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Movement launched to inspire small businesses in South Africa to rise.

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#WeAreSME is a movement setting out to inspire 10 000 SME’s to unite and identify themselves on one single platform, thereby telling South Africa who they are and what they do.

 

Small and Medium Enterprises, or SME’s, are the drivers behind inclusive economic growth, with a significant contribution to both GDP and employment. It is estimated that SME’s make up more than 90% of formalized business in South African and provide employment to about 60% of the labour force.

Despite this significant contribution to the South African economic landscape, SME’s are faced with a number of challenges which, among others, include recognition by larger, corporate entities and the stagnating economy. SME Africa, a platform helping established entrepreneurs with various services and tools, is calling for SME recognition with a small business awareness drive called #WeAreSME.

“They say SME’s are the heartbeat of the economy. They say we contribute R7 out of every R10 to our GDP. They say we are the future of global economies, the solution to unemployment.

But, who are the “we”? Who are the SME’s of South Africa?

We are the businesses that keep the country employed. We are the businesses that survive against all odds. We are those that grind and hustle to support our staff, families and fellow SME’s. We thumb our nose at the average, and do things our own way.

It is time for business owners to stand up and tell South Africa who we are and what we do. This platform is challenging 10 000 businesses to declare themselves an SME, a movement for business owners to claim the title SME and say #WeAreSME.”

#WeAreSME is a movement setting out to inspire 10 000 SME’s to unite and identify themselves on one single platform, thereby telling South Africa who they are and what they do. And then, united, challenging South Africa’s corporates, government and the public to support these small businesses making a daily difference in SA.

“We all say we need to support small businesses – but we need to do more. With the #WeAreSME campaign we want business owners to stand together and to show South Africa the faces and the logos behind this “SME” collective we all like to use so often.” says Marnus Broodryk (CEO of SME Africa).

SME Africa is making a call on all business owners, to register their businesses on their website and to become part of the #WeAreSME movement. Registered businesses will be displayed on the platform for South Africa to see and support, will get an exclusive invite to join SME Africa and will stand a chance to win business services to the value of R250 000.

“Together we challenge South Africa’s corporates, government and the public to support our businesses and help us to change the world.”

So, spread the love, spread the consciousness, but most importantly, spread the word: #WeAreSME – with SME Africa.


Sources: wearesme
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