Tappoo Group of Companies is a household name and continues to lead the way with excellence, innovation and tenacity. The company is proud about its humble beginnings and continues to build on the values of their ancestors, contributing significantly towards the growth of the nation. The Group has not only diversified into a number of sectors, providing the source of livelihoods for more than thousand families, but also holds a strong sense of social responsibility and well-being for the local community. The Group has a strong work culture where professionalism, merit and innovation are highly valued. The judges have been impressed with the Group’s significant contribution and continued confidence and investment in the Fijian economy, its exceptional customer service, their growth strategy and their constant drive to be the best in the business.
He uses and encourages his team to follow the 7 habits of being a successful entrepreneur. These are, Be Proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand, synergize and sharpen the saw. Mr. Mark Halabe vision, hard work and steadfast leadership has not only led to the growth of his business but elevated the Textile, Clothing and Footwear industry in Fiji. As the managing director of Mark One Apparel, Mr. Halabe transformed his businesses from what started as a small factory in Vatuwaqa in 1987 to what the company is today. It is through Mr. Halabe’s ideas and vision, his company target niche markets such as providing sportswear for some of the world’s renowned teams. Mark One Apparel is the supplier of sports uniform to 11 NRL, 5 AFL and 5 Super League Clubs. The company has also secured the Fiji Rugby Union License. According to judges, Mr. Halabe has what it takes to be a leader. Judges commended him for his humbleness and ‘can do’ attitude in growing his business.
Grace Road Group is a shining example of what hard work, dedication and ingenuity can translate into a business. Established in 2014, the Group has shown exceptional results through steady growth in its business. Within the first few years of its operations, the company was successfully able to expand its business. The company has a strong focus on quality, value addition and sustainable agricultural practices. This not only allows the Group to grow pesticide free healthy crops in their farms but a clean environment. The Group has also embarked on a 2020 self-sufficient rice project as its goal. The Groups push towards sustainable farming practices, strong growth and tenacity towards elevating Fiji’s agro processing sector impressed the panel of judges.
Mindpearl is a leading global outsourced contact center based in Suva and has put Fiji’s Business Process Outsource (BPO) sector on the world stage. Established in 2009, Mindpearl chose Fiji as their destination over India and the Philippines. Today the contact center’s 1,600 local employees proudly offer world class customer experience to more than 12 global iconic brands such as American Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Lufthansa and DHL to name a few. The company has contributed significantly towards the growth of the nation and has a clear growth strategy to steer the organization forward. The growth strategy for Mindpearl includes expansion in Europe and partnering with more distinguished airline and travel industry brands. Judges admired Mindpearl’s passion to invest in skillset enhancement of its people and raise Fiji’s profile as an ideal BPO destination on the world stage.
The Rosie Holiday Travel Group is a family run tour company involved in the tourism and hospitality industry whose moto is to help international visitors find happiness and inspiration in Fiji. Operating since 1974, Rosie Holidays Travel Group has set a benchmark of service excellence in Fiji. Strong customer service has been the mantra for company’s success. In its bid to enhance its service delivery, the Group introduced a number of innovative strategies such as forming a partnership with Alibaba Group, new China online booking system, concierge service at major hotels and resorts and Fiji’s first ever Destination Travel Mobile App. Innovation in service delivery within the organization impressed the judges. The panel of judges commended the Group for its efforts in enhancing the yield of tourists coming to Fiji and praised the internationally recognized high level of service excellence displayed by Rosie Holidays.
A 100% locally owned company, Vodafone Fiji Limited strives to be a world class organization whose growth strategy is based on ingenuity. The company has strategically placed itself well amongst the ever evolving digital world and invests in capacity and capabilities that leads to innovative business solutions, transforming the business processes. Technologies such as M-Paisa, Internet of Things and Applications, website transactions, app based transactions, tap and go or mobile money, Vodafone has been at the forefront of innovation. Judges were impressed with Vodafone’s continuous levels of product innovation in the telecommunications industry by introducing cutting edge technological products and services. In addition, judges were impressed with their responsibility towards the societal development and passion for the people and the vanua.
