Skipper Furnishings and Turtle Limited emerge as top two SMEs in Vodafone ‘Drive into...

Skipper Furnishings and Turtle Limited emerge as top two SMEs in Vodafone ‘Drive into the Big League - II’ Kolkata qualifier

Kolkata, 08/09/2012

Kolkata, September 8, 2012: Vodafone Drive into the Big League – II, a unique property from Vodafone India, saw Skipper Furnishings and Turtle Limited emerge as the top two SMEs in the city qualifier. These two winners now stand a chance to battle it out in the Grand Finale, to win a one-of-its-kind opportunity to get their company logo placed on the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes cars that will race at the second season of the motor racing event slated for October 26-28, 2012.

The four finalists at Kolkata this evening went through three rigorous rounds of selection process. The contestants were judged by a panel of senior Vodafone officials and an eminent jury including prominent personalities like Prof. Saugata Ray, Dean –Academics, IIM Calcutta, B L Mittal, Founder, Microsec and Mr. Kailash Baheti, Chief Strategy Officer, Magma Fincorp Ltd

The Grand Finale, to be held in Delhi will feature 21 participants battling it out in an 8 part reality television series on leading national channel all through Sept-October 2012. The final winner will be selected by an expert jury who will evaluate the finalists providing them with real situations that each of their businesses could face and how they would work around those situations.

The Vodafone Drive into the Big League – II had received an unprecedented response of over 270,000 entries. This annual business property is a unique initiative from Vodafone India to engage and build relevance with India’s booming SME sector.

In the first season of Vodafone Drive into the Big League, M/S ABC Consultants won the title amongst the 80,000 companies vying for the title and had their logo displayed on the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car that raced in the first Indian Grand Prix.

About Vodafone Business Services

Serving the needs of an enterprise, Vodafone Business Services is a total communications offering that caters to all their Voice and Data, wireless and Fixed-line requirements. With the advantage of global expertise and experience and the knowledge of local markets, the business is run through the following verticals – Vodafone Global Enterprise, SME division, National Corporate and key accounts. Since its inception, Vodafone Business Services has garnered over 3.3 million corporate customers in India and currently provides services to over 60,000 global and national businesses equipped with a robust and superior network infrastructure and a 24x7 NOC. Through a dedicated team of Account Managers and Service Managers for each account, Vodafone Business Services offers a varied range of products and services such as Machine to Machine Solutions, Wireline Data Solutions (MPLS-VPN, Internet Leased Lines, domestic and international Leased Circuits), Office Wireline Voice (E1-DID), Toll Free Services, Conferencing and Collaboration, Application Mobility and Mobile Email & Connectivity Solutions to help enterprises (big and small) to enhance their productivity and efficiency. At the Frost & Sullivan Awards 2012, Vodafone Business Services won the “Best Enterprise Mobile Service Provider for the Year” award.

About Vodafone India:

Vodafone India is a member of the Vodafone Group and commenced operations in 1994 when its predecessor Hutchison Telecom acquired the cellular license for Mumbai. The company with revenues of over INR 32,000 crores has operations across the country with around 155 million customers. Vodafone India has firmly established a strong position within the Vodafone Group too, making it the largest subscriber base globally. This journey is a strong testimony of Vodafone’s success in a highly competitive and price sensitive market.

At the Global ET Telecom Awards 2012, Vodafone India received the award for ‘Value Services –Rural Innovation Category’. Vodafone India has been awarded the 'Best Marketing Company for 2011' in a survey conducted by a leading financial daily. The company received the 'Most Admired Telecom Operator' and 'Best 3G Operator' awards at the recent

Telecom Operator Awards 2012. Vodafone Business Services received the “Best Enterprise Service Provider” at the Frost & Sullivan Awards 2012. The company has also received the globally recognized prestigious ‘Product of the Year 2012’ consumer award for Vodafone Apps Store in the Mobile Services Category. In another survey conducted by Nielsen, Vodafone India was the only telecom player in the Top 10 ‘Most Exciting Youth Brands’ in India.

At Vodafone, sustainability is an integral part of the company’s mission and strategy, shaping the conduct of business every day. Vodafone India, in line with its group philosophy has released the Corporate Sustainability Report for India – Footprints 2010-11. To view the online version of the report, please visit Vodafone India has been awarded the prestigious “Golden Peacock Award” for corporate social responsibility for 2012.

Vodafone Group is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies with over 406 million customers as on June 30, 2012. Vodafone currently has equity interests in over 30 countries across five continents and more than 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit

Mansi Tiwari I Vodafone India I 98198 18462 I
Yatharth Goel I Adfactors PR | 98317 12340 I

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