Welcome to 2015! This month we focus on what the New Year will bring for entrepreneurs and suggest a few resolutions for your business. We also meet Sean Turck and Kgotla Tiro and Karabo Tlhagwane, this month's square pegs.
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Moderate improvement forecast for SMEs in 2015, but conditions to remain challenging

The single biggest challenge South African small and medium enterprises (SME) owners’ encountered in 2014 was the perilous state of the economy, which resulted in established businesses stagnating, as well as a decline in new businesses creation.

According to Nazeem Martin, MD of Business Partners Limited, a specialist risk finance company for formal SMEs, 2015 will be similarly challenging for South African small businesses due to a continued sluggish economic growth and the inability of Eskom to ensure an adequate, consistent and reliable power supply.


Five New Year’s resolutions for entrepreneurs

The number of unused gym contracts and abandoned diets by the first week of February is enough to make anybody cynical about new-year's resolutions, but David Morobe, Business Partners regional manager, urges entrepreneurs to think differently about it.

The lives of entrepreneurs differ from those of the employed in the sense that the work is never done. There is always that idea that needs to be taken off the back burner, several pitches to prepare, neglected systems to fix and formalise, the next contract to win, and an inbox that never stays clear for long. In such circumstances, it is good to use any opportunity for a pause, no matter how brief, to step back, evaluate, renew and to tighten resolve.

January 2015 / Vol.6.1


Are you a
square peg?

This quiz is not scientific but serves to highlight some of the key attributes of entrepreneurs or “square pegs”, as we at Business Partners affectionately call them. The quiz should give you some idea on whether you “possess” entrepreneurial qualities, or not. However, please remember that a positive outcome/score is not a recipe for success.

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Relationship building key to success in an overcrowded market

Glass wholesale and processing is a very crowded industry. As the market place has become increasingly crowded, and battling for success in what has become a commodity market, prospects for profits and growth has steadily declined. What is it that makes one small player turn into a dynamic, fast-growing business that today does work far beyond South Africa's borders?

Sean Turck, MD of Rene Turck and Associates believes that a number of factors lie behind the success of the family business that was started by his father in a small workshop the size of a double garage in 1986. Today it is a fast-growing company that takes on multi-million rand projects as far afield as Kinshasa.


Staying on course on the rough seas of business expansion

It is the beginning of the year, and cousins Kgotla Tiro, 36, and, Karabo Tlhagwane 33, are bracing themselves for another white-knuckle year of growth for Dv8 Technology Group, the Midrand-based IT and Telecoms consulting firm they started some ten years ago.

The name of their 15-employee company, pronounced “deviate”, reflects their commitment to doing things differently from the norm. Everything they do is based on their passion for innovation. Yet many entrepreneurs would recognise the struggles of Tiro, the MD, and Tlhagwane , COO, as typical of business owners who need to juggle pot-boiler work for paying the bills on the one hand, and doing “real” work on their long-term dream of making an impact on society at large.

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