
The best entrepreneurs constantly seek out mentors to guide themhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/the-best-entrepreneurs-constantly-seek-out-mentors-to-guide-themThe best entrepreneurs constantly seek out mentors to guide themThe perception that business mentors are of use only to struggling, beginner businesses could not be further from the truth. Christo Botes, executive director of Business Partners, says in his experience it is the most successful entrepreneurs who seek out mentors and use them to ensure continued success.2013-10-16T22:00:00.0000000Z
Youth entrepreneurship must be celebrated, but be carefulhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/youth-entrepreneurship-must-be-celebrated-but-be-carefulYouth entrepreneurship must be celebrated, but be carefulAs South Africa celebrates its youth month, the regular calls on young people to start their own businesses will reach its annual peak. Rather than join the chorus, Business Partners strikes a more cautionary note. It's good to link the two (youth and entrepreneurship), says Nazeem Martin, Business Partners CEO. But we have to be careful.2013-06-13T22:00:00.0000000Z
No end in sight for growth of SA franchisinghttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/no-end-in-sight-for-growth-of-sa-franchisingNo end in sight for growth of SA franchisingIt is not so much the resilience of the South African franchise sector during recent hard times that animates Xolani Meva, national business development manager at Business Partners Limited. What really gets him excited is the enormous potential for growth still to come.2013-04-16T22:00:00.0000000Z
Opportunities await in the overhaul to B-BBEE legislationhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/opportunities-await-in-the-overhaul-to-b-bbee-legislationOpportunities await in the overhaul to B-BBEE legislationThe official rules measuring the black economic empowerment score of a business is set for major overhaul in the near future, and business owners are advised to assess these changes early to identify opportunities and measures to ensure their B-BBEE accreditation levels are not negatively affected, says Ben Bierman, Business Partners chief financial officer.2013-03-10T22:00:00.0000000Z
Budget 2013: the South Africa business owner's wish listhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/budget-2013-the-south-africa-business-owners-wish-listBudget 2013: the South Africa business owner's wish listChances are that when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan steps in behind the podium to deliver his Budget speech at the end of February, he knows that the only way to promote growth and jobs in the current economic climate is to support South Africa's business owners.2013-02-05T22:00:00.0000000Z
Seeing the opportunities in 2013 will depend on your attitudehttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/seeing-the-opportunities-in-2013-will-depend-on-your-attitudeSeeing the opportunities in 2013 will depend on your attitudeThe year ahead will favour innovating businesses, specialist businesses and those who can keep themselves motivated in tough times, says Gerrie van Biljon, Business Partners Limited executive director, who predicts that consumer spending will remain lacklustre in 2013.2013-01-13T22:00:00.0000000Z
2013: A lucky year ahead for those who work at it!https://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/2013-a-lucky-year-ahead-for-those-who-work-at-it2013: A lucky year ahead for those who work at it!It is good that South African entrepreneurs are not a superstitious bunch; otherwise the 13 in 2013 may have cast a gloom over the year ahead, especially since it follows four extremely tough years since the start of the Great Recession and recent shocks such as Marikana.2013-01-09T22:00:00.0000000Z
Tourism in 2012: still grim, but with green shootshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/tourism-in-2012-still-grim-but-with-green-shootsTourism in 2012: still grim, but with green shootsThe South African tourism industry is still emerging from a difficult slump, but there is a lot that existing businesses can do to survive and catch the next wave, says Business Partners Limited Regional General Manager Chris Koen. And there are even opportunities for new ventures, provided very careful thought is given to the market.2012-10-02T22:00:00.0000000Z
Investing in our youth to help business flourishhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/investing-in-our-youth-to-help-business-flourishInvesting in our youth to help business flourishSouth Africa's established business owners, no matter how old they are, have a lot more to do with youth entrepreneurship than meets the eye, and it not only relates to the fact that many of them are hoping their children will take over the business one day.2012-06-08T22:00:00.0000000Z
In praise of South Africa's entrepreneurshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/in-praise-of-south-africas-entrepreneursIn praise of South Africa's entrepreneursBuilding a business anywhere is always a heroic undertaking, but nothing illustrates the positive force of entrepreneurship in society as clearly as some factories in the deep rural areas of South Africa.2012-05-10T22:00:00.0000000Z
Understanding responsible tourismhttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/understanding-responsible-tourismUnderstanding responsible tourismJean-Claude Baumgarten, President of the World Travel and Tourism Council, explains that the global tourism industry is responsible for 10% of the world's GDP. It employs over 230 million people and is the fastest growing industry world wide. For this reason it makes perfect sense for the industry to take a leading role in responsible environmental management.2012-03-22T22:00:00.0000000Z
Government infrastructure plans good for SMEshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/government-infrastructure-plans-good-for-smesGovernment infrastructure plans good for SMEsBusiness Partners expects to put more money into the hands of South Africa's entrepreneurial community in the year ahead than the previous two years, says Nazeem Martin, Managing Director of the country's leading entrepreneurship finance firm.2012-03-08T22:00:00.0000000Z
A woman speakshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/a-woman-speaksA woman speaksWhat has changed in the economic participation of women in the last 17 years?2011-09-17T22:00:00.0000000Z
Women in businesshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/women-in-businessWomen in businessIn the fight for equality we must take care, that once achieved, it does not become a prejudiced drive for dominance, and a warping of the truth. Herein is the challenge for woman in business.2011-09-17T22:00:00.0000000Z
Manufacturing Incentives for entrepreneurshttps://www.businesspartners.co.za/en-za/entrepreneurs-growth-centre/useful-articles/news-and-views/manufacturing-incentives-for-entrepreneursManufacturing Incentives for entrepreneursIt has long been said that employment will be created through small medium and micro enterprises. Given South Africa's huge unemployment statistics, 38% if you include the disgruntled worker category, creating jobs has to be a national priority. Is it?2011-06-17T22:00:00.0000000Z