The Company of the Year Award (COYA)2014 was held in November at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi. The event organised by Kenya Institute of Management, (KIM) aimed at celebrating achievements made to enhance an organizations’ management capabilities, performance excellence and offer the right tools to win in the tough operating environment of political regime.Winners included Crown Paints (Company of Year), Cube Movers (Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year), and Jubilee Insurance’s Emily Kamunde Ororo (Manager of the Year).
Chief guest was ICT Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati. Other guests included Uchumi Supermarkets CEO Dr Jonathan Ciano, Kiambu Deputy Governor Gerald Githinji and KIM CEO David Muturi.
COYA uses an assessment tool called Organizational Performance Index (OPI) to rate companies against global business values, which are listed as categories.
COYA recognizes companies that are exceptional when ranked using international best practices like marketing, financial management and corporate citizenship, among other values.
Last year, financial services group Britam won the overall award and Boma Hotel won the Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year Award (SMOYA) category. 25 large companies participated in the evaluation while 15 SMEs which included businesses with annual turnover of below Sh1 billion also contested for the first time.