Kelsey Developments PLC illustrated its spirit of endurance recording LKR 50 Mn in revenue for the first quarter of the financial year 2021-22. The Company secured cumulative reservations for an expected sales value of LKR. 3,212 Mn as of 30th June 2021, which will be recognized in the following months.
“Our team consistently strived to pursue growth targets while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all involved. This was not an easy task, yet we succeeded in continuing business operations to achieve sustained growth, in the interest of all our stakeholders. We are confident the country will overcome all challenges and our advantageous position as a member of Janashakthi Group, will strengthen our ability to continue our growth momentum,” commented Eardley Perera, Chairman of Kelsey Developments PLC.
Kelsey Homes’ sales reservations for the period were driven by the projects CENTRAL PARK JA-ELA, VERDANT VILLAS NEGOMBO, URBAN GATEWAY KOTTAWA and URBAN HEIGHTS WATTALA. Meanwhile, in spite of operational difficulties stemming from the pandemic situation, the Company successfully completed the sale of housing units of both phase I & II of the CENTRAL PARK-JA-ELA project in 2020/2021. At present, the company is successfully carrying out the sale of housing units of the phase III of the project, while also focusing efforts on sale of other ongoing projects. The sales value of existing inventories is LKR. 2.94 Bn. Furthermore, the company has entered into a Sales and purchase agreement to acquire a property in Nugegoda and intends to launch a residential apartment project in the coming months.
“With an insight driven strategy to create value for all stakeholders we crafted our strategy to meet the current demand for housing in the country. We are aware that the volatile economic environment amidst the pandemic requires a prudent and time-sensitive approach to operations and will continue to focus our efforts on meeting prevalent challenges in a timely manner,” said Lalinda Kalubowila, Chief Executive Officer of Kelsey Developments PLC.
Kelsey Homes owns a legacy spanning over 35 years with 200 completed projects and over 2,000 happy homeowners. The Company is known for creating luxurious living spaces that raise the bar in modern living. The company is geared to seek lasting growth through adopting prudent strategies to fuel ongoing and future projects, innovation and drawing strength from the parent company, Janashakthi Group.
SLTMobitel-PEOTV and DP Education launch ‘Videsa DP Education’
SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT, Telecommunications and Mobile Services Provider has teamed up with DP Education, to launch ‘Videsa DP Education’, a dedicated educational channel on CH.215 of SLTMobitel–PEOTV, ensuring school children from Grade Five to Advanced Level have access to a high-quality learning experience with Rewind TV.
The revolutionary services of SLTMobitel-PEOTV includes ‘Videsa’ a series of educational channels hosted on the platform, that comprise of 06 TV channels dedicated to individual grades covering grades 06 to 11, that enhance the knowledge sharing with curriculum-centered lessons from a panel of reputed teachers. DP Education, a unique online learning platform, leverages digital solutions to deliver quality education to empower students. Together, Videsa and DP Education, enrich the educational arena further with the ‘Videsa DP Education’ channel, a dedicated television space for the students at home.
This path-breaking partnership is a commitment by SLTMobitel–PEOTV to support the education of children, whose options are limited due to the challenges convergence posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will use the home TV screen and mobile devices as a ubiquitous medium to impart knowledge providing access to quality education for students across the country.
Commenting on the initiative, Rohan Fernando, Group Chairman, SLT said, “We understand that parents are now faced with the challenge of keeping their children safe during the pandemic as well as having to deal with the ongoing disturbances to their children’s education. As a solution to ensure that their learning remains uninterrupted, we have already introduced six different channels for Grade 6 to Grade 11 students through our Videsa digital platform. Our latest initiative and partnership with DP Education has now enabled us to launch a dedicated channel with unique learning experiences in key subjects such as Mathematics, Science and English for students from Grade 5 to Advanced Level with the Rewind TV facility. We are appreciative of the exceptional efforts extended by Mr. Dammika Perera and his team at DP Education and are grateful for the opportunity to connect the two learning platforms together in unison to create a revolutionary learning experience for our children”.
Thornton and Dane’s combined projects portfolio tops Rs 5.9 billion
Thornton Engineering, the Nextventures owned civil engineering company, has announced the acquisition of a 100% stake in Dane Engineering (Pvt) Ltd. for Rs 350 million, creating a construction business with a combined portfolio of Rs 5.9 billion.
The new entity, Thornton and Dane Engineering, expects to add new construction projects with a cumulative value of Rs 5 billion within the current financial year, nearly doubling its projects portfolio, the Company said in its announcement.
“We are excited at the post-acquisition prospects for the new company, because we strongly believe that it is a good example for the concept of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts,” said Thornton and Dane Director Dinesh Schaffter. “The combined strengths of Thornton and Dane create a formidable as well as extremely flexible engineering company that is capable of executing projects of varying scope and scale.”
Capacity-building programs for SMEs
Sri Lanka Chamber of Small and Medium Industries (SLCSMI), the apex body for SMEs in Sri Lanka has been at the forefront in supporting the SMEs during the pandemic. The chamber took several measures since the pandemic first hit the country in the first quarter of 2020. The Webinar series “Way Forward for SMEs” was a grand success among other initiatives, which was conducted with the participation of prominent scholars, leading business personalities as well as top rankers of state and private sector organizations.
The president of SLCSMI, Prof. Rohan De Silva said: “We are always there to represent and support the SMEs in the country and that’s our prime duty. During the first wave, we understood the need to share the knowledge and provide psychological support for the business owners to withstand the difficult times and that’s how the webinar series was born. Our initiative was well received by the businesses and our audience was not limited to Sri Lanka alone, as we witnessed participants from around 12 countries.”
Prof. Rohan further said that the chamber has looked at the possibilities of providing sustainable solutions to the SMEs beyond merely conducting knowledge sharing sessions and the Executive Committee has decided to introduce a range of Capacity Building programs to develop the SMEs. These programs include different solutions to address various gaps among the SMEs and the chamber intends to issue a valuable certificate for the participants of these programs.
The chamber has partnered with the Asia Pacific Institute of Money and Entrepreneurship Development (iMED) to design and deliver the programs and the details of the Programs will be unveiled at the launching event scheduled to be held on the 25th of September.
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