(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- The winners of the Zubair Small Enterprises Centre's (Zubair SEC) Direct Support Programme for 2018 were announced at a ceremony held under the patronage of Al Zubair Muhammad al Zubair, vice chairman of The Zubair Corporation.
The board members of The Zubair Corporation, distinguished guests including ambassadors, representatives of national initiatives supporting entrepreneurship, executives of leading companies, and members of Zubair SEC and SMEs owners attended the event.
The Direct Support Programme, which has established a very reputable and credible positioning in Oman's SMEs sector has grown extraordinarily. This is the fifth edition of the Direct Support Programme organised by Zubair SEC, the social responsibility initiative of
The Zubair Corporation. The programme has been providing support and mentorship to high-potential young entrepreneurs and business owners for the last four years.
Zubair SEC's Direct Support Programme this year received 225 applications. With the newly announced winners, the Direct Support Programme has so far signed up 48 winners in its five editions.
This year's ten winners of the Direct Support Programme are: Bahiya Hilal al Shuaibi, Global Space & Technology Co (winner of the seat adopted by Ominvest); Hassan Ali al Lawati, ROVE Adventures (winner of the seat adopted by ARA Petroleum); Ibrahim Hamad al Khulaifeen, Al Khulaifeen Modern Trading Enterprises (BBQ Bro's); Abdullah Mohammed al Dughaishi, Gourmet Taste Sweets LLC; Zahra Mohammed Saif Ambu Saidi, Shiyaka Photography; Abdul Aziz al Mawali, Smart Tech Solutions; Khalid Shafi al Habsi, Shafi Pharmacy; Adil Humaid al Hashmi, Falcon's Voice Comprehensive Trad LLC; Laila Nasser al Kharoosi, Women Gym Centre; and Imad Ali al Ghafri, Tourism Events.
Social impact and entrepreneurship have been key areas of focus for Zubair SEC in choosing the programme's winners, as the centre has been raising awareness and building capacity towards sustainable social impact of business since the first year of its establishment.
In his keynote address, Al Zubair Muhammad al Zubair said, 'I would like to emphasise that the major milestones for the Direct Support Programme were a direct result of the great efforts made by many parties. The determination of the programme's members, the strong collaboration of leading government and private entities, as well as the tireless support we received from our friends in the media are all key factors contributing to the success of Zubair SEC and its programmes and initiatives.'
He added, 'At Zubair SEC, we give great importance to support entrepreneurs directly and indirectly by offering them expert knowledge, resource and support. We are confident that all who have applied to the programme have gained some sort of insight towards what can be done better to take his or her project to the next level.'
During the past few months, Zubair SEC organised orientation sessions at its premises and roadshows across several governorates in the sultanate to publicise and elaborate on the Direct Support Programme to Omani entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses.