Second Edition of Destination Kerala SME Excellence Awards on December 7
Kochi: The second edition of Destination Kerala SME Excellence award will be held here on December 7. E P Jayarajan, Kerala Industries Minister, will be the Chief Guest at the event which will take place at Hotel Crowne Plaza at 7.30 pm on the day. SMEs are the unsung heroes of Kerala’s economic and industrial development. To celebrate and honour Kerala's SME success stories, Destination Kerala business magazine established this recognition platform in 2017. Destination Kerala SME Excellence Awards programme tracks and showcases SME entrepreneurs and their inspiring success stories. While most recognition programmes today focus only on large enterprises, Destination Kerala intends to challenge the status quo through this novel endeavour. Venugopal C Govind, MD and CEO, Varma & Varma Chartered Accountants will deliver the Keynote Address while K Biju IAS, Director, Department of Industries & Commerce, will deliver the Special Address. M Khalid, State President, Kerala State Small Industries Association (KSSIA) and M S A Kumar, President, TiE Kerala will offer felicitations. The awards will be presented across nine SME segments, namely Food Processing/Fruits Processing/Rice Mills; Ayurveda/Traditional Medicines; General Engineering/Electrical & Electronics; Coir; Jewellery & Diamonds; Rubber & PVC; Footwear & Leather; Garments/Handloom/Silk; and Wood/Cane/Plywood/Furniture/Handicrafts/Bamboo. A distinguished and independent jury has been constituted to evaluate the applications. The jury members for the 2018 awards are Rajesh Nair, Associate Partner-Markets, EY South India and Immediate Past President, TiE Kerala; Vivek Krishna Govind, Senior Partner, Varma & Varma Chartered Accountants and Immediate Past President, KMA; Anand Sarma, Director, KPMG India; and Lekha Balachandran, MD, ResiTech Electricals (also the award winner of 2017). KSSIA and Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotions (K-BIP) are the Associate Partners of the event. Mercedes Benz Rajasree Motors is the Luxury Partner. Three categories of awards, namely 'Hall of Fame', 'Manufacturing' and ' Trading/Retail/Service', and eight sub-categories of awards, namely 'Leader', 'Challenger', 'Innovation', 'Growth', 'Quality Initiative', 'Promising Startup', 'CSR Initiative' and 'Brand Building' will be presented at the event.