After its spectacularly successful debut in 2012, the much awaited Business Goa Awards for Corporate Excellence were back, and this year, bigger and better. So, while the sun set into the Arabian Sea on 30th April 2017, 26 excellence seekers took away a personalized award plaque amidst thundering applause and cheering from the who’s who of the Goa’s business fraternity. Held at the Goa Marriott Resort and Spa in Miramar, the event witnessed a spectacular turnout of industry biggies and associates of Goa’s only business magazine.
The Guests for this stunning evening were Piyush Pandey, national creative director of Ogilvy & Mather India and vice-chairman of O&M Asia-Pacific; and Rajdeep Sardesai, currently a consulting editor at the India Today Group. The first speaker for the night, Piyush Pandey spoke about the excellent quality and business acumen that Goa has. He highlighted the importance and creativity that startups bring to the masses and also mentioned that Goa is indeed one place where startups can find their way to success.
With his roots in Goa, Rajdeep Sardesai, the second speaker for the evening, spoke about the remarkable diversity present in the state. He also put forth his observations on the immense potential that Goa inherits to become the next educational hub and the high quality of life that the state holds compared to many other parts of the nation.
The cynosure of the event was a spectacular set designed by Sushant Tari, Managing Director of TPT Productions Pvt Ltd. that held everyone’s attention through the evening.
The evening started off with an introductory speech by Publisher-Editor of Business Goa Harshvardhan Bhatkuly, about the idea behind hosting the Business Goa Awards for Corporate Excellence. Entrepreneurs are the backbone of any vibrant economy. This is especially relevant to Goa, which has in the past few years, seen a slew of individuals make their foray into the business world via their exciting and innovative business ideas. While earlier tourism and mining were the chief drivers of the economy, today, thanks to the daring and entrepreneurial spirit of an increasing number of Goans, as well as settlers who have made Goa their home, a range of businesses including realty, health, logistics, retail, lifestyle, restaurants, tourism and education have become great success stories. So when there are glittering awards ceremonies honouring the likes of actors, artists, musicians, etc, it was only a matter of time before these amazing entrepreneurs, too, were appreciated for all their hard work and efforts and after its debut grand success, the Business Goa Awards for Corporate Excellence were back for the sixth year in a row. Endorsing this opinion were stalwarts from the industry who echoed these sentiments and congratulated Business Goa for initiating such awards and looked forward to them every year. The awards are classified under four broad categories – Real Estate & Hospitality, Excellence Awards, Best Companies and Personal Honours.
The illustrious list of awardees for 2017 included Casadeco (Real Estate Furnishing Company of the Year); Denzil Xavier (Real Estate Professional of the Year); Risara Properties (Real Estate Brand of the Year); Anantashram, Vasco (Best in Goan Cuisine); Copperleaf, Porvorim (Best in Indian Cuisine); Cavatina (Best in International Cuisine) and Cafe Real, Panjim (Best Vegetarian Cafe).
In the Excellence Awards, Prajal Sakhardande bagged the award (Preserving Goan Heritage); Gangaram Morajkar was awarded (Service to Business); The Dempo Group was awarded (CSR Initiative of the Year); Rajendra Talak was awarded (Entertainment Personality of the Year); Mr. Farmer was honoured (Green Business of the Year); V. M. Salgaocar College of Law (Educational Institution of the Year); and Goa Management Association was awarded (Business Organization of the Year).
In the best companies category the following companies were awarded: MapxencaRS (Fashion Brand of the Year); EDC Limited (State-owned Corporation of the Year; Upgrade (Trading Company of the Year); Star Agro Products (Empowering Rural Goa); Umang Software Technologies (IT Company of the Year) and Goa Hyundai (Auto Company of the Year).
In the personal honours, Norbert’s Fitness Studio was awarded (Brand of the Year); Subodh Kantak (Professional of the Year); Prajyot Mainkar (Young Turk); Kshama Fernandes (Business Woman of the Year); Dilip Salgaocar (Businessman of the Year); and Alcon Anil Counto Enterprises (Business Group of the Year).
Business Goa has held this belief close to its heart that every business man and woman who has the guts and gumption to go out and pursue his or her dream, no matter how big or small, is a winner all the way. These awards are a token of appreciation and encouragement for their efforts and the magazine congratulates the winners for their success.
A Big Thank You!
The NRB Group has supported Goa’s biggest business awards show by being the presenting sponsor of the Business Goa Awards for Corporate Excellence.