Business News of Thursday, 1 September 2016
Source: The National Tribute
By Lindy Dede
Everpure Ghana Ltd, producers of purified drinking water, has picked up the ‘Purified Drinking Water of 2015’ Award at the prestigious Ghana Entrepreneur Awards 2016 held in Accra last week.
The Award seeks to appreciate Everpure Ghana Ltd efforts of being one of the leading purified water companies in the country and nurturing the vision to create employment for many people throughout the country as well as his contribution to the growth of the private sector.
The ‘Purified Drinking Water of 2015’ Award adds to the multiple awards garnered by the company since its creation in 2008
by a group of 7 close friends with the same love and passion for water.
In attendance were high profiled personalities including the Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon. Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah; The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin; the United States of America’s Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert Proter Jackson; The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Mdm Sun Baohong; The Turkish Ambasssador to Ghana, H.E. Mdm Nesrin Bayazit; The Ambassador of France to Ghana, H.E. Francois Pujolas; Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana and a host of other Ghanaian and foreign dignitaries.
According to the founder, Mr. Sam Ato Gaisie, the Ghana Entrepreneur Award Scheme was established to give Ghanaian and foreign resident entrepreneurs the opportunity to interact with one another using the Foundation’s platform and thus increase their capacity for networking and entrepreneurial success.
Also to enhance awareness of the importance of entrepreneurship among the public and in turn stimulate growth of local brands and enterprises to create more jobs.
In a remark, the Minsiter of Trade and Industry, Dr. Spio-Garbrah who was the guest of honour for the event, congratulated the organizers for recognizing the role of entrepreneurs and thus putting together an award scheme for them.
He stated however that bureaucratic policies have been impediments to the growth of the private sector, adding that there must be enabling environment for the institutions to operate smoothly.
The Trade Minister built his speech around the acronyms of PROFIT, stressing that the overall goal of entrepreneurs is the make profit, and for this to be achieved, there need to be entrepreneur-friendly Policies which would help businesses to succeed.
The second letter which is R is for Regulation of the policies. The letter O, he said stands for Operational affairs of the business.
Whereas letter F is for Financing, the Dr. Spio-Garbrah stressed that businesses need cash to operate and again need equity funding rather than debt, and explained that it is against this backdrop that government has put aside 10m cedis to support young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to start up businesses.
The letter I, according to him, is Interest rate which needs to be stable for entrepreneurs to operate smoothly since unstable interest rate could frustrate them and possibly move them out of business.
Letter T is for Technology. The minister said the importance of the use of technology cannot be over emphasized.
“This is a powerful tool which can help them access vital funding information and also innovative ideas for their businesses,” he said.
Dr. Spio-Garbrah challenged the award winners to aim higher and advice upcoming entrepreneurs to employ various innovative tools including technology in their ventures.
Organized by the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana (EFG), the Award had the theme “The Role of Entrepreneurship In Economic Growth And Private Sector Development”, and seeks to reward the entrepreneurship excellence of individuals and institutions who and which have distinguished themselves in the private sector and its growth.
About everpure Ghana Ltd
Everpure Ghana Limited was founded in 2008 by a group of 7 close friends with the same love and passion for water which ultimately led to one vision. Led by Mr Peter Narh, they set out to produce the highest quality purified drinking water for Ghana and the West African sub region. With the little they had they all left their respective jobs and pulled all their resources and expertise together to embark on a journey that would be both challenging and exhausting but later prove to be… ever so Pure and Refreshing.
From a Pure dream to a fantastic team
Everpure grew from a 7 man dream in 2008 to a 450 man team within a six-year period. This rapid growth wasn’t just driven by the rise in the demand for quality drinking water, but also our dedication to customer satisfaction and the pure passion to realise the goals we initially set out to achieve. The company’s success would never have been possible without a dedicated and commitment team who continue to work relentlessly to deliver quality services to you our valued customer.
We aim to please
Our mission is to provide the best purified water to our customers, based on a process that is unique and of the highest standard in water purification technology, utilising best practices, backed by the highest customer service. We hope you continue to enjoy everpure purified water and stay on this wonderful journey we’ve embarked upon…