The Managing Director of the West Africa Mills Company, (WAMCO), Frank Bednar, has encouraged Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to make regulatory compliance and safety issues utmost in their production line.
“Customers tend to trust such enterprises because they know they are following quality standards and are using materials that are safe for all,” he said.
He emphasised that: “Quality, is something that you have to really prove everyday if you want it be ahead of competitors and become the reference point in your chosen business”.
Mr. Bednar, said this when he hosted 22 SMEs under SNV, the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Duapa Werkspace ‘an incubation hub’ in Business to Business (B2B) tour.
The B2B Tour, led by Duapa Werkspace and AGI, is supported by the SNV Ghana to create market linkages between the SMEs and already established industries in the Western Region.
The B2B tour afforded the SMEs opportunity to get to know the operations of WAMCo and how they can explore areas of collaboration for growth.
Mr. Bednar recounted the tougher times the company had to endure between 2014 and 2017 and how resilience and strategic partnerships has seen to the revival of one of the two factories ‘WAMCo 1’ of the company.
He mentioned that technology and modification of tools are what the factory needs to meet current socioeconomic trends in business and bring about profit.
The Managing Director said, “we want to drive these changes in line with renewable energy solutions to save cost, increase employment levels and expand market shares as we await our Certification into the African Continental Free Trade Area Programme”.
Mr. Erasmus Ackon, Chief Executive Officer of Duapa Werkspace, a Business Incubation Centre explained that the trip was to showcase excellence in business practices from industries in the region to enable the SME’s learn from them.
“We have really learnt a lot by observation during the tour of your facility and how standards and quality measures are top-notch, we promise to incorporate bit and pieces into all activities to improve business performance” he added.
Mr. Albert Ababio, Western Regional Manager of the Association of Ghana industry (AGI) described the tour, as eye opener for the SMEs.