Collaboration sees two SMEs grow from strength to strength
A seven-year partnership between DEVELOP South Africa and Evolution Technology Group (ETG) to supply multifunctional devices to National Treasury and other government bodies around the country has seen both companies grow significantly during this period.
DEVELOP SA general manager Sudhir Daya says DEVELOP partnered with ETG because of its long and successful history in the office automation space. “It made sense to partner with ETG because of its vast experience, technological advancements, client base and national reach.
“Our partnership is indicative of our mutual commitment to supplying technologically leading multifunctional devices that meet and exceed our clients' needs and expectations, as well as to expanding our base and market share in the industry,” adds Daya.
The mutually beneficial partnership sees the organisations supply and service numerous DEVELOP ineo A4 and A3, black-and-white and colour devices throughout South Africa every year.
ETG was contracted by National Treasury to supply multifunctional devices, print management software and device management software on a national basis for the first time in 1998. This included servicing and maintenance of the devices and training for staff members.
ETG chief executive officer, Shaheed Albertus, says his company continues to supply National Treasury today. “We also supply several other government departments, including SA Express, the Human Science Research Council, South African Local Government Association, Health Professions Council of South Africa, National Nuclear Regulator and University of South Africa, among others.”
He says every time the company is awarded new business, new job opportunities are created. “It also means we can upskill and develop our existing staff members, establish additional branches around the country and assist in growing existing BEE sub-contractors.”
Daya says the partnership, which commenced in 2012, has seen both ETG and DEVELOP growing from strength to strength since then. “DEVELOP’s growth over the past years has been steady, with positive market penetration and expansion within the commercial and government sectors.
“Considering that the DEVELOP brand was fairly unknown to the South African market before 2009, the base is growing at a healthy rate as more clients become familiar with it. Annual sales figures show that we distribute an average of more than 500 new units in South Africa, with deals either being cash-based or leased contracts running from between 36 to 60 months per unit.”
He points out that DEVELOP partners with about 30 dealers around the country. “It’s always exciting work with companies such as ETG that offer a wide array of services and solutions. By incorporating these technologies with DEVELOP ineo devices, our collaborative partnership is a perfect and viable business match.”
When asked to give advice to entrepreneurs on how to secure government business, Albertus says they need to ensure they are compliant with all government requirements for the procurement process. “This is key to securing contracts, as is your willingness to go the extra mile,” he concludes.
DEVELOP South Africa
DEVELOP South Africa, a wholly owned Bidvest company, is a leading international office communication solutions brand. DEVELOP's ethos is to assess, design and guide clients throughout the implementation process and beyond. The company offers continued onsite technical and software management, as well as the supply of spare parts and consumables. Its primary objective is to increase productivity in the customers' business environment. With a principle of "dynamic balance", DEVELOP South Africa offers clients cost-effective innovation in the product area, while being dedicated to a mutually beneficial relationship with its business partners.