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Annual SMEs Awards Attract players in Tourism, Health and property sectors

The inaugural Bizna Annual SME Awards has attracted top contenders from tourism and hospitality, real estate and health sectors.

Competing for top honours in the SME of the Year category are tours and travel company, Expeditions Maasai Safaris, Twinkle Pharmacy (healthcare products and services), Username Investments (real estate and development), Sahihi Interior Builders (real estate).

The awards 2019 seeks to recognise and celebrate small and medium-sized enterprises based on their performance, profitability, quality of products and customer relations.

The awards gala will be held on May 24th in Nairobi and will bring together key players in the industry. The Awards is an initiative of Bizna Kenya, a leading marketing and business support provider for small businesses in Kenya.

Nominees under the manufacturing category are Kyle & Ibrahims Ltd (organic food products), Nyagah Mechanical Engineering Ltd (agricultural and construction machinery) and Dan Rays Creations (eco-friendly industrial energy).

In the tourism and hospitality category, the nominees are Expeditions Maasai Safaris Ltd (tours and travel), Africa Outdoor (travel services and events management), and Exquisite Events by You (events design and décor services).

The battle for honours in the most promising SME category will involve, SasaHost (web solutions provider), RoyalTrendia (digital and media services), and Atlanta Property Developer (real estate).

Online voting will end on May 12, and the public can participate by visiting the Awards portal:


Bizna Kenya CEO Tonnie Mello said the public vote will form part of the overall scoring for each nominee and asked Kenyans to participate in the process so that the list of winners can reflect true success in the SMEs sector.


“The judging panel used a weighted scoring system to come up with a list of nominees from names proposed by the public and business owners and we are taking back the process to Kenyans to decide on who to be awarded in the various categories. Public participation will help us make the process very transparent,” said Mello.


Through the Awards, Bizna Kenya is providing avenues for recognizing efforts by SMEs towards economic growth, development and empowerment.

It will also offer the businesses platforms to grow and be sustainable by mobilizing support to improve their access to capital.

Bizna Kenya also runs the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which identify and honours upcoming and industrious entrepreneurs below 35 years old. The second edition of the Awards aimed at creating a network of outstanding young entrepreneurs and encourage more to start their own businesses will be launched in June.

The complete list of the 1st Annual Bizna SME Awards nominees:

  • Agribusiness venture: IRRI – HUB KE, Kenarava, OxfarmAg
  •  Tourism &Hospitality: Africa Outdoor, Expeditions Maasai Safaris, Exquisite Events by You
  • Transport and Logistics: Modest Collections, Ahadi Movers, Livitech Auto Spares Ltd
  • Creative Economy: Sokobrand, Global Strategies Developers Ltd, Artrix Theatre Ltd
  • Professional Services Provider: Adec Services EPZ Ltd, Tazz Advisors Limited, Twinkle Pharmacy Ltd
  •  Manufacturing: Kyle and Ibrahims Ltd, Dan Rays Creations, Nyagah Mechanical Engineering
  • Real Estate:  Transport and Logistics: Sahif Real Estate Ltd, Username Investments Ltd, Sahihi Interior Builders
  • Most Promising SME of the Year: SasaHost (web solutions provider), RoyalTrendia (digital and media services), and Atlanta Property Developer (real estate).
  • SME of the Year: Twinkle Pharmacy, Username Investments, Sahihi Interior Builders, Expeditions Maasai Safaris.

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