United SMEs Association of Kenya

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Economies worldwide and especially in developing countries such as Kenya tend to grow if proper attention is given to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.  SMES Excellence Awards were initiated to recognize and appreciate individuals or/and teams for outstanding accomplishments that have had a significant impact on the economy. The SME Excellence awards also honor firms that demonstrate an exceptional commitment and dedication to upskilling the workforce, enhancing talent, and preparing new and incumbent employees for a successful career in the industry.

These awards honor innovators who demonstrate an exceptional commitment and dedication to upskilling the workforce, enhancing talent, and preparing new and incumbent employees for successful careers in the manufacturing industry. Specifically, this award honors entrepreneurs and businesses who implement best practices for reducing the skills gap and building a high-performance workforce. 


Awards & Publications

  • All nominees who make it to the list will receive trophies at the awards gala dinner
  • All nominees that make it to the list will be included in a publication for the awards

Nominee Award Criteria


  • Percentage growth of the topline (revenue)
  • Business expansion in the year under review (locations, products/services
  • Percentage growth in profitability in the year under review 
  • ROI of key innovation initiatives in the year under review 
  • ESG (contributions to making the planet a better place to live)


  •  Percentage of donor retention
  • Percentage achievement of new donor funds attraction
  • Percentage of projects completed
  •  Impact of donor projects on communities served
  • Compliance to donor/government regulations


  • Cost management (Adherence to approved budgets)
  • People growth (percentage of team members achieving targets)
  • Quality of reports
  • Performance in three other industry-specific KPIs
  • ROI of key initiatives rolled out in the year under review 
  • Other categories will be determined as per the panel of judges’ criteria which shall be reviewed yearly ceteris paribus

For Award nominations

To Nominate yourself or someone please use this form.

Click here to access  the nomination form

For any inquiries kindly write to membership@smes.co.ke

SMES Excellence Awards 


SMEs may be overlooked by mainstream business awards for recognition despite their often innovative and creative achievements and their power to truly disrupt the economy. The United SMEs Association of Kenya understands the significance of this sector of businesses and each year hosts SME awards aimed at specific regions or industries looking to showcase some of the key players for doing great things. We celebrate the success stories of SMEs who trade in Kenya. 

Nominations for all businesses are welcomed, we will then assess all nominees looking for those most deserving for their efforts within the last on year.

Some of the award categories we have are;

  1. Outstanding Young SME leader of the year Award
  2. Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  3. Personality of the Year Award
  4. Philanthropist of the Year Award
  5. Leasing Firm of the Year Award
  6. Property/ Real Estate Firm of the Year
  7. Insurance Firm of the Year Award
  8. Agency of the Year Award
  9. Financial Services Provider Of The Year  Award
  10. Best Exporter and importer of The Year 
  11. Business Mentor Of The Year Award
  12. Healthcare, Beauty & Wellness Business of the Year
  13. Woman Entrepreneur Of The Year
  14. Other  Awards categories 

If you would like to be a part of our SME Excellence Awards please via the link herein reach out to our SME Awards Team  either by telephone or via email: awards@smes.co.ke cc membership@smes.co.ke / +2544(0)719408244/041244155 / 0794 322 883 

SMES Excellence Awards are held annually to recognize the businesses and individuals that are leading in their industry in terms of;

Brand visibility

Sales, profitability, revenue and other financial data

Number of employees

Growth/ physical expansion

Success of a product line

Increased market share or tapping into new markets

Business Ethics – Integrity and customer care service

The SMES Excellence Award committee ranks the companies using a growth index formula to level the playing field among businesses of all sizes. This considers both revenue growth for a period of three years and employee growth over the same period.

Organizational growth, however, means different things to different organizations.

The award considers these organizational growth.

For 2020-2023, How businesses and institutions have been able to cope up with Covid-19 pandemic


You have various options to become a sponsor at the SMES Excellence Awards. The common thread amongst them all is the brand impact that you will have on over 600 guests from Top Executives companies and Government Parastatals in all industries in the region. 

Sponsors Value 

We will ensure that the sponsors get VALUE for their money.

The sponsors will appear on our adverts as agreed.

They will be allowed to exhibit during the award and get special mentions

and coverage in the media.

Brand the event with rollup banners and giveaways merchandise to the  attendees

Interviews with the media covering the event

Plus, all the benefits the award winners will enjoy and many more 

Why Should You Sponsor?

 Brand Visibility

Boost your brand visibility with your logo presence in various aspects of the Awards.

Gain More

Gain more visibility with current and potential clients


Grab the opportunity to stand out from your peers

Raise Standard and Awareness

Be part of an event that aims to raise the standards and awareness of High


Better your performance with the exposure that comes with the SMEs Excellence awards.

Our Awards recognize and celebrate the key players in various categories of the sector who have over the years achieved outstanding results and made positive contributions to the industry’s growth. 

At the end of the survey, the nominees will converge for Gala Dinner where the awards will be presented to the winning industry leaders.


Every year, SMES Excellence magazine recognizes the most exceptional young community leaders in the Region. The SMEs Excellence list honors individuals who are excelling in their careers, giving back to the community and raising the profile of the city. If you would like to nominate someone for the class of 2023/2024, fill out the nomination form below.



Please key in the following details in the form below or send via email. 

  1. About You, the Nominator
  2. About your Nominee
  3. Additional Information
  4. Finish
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