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         STANDARD BANK KZN TOP BRAND       needs, by providing space in our factory as a
         Imperial Armour, an empowered,    gesture of goodwill.
         all-female company, is a recognized       We pride ourselves on being the leading
         award-winning manufacturer of personal  manufacturer of personal protection
         protection equipment in Kwazulu-  equipment in South Africa, supplying both
         Natal. We are proud to announce that   nationally and internationally. Our focus   L- R: Grant Adlam,  Louisa Garland, managing director of Imperial Armour, and Imraan Noorbhai
         we have won the Standard Bank Top   is to save lives which we do by providing
         Business Award 2021 for the category:          high-quality products that are tested in USA
         Business Innovation.              and ISO 9001:2015 accredited.  We supply a   usinesses entering   Imperial Armour        necessary to think creatively.
         The Business Innovation award is given   large range of bullet proof armour, anti-riot,   in this category   Imperial Armour cc was   Whilst the employees were
         for “out-the-box” thinking by introducing   tactical gear, demining and fire equipment   Bwere required to   established in October   unable to work due to Covid-
         innovative, products and processes in light   to the Military, Police and Security   provide evidence of an   2000 and this year,   19 business restrictions,
         of the pandemic. Louisa Garland, Managing   companies.                   innovative approach to   celebrates 21 years in   Imperial Armour continued
         Director of Imperial Armour, realised that   The “Imperial Armour family” embraces   products, or processes,   business. The company’s   to find innovative work
         for her Company to survive, she needed   change. At the start of 2021, a new   which has contributed   experience, excellent   solutions to maintain
         to make the proactive decision to acquire       strategy which included the deployment           quality, and continual
         PPE stock, to aid the fight against Covid 19.  of sales representatives in all major   to the success of the   innovations has made it   workflow and the continuity
                                                                                  business.  Judges were
                                                                                                                                    of the company during
         The company became an essential services   regions of South Africa was implemented.    also interested to hear   the leading manufacturer   this difficult period. This
         organisation, using an innovative approach   The responsibility to oversee this new              of personal protective
         by providing logistical support, meeting the   venture was given to Sales Director, Emily   from businesses who   equipment in KZN.   resulted in Imperial Armour
         needs of emergency services worldwide.   Driesen-Garland.  Emily’s critical skills   have pivoted their                    becoming an essential
         We also assisted an SMME enterprise in   set, as well as her belief in the company’s   operations as a result of   At Imperial Armour all staff   services organisation in
         ensuring continuity of their production   ethos has led to her success.   the Covid-19 pandemic.  are continually involved   South Africa.
                                           Throughout our 21 years of business,                           in research, design and   Commenting on Imperial
                                           we have been proud of our numerous     The winner is:          innovation. This ongoing
                                           achievements and awards. We are extremely   IMPERIAL ARMOUR    culture provides in-house   Armour’s win Louisa
                                           excited to accept this award as we continue                    involvement in new        Garland, managing director
                                           to strive for innovation in all that we do.  We   The finalists are:  products and sees innovative   said, “Winning this award
                                           would like to thank all our loyal customers                                              has made us feel overjoyed.
                                           and suppliers for their support.  We also   ■   Icebolethu Group  ideas reaching the market.   We are extremely honoured
                                           thank Standard Bank KZN Top Business for   ■   Capitol Caterers   In April 2020, in response   to be recognised with our
           Louisa Garland, Emily Driesen-Garland & Carey Fort  the opportunity to enter this event.       to the Covid-19 pandemic,   all-female company, the
                                                                                  ■   Mi7 National Group                            boost to morale at work is
          031 700 2650 (Local)  |  +27 83 788 3266 (International)   |    (Pty) Ltd  the management at Imperial
                                                                                                          Armour realised that it was   incredible.” 


            his award is aimed   of KwaZulu-Natal.  Now   to it and that dreams are   The finalists are:     (Crown Dental Studio)  (Borderless Investment
            at young business   Majozi Bros Construction   real,” says Ndlela.    ■   Dr Fareed Amod       ■   Njabulo Maphumulo    Group Pty Ltd)
      Tleaders who have        builds houses in upmarket
      shown exceptional        estates like Cotswold
      leadership and exhibited   Downs and Zimbali and
      entrepreneurial flair.   is involved in multi-
                               million developments with
                               construction giant WBHO.
      The winners are:
       SIHLE NDLELA AND        “Covid has taught the
      SIMPHIWE MAJOZI          importance of having a
                               business model that is
      Sihle Ndlela and Simphiwe   responsive to change.
      Majozi, the co-founders of   Our journey is proof that
      Majozi Bros Construction,   you can’t control what
      started out renovating   happens to you, but you
      houses in the townships   can control how you react

      L-R: Grant Adlam, Sihle Ndlela and Imraan Noorbhai

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