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Southern Province entrepreneurs feted at awards ceremony

Best Entrepreneur Award Ceremony of Southern Province was held recently at the Sanaya Mansion Hotel in Matara.

The event was organised by the National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) in collaboration with the Hambantota District Chamber of Commerce (HDCC) and supported by the Chambers of Commerce in Galle and Matara and Southern province ministry and Southern Province Development Authority.

The awards were designed to encourage the business community in the Southern province to improve their standards of business practices and achieve higher levels of entrepreneurship. NEDA selected HDCC to manage the evaluation process of award winners and organize the ceremony.

Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Development, Industry and Supply Management Minister Wimal Weerawansa was the chief guest.

The Southern Province Enterprise Excellence Award was won by W.Jinadasa, Chairman / Managing Director – Andaradeniya Estate (Pvt) Ltd, Neluwe. Special Guests: Parliament Member Niroshan Premarathna, Manager, Central Bank Southern Porvince Regional Office Migara Handunge , The Dean, Facalty of Finance and Management, Universty of Ruhuna Dr. Thusitha Gunawardana, District secretaries in Hambantota, Matara and Galle, Chairman of Southern province Development Authority Charith Lasantha, Chairman of Southern province Industrial Development Authority Nilanga Hendawitharana, National Enterprise Development Authority Officers, Presidents of Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts Chamber of Commerce.

Representatives from government, NGO’s and private Companies participated for the event.

NEDA provides partial funding to organize this event and Support sponsored by Southern Province Ministry, Southern Province Development Authority, ACBT Campus and RDB Bank.

Winners were selected after a panel of judges’ evaluated entrepreneur’s submissions, conducted interviews and attended field visits. The competition provided awards for three sector categories under four size categories. There were eight special awards.

The following awards were presented at the ceremony:

Southern Province Enterprise Excellence Award

W.Jinadasa, Chairman / Managing Director – Andaradeniya Estate (Pvt) Ltd, Neluwe

Large Scale

Industry / Manufacturing Sector

W.Jinadasa, Chairman / Managing Director – Andaradeniya Estate (Pvt) Ltd, Neluwe

Hospitality / Tourism / Services Sector -

Hemantha K. Vidanagamage, Managing Director – Heladiwa Group, Akuressa

Agriculture / Fisheries / Livestock Sector

H.T Aruna de Silva, Chairman – Evergreen Plantation (Pvt) Ltd, Thalgaswela

Medium Scale

Industry / Manufacturing Sector

A.W.M Ahsan, Managing Director – Nafha Bags (pvt) Ltd, Gintote

Hospitality / Tourism / Services Sector

A.G MaheenPriyanta, Managing Director – Maweli Group of Companies, Imaduwe

Agriculture / Fisheries / Livestock Sector

Achala Fernando, Director – Angel Aquarium (pvt) Ltd, Lunugamvehera

Small Scale

Industry / Manufacturing Sector

SupuliSililari W. Karunarathne, Managing Director – Nature Healing Ayur (pvt) Ltd, Habaraduwe

Hospitality / Tourism / Services Sector

K.D PasanPriyadarshana, Proprietor – PasanMortors, Ahangama.

Agriculture / Fisheries / Livestock Sector

SudeshDillimuni, Proprietor – Minpura Aqua & Fish Farm, Kamburupitiya

Micro Scale

Industry and manufacturing Sector

D. KalyaniPiyasinghe, Proprietor – ThiliniBatic, Matara.

Hospitality/Tourism/Services Sector

N.H.K. UpulChinthaka, Proprietor – Chinthaka Motors, Poddala.

Agriculture/Fisheries/Livestock Sector

T.M GayaniGeethika, Proprietor – Amarasinghe Plant Nursery, Karandeniya.

Special Awards

Best Environmental Friendly Enterprise

AnushaWarnakula, Proprietor – Susunidu Baby Care, Kamburupitiya

Best Exporter

W.U.W De Zoysa, Managing Director – SLA Spice (pvt) Ltd, Ahangama

Best productive enterprise

H.T Aruna De Silva, Chairman – Evergreen Plantation (pvt) Ltd, Thalgaswela

Best innovative enterprise

Sahan Kumara Withanage, Managing Director – Sahan D Max Lanka (pvt) Ltd, Akuressa

Best value added enterprise

DevapriyaWanigasekara, Director – Uruwala Tea Factory (pvt) Ltd, Akuressa.

Best energy efficiency enterprise

Mr. W. Jinadasa, Chairman / Managing Director – Andaradeniya Estate (Pvt) Ltd, Neluwe

Best Women Entrepreneur

K.W.K RajikaPriyangani, Proprietor – Hiru Fashion, Dikwella

Best Youth Entrepreneur

K.G ChinthakaUdaya Kumara, Managing Director – SameeraApperals (pvt) Ltd.

Micro Scale District Winners - Hambantota

Industry and manufacturing Sector

W.AChaminda Kumara, Proprietor – Kawshalya ornaments Products, Kirinda, Tissamaharama

Hospitality/Tourism/Services Sector

J.H Chandrika Shanthi, Proprietor – YasaskaramNideeshvaram Orchid Plantation, Pannegamuwe, Weerawila

Agriculture/Fisheries/Livestock Sector

W.GDammikaDamayanthi, Proprietor – Sewwandi Plant Nursery, Sooriyawewa

Micro Scale District Winners – Matara

Industry and manufacturing Sector


Proprietor – Southern Fruit Product, Nadugala, Matara

Hospitality/Tourism/Services Sector

A.H RasangiWathsala,

Proprietor – Leo Beauty centre, Thelijjawila

Agriculture/Fisheries/Livestock Sector

S.G DeepikaKumariKulathunga,

Proprietor – Kumari Plant Nursery, Weligama

Micro Scale District Winners – Galle

Industry and manufacturing Sector

N.V RishanDulanjana

Proprietor – Rish Lanka, Galle

Hospitality/Tourism/Services Sector

T.N.W.M Gayathri Nanayakkara

Proprietor – Akarshana Studio & Beauty Centre, Yakkalamulla

Agriculture/Fisheries/Livestock Sector

G.L.S Premathilake

Proprietor – Eco Star Farm House, Bentota.

Merit Certificate

Small Scale – Industry

D.L Susantha

Proprietor – Sewitha Products, Hapugala, Galle

Medium Scale – Industry

W.T DhammikaSujith Kumara

Proprietor – W.T.K Fiber Mills, Weeraketiya

Medium Scale – Industry

Mr. E.G. Sunil,Proprietor – Sunil Furniture, Karagoda, Uyangoda

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