Tappoo Group of Companies is a family run business headquartered in its hometown, the Coral Coast of Sigatoka. Since its establishment in 1942, the company has come a long way in contributing towards the growth of the nation. The company continues to evolve with the changing business environment and demands. Over the years, the Group has diversified in many sectors such as Tourism and travel, wholesale, manufacturing and export, motor vehicle sales and service, fuel retailing and commercial real estate. Apart from stamping its mark in the local market, The Tappoo Group of Companies continue to strive for growth in the regional and international markets. The Group is the re-exporter of renowned beverages such Fiji Water and Pepsi and envisions to continue with its momentum of growth, enhancing Fiji’s position as the true hub of the region. Tappoo Group of Companies strategic mindset and continued business growth impressed the panel of judges.
From its humble beginnings in 1957, Paradise Beverage has grown significantly in exports and revenue. The company is now the power behind Fiji and Samoa’s most loved beverage portfolio with over 16 brands of beers, spirits and Ready to Drink alcoholic beverages produced in its breweries and distillery in Fiji and Samoa. In 2016, Paradise Beverages formed a strategic plan to develop an international arm of its business, as a result the company now exports to 17 countries with growth of 60 percent in export volumes. The company has a strong focus on supporting the local communities and the Fijian Made campaign. Judges commended the company for its commitment to the Fijian economy and on its strong strategy for growth.
Established in 2005, Easy in Fiji Limited, trading as Fijiana Cacao and Adi Chocolate Fiji manufactures 12 variety of premium chocolates purely from locally grown cacao beans. The company has world’s purest artisan chocolate factory in the country. Operating from Nadi, the company has grown significantly in its export revenue and now exports to markets in Australia, Japan and the United States. The Company has a robust growth strategy focusing on employment generation through establishment of cocoa processing plants especially for rural women. The company is Universal Trade Zone (UTZ) certified and promoted sustainable and better farming practices amongst the local cocoa farmers. Judges commended Fijian Cacao Limited for its strong commitment towards revitalization of the cocoa industry in Fiji, especially post Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston. Judges also admired Tomo’s vision of creating more employment opportunities for Fijians especially women in rural areas.
Foneology Solutions Limited is today leading mobile phone repair service providers in Fiji and has grown from strength to strength. The company is the exclusive repair center for some of the world’s renowned mobile phones such as Alcatel, Samsung and Vido. Foneology Solutions Limited has expanded its service beyond the traditional allies and repairs phones from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia with efforts underway to add Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam to its portfolio. Judges praised James Tusslers’ vision for growth, especially into the new and emerging South East Asian markets and for its for its excellent customer service.
With a vision “To make basic power accessible to all people” CBS Power Solutions (Fiji) Limited has shown significant growth both in terms of employment and turnover. Headquartered in Fiji with projects across 13 Pacific Islands which exports accounting for over 70% of total project value. Established in 2006, the company now provides turnkey renewable energy projects in rural communities, not only reducing their fuel bill but also the emission of greenhouse gases in the environment. The company, since its humble beginning more than a decade ago has transformed from a small business to a large private company with 100 percent Fijian workforce. The company has a clear objective of its future growth in the form of a 5-year development plan. Judges commended the company for its contribution towards the generation of clean energy in the region resulting in socio- economic development of small island vulnerable states. This will lead to and achieve a sustainable economic growth for Fiji and the pacific.
As part of its strategy towards social responsibility, Natural Waters of Viti Limited – or Fiji Water as we all know it by - invests in three areas of development. These are providing clean water access to rural communities, building educational facilities and infrastructure and providing access to health care services to underprivileged communities. Through its affiliated philanthropic entity, The Fiji Water Foundation, the company has given millions of dollars to other philanthropic organizations in Fiji to be utilized for the well-being of the community. Natural Waters of Viti Limited strongly believes in contributing meaningfully towards the development of the community that in turn has a positive societal impact. The judges were particularly impressed with company’s goal to be a role model in providing impactful action to the local communities.