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Ariston Global Voted Small Business Champion

Ariston Global recently received the coveted National Small Business Champion Award, which is awarded by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC). Entrepreneur spoke to Ariston Global MD Reginald Pillay, Strategy Director Suran Moodley and NSBC CEO Mike Anderson about the award.

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On the 5th of November 2015, Ariston Global received the National Small Business Chamber’s Small Business Champion Award. Although the NSBC awards haven’t been around terribly long – about eight years – they have established a respected reputation.

“The NSBC is the largest organisation representing the SME sector and the fastest growing organisation of its kind in the world. The NSBC is the driving force fuelling small business growth. The real purpose behind the organisation is fostering the sustainability and growth of the SME sector, driving job creation, alleviating unemployment and nurturing the country’s entrepreneurial spirit,” says NSBC CEO Mike Anderson.

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“The South African Small Business Awards is the largest awards programme of its kind that recognises the tireless journey, hard work, outstanding achievements and vision of small businesses and entrepreneurs within the SME sector,” continues Anderson.

“It is a celebration of the most outstanding businesses and the exceptional businesspeople behind these successful and growing businesses.”

The National Small Business Champion

While NSBC gives out a number of awards, its most prestigious annual award is the National Small Business Champion Award. “This is the ultimate award recognising an outstanding small business. It is given to a business that has demonstrated vision, uniqueness, exceptional growth and sound business principles,” says Anderson.

“We’re honoured to be the recipient of this award and humbled to be recognised by the NSBC,” says Ariston Global MD Reginald Pillay. “The way that the NSBC not only supports small businesses, but also provides accolades for achievement is great.”

What made Ariston Global stand out? According to Anderson, it is the company’s passion and obsessive commitment to doing a job well that has made it such a successful business. In fact, Ariston Global has enjoyed year-on-year growth of 250%.

“This is what I believe other SMEs, and, indeed, larger companies as well, can learn from Ariston Global: The money that you earn is a by-product of what you do well. Focus on helping others and providing value. Be unique and different, work hard, keep moving and never give up. By doing this, you will always arrive at where you want to be,” says Anderson.

A True Champion


Ariston Global directors Keith John Barrett, Reginald Pillay, Suran Moodley and Avis Naidoo with master of ceremonies Katlego Maboe (centre).

The award is fitting, since Ariston Global has not only shown itself to be an exceptional SME in its own right, but has also been championing other small businesses, providing them access to services and insights that they otherwise would not have been able to tap into.

“Ariston Global has proven to be a trusted strategic partner for SMEs, providing innovative multidisciplinary integrated solutions that add enormous value to a very important facet of every business. They have grown their client base exponentially, which has created many new job opportunities for young entrants into the job market. Ariston Global is a full-circle success story that is carried by enormous talent,” says Anderson.

“We started off largely providing tax, payroll and accounting services,” says Strategy Director Suran Moodley. “In 2014, however, we identified a gap in the market: We realised that SMEs quite often do not have access to the insights and information needed to be competitive.

“When it comes to its core focus, an SME might be able to provide an excellent service, but it can struggle when it comes to legislation and other tricky aspects of running a successful organisation. Large advisory firms can help, but the average SME does not have the money to make use of their services. We aim to fill that gap.

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“Ironically, it is even more crucial for smaller businesses to have access to advisory services, since they don’t have the funds needed to absorb inefficiencies – something that large corporates can do.”

It is a strategy that has worked well for Ariston Global. As mentioned, it has enjoyed immense growth, and has helped many clients grow just as successfully in the process.

“Our aim is to grow alongside our clients,” says Pillay. “Seeing them grow and evolve provides us with immense joy.”

Ariston Global (Pty) Ltd. Started operations in January 2007 as Ariston Financial Services offering Tax and Accounting Services. In October 2014 a strategic Merger and Acquisition was concluded in order to create Ariston’s unique competing space. In November 2014 it was decided to rebrand in order to reflect the organisations diverse solutions. Our future growth plans include expanding our footprint into Africa and the International market.

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With Hundreds Of Franchise Options Out There, Choose The One You Can Trust

If you’re looking to invest in a business venture that offers you years of experience in the industry, the trust and loyalty of its customers, and franchise support from an expert team – then Hi-Q is the one for you.






What you’ll become a part of

Since opening their doors in 1999, Hi-Q has gone from strength to strength, growing a humble three store enterprise into an extensive 130-store franchise network with a unique multi-product and multi-services automotive offering.

Hi-Q’s approach to business is centred around being ‘the one you can trust’ to their customers, their suppliers and their franchisees.

“That has always been the key driver in everything we do,” says Sean Harrison, Hi-Q’s Managing Director. “For example, when it comes to our customers, they need to know they can rely on us to put their safety first.

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That we’ll always strive to offer them expert, friendly service and top of the range products, while also keeping up-to-date with the latest technologies and advancements in our field.”

An acclaimed and awarded brand

Hi-Q has again and again proven themselves to be a leader in the industry.

They’ve been voted South Africa’s No.1 tyre retailer for eight consecutive years (2010 – 2017) by consumers in the Ask Africa Icon Brands Survey, the biggest of its kind in Africa – a clear indication that they are respected and trusted by their customers.

Business support

Hi-Q Franchisees all have the support of an expert and knowledgeable team with years of experience in the industry, who are available to guide them on their business venture. This includes areas of business such as marketing/promotional, commercial, organisational structure, tools and equipment, sales and more.

Franchisees also have access to various skills training opportunities for members of their team.
Hi-Q is invested in providing their network with the tools needed to thrive and grow in an ever-challenging market.

