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SLIM NASCO Awards programme opens entries for 2020/2021 edition

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The National Sales Congress (NASCO), organized by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM), opens applications for the SLIM NASCO awards 2020/2021. All interested parties who look forward to taking part in this most anticipated event in Sri Lanka’s annual corporate calendar, can submit their entries from the 9th of December 2021 to the 21ST of January 2022.

Celebrating its 21st year as the premier event dedicated to recognizing the efforts and performance of sales personnel, while uplifting them to the next level, NASCO is eagerly awaited by Sri Lanka’s dynamic sales professionals who seek to shine on this prestigious platform benefitting both their careers and the human capital profile of the companies they represent.

The only credible and respected award ceremony for sales professionals – SLIM NASCO has become a badge of honour for sales professionals and corporates. The organizers aim to honour the sales professionals whose potential knows no bounds and aims to recognize individuals who have powered through blazing roads to change the game, having conquered the steepest mountains to reach the pinnacle of excellence.

Thilanka Abeywardena, President of SLIM noted, “We recently launched ‘Future Ready Sri Lanka’, a national initiative, with the objective of encouraging Sri Lankans to adapt to the new normalcy, challenge dependent and risk-averse mentality, and enforce an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset through the right skills and knowledge to drive our nation towards economic recovery and prosperity. Since the beginning of the year 2020 and throughout 2021 we, as a nation, faced economic downturns owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and we have had to rethink our business strategies while exploring new opportunities. Over the years, SLIM has engaged in plenty of activities to develop and recognize sales personnel in Sri Lanka. SLIM NASCO is one of the key events in the SLIM event calendar and it strives to support sales professionals to develop and lift them up to the next level. Sales professionals play a pivotal role in the business organization and make a significant contribution to the growth of the economy, and we want to recognize and appreciate their efforts.”

Chinthaka Perera, Vice President – Events at SLIM stated, “The role of sales used to be heavily physical, but now, especially since the pandemic, it has become something entirely different. The sales personnel now make great effort to overcome the challenges posed by this new normal by placing sales at the centre of their strategy, leveraging sales to discover and meet new customer needs while improving the sales experience offered to the valued clientele. We believe that it is very important that sales personnel are guided on how to adapt to this ‘new normal’ and as the apex body for the Sri Lankan Marketers, we strive to support them in their journey.”

Nuwan Thilakawardhana, Project Chairperson of NASCO 2021 said, “SLIM NASCO has grown to become a premier sales awards event in the country, and it serves as the ideal motivational tool to inspire sales professionals to optimize the skills and enhance their capacity. NASCO has been an outstanding success year after year and even in 2020, amidst the pandemic, we were able to recognize our valued sales personnel spread across the nation. We strongly believe that sales professionals stand tall and have the maximum capability to adapt to new ways of doing sales, benefitting not only their livelihoods but also greatly contributing to the revival of the economy.”

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic Sri Lanka was posed with major macro-economic challenges such as increased rate of inflation, lack of foreign capital inflows, political instability followed by the global health emergency. It has been a tough business landscape for all businesses but despite the challenges, the sales personnel across all industries have been required to rise and face these challenges to create positive outcomes. The industry changes and latest technology have eased the task of sales personnel and took it to new and greater heights. Thereby, even during these challenging times, SLIM warmly invites organizations to apply for this year’s NASCO 2020/2021 awards enhancing opportunities for their best sales personnel to go beyond their potential.

The NASCO 2020/2021 Awards will be judged on the performance for the financial year starting from 1st January 2020 or 1st April 2020 until the financial year ending 31st December 2020 or 31st March 2021.

The entry kit can now be downloaded at www.nasco.lk and all entries must be submitted by 5.00 pm on 21st January 2022. Applicants may contact Gangani Liyanage on +94 703266988 for further details.



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Cavinkare Lanka unveils Meera Facewash – unique combination of natural actives

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FMCG Major’s latest product for the Sri Lankan market, Meera Facewash was unveiled in an official event at Colombo. Celebrating the young contemporary Sri Lankan woman, Meera facewash will be introduced in three different variants providing functional solutions to everyday skincare problems – Red Sandal (for soft skin), Neem & Tea Tree (for pimple clear skin) and Wild Turmeric (for clear skin).

Meera facewash is a range of formulation that is Soap-free, Sulphate free, Paraben free and is milder on the skin. It has a unique combination of Natural actives mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic textbooks. It includes a very special product which is Salicyclic acid- free acne treatment facewash. It helps to remove 99.9% of acne causing bacteria using prebiotic technology.

Meera facewash is aimed at modern young women of Sri Lanka who hold a strong belief in traditional practices & natural ingredients. Today young women are well read, understand the importance of healthy skin and have a holistic view of how healthy skin is beautiful skin. It comes out from the confidence of understanding scientific literature that supports these natural ingredients rather than following it naively.

Virtually connecting at the event, Arun Chacko, Business Head of Personal care category (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & Nepal) said, “With the Launch of Meera Face Wash today, we add to the hugely successful Meera portfolio of shampoos. With this, we intend to enhance the Richness of Tradition that Meera as a brand has been offering to the Sri Lankan Populace over the years. We are sure that the variants, would endear to the needs of Sri Lanka. We promise to bring more such exciting products to cater to the consumers.”

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All-time record prices for two estates

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Halpewatte Uva Estate located in Bandarawela, which is renowned for producing high quality, light liquoring bright orthodox teas established an all-time record price of Rs.1,000 per kg on a liquoring BOPSP grade in the Uva Medium Category at the tea auction held on 18th January 2022. This invoice of tea was purchased by Shan Teas (Pvt) Ltd.Halpewatte Uva Estate is managed by Halpewatte Estate (Pvt) Ltd, and the teas were marketed and sold by John Keells PLC.

Venture Estate located in Bogawantalawa which is renowned for producing high quality orthodox teas over the past years, established an all-time record price, of Rs 1,060 per kg on a liquoring FBOPF1 grade in the Western High Grown Category at this week’s tea auction held on 18th January 2022. This line of tea was purchased by Inter Tea (Pvt) Ltd. Venture Estate is managed by Madulsima Plantations PLC and the teas were marketed and sold by John Keells PLC.

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HNB-Indra Traders offer exclusive leasing solutions for unregistered vehicles, freezers and pre-owned vehicles

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Sri Lanka’s leading private sector bank, HNB PLC, partnered with local automotive giant Indra Traders to provide customers with exclusive leasing solutions for unregistered and pre-owned vehicles and freezers.

Customers can make use of exciting benefits and discounts during the promotional period from January to December 2022. HNB Executive Director Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo and Indra Traders Managing Director Rushanka Silva participated in the special ceremony to sign the MoU at HNB Towers.

“Given the import restrictions, the market for unregistered and pre-owned vehicles has grown exponentially. Each year we offer our loyal customers the very best deals in the market. As such, we have renewed our partnership with Indra traders, renowned for its incomparable service, to offer those looking for vehicles with access to exceptional after-sales services and great discounts,” HNB Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dilshan Rodrigo said.

HNB will offer the prevailing interest rate for structured leases and lease facilities with a 25% residual value market value under