Knutsford Express drives away with NCB's Nation Builder Award
Knutsford Express captured the National Commercial Bank's (NCB) Nation Builder Award on Tuesday evening at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel
The nod was given to Knutsford Express, in a black-tie event at the ballroom of the hotel, ahead of Caribbean Flavours and Fragrances Limited and Fontana Limited.
Chief Judge Harold Davis said this year's nominations were of a high quality, with some of the companies showing progression, as they were nominated in previous years in smaller categories, but returned in the top Nation Builder Award category.
Davis said the quality gave the judges renewed conviction that the Jamaican small business sector has the ability to make continued real and sustained economic impact in Jamaica.
NCB's Acting Head of Retail Banking Division, Brian Boothe, said the awards recognise SME business in Jamaica, irrespective of their size.
He said that the format was changed from companies nominating themselves, with systems being put in place for the bank's network to give nominations.
He said these nominations were assessed by an autonomous panel and the result from this, audited by PriceWaterhouse, with the winners receiving the highest ranking points in the respective category.
NCB Nation Builder Award
The secondary prize, the Innovation Award went to Complete Nutrition Diet Care Centre, which is owned by Janet Rankine, is a healthy food-based company. Complete Nutrition Diet Care Centre defeated politician Damion Crawford's Crafton Holdings Limited, Black Ink Marketing and Event Solutions Limited.
Meanwhile, Internet Income Jamaica Limited, which is owned by Andrew Reid, son of reggae singer Junior 'One Blood' Reid, copped the Young Entrepreneur Award.
Internet Income Jamaica, which teaches how to make money online, defeated Sprytraining Fitness Limited and JIA Group of Designs. The winner of this award, must be under 35 years.
Special recognition Middle Market Awards were given to Vikings Production Group, Sanmerna Paper Products Limited and Kingston Bookshop.