S.K.Suppliers awarded SLS, ISO
S.K.Suppliers (Pvt) Limited, established in 1954 by entrepreneur S.
Lionel Fernando of Horethuduwa, manufactures various kinds of high
quality mattresses to the Sri Lankan and overseas markets.
S.K.Suppliers (Pvt) Limited head office
Though Fernando started his business in bus and lorry body building,
and incorporated the first ever Motor Body Builders' Society in Sri
Lanka, he did not allow his entrepreneurial skills stop there.
He was constantly on the look out for new enterprises and ways and
means of supporting the local economy. Inheriting their father's
extraordinary entrepreneurial instincts, Fernando's sons started
manufacturing cushions for motor bodies.
From there, it was an easy step to graduate into the manufacture of
pillows, mattresses and spring mattresses, all manufactured using local
This resulted in the birth of Lionco, a successful business empire
that has become a trusted name, both in Sri Lanka and overseas.
Recently, S.K.Suppliers, the manufacturers of Lionco brand
polyurethane foam mattresses, spring mattresses and various products of
polyurethane such as sheet cushions and pillows, won three rare quality
accolades from the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, the ISO 9001:2008
and the SLS ISO 9001:2008 and the SLS 1335:2008 and the right to use the
SLS logo on their products, and the ISO 14001: 2004 from TVE
Certification International, Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
The winning of these three world-acclaimed quality accolades, speaks
volumes of Lionco's stringent adherence to quality.
Fernando's sons are continuing in their father's foot steps with
their latest BOI approved property development project, Suncity
Apartments and Suncity Homes.
S.K.Suppliers (Pvt) Limited are having their offices in Rawatawatta,
Moratuwa and on Galle Road at Colombo 3.
Their head office is situated at Horetuduwa, Moratuwa and they are
having showrooms at Piliyandala, Dehiwala, Thalathuoya, Moratumulla,
Dambulla, Panadura, Kaduruwela, Pamankada, Kottawa, Maharagama,
Kurunegala and Battaramulla. Other than manufacturing most modern, novel
and comfortable sofa sets, their most well-known products are Lionco Eco
Friendly Mattresses, Pillow Top Spring Mattresses, Pocket Spring
Mattresses, Quilted Mattresses, Bonnell Spring Mattresses and Memory
Foam Mattresses. All these products are manufactured at state-of-the-art
factories located at Modarawila Industrial Estate.
Winners selected in 'Atlas Ganimu, Thegi Dinamu' promotional draw
The draw to select the winners of the 'Atlas Ganimu, Thegi Dinamu'
promotional draw, organized by Atlas, one of the largest stationery
manufacturing companies in Sri Lanka to reward their loyal customers,
was held recently at the Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo.
The draw of the ‘Atlas Ganimu Thegi Dinamu’ promotional
campaign. (From left) Western Province
Inland Revenue Department Representative, Chamika Asanga,
Chief Operating Officer/Director
Marketing, Nishantha Hennadige, Head of Sales, Vijitha
Jayathunga, Head of Human Resources,
Sanjeewa Bogodage and Chief Operation Officer/Director
Production Viraj Jayasuriya, and (on right) the 25 winners
Of Rs. 50,000 at GOH
To participate in this 'Atlas Ganimu, Thegi Dinamu' promotional draw,
held from September 1, 2011 to January 10, 2012, customers had to fill
the coupon that is issued with every purchase of Atlas stationery, and
over a million coupons were received by the Company.
Twenty five (25) winners who were selected under the first stage of
the 'Atlas Ganimu, Thegi Dinamu' draw, held under the supervision of
Chamika Asanga, a representative of the Western Province Inland Revenue
Department, were awarded Rs.50,000 each and the trade organization where
the winner made his or her purchases was awarded a gift voucher worth Rs.
Another 1000 winners selected in the second stage of the draw were
awarded with a parcel of Atlas stationery worth Rs. 500.
