The nine recipients of TT Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2020 Champions of Business awards have one common factor for their success – teamwork.
This was especially the case as they kept their businesses going amid the covid19 pandemic, TT Chamber president Reyaz Ahamad said during the virtual awards ceremony streamed live by CNC3 on Friday night.
Ahamad said the industrious businesses and entrepreneurs showed the TT private sector can rise to the challenges of the times.
“Navigating the pandemic means every business had to put aside yesterday's underlining assumptions and convictions and actively rethink the way value can be, and should be created.”
Mohammed said he had listened to the success stories of the awardees and the trend that emerged which was collaboration.
“No one can do it alone and the pandemic highlights the importance of collaboration in solving (problems) rapidly.”
He said collaboration is a powerful tool that will help businesses navigate shared challenges and compete on the global stage.
Among the awardees was Ramps Logistics Ltd – the Internationally Known TT-Owned Company of the Year award, sponsored by Eximbank TT. Executive director Ramnarine Rampersad said while there would always be obstacles to progress but this would never stop bright and dedicated people from accomplishing great things. “We live by the mantra 'together we are better'.”
Accepting the business Hall of Fame award was Ansa McAL Group of Companies chairman Norman Sabga. The award was sponsored by Guardian Life.
The business technology award, sponsored by bmobile, was presented to Nekesha Bartholomew-Ramey of PrinTree.
The emerging entrepreneurship award was presented to Stephanie Pemberton, founder of Planting Seeds.
Awards were also presented to entrepreneurs Christina Boodoosingh, managing director of Uppick Farm, and CEO of Immortelle Beauty Kathryn Nurse.