Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has announced a new Sharjah Top 10 Businesses Award as an addition to the chamber’s annual shjSEEN Awards programme, which recognises outstanding business achievement in Sharjah. The new award is an invite only award to encourage performance across the private sector.
The Sharjah Top 10 Businesses Award draws on the Excellence Model of the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) a comprehensive management framework used by over 30,000 companies across the world. Organisations invited to apply for this award can enter into one of the ten categories: manufacturing sector, the trade and retail sector, real estate and business services, tourism and hospitality, construction, financial services, transportation and logistics, education sector, health care and digital services.
The four other awards that will be presented as part of the shjSEEN awards this year are: the shjSEEN UAE Startups Award (with a cash prize of AED 100,000); the Sharjah Entrepreneur Award (awarded to three private sector entrepreneurs from Sharjah city, the Eastern area and the Central area, with a cash prize of AED 50,000); the Sharjah Green Award recognising environmental best practices; and the Sharjah Social Responsibility Award to recognise leadership in sustainability and social responsibility.
The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry awards were originally launched in 1990 and were re-branded the shjSEEN Awards earlier this year. Registration for the awards opened in April 2016 and will close on September 1st, in preparation for an awards ceremony towards the end of 2016.
According to global credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s, Sharjah’s non-oil economy has a diverse production base with the four largest sectors being real estate and business services (about 20%); manufacturing (16%); mining, quarrying, and energy (13%); and wholesale and retail trade (12%). About 46 percent of the government’s 2016 budget has been allocated to economic development to support the sustainable growth of Sharjah’s economy.