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Shell LiveWIRE Brunei Awards 2013

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The finalists in this year's Shell LiveWIRE Brunei Awards included innovative businesses from a diverse array of sectors including tourism, aquaculture, and education, with many of them reflecting the county's custom, culture and traditional values.

This year's Shell LiveWIRE Brunei Awards included a new "Exemplary Awards” category. This recognises the outstanding achievements of previous LiveWIRE businesses, many of whom are members of the prestigious Shell LiveWIRE Brunei Business Network.

The 'Most Sustainable Enterprising Company', was awarded to Pengiran Haji Isman of Man Foods Enterprise, whose entrepreneurial journey started after completing his A-Levels. Starting out from humble beginnings as a small-scale food supplier, he has gone on to become a household name in the logistics industry.

The 'Most Progressive Achiever' award went to Mohd Sahron of Sahron Enterprise, who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in both production and business operations since the launch of his ice plant in 2011.

Amalina Haji Ash'ari of Aseana Taste was awarded the 'Most Outstanding Enterprising Company' for her pioneering techniques in developing her renowned 'Canned Satay' products. These have gained immense popularity locally, and are set to expand onto the international stage in the early part of 2014.

The final special award category, for the 'Most Outstanding Award' attracted a record entry of 84 business plans submitted by 385 participating individuals. This award went to a team of students from Sayidina Abu Bakar Secondary School for their tourism-based business plan 'Al-Hijrah'. This business demonstrates that many young Bruneians have an entrepreneurial spirit, and with the help of Shell LiveWIRE, they can achieve their business dreams. In fact, the school is one of seventeen taking part in the Brunei Entrepreneurship Education Scheme (B.E.E.S), a pilot scheme of Brunei Shell Petroleum, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and University of Brunei Darussalam, to incorporate enterprise training within the country's national curriculum.

Since its inception in 2001, 5,000 young Bruneians have benefited from the Shell LiveWIRE Brunei programme, creating more than 300 businesses.

Speaking at the Prize Presentation Ceremony, Guest-of-honour Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources, praised the many achievements of Shell LiveWIRE Brunei, stating that the programme is one of the government's 'partners-in-progress' in providing young Bruneians with an enterprising future. He added that despite the Government's intensified efforts to formulate better policies to encourage enterprise development, the country still lacks sufficient entrepreneurs.

In 2011, from a total of 8,787 registered business establishments, 8,632 businesses (98%) are businesses with 100 or fewer employees. He highlighted the importance of developing high growth businesses with rapid job creation, contributing to faster GDP growth, and to increase long-term productivity. The Government of His Majesty, through the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources aims to widen the base of entrepreneurship by making available financing schemes, production sites, pioneer status, and other incentives. The ministry's 'One Entrepreneur-At-A-Time' entrepreneurship development approach also provides a conducive environment for high growth entrepreneurs through various programmes such as specific human capacity building initiatives, advisory and mentoring services, business incubation facilities and financial support measures, among others. 


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