Corporate hospitality - SA's top 5 events
The business environment may indeed be awash with highs and lows, but the one thing that will never fail to excite us all is entertainment.
Whether it’s a day at the races, or an afternoon on the golf course, corporate hospitality can provide the perfect opportunity to network with key contacts face to face and, ideally, generate new business.
Not only is this long-used business method an invaluable tool for growing your firm, creating strong relationships, and presenting your company in a positive light, but it can also keep your existing clients happy, which often proves a lot more cost-effective than trying to find new ones.
So, if you’re looking to lavish your clients, stakeholders or business prospects with a memorable treat, then read on as we review some of the best experiences South Africa has to offer over the next couple of months…
BMW International Polo Series
Sunday 15/ Sunday 22 August 2010
For the sports spectator…
Impress sport-lovers with an equestrian treat that many consider the ‘Sport of Kings’. The first Test of this highly anticipated series, in which the South African Polo Team will be playing against a team from Chile, will take place at Shongweni on the 15th, while the second, at the Inanda Club in Sandton, will be played a week later.
Go that extra step and reserve one of a limited number of corporate marquee sites, providing an ideal opportunity to create a personalized corporate environment in which to entertain your clients. With an anticipated mix of sporty dynamism and impeccable style, this event is sure to make a lasting impression.
For more information contact the SA Polo Association
Vodacom Durban July
Saturday, 31 July 2010
For the gambler…
As one of the highlights of the global horse racing calendar, the Greyville Racecourse is preparing to showcase South Africa’s best thoroughbreds in this year’s Durban July. Often compared to Britain’s Royal Ascot, this event is set to embody high fashion, good food, fine Champagne and, of course, the greatest horseracing South Africa has to offer.
Many believe the anticipation of this Vodacom-sponsored day surpasses that of any other occasion on the African continent. And with an expected turnout of around 56,000, this thrill-packed event is perfect for a client that enjoys a game of chance and excitement. Remember to place your bets early to avoid disappointment.
For more information visit Vodacom Durban July
The Lion Park South Africa
Weekdays and public holidays, 8.30am-5.00pm/weekends, 8.30am-6pm
For the wildlife enthusiast…
For something a little different, the Lion Park South Africa will offer you and your clients the opportunity to view some of Africa's most powerful predators at arm’s length. Home to more than 85 lions including the rare white lions, and many other carnivores, the park offers visitors the unique chance to play with the lion cubs and feed the tame giraffe.
With facilities for conferences, team building, corporate functions and an overnight stay, this has fast become the ideal place for companies to host business outings with a difference. Why not combine a day in the park with a lion share meal and finish off with a relaxing game drive through the park?
For more information contact the Lion Park South Africa
Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club
Any weekday and Sunday afternoons
For the keen golfer…
Without question, the tradition-steeped Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club is one of the most prestigious golf clubs in South Africa. In its almost 130 years of existence, it has hosted 7 South African Opens and numerous other major tournaments.
For an unforgettable day out, make a corporate booking well in advance. Both courses, as well as all facilities, are offered, subject to availability. The club promises to liaise closely with corporate clients to ensure that the day goes smoothly and is enjoyed by everyone.
For more information contact the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club
A Winter Opera Evening
Friday, 30 July 2010
For the culturist…
For a sophisticated and sociable evening, delight your clients with a mix of breathtaking opera and fantastic food. Taking place at South Africa’s largest performing arts company, Cape Town Opera, a company that aspires to be a source of national pride, A Winter Opera Evening tempts music lovers with traditional Italian country cuisine and the warm and cozy surroundings of La Masseria, Durbanville - an ideal location to entertain your culture-mad business associates.
For more information contact the Cape Town Opera
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.