The prizes for these winners were awarded by the Chief Operating
Officer/Director Marketing K.H.K.Nishantha and the Chief Operating
Officer/Director Production Viraj Jayasuriya.
The Chief Operations Officer/Director Marketing Nishantha Hennadige
participating in the event said, "As the leading stationery
manufacturing company with the highest market share in Sri Lanka, we
have a large number of loyal customers in this country who have placed
their confidence in us so as to only purchase our products.
Especially school children have a great liking for our products. So,
we launched the 'Atlas Ganimu, Thegi Dinamu' draw to reward our loyal
customers who buy only Atlas school and office stationery products.
This sales promotion proved to be very successful and we expect to
organize many such programmes in the future as well."
The Ceylon Pencil Company is one of the leading manufacturing and
marketing companies of school and office stationery in Sri Lanka.
It's retailing brand name 'Atlas' is well known across the country.
Hilton Colombo plans to mark Earth Hour
Hilton Colombo plans to mark Earth Hour 2012 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30
p.m. local time on Saturday, March 31, 2012 as people and organizations
around the world turn off their lights in support of action on global
Earth Hour logo lit up in lamps at Hilton Colombo
Hilton Colombo along with 3,800 hotels that are part of the Hilton
Worldwide portfolio of brands are expected to take part in the event
that will mobilize more than one billion people worldwide.
“We are pleased to join this global effort that galvanizes
organizations and individuals around the world to symbolically switch
off their lights in support of energy conservation, “said Rudolf
Tr”stler, General Manager at the Hilton Colombo. “We aim to make Earth
Hour meaningful, fun and engaging for our guests while also enriching
our guest experience. Hilton Colombo encourages all our guests to join
in on the movement.ÓTr”stler added.
Keeping in line with the Earth Hour theme of 60+, Spices, Spoons and
the Thorana Lounge will be switching off their lighting for one hour,
allowing diners to enjoy their dinner by candle light.Guests can also
enjoy the Earth Hour Jazz night at the hotel's exquisite Thorana Lounge
and bar with live jazz music - “unplugged” for guests to serenade the
Other activities planned out to observe Earth Hour would include the
lighting candles along with organic cupcakes in the shape of the Earth
Hour 60 + sign which will illuminate the lobby.
All guests are invited at 8.30pm on the 31st of March to indulge in
an intricately designed organic cupcake display in the 60+ logo.
All monies collected as donations for the sale of the organic cup
cakes will be used towards a tree planting initiative by the Hilton
Colombo in the following month keeping to the symbolic gesture of going
beyond the hour.
The hotel will also observe Earth Hour by switching off all
non-essential lights including laundry machines, boilers, swimming pool
pumps, the pond, the tennis court lights, concessionaire shop lights,
and building lights.
Moreover the hotel will shut down one elevator and the back corridor
lights will be reduced by 50% while all the floor corridors will be kept
on emergency lighting for one hour.
The well known Hilton neon logo will also be switched off as a
symbolic gesture to further demonstrate the hotel's support to Earth
Heritance unveils $35 m sapphire-studded cake
Heritance Ahungalla, one of Sri Lanka's Aitken Spence Group's premier
hotels, has unveiled a $35 million sapphire studded cake, which the
hotel hopes will be a serious contender for the "World's most expensive
cake" title this year.
Chef Dimuthu flanked by cricketers Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tim
Bresnan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and the
Heritance Ahungalla Team.
Created by their celebrity Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe, the ten-layered
"Pirate's Fantasy" comes studded with jewels and different flavours that
will symbolise the hotel's beach front property on the coastal fishing
village of Ahungalla.
A replica of the "Pirate's Fantasy" cake was unveiled on March 26 to
a distinguished audience that included top cricketers from Sri Lanka and
the visiting England team.
Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene, former skippers Kumar
Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan and England's Tim Bresnan, Ravi
Bopara and Steven Flinn, were mesmerised as the sugar structure was
unveiled atop a brass cannon gun.