Relationship with Goodyear

Hi-Q has the support and backing of international tyre of multinational premium tyre manufacturer, Goodyear, and its full value proposition. This means access to incredible promotional and marketing opportunities in partnership with the brand.

Franchising opportunities

Hi-Q has embarked on an extensive expansion plan and have identified areas of opportunity to extend their Franchise footprint growth countrywide.

You’ll find more information on our website We’d like to invite those who are interested to become part of our team to contact 011 663 2431 or

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Get The Edge This Winter

Five short courses from WITS kicking off in July will give you the competitive edge.

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From Gauteng’s most trusted provider of the best learning experiences, come five WITS-curated courses starting in July 2019. Use the longer, colder days to curl up with a “good book” and emerge from winter with a new edge.

There are three online short courses offered via the WITS Digital Campus, starting 15 July.

Managing Labour Relations

This 10 week course will equip you with sound knowledge of South Africa’s complex labour landscape and an understanding of your legal rights as an employee or employer.

You will also learn skills for navigating employer / employee relationships successfully, and get tools for managing disputes effectively. There are eight modules, covered in online lectures over eight weeks, requiring a commitment of five to seven hours per week. The exam is in week 10.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Practice

This 10 week course is packed with practical and theoretical information to help retail managers, supply chain supervisors, stock controllers and even CEOs drive efficiencies in the value chain.

It covers everything from improving exporting transportation, warehousing, order processing and procurement to financial management and managing waste. There are eight modules, covered in online lectures over eight weeks, requiring a commitment of five to seven hours per week. The exam is in week 10.

Applied Digital Marketing

We operate in an increasingly digital world and traditional marketing must include digital aspects and channels to be relevant.

This 10 week course will teach you to think digital, talk digital and deliver effective digital campaigns to elevate marketing and brand-building initiatives. You will learn to conceptualise and implement successful digital marketing strategies that drive customer acquisition, optimise your digital footprint and deliver business results.

There are eight modules, covered in online lectures over eight weeks, requiring a commitment of five to seven hours per week. The exam is in week 10.

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Comprehensive onsite courses in July include:

Real Estate Investment Analysis

This intensive five day course is for people who have been introduced to the real estate discipline at NQF 4 and NQF 5 levels. It is designed to provide higher level, more focused training as well as tools for analysing different types of real estate investments at the individual asset level, and measuring investment performance.

The course will benefit property practitioners who do not have property degrees; past graduates of SAPOA programmes in different aspects of the real estate business and people from different disciplinary backgrounds considering entering the profession.  The course takes place over five days from 1 to 5 July 2019.

Advanced Performance Management

Presented by the School of Accountancy together with Wits Enterprise, this course is designed to prepare students for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Professional level exams.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use strategic planning and control models to plan and monitor organisational performance
  • Assess and identify key external influences on organisational performance
  • Apply strategic performance measurement techniques in evaluating and improving organisational performance
  • Advise on business performance evaluation as well as recognize vulnerability to corporate failure

The course will run from 15 July to 22 October 2019.

For more information on registering for any of these courses, criteria for registering, and costs, visit.

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The Importance of Outsourcing Your Payroll

One of an organisation’s biggest overheads is that of salaries and wages. And yet, if these are not processed on time, it can negatively impact staff morale and create the impression that the company is not financially stable.

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For a small business, payroll is normally the responsibility of an accountant or bookkeeper, but even administrators can sometimes be roped in to do the job, even though they have no expertise in the matter. This is where the value of outsourcing your payroll comes in.

When should you outsource?

  • If you want to grow your business but are not aware of ongoing legislative changes that could pose a risk to your company, then it is better to get professionals to assist.
  • Accountants and bookkeepers are not specialists and do not keep up with the compliance environment. If you outsource your payroll, you enable them to focus their core duties and not get bogged down by legislative complexities.

How to choose an outsourced service provider

Understandably, payroll is a sensitive subject dealing with highly confidential information.

This is often the last thing a small business owner wants to outsource. It is therefore vital that the company does its homework and researches the potential outsourcing partner thoroughly.

Instead of going with the first available service provider or the cheapest one, here are some questions to ask:

  • Is the service provider a one-man band and, if so, what backup resources are available?
  • Is the service provider a recognised payroll provider belonging to a professional body?
  • Do they have the necessary training and skills on payroll?
  • What does the service provider do to ensure it stays up to date with legislation?
  • How secure is the payroll data and can the service provider take on historic data?
  • How easy is it to recover your payroll data in the event of a disaster?
  • What value-adds can the service provider offer? These can include anything from leave management and third-party payments, to employee self-service, time and attendance management, and any other related human resource service.
  • Can they process salaries and/or wages hourly, weekly, fortnightly, or monthly?
  • Can the service provider accommodate your growth requirements if you open new branches?
  • Is the service provider able to assist with payrolls in other African countries, manage their currencies, and deal with their regulatory environments?
  • What processes are in place to ensure the timeous processing of payrolls?

The advantages of outsourcing your payroll

One of the most obvious benefits of going the outsourcing route is freeing up your resources to focus on your core strategic objectives. This ensures you provide quality of service and control costs while an experienced partner takes care of your payroll.

Here are a few other benefits:

  • Reduce operating costs.
  • Statutory compliance and consistent service delivery.
  • Access to the latest technology, as well as skilled and dedicated payroll resources.
  • Access to a secure, risk-free and confidential payroll environment.
  • Increased flexibility and responsiveness.
  • Streamlined internal processes and procedures.

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