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Strategic, impactful and tangible solutions for Enterprise and Supplier Development
– fully managed

Why Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD)?

As the backbone of the South African economy, small businesses are critical drivers of employment and growth. The Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) element of the B-BBEE Scorecard is designed to facilitate the support, development and growth of small Black-owned business, to help them to operate more sustainably and successfully.

Doing ESD right

3% of your Net Profit After Tax must be allocated to this all-important element, so it’s critical to ensure:

  • that your ESD contributions are strategically aligned with both your scorecard and business objectives;
  • that your ESD is carried out properly and in line with the requirements of the Codes;
  • that beneficiaries experience the most positive impact possible; and
  • that your ultimate ESD verification is simple and risk-free.

ESD123: an ideal Enterprise and Supplier Development solution for you

ESD123 is a smart, flexible, customised end-to-end solution that benefits both sponsor and beneficiary businesses – and has helped to grow over 100 small businesses so far.

Our approach is marked by engagement: we engage with clients, to get to grips with their strategic objectives, and we engage with SME businesses, so we genuinely understand what they do and their needs.

You decide how much you need and want to spend (ours is a scalable solution aligned to your ESD budget).

Our process incorporates a full business and systems diagnostic, based on which we compile a customised Business Bundle.

In addition, the ESD123 team can explore the market to source beneficiary businesses for you – or engage those you’ve already chosen from within your existing supply chain.

The Business Bundle

The right business tools, services and skills that can mean success or failure for a beneficiary business. We analyse the beneficiary business in order to compile a unique and customised Business Bundle that unifies the value-adding products and services needed for their capacitation.

Our menu of largely web-based elements can include:


Including a website, e-commerce functionality, an accounting system, a Customer Relationship Management system, general and niche-specific software, and directories


Book-keeping and accounting, payroll, HR, marketing, social media, community management, business gap analysis, business development, B-BBEE, admin assistance, licensing, training and support.

The bottom line

If you’re an ESD sponsor, you can benefit enormously from ESD123’s fully outsourced approach to developing and supporting Black-owned beneficiary businesses, while ensuring scorecard points optimisation. At the same time, ESD123 is committed to meaningful development for beneficiaries, in ways that have real impact.

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