"This signature cake, that symbolises the sea, is the first ever for
a five-star beach resort, the jewel studded cake will be anyone's
fantasy. We are incredibly proud of Chef's achievements," said Refhan
Razeen, General Manager, Heritance Ahungalla.
Chef Kumarasinghe, or Chef DK as he is popularly known, is a
celebrity in his own right, having won five individual gold medals at
the Culinary Olympics in Germany and four golds at the Culinary World
Cup in Luxembourg "The Pirate's Fantasy, will undoubtedly be his unique
masterpiece," enthused Razeen.
Chef DK has packed each cake layer with exotic ingredients like
cinnamon, zucchini, purple yam, coconut chips, pistachio, rosemary,
almond cookies, white chocolate, coconut meringue, baked cheese, sweet
wine berry, pineapple, walnut, pumpkin and lemon. Sri Lankan cricket
captain Mahela Jayawardene hailed it as a very innovative cake.
"Its a very unique design and concept. The looks matched the taste,
which was an interesting collection of exotic flavours. It compliments
the quality product and high standards maintained by Heritance Ahungalla."
Heritance Ahungalla has thrown in a few extras for customers who are
tempted to tryout this masterpiece.
"The unbelievably lucky person to be able to purchase this cake, will
not only have the pleasure of owning this masterpiece, but will know the
feeling of holding the crown jewels in one's hand," added Razeen.
A member of one of Sri Lanka's largest diversified conglomerates, the
Aitken Spence PLC, Heritance Ahungalla is part of the Aitken Spence
Hotels family. A Geoffrey Bawa designed hotel, Heritance Ahungalla
secured the Sri Lanka Tourism award for the best five-star resort
The hotel's culinary team last year won a haul of 145 medals at the
2011 Culinary Arts competition organised by the Chefs Guild of Sri
CDB's state-of-the-art lab to nurture IT literacy in Welioya school
The students of the Welioya Ethawatunuwewa Vidyalaya in the
Anuradhapura district were recently gifted with a much looked forward to
IT lab and were connected to the worldwide web by Citizens Development
Business Finance PLC (CDB) as part of its flagship CSR project - 'CDB
CDB's Executive Director/Chief Credit Officer Sasindra
Munasinghe explains a point to one of the students.
In consultation with the Ministry of Education, CDB dedicated this Rs.
One million state-of-the-art IT lab to the school's present and future
generations at a simple ceremony presided over by CDB's Executive
Director/Chief Credit Officer Sasindra Munasinghe, senior officials of
CDB, Principal N.W. Ramanayake, students, parents and well-wishers in
The IT lab accommodates 12 students at a sitting.
The LAN accessed and networked lab is fully equipped with HP branded
computers, LCD monitors, printer, scanner, internet facilities and the
"The primary reason for this project is to give less-privileged
schools in rural areas fast and easy access to information technology.
This way we can launch students into a future which is driven by
technological innovation", CDB's CCO Sasindra Munasinghe told the
students. "We have already connected the students of the Kirindiwela
Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya off Gampaha, Nedigamvila Kanishta Vidyalaya
off Thissamaharama and the Navatkuli Maha Vidyalayam off Jaffna.
I'm proud to say they are already reaping the benefits of IT skills.
These are pre-requisites for modern day success.
Knowledge and IT skills are the foundation of every individual's
personal advancement in the sphere of education and employment. It is
therefore an area of expertise which should be available to all students
in all parts of Sri Lanka".
Thanking CDB for this donation, Principal of the Ethawatunuwewa
Vidyalaya N.W. Ramanayake said that although education today is being
driven by technology, his school's children were deprived of these
facilities for a long time.
"I proudly say that this gift will undoubtedly help develop IT
literacy among our children and thereby help them to respond to
challenges confidently. Not only is this a blessing to our school, but
also to our entire community. We are deeply grateful to CDB for this
initiative and pray that this project goes from strength to strength.
This will enable more under privileged communities in our country to
benefit from the massive advances made in the field of Information
Technology", he added.
Speaking on behalf of the school's 269 student population, 14 year
old Haseera Janani said, "Now that CDB has given us an IT lab, my
classmates and I have a new and exciting world opened to us.
We're thrilled that we have access to greater information.
This will help us to further improve our understanding of other
subjects as well, thereby making a big difference in our education."
As part of its national drive to increase IT literacy, CDB plans to
carry out more projects of this nature in other parts of the country.
This framework is reinforced by CDB's vision to uplift the living
standards of all citizens in Sri Lanka.
Expolanka leads on 'Earth Hour' 2012
Expolanka leads Sri Lanka to join hundreds of millions of people
around the world to commemorate 'Earth Hour' this year.
The world's largest voluntary environmental campaign to fight climate
change, "Earth Hour" will happen on Saturday 31 from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm
when everyone is requested to switch off all non-essential lights as a
symbolic act to support this cause. Sri Lanka is part in this global
event initiated by WWF with Expolanka becoming the national partner for
the 'Earth Hour' event to take place in this country.
Apart from several other initiatives, Expolanka shared the message
with thousands of pedestrians and commuters during the morning and
evening rush hour on key routes in Colombo.
Lassana Flora opens in N'Eliya
Lassana Flora recently opened Sri Lanka's first ever Flower
Collection Centre in Nuwara Eliya, thereby further expanding its service
offering to its hundreds of suppliers in the upcountry region. It was
inaugurated by the Mayor of Nuwara Eliya Mahinda Dodampe Gamage.
Transacting business at the Lassana Flora Flower Collection
Centre in Nuwara Eliya.
Strategically situated at the Nuwara Eliya Economic Centre, this
Flower Collection Centre enables both growers and suppliers to bring
their flowers to a centrally located point with the least possible
expense on transportation. Strict guidelines will be adopted when
accepting flowers to ensure that quality standards are met.
The flowers are packed in plastic containers preserving freshness
before they are transported in cooler trucks.
"This Centre is undoubtedly a boost to the hundreds of small-growers
and suppliers in the Nuwara Eliya district who find both difficult and
costly to transport their flowers to distant locations such as Colombo.
In the past, about 20% of the flowers received monthly, were discarded
due to damage in transportation.
We are now in an enviable position of collecting thousands of flowers
with speed and convenience and thereby preserving their freshness and
quality in the process. With the launch of this Centre we have also been
able to reduce damage to flowers during transportation to almost 05%, in
addition to giving our clients best quality flowers and floral
arrangements, said Lassana Flora's Chairman / Managing Director Dr.
"This Centre will also function as our main CSR project.
"Through this we will share our knowledge and expertise with
suppliers on how to fine tune and further improve their growing skills
and get the best possible produce. Newcomers on the other hand will be
able to obtain advice and guidance on how to venture into the growing of
flowers as a successful commercial business.
"Through this Centre we also want to encourage a greater number of
small-time suppliers to commence growing flowers in their backyards.
Given the salubrious and conducive climate, Nuwara Eliya and its
surrounding areas have hundreds of such people. Given the proper
guidance they can soon become successful entrepreneurs and thus earn an
additional income", Dr, Malavige added.
Leo Burnett concludes annual review
The Burnetters at the Annual Review
Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. (LBSI) the Sri Lankan office of the
internationally acclaimed advertising agency network Leo Burnett
Worldwide, recently concluded the sixth edition of the Agency's Annual
As one of the most awarded integrated creative agencies, the company
believes in engaging its team to inspire them to meet the challenges of
the year and to fulfil its commitments to the agency's impressive client
roster. Leo Burnett, a HumanKind communications company continues to
move forward with the company's philosophy of putting a brand's purpose
at the center of communications to truly connect with people.