Becoming a member of a chamber of commerce is a strategic decision for companies large and small, and one that brings with its broad benefits. It effectively means joining a well-established network of businesses and having access to a variety of support resources to assist with the smooth functioning and growth of your company.
In some European countries, a Business Chamber, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or board of trade, is subsidized by Government and membership is compulsory. In South Africa, this is not the case and 60% of the business community don’t belong to a Chamber of Commerce. Most Chambers are indeed struggling to survive financially, as membership and interest are dwindling. This could be due to internal politics, no remuneration for dedicated staff, as well as low value for membership fees. However, there are some Chambers or other voluntary business associations which ensure that their organization is operating profitable, so that the required expertise may be employed at market-related remuneration packages.
The Insurance Act, which was signed into law earlier this year, aims, among other things, to increase low-income earners’ ability to access insurance products and foster transformation in the insurance sector. The Act, which was approved by Parliament in December last year, aims to bring smaller players into the fold under the auspices of the regulator, the new Prudential Authority, which will fall under the South African Reserve Bank. “Not only will the new law making it easier for low-income consumers to access insurance products that cater to their needs, but it also gives small businesses the opportunity to enter the insurance industry,” says Vera Nagtegaal, the executive head of Hippo.co.za. Nagtegaal says the Act seeks to link licensing with the sector’s overall transformation targets as set out in the financial sector code..
Before I signed up for a basic course in first aid, I was apprehensive. I didn't know what to expect. Would it be difficult? Would it make me feel uncomfortable? Would I not be able to do some of the components? Would it be boring? Would the skills even be relevant? A lot of questions and concerns went through my mind. But soon after starting the course, those doubts dissipated. These are ten things that I learned and wish I had known earlier, about first aid training.
A boss is a leader, not only in the sense of taking a business forward but also in taking responsibility for the safety and welfare of their staff, as well as, to an extent, the broader community in which their company operates. This necessitates a firm understanding of workplace health and safety regulations. Occupational Health And Safety Courses like those run by the East Rand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ERCOC) can help employers get up to speed and ensure their place of business meets legal requirements. Here are seven things to note about these courses.
There is often confusion around the purpose of a Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sometimes called a Business Chamber. Misconceptions abound regarding the why, how and where of a Chamber’s purpose.
When your business is searching for a web hosting company, you need to be aware of the many options available to you. A Premium web hosting provider will typically have many benefits to offer making your businesses entire online experience easy and affordable.
Often abbreviated to C/O or COO, the certificate of origin is a document used in international trade. In a printed form or as an electronic document it is completed by the exporter and certified by a recognised issuing body, attesting that the goods in a certain exporting shipment have been produced, manufactured or processed in a specific country.
Providing training to employees on Health and Safety matters in the workplace. Previously this was seen as time-consuming, costly, a disruption to operations and business activities. Among many other reasons why businesses did not see Health and Safety as important because they perceived it as an investment without payback, but that assumption has been proven wrong. Unfortunately, year after year, employees from all kinds of industries are injured through accidents that could so easily be avoided through a little basic training in health safety matters.
Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay. And for businesses, that means getting onboard, and using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others to engage with customers both potential and existing. Many businesses in South Africa prefer to let their work speak for itself rather than running dedicated marketing campaigns, but these days, that means letting it speak for itself online. As consumers become increasingly digitally-savvy, companies need to follow suit. Here, we’ll take a brief look at why social media is a core part of online marketing – and how you can make it work for your enterprise.
Somebody has probably recommended that you try inbound marketing for your business. But what are the benefits – and what if it’s all just hype? As users of the method ourselves, we can assure you that there are indeed multiple benefits – and no, none of it is hype. In this article, we’ll explore why “inbound” is the hottest new trend in the marketing world, and what it can do for you.
Internet usage is rising year on year in South Africa, with more than half of all households now having at least one member with access to the web. The number of residents actively accessing the internet as of January 2016 (the latest data available – check back for updates on this blog) was 26.8 million, up almost 2 million from the previous year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Gauteng and the Western Cape are leading in the connectivity race.
If you’ve chatted to anyone about marketing techniques recently, you’ll probably have encountered the term “inbound marketing”, or perhaps “online marketing” or “digital marketing”. This is Marketing 2.0 – a completely new and different approach to marketing that is more beneficial to both businesses and their customers. In this blog post, we look at the key differences between inbound marketing and its predecessor, outbound marketing.
By now you’re probably well aware that content is the cornerstone of inbound marketing. Informative, educational blog posts, eBooks, guides, videos and other content is what attracts visitors to your website – and takes them along their buyer journey. As a result, you need to make sure what you’re sharing with them is top-notch, unique stuff that will add value to their experience, and garner some shares. But what about context?
These days, simply having a website for your business is not enough. The type of website is important – you need to offer visitors a great user experience (UX), and you need to rank well in online searches. If you’re not super au fait with web technology, you might be thinking that a website is a website, right – aren’t they all the same? The answer is no – and the wrong type of website could be costing you potential customers without you even realising.