On Thursday 5th September we succeeded in safely manoeuvring a precious, signed and framed Invest in Africa football shirt into The House of Commons.
We were in attendance as sponsors of the Ghana UK-Based Businesses Achievement (GUBA) awards, celebrating the best of Ghanaian-British business. Now in its 4th year, the GUBA awards always convene a great crowd with both a very strong community and business focus.
Journalist and presenter Henry Bonsu was the ebullient MC, keeping the tempo high and the crowd on their best behaviour. Justly so, as the speakers and community leaders present included Fritz Baffour, Ghana’s former Minister of Information and Archbishop Frimpong Manson, GUBA’s 2013 Community Champion honouree.
Our Invest in Africa Award category is new for 2013, recognising and encouraging the most sustainable Ghanaian-British businesses.
As we shift gear from a promotion phase into a very hands-on creation phase of Invest in Africa’s development, it feels right that we say goodbye to Premier League football sponsorship and its mass audience appeal and move instead towards more grass roots promotion of investment best practice in Africa.
We are rolling up our sleeves, preparing to deliver a practical tool to support the growth of local businesses in Ghana. Our ‘Africa Partner Pool’ is a business directory that will enable the best of Ghana’s home grown businesses to get more traction with investors and better market access to high value customers.
The African Partner Pool is launching in 2014, so for now, we are taking registrations [link] and also focusing on celebrating businesses that deserve to be recognised for their work in building a sustainable commercial future; the new Invest in Africa Sustainable Business award at this year’s GUBA event is central to this.
Voting is now open and the nominees for our award include:
- NewMax Mines is a Ghanaian company engaged in gold mining, exploration, prospecting and mining support services
- Clean Team Ghana is an innovative, affordable sanitation solution for low-income communities in the developing world
- Nature Farm is the brainchild of former boxerFrancis Ampofo who is inspiring visitors to his Norfolk farm to take the idea back home to Ghana
- Agro Mindset is an agricultural group working towards promoting agriculture in the national interest of Ghana
We wish them all well and look forward to the awards ceremonies in London and launch in Accra where the High Commissioner, Peter Jones will once again generously host.