SummerTime’s Year End GraTEAtude Party

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SummerTime’s Year End GraTEAtude Party

SummerTime’s Year End GraTEAtude Party Swaady Martin, a client, and friend, kindly offered us her beautiful new tea house in Maboneng to host our year-end GraTEAtude party. A group of ladies gathered over light food, fun, creativity, conversation and fantastic tea. A great way to end this year … quiet, contemplative connecting in a stunningly serene...

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TEDxPretoria

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TEDxPretoria

We had the privilege of working with the TEDxPretoria team once again in putting together the annual event. With a theme of Fast Forward, 17 phenomenal speakers shared incredibly inspiring ideas around how they are moving society and the world forward. We love creating access to markets opportunities for entrepreneurs and incorporated this into this event by setting up the X-Market. We showcased some vibrant entrepreneurs who are creating stunning local products. Watch this space for new around the #TEDxPretoria event for...

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Women CEO Interview

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Women CEO Interview

It’s always great sharing our entrepreneurial journey. This time it was with The Women CEO blog. Taking time out to reflect is always wonderful, learning through our challenges and celebrating our successes! Click here to view video… Youtube Video      

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#WomensMonth: SummerTime lets female creativity shine

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Our Summertime Story | Comments Off on #WomensMonth: SummerTime lets female creativity shine

#WomensMonth: SummerTime lets female creativity shine

The lyrics go “Summer time, and the livin’ is easy“, and that happy, relaxed vibe is exactly what you’re left with after chatting to SummerTime strategic design studio’s founders, Sandhya Singh and Raksha Mahabeer, who clearly love what they do. Here’s why… More on Bizcommunity.com

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Success Stories Of Friends Turned Business Partners

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Our Summertime Story, SME | Comments Off on Success Stories Of Friends Turned Business Partners

Success Stories Of Friends Turned Business Partners

“Don’t do business with friends or family” goes the often-quoted saying. The world, however, has no shortage of friends who have decided to go into business together. A recently released survey, Santam Start-up Survey, shows that while a majority of entrepreneurs go into business alone (up to 52.5%), there are those (23.9%) who look to start a new venture with a partner. The research was conducted among 600 South African entrepreneurs. “The key to maintaining a great friendship is maturity and respect” – Raksha Mahabeer. Read full story on...

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SummerTime got to share some highlights from their journey with the Standard Bank Incubator at their One Year Celebrations earlier this week.

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Our Summertime Story, SME | Comments Off on SummerTime got to share some highlights from their journey with the Standard Bank Incubator at their One Year Celebrations earlier this week.

SummerTime got to share some highlights from their journey with the Standard Bank Incubator at their One Year Celebrations earlier this week.

SummerTime, a vibrant creative design studio specialising in fresh graphic design, comprehensive brand development and marketing support services for both SMEs and corporate clients, has been selected as a supplier to the Standard Bank Incubator after receiving business acceleration training through SW7 and Ignitor. Click here to view the full...

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South African entrepreneurial duo building a vibrant creative design studio

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Our Summertime Story, SME | Comments Off on South African entrepreneurial duo building a vibrant creative design studio

South African entrepreneurial duo building a vibrant creative design studio

In the highly competitive and fast moving world of corporate branding, marketing and graphic design, finding a specialist niche is key. South African creative design studio, SummerTime, is one such company leading the field by providing a powerful combination of passion for the work they do, combined with an innovative approach to solving branding and marketing challenges on behalf of their clients. Full story...

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Raksha_TheBeat Was Profiled as Enterprenueur of The Week on SME South Africa

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Our Summertime Story, SME | Comments Off on Raksha_TheBeat Was Profiled as Enterprenueur of The Week on SME South Africa

Raksha_TheBeat Was Profiled as Enterprenueur of The Week on SME South Africa

SME South Africa profiled Raksha as their Entrepreneur of the Week, read all about it here!

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SummerTime Rubbing Shoulders with South Africa’s Dragons

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Our Summertime Story | Comments Off on SummerTime Rubbing Shoulders with South Africa’s Dragons

SummerTime Rubbing Shoulders with South Africa’s Dragons

As part of The Hookup Dinner’s co-creation team, we hosted the South African Dragons from the popular television show, Dragon’s Den, at The Hookup Dinner in August 2015. Their conversational style when speaking revealed some invaluable entrepreneurial ‘pearls’ which reassured us that we’re not crazy and, as entrepreneurs, are certainly on the right track! These smart leaders were humble and generous with their time, sparing a few minutes to chat with us. Pictures above Raksha_TheBeat with Polo Leteka and Gil...

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SummerTime profiled on The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship’s site!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Our Summertime Story | Comments Off on SummerTime profiled on The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship’s site!

SummerTime profiled on The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship’s site!

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Sandhya Singh and Raksha Mahabeer are two passionate, creative individuals who met in the corporate world but yearned for entrepreneurial success. Today, they are the co-owners of SummerTime, a creative studio based in Johannesburg, specialising in graphic design, brand development and marketing support for the SMME and corporate markets. With a philosophy and understanding of attention to detail, the SummerTime team’s differentiating factor is their attitude towards good customer service and solid relationship building. From courteously answering telephone calls to a fast turnaround time, Sandhya and Raksha believe maintaining service standards as a fundamental business practice is the reason for their repeat clientele and by-word-of-mouth referrals. Starting SummerTime and growing it into a sustainable business has certainly not been easy for Sandhya and Raksha. After an initial ‘honeymoon period’ off the back of secured clients through the Enterprise Development System, they found themselves learning a valuable lesson: business does not come easy. At the beginning of SummerTime’s fifth year, the team joined the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, where strategy, planning and goal setting were competencies on which both of these entrepreneurs needed to build. “With the knowledge we have gained at the centre and the networks that it has exposed us to, we have been able to lift our business out of a reactive mode and into a proactive mode with purpose”, explain the co-owners. The training has proved invaluable to this creative duo, who last year moved SummerTime into its own office space and recruited two new staff members. This year, they plan on employing another fulltime employee due to the sustained growth of the business. Today, SummerTime is a multi-disciplinary creative studio offering a range of services including development of brand identities, creative graphic design services, marketing support services, employer branding campaigns, engaging team and client events, branding workshops, supply of promotional material and photography services. And they are not done yet. The forthcoming phase of their business strategy will include the divisionalisation of their service offering. Three divisions polarising the business channels will be established, namely SummerTime Create, focusing on design and brand development, SummerTime Splash, incorporating team and client events, and SummerTime Spark supporting small businesses in South Africa through corporate gifting. Today’s frugal economic climate has seen the team at SummerTime innovate ways to remain current and relevant, including various networking systems with other stakeholders in the industry. Employing several freelance contributors and collaborating with other businesses on larger projects has kept monthly overheads manageable, and the team has opened their doors to two students learning the ways of the creative industry, thus incorporating training as a philanthropic offering to their community. Moreover, the business is actively involved in projects that support orphaned children in Gauteng, South Africa. With goals of building SummerTime into a self-sustaining business employing up to nine creative individuals, Sandhya and Raksha have set their ambitions on additional business ventures, furthering their scope within the creative and marketing industries. “We want to contribute to creating a better country for our children to grow up in; a country with less poverty, less crime, more job opportunities and a stable economy,” they explain. Inspired by their parents and grandparents, all of whom were successful business owners, Sandhya and Raksha...

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