Refurbishments underway at BON Hotel Delta and BON Hotel Abuja, Nigeria BON Hotel Delta will be undergoing a complete refurbishment and renovation to upgrade their facilities in line with international standards, along with designing and training staff on an excellent maintenance culture. The first phase is underway with the replacement of flooring, lighting and various areas of the kitchen, along with installing new air conditioners. Next up they will be upgrading the flooring in all of the guest rooms and re-painting the entire hotel. At BON Hotel Abuja the dining area has undergone a make-over with the introduction of new décor and furniture and a new waitrons’ station and the pool deck also has new outdoor furniture. This next phase follows the complete refurbishment of all the rooms and the boardroom last year, and going forward plans are underway to renovate the entire bar and reception area. It is business as usual at both properties with minimum fuss, noise or inconvenience to their guests. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On Thursday, 11 May, BON Hotel Midrand will be hosting an Event Showcase - creating beautiful and functional spaces to highlight the ways in which the venues at the hotel can be used. Invited guests and the public can pop by between 11h00 and 14h00 and indulge in the latest culinary eats and be inspired by on-trend, interesting and creative concepts for weddings, events, special occasions, conferences and launches. Celebrity Chef Citrum Khumalo, from Asidle Culinary Kitchen and Chef Lucy at BON Hotel Midrand will be whipping up the latest in culinary eats – from high tea delicacies, healthy and innovative conferencing catering, canape’s and cocktails, as you wander about the hotel, meet our suppliers and experience all the different pockets of creativity and inspiration. When : OPEN DAY, Thursday, 11 May from 11h00 to 14h00 Where : BON Hotel Midrand, 546, 16th road, Constantia Park, Halfway House (minutes from the Gautrain) Contact : email@example.com Meet our suppliers: Adverb, Asidle Culinary Kitchen, Auto Bavaria, Bold Pearl, Connecta-floor, Gauteng Tourism, JC Functions, Lounge Around, Massive Records, Showbiz Productions, The Tablecloth Hiring Company, Ulunga Bar CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
What does Corporate Social Investment mean to you? No longer is CSI seen as a charitable donation, an enhanced corporate image, a tax write-off or a solution for the corporate conscience, but rather as contributing to the real needs of the community in which you operate. More sustainable growth could be delivered if management could see CSI as part of their strategic environment, contributing to real social development and economic progress. A popular approach to CSI is mentoring – affording previously disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of how best to manage their careers, how their actions impact on their success and how to improve on the things they are good at, to grow and to make their mark in the world. Anyone can be a mentor – regardless of current position – as there is always someone who is less experienced or just starting out who is looking for guidance. Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, believes that it is imperative for any business operating in South Africa to be a part of the solution and not the problem in contributing to Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and to look at other ways of giving back, and not necessarily just with the focus of improving your bottom line. Under Laker’s guidance and support, young entrepreneur Tendai Chawasarira, a qualified Barista, was able to open his own coffee shop, Bean@Beuna, in their office block and he is enormously grateful for the opportunity. “I am able improve my skills and work experience, which has ignited my passion for coffee again; the ideas for a bigger menu are flowing, and with our client base growing I am about to hire extra staff.” The potential of uplifting the community has improved, and employee morale is also enhanced with the buy-in and support of everyone in the office and the corporate park. Laker believes CSI is a give-and-take scenario – you give to plough back into the community and take to identify potential contributors for your . . .
Most financially distressed companies have the same things in common: poor working capital controls and the employment of a reactive working capital management strategy rather than a proactive approach. Improving the company’s working capital through a proactive strategy can be a quick way to get your head above water without increasing sales or cutting cost. For companies in financial distress, that kind of improvement can be the first step to turning the company around. For healthy companies, the surplus cash flow can be reinvested in ways to create value for customers, be invested in a brand or expand your services or product range. The process of improving working capital can also highlight improvements in operations such as supply-chain management, human resource management, procurement, sales and non-value-added cost. The first step is to focus on your income and customers and to ask the how, who and when question. You need to understand exactly how your income is generated, who you will collect it from and when you will collect the income. Once you have established the above, you should focus on collecting all income due to you as soon as possible. This can be done by informing debtors of their balance due, following up on debtors to pay their outstanding balances, offering a discount on early settlement of their account or, as a last resort, taking legal action to recover the balance due. The focus should be to reduce your debtors’ collection days to as few as possible, while at the same time retaining the customer relationship. The second step is to focus on your inventory levels. Having a clear understanding of the demand and supply of your product or service is a key factor. You should establish the optimum amount of inventory to sustain your level of demand while maintaining a small buffer for unforeseen circumstances. The third step is to focus on your expenditure and, more importantly, the supply chain relationships that the company . . .
Couples often agonise over choosing the perfect venue for their wedding. The location of the reception has an effect on every element of the big day, from the choice of suppliers to the number of guests who can attend – the pressure is on to choose something to suit everyone. Not only that, but the wedding venue says so much about you as a couple; you’ve got to pick a venue to reflect your styles and personalities. Having said that, your classic wineland or beach wedding, whilst still popular, is fast being replaced with more contemporary, individual and modern takes on this age-old tradition, seeing more and more couples opting for city weddings using innovative spaces, and cool ideas for their new-age ‘I do’s. Lucy Rangasamy, General Manager at BON Hotel Midrand, says their hotel is perfect for a big city wedding - often an issue when it comes to finding space for 300 guests, plus your mother’s friend’s cousin’s son. She adds that the hotel offering for guests extends beyond just bedrooms and amenities, with generous packages offering all sorts of add-ons like ‘the best breakfast in town’, a shuttle service, spa treatments, hair and make-up stylists, and much more. And the photo opportunities are endless - as a start the contrast between the dress and the urban location would be delicate and authentic - imagine a downtown, grungy street, a colourful, graffiti-swamped wall, modern or crumbling architecture, or an old car posed against the sidewalk as the sun sets. Better yet, if it’s bucketing down, bring out the umbrellas and pop on some Wellingtons, and really make a splash. Banqueting Manager at BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central, Dayana Kerber, says that they are getting more and more enquiries for rooftop weddings and events. “We recently hosted a function on the rooftop parking area, which was spectacular – a celebration beneath the stars on a perfect summer’s evening with the sounds of the city vibrating in the background.” From stylish and urbane . . .
Time to shine Gold Travel, a corporate travel management company and industry stalwart, revealed a new look and image on 1 March 2017. The company is one of Cape Town’s longest-standing corporate travel companies with a track record of over 40 years in the industry. They are currently updating their website and internal processes and procedures to provide a more efficient, professional and personalised experience for their clients. Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, says, “We took an honest look at the way we do things and decided it was time for a change - we want to show our clients that we are adapting but within a given framework – we are the same people, but doing business a little differently and a whole lot better. As a small business, it is possible for us to do more; to go the extra mile.” This rebrand comes in line with the opening of a second Gold Travel branch in Centurion and further expansion plans are under way for a third branch in Midrand, Gauteng. The company is also eager to extend their footprint into Africa as their portfolio covers a lot of travel to the likes of Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya, and many of their clients have offices in those countries. Laker believes that the travel service industry should be embracing technology rather than resisting it; ‘we want to revolutionise the way we do business and challenge the norm, while keeping our personal focus on our clients and their needs. With adopting new systems and technology the idea is for Gold Travel to duplicate the formula so that it can be rolled out to all new branches, a kind of “plug-and-play” scenario, creating a seamless transition for both client and consultant. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .