IT FELT like it was just yesterday that we were part of a large crowd watching, with our mouths agape, the spectacular display of fireworks to usher in 2017.
Fast forward to today and we are already counting down the days – yet again – to a brand new promising year that will be filled with adventures and great experiences, if we let it.
This year was certainly memorable for bigwigs, powerhouses as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
While they were awarded for their outstanding performances, some celebrated their anniversaries and decades-long achievements since their inception.
As we inch closer to 2018, here is a recap of some of the biggest events that took place in the corporate world this year.
Star Outstanding Business Awards (SOBA) 2016
Held in January 2017, the ceremony saw 44 awards being given out as it continued to recognise Malaysian companies and their significant impact on the growth of the country and economy.
For the first time, the awards were subdivided into enterprises that had sales turnover of below and above RM25mil, aimed at recognising the achievements of upcoming small- and medium-sized businesses as they competed on a level playing field.
Branded cosmetic contact lens company Maxvue Vision Sdn Bhd and specialised designer and manufacturer of security seals Mega Fortris (M) Sdn Bhd walked away with the Malaysian Business of the Year award. Both companies also bagged other awards in other categories.
Malaysia Retail Chain Association’s (MRCA) 25th anniversary
Themed “Silver Jubilee & Beyond,” MRCA commemorated 25 years of milestones and achievements in a celebration attended by entrepreneurs, corporate senior management and chief executive officers. The event also honoured 25 members who had been with MRCA from its early days.
The association has grown significantly since 1992, with over 430 members to-date, many of which have presence overseas.
MRCA has become a major influential force in the retail industry as it acts as an avenue for retail businesses to network and exchange ideas, share resources and promote the healthy expansion of the retail industry in Malaysia and abroad.
Putra Brand Awards (PBA) 2017
The people have spoken. Back for its eighth edition, PBA – also known as the People’s Choice Awards – presented 39 gold, 40 silver and 51 bronze titles across 24 categories to deserving brands, chosen for their relevance and popularity.
It was also the brands’ success in turning marketing dilemmas into strategies that connected with consumers through multiple marketing communications platforms.
Shell was named Putra Brand of the Year. The brand also received the gold award in the Automotive – Fuels and Lubricants category.
There were five other special awards presented – The Putra Most Enterprising Brand of the Year award went to Hurix; the 100Plus marketing team won the Putra Malaysian Marketer of the Year award; Dettol, Ikea and Golden Screen Cinemas were inducted as Putra Brand Icons, while Eco World Development Group Bhd chairman Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin was named Putra Personality of the Year and Star Media Group Berhad bagged the silver award in the Media and Networks category.
Ride for Malaysia 2017
Star Media Group Bhd, in collaboration with property developer Sunsuria Bhd, organised its first-ever Ride for Malaysia where it invited fellow Malaysians to play an active role in promoting unity and patriotism.
The event was also a chance for families and the community to champion a healthier and more environmental-friendly lifestyle.
Over 2,000 people took part, with some donning fancy and colourful costumes to add spice to the event.
Ride for Malaysia 2017 saw enthusiastic cyclists taking part in the 30km ride and the 5.5km Family Ride. Local celebrities also turned up to give their support and joined other participants in cycling.
FIABCI Malaysia Property Award 2017
Dubbed the Oscars of the real estate industry, the FIABCI Malaysia Property Award 2017 saw 15 awards being presented to developers and two individuals at a grand gala dinner, recognising them for their overall excellence in their projects.
The annual FIABCI Malaysia Property Award is always much-anticipated and sought-after as the recipients will go on to represent Malaysia at the FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards.
This year saw an addition to the awards category – “Affordable Housing” to encourage more developers to build affordable houses that are of high quality.
Cahaya Jauhar chief executive officer Mohd Auzir Mohd Tahir received the Property CEO award while Exsim Development Sdn Bhd managing director Lim Aik Hoe took home the Property Man award.