Lauren Shantall RBAA 2016

We are pleased to announce that Lauren Shantall, Director of Scout took the award for the Emerging Entrepreneur category of the Cape Regional Business Achiever Awards (RBAA) 2016! The winners were announced at a gala event held on 28 July 2016 at Kelvin Grove in Cape Town.

The annual awards are an initiative of the Business Women’s Association (BWA) of South Africa. Lauren was one of two regional finalists in the Emerging Entrepreneur category, which is open to businesses that have been in existence for five years or less. Other categories to honour and celebrate the success of women included Entrepreneur, Social Entrepreneur, Professional, Corporate and Government.

The final judging panel included Andrew Galloway of RSM Betty & Dicksen, Colleen Louw of Primedia, Nomzamo Kasana of Glacier, Kobus Swart of Sanlam and Jaqueline Burge of Rarity Handbags. With more than 65 nominations from members of the BWA, only 17 finalists were selected across the various categories. The RBAA finalists and winners received various prizes sponsored in kind, including a showreel of their business produced by Dreamcatcher Productions, which was screened at the gala event.

“I am thrilled that my company, my clients and the efforts of my dedicated team have been recognized in this way – no entrepreneur exists in a vacuum,” says Lauren. “ On that note, I would like to offer my congratulations to all the finalists and winners, who are truly inspiring! I see these awards as merely a stimulus for us all to strive to better our industry and increase its contribution to the South African economy!”

Scout has been in existence for just on three years and currently employs 17 staff. The company specializes in integrated communications strategy and perception management within the lifestyle, décor and design industries. Offering cross-platform communications services, the company focuses on social and digital media, traditional public relations and innovative marketing management for its clients.

Businesswoman Association - Cape regional winners

Lauren Shantall – Lauren Shantall winner of the Emerging Entrepreneur Category
Zahida Ebrahim – ENSafrica winner of the Professional Category
Joy Oldale – Road Motor Industry winner of the Corporate Category Category
Susi Astengo – Coach Matchingwinner of the Entrepreneur Category
Susannah Farr – The Gold Peer Group winner of the Social Entrepreneur — with Susannah Farr and
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