Informal Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have dominated South Africa’s business landscape since 1994, with a government document called Towards a Ten Year Review revealing that about 2.3 million people have owned at least one Value Added Tax (VAT) unregistered company, with 338 000 owners employing a total of 734 000 people.
Arthur Goldstuck, manager of research firm Worldwide Worx has further confirmed the validity of the market, noting that research indicates that there are some 650,000 SMEs in the country.
Having taken note of the burgeoning potential of this market, and in line with its own commitment to promoting the growth of the small business sector, Nashua Limited has joined the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC).
The NSBC is an organisation dedicated to helping small businesses achieve success by helping them acquire knowledge, stay up to date with the latest business trends, and connect with over 30,000 registered SMEs through events and networking platforms.
Nashua’s marketing director David Hallas elaborates on Nashua’s decision to join the NSBC.
“Nashua Limited recognises that small business development is a vital facet of South Africa’s economy, and is a critical factor in our country’s general growth and progression.
”Therefore, Nashua is delighted to join the NSBC, as we will now have direct access to this market. Subsequently, our company will be able to enhance the development of SME’s by providing them with access to solutions that will save them money, increase productivity, and foster a culture of sustainable business.”
In partnership with the NSBC, Nashua aims to advise SMEs on how to streamline their business processes, and provide them with access to the company’s state of the art office automation equipment, cost recovery- and variable data printing software solutions, and document management solutions.
Nashua will further provide SME’s with direct access to its world class office automation services, including managed print services and managed document services.
Hallas concludes that Nashua’s alignment with the NSBC will further the development of SME’s.
“In any industry, it is essential that businesses have the appropriate tools and knowledge that will allow them to run their businesses more efficiently and optimally. Nashua firmly believes that our partnership with the NSBC will achieve this goal, and we intend to utilise our position as the leader in office automation to help create a better economic future for South Africa,” Hallas concludes.