PETALING JAYA, April 5 — SME Corp Malaysia aims to see more Enterprise 50 (E50) winners listed on Bursa Malaysia.
Chairman Datuk Ir Dr Mohamed Al Amin Abdul Majid said 60 companies had been listed — 46 on the Main Market and 14 on the ACE Market.
“This year marks the second year in which participation in the E50 Award Programme is by invitation only to companies that have been rated four-star and above under SME Corp’s SME Competitiveness Rating for Enhancement Programme (Score),” he said.
He was speaking at the launch of E50 Award Programme 2013 here today.
There were 274 four-star companies in the country, he said.
Mohamed Al Amin said for the past few years, the award programme had been successful in promoting and showcasing competitive and resilient enterprises, capable of facing global challenges in true entrepreneurial spirit.
The winners had regarded the award as a self-assessment process in their pursuit of excellence and some even continued to participate every year as a measure to benchmark themselves against others, he said.
The annual award programme, which is in its 17th year, offers winners wide media coverage and increased their visibility to customers and suppliers.
Another privilege of being an E50 winner is that SME Corp has extended its invitation to the top 10 winners to participate in the Oxford Advanced Leadership Programme, in which the corporation will bear 70 per cent of the cost.
Women will be picked to attend the Female Entrepreneur Programme at the University of Oxford’s Business School.
The participating companies will be evaluated by services organisation Deloitte Malaysia. Besides Deloitte, SME Corp has been partnering with RHB Bank Bhd, Telekom Malaysia Bhd, Business Times, Media Prima Bhd and Malaysia SME for the award programme. — Bernama