This is an opportunity to shine a light on your efforts, and your success stories, no matter how small.

We want ALL entrants to participate and benefit, even those who feel concerned their story is not yet perfect, and those who are just starting out, learning and trying new angles.

By entering the awards, all applicants will receive:

  1. Access to an exclusive forum to interact with your peers in a learning environment;
  2. The ABSA Business Day Supplier Development Benchmark report, giving the latest information on practices in SA, against which you can benchmark your company
  3. A free copy of the Fetola Incubator Blueprint, a tried and tested method for developing your enterprise and supplier pipeline;
  4. Reserved entrance at a discounted price to the Awards Event and networking events that follow.

In addition, the Awards will provide high-profile, national exposure and recognition to the finalists. In addition to the prestige of the award and media profiling, winners will benefit from the opportunity to share their story at The CEO Dialogues, the post-awards networking event.


Supplier Development is a crucial component of our growth and transformation agenda as a nation. Done properly, it leads to sustainable growth, genuine empowerment and positive benefits for all stakeholders, but it remains a misunderstood and often confusing exercise.

The inaugural ABSA Business Day Supplier Development Awards are designed to shine a light on what is working in the space, celebrate successes and encourage best practice. An initiative of Business Day, in partnership with Fetola, Cold Press Media and TISO Events, the Awards will provide high-profile, national exposure and recognition to the finalists, as well as ongoing networking opportunities for businesses wanting to make connections with, and learn from, key stakeholders in Supplier Development.

The ABSA Supplier Development Awards is about far more than networking, it's about creating shared learning experiences, which benefit both the individual and organisations. By creating a space that allows for peer-to-peer learning a benchmark for best practice in the supplier development can be created.


Recognising businesses committed to developing suppliers in the national supply


Creating best practice for Supplier Development


Acknowledging the strategic and economic importance of Supplier Development


Identifying the best components from each finalist





The closing date for application is 16 April 2018

Please note that applying to the Supplier Development Awards is free