Tasha Jardim, owner of Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge, came third in the Female Entrepreneur section of the 2015 Business Excellence Awards held in Portugal recently. A total of 240 businesses from around the world entered the 2015 Business Excellence Awards including entrants from Africa, Europe and the Middle East. 

The Business Excellence Awards, sponsored by ActionCOACH, were founded in 2011 to recognize the “Best of the Best” in the business world, honouring the achievements and accomplishments of business owners and professionals from around the world.

“I am thrilled with this award and honoured to have been nominated amongst such talented women. I am also very proud to have held the South African flag high at an international competition. South Africa has a lot of great talent and potential and I am pleased that our businesses can compete with those on a global scale,” said Tasha.

Tasha also won the Umhlanga Women Achievers Achiever of the Year award at the end of last year and attributes her success to hard work, dedication and a love for people. “Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge is made the old-fashioned way – with love, time and connection. It has walked a journey from humble beginnings of me in the kitchen making fudge as a hobby to a thriving factory-based business with 13 full-time staff, a small management team, an admin department and 20 distributors servicing a national footprint.”

Tasha plans to expand her factory, grow her staff compliment, purchase another company delivery vehicle, explore international markets and will continue to assist other start-up businesses through mentoring