At a gala event held at Nancefield Paints headquarters at the end of last year, no less than around 160 company employees and 26 finalists were on hand to see the first ever “Win-a-Store” competition draw. Contestants came from far and wide to attend the year-end awards function for the whole refinish sales group.
Nancefield Paint have been consistently ramping up business levels of activity and now own an enormous factory complex for both manufacture and distribution of the specialist lines of Premchem, Mido, Red Diamond and their Hymax range of paints which are now being sold in 23 self-owned stores across South Africa.
In heatwave conditions the full 26 finalists were each given an envelope to see who were the lucky five semi-finalists in the “Win-a-Store” competition. The air of expectancy and disappointment was reaching fever pitch as the lucky five finalists were drawn out of the lucky dip box. Neeresh Hiralal then went on to see the five national finalists who had made it to the grand prize.
The competition ran for over nine months last year. The excitement reached a high note when the outright winner of the life changing “Win-a-Store” turned out to be a panelbeater from Parow in Cape Town. Rashied Jacobs was accompanied by his wife Sanita and son Maliek who were very emotional on receiving the grand prize from Neeresh.
The party went on big time after that as the Nancefield Paints family continued with the awards ceremony for top employees and branch managers, who had all once again made the year the best ever for the group. Raj Hiralal, company founder said, “When I started the business back in 1987 no one was there to help me, so this is a way of putting back into the company and its people.” From there a wonderful talent show and a full day of enjoyment and celebration ensued. The real winner was the company.
Their no-nonsense high regard for the company employees and constant training and upliftment from within the groups ranks is what drives the huge success in the market place for this company on body shop supplies. They are full of ambition and anticipation for a very successful year in 2020.
Story and pics by Ian Groat