The annual National Business Awards recognise the success, innovation and ethics of South African companies and organisations across all industry sectors. Stor-Age, South Africa’s leading self storage company, have been announced as a finalist in two categories at this year’s Awards – the Innovation Through Technology Award category as well as the overall prestigious title of National Business of the Year.
The National Business Awards also recognise the important social and environmental contributions made by organisations through the excellence of service, commitment to their customers, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability. The Awards have come to be known as a benchmark for business excellence. This is largely due to its rigorous research process and criteria.
Stor-Age company spokesperson Chris Oosthuizen said: “We are extremely honoured to be recognised as a finalist for both awards. It is a great testament to how we as a company constantly strive to maintain our core values of Excellence, Sustainability, Relevance and Integrity. We are constantly looking at ways in which to improve our business, to incorporate more technology, to be more efficient and to up-skill our team.’’
National Business of the Year Award
The first category, the National Business of the Year Award, is one of the most sought-after award categories each year. The award goes to the company who best demonstrates excellence in all spheres of the general criteria (people, planet, profit) and the management thereof. An important factor considered for this award is also growth. Stor-Age have demonstrated excellence in multiple ways over the past year. Highlights include the acquisition of Storage King, one of the UK’s leading self storage companies, and opening their 50th store in South Africa.
Innovation Through Technology Award
The Innovation Through Technology Award goes to the company whose technology-based innovation demonstrates improved productivity, price, quality, effectiveness and efficiencies which enhances the competitiveness of the South African economy.
Stor-Age strongly believe that technology is a key driver of growth within the self storage industry – both in South Africa and abroad. They constantly assess new and innovative ways to better integrate technology into their business. They have achieved this through the likes of their Intranet, which allows for a centralised communication platform for staff across all their stores, and their staff online learning platform called ‘Edu-Space’, amongst other initiatives.
Adds Chris, ‘’We have a clear vision and well-articulated strategy that aims to deliver attractive and sustainable investment returns, increase the scale of the business and ensure that the company remains the self storage market leader. Everything we do is strategic and everything we do is with passion.”
At PR Lab, we are extremely proud to be working so closely with a company that constantly strives to achieve success in all spheres of business.
The winner of both categories will be announced on 15 November at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.