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Colombo Jewellery Stores opens One Galle Face outlet with Sapphire Island Collection

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Sapphire Island Collection in collaboration with Miss Sri Lanka 2021 Sade Greenwood

Defining a century of style celebrating the Sri Lankan Blue Sapphire

Colombo Jewellery Stores (CJS) etched its milestone of a Century of Style with the opening of its latest store, at the One Galle Face Mall (Shop No. L1 – 59) Celebrating the opening of the outlet which makes the exclusive range of CJS jewellery accessible to the customer who defines style and sophistication, CJS launched its newest tribute to this Island of Gems with The Sapphire Island Collection exclusively available only at the One Galle Face store.

As the brand reaches its centurion milestone, CJS looks back on the skill, knowledge and experience of three generations that created a philosophy of uncompromising quality and artisanal flair. The heritage of this brand, built on the cornerstones of craftsmanship, quality, sustainability and creativity have presented a portfolio of showstopping jewellery and sophisticated accessories that are the epitome of elegance and pizzazz.

The Sapphire Island Collection is a collaboration with the first Youth Ambassador for Colombo Jewellery Stores, Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World 2021 the young and vibrant, Sade Greenwood. She brings with her a passion for uplifting society and protecting the environment, similar values upheld by CJS which has been actively contributing to a strong sustainability footprint since inception.

For the CEO of CJS Akram Cassim, this is a milestone that culminates not only a 100-year legacy but also heralds a new era of style. “Sade represents a new generation of jewellery design and the inspiration for the Sapphire Island Collection, which focused entirely on the magical Sri Lankan Blue Sapphire, our Island’s most treasured and historically significant gemstone.”

Sade, who will be an integral facet in promoting the Collection to the youthful customer segment said, “It is my honour, as Youth Ambassador for Colombo Jewellery Stores to launch the Sapphire Island Collection celebrating a Century of Style. CJS and I have similar passions for the betterment of our planet and I look forward to working closely with the brand to promote these causes, not just to better the lives of all but also to shed light on critical environmental issues facing our country.”

The new CJS Store with its highlights of bronze trimmings and interiors in a palette of biscuit and chocolate brown showcases the Collection that has been curated and designed to inspire all jewellery aficionados. The store embellishes the dazzling Sri Lankan Blue Sapphire and other precious gems with its modernity juxtaposed with the look of an era gone by, expressed through the eyes of visionary architect Murad Ismail of MICD Associates, who said, “Drawing inspiration from an establishment with a hundred-year history, I was able to create an ambience that celebrates the commitment to artistry that defines CJS.”

For one hundred years, CJS has curated the finest Sri Lankan gems and crafted the most exquisite jewellery. The history of this iconic homegrown brand is a reflection of the long and illustrious past of the country’s own gem and jewellery industry.

The Sapphire Island Collection highlights this legacy and the uniqueness of this Gem of Love, with its one-of-a-kind pieces that stamp a true style statement with unique designs and intricate cuts that masterfully intersperse dazzling Blue Sapphires with clusters of Diamonds. With superior quality and artisan skill at the helm of each virtuoso piece, CJS now adds its latest signature to this spellbinding Sri Lanka Sapphire Collection.



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MN Group becomes the Best Business of the Year at Pinnacals Awards

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The MN Group won the Best Business of the Year Award at the Pinnacals Sri Lanka award ceremony at the Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla. Managing Director of MN Group of Companies (www.mngroup.lk), Roshan Wewage accepted the award on behalf of the organization. MN Group of Companies has previously won many awards including Lanka Business Awards (LBA) and Shramabimani.

Customers can obtain any construction related service from MN Group at a reasonable price. The company is also willing to finish half completed houses and commercial buildings at agreeable terms. MN Group understands that the tough economic circumstances have placed great pressure on the people and the company is committed to understanding their needs and to provide a warm and professional service. Roshan Wewage invited those who need to renovate their buildings to reach out to them.

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Dilmah Adjudged Best Corporate Citizen for the Third Consecutive Year

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Dilmah was awarded ‘Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability’ in the category of Businesses with Less than Rs. 15 Billion Annual Turnover, for the third consecutive year at the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability (BCCS) Awards organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce; recognizing that Dilmah has successfully achieved a sustainable balance between social, environmental, and economic performanc, a company news release said.

Evaluated by an independent & expert panel of judges, the awards are Sri Lanka’s most prestigious, scrutinizing and recognizing ethical and sustainable businesses. Dilmah was honoured as one of ten ‘Best Corporate Citizens’ of Sri Lanka, won the Award in the Environment Beyond Business Category, and was lauded for continuous commitment to the environment surpassing the realms of business.

“The annual BCCS Awards is the premier corporate citizenship award, highlights sustainability champions in the national corporate arena. The awards promote corporate citizen sustainability ownership and initiatives that deliver social and environmental benefits while pursuing profits. This recognition validates Dilmah’s emphasis on delivering social and environmental impact by sharing earnings through the work of the MJF Charitable Foundation and Dilmah Conservation,” the release said.

“In 1988, Merrill J. Fernando founded Dilmah, a family business, to serve humanity with kindness to people and nature, while sharing his passion for taste and goodness in tea. Over the years Dilmah has delivered over Rs. 7 billion for humanitarian benefit through the work of its charitable arm MJF Foundation and environmental arm Dilmah Conservation.

“Ensuring economic, social, and environmental sustainability exists at the heart of its operations and is integrated to every operational aspect of the business, Dilmah’s purpose is further extended through the work of the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation (MJF Foundation) and Dilmah Conservation (DC) by driving life-impacting initiatives.

“The MJF Foundation works directly with estate workers and underprivileged communities to uplift lives and empower them to pay-it-forward to their communities. Some of its core initiatives are the countrywide MJF centres, small-medium enterprises with over 2,000 small entrepreneurs, ‘Empower’ Culinary & Hospitality School, and ‘disABILITY’ teletherapy app.

“The sustainable development of people goes hand-in-hand with the planet. Dilmah Tea is a carbon neutral product manufactured at a carbon neutral facility. Further, Dilmah has pledged to achieve zero-emissions for its manufacturing process by 2030 through science-based targets. Dilmah Conservation functions under three main categories: environmental sustainability, biodiversity conservation, and education and awareness. As such, Dilmah Conservation initiatives range from butterfly to elephant conservation, climate research, adaptation and mitigation, rewilding tea gardens, conserving mangrove forests, and promoting nature-based entrepreneurship through seaweed cultivation and empowering agro-entrepreneurs.”

Winning the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2022 is considered a top honour in the Sri Lankan corporate field. Each year, submissions are evaluated by an eminent panel of local experts, thought leaders, and academics. Dilmah considers receiving the Best Corporate Citizen Sustainability Award 2022 an important milestone in its journey as a truly sustainable brand with a purpose beyond profit.

Across the shores, Dilmah has been recognized for its attempt to take Ayurvedic wellness and goodness to the world with the help of tea. The Arana Range of Herbal Infusion Teas was voted the Product of the Year 2022 in Australia. Meanwhile, Dilmah on its 7th Consecutive Year was awarded Most Trusted Brand in New Zealand in 2022.

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DSI Tyres bags two awards at SLIM Brand Excellence 2022

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Sri Lanka’s premium tyre brand, DSI Tyres won two prestigious awards at the SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2022, held recently in Colombo. DSI Tyres, who has already made a mark in the international markets too, won the Silver Award under the Product Brand of the Year category and the Bronze Award under the Local Brand of the Year category. These mark another important milestone in the company’s journey spanning three decades. DSI Tyres has also remained within the top three brands in Sri Lanka for three consecutive years, a significant achievement in a very competitive arena.

DSI Tyres’ role as a leading local tyre manufacturing company that continues to promote its brand in an eco-friendly manner through the use of state-of-the-art technology and continuous research and development which enables them to identify customer needs in a timely manner is the key reason behind its continuous achievements. DSI Tyres has been able to place its products optimally among the local and international customers using the latest marketing strategies. The company also places great emphasis on sustainability and has been able to expand its local and international market share maintaining continuous customer loyalty even at the most difficult periods. DSI tyres are becoming increasingly popular in the online sphere as well, due to the facilitation of online orders at the convenience of customers as well as the use of attractive digital marketing. “DSI Tyres has a special place in the people’s hearts.

We have won the people’s trust and it is the highest award we can receive. It is a great privilege for us to receive these awards, which a mark of appreciation for the work we do to maintain customer loyalty,” Managing Director of DSI Tyres Kavinda Rajapaksa said. SLIM Brand Excellence Awards is the Sri Lanka’s premier celebration of Sri Lankan brands that rewards the outstanding efforts of marketers. This gala event for this year was held at Grand Monarch Hotel, Colombo. The Chairman of DSI Tyres, Ranatunga Rajapaksa received the two awards on behalf of the company. Previously, DSI Tyres had won SLIM Turnaround Brand of the Year, Product Brand of the Year, Local Brand of the Year and many SLIM DIGIs awards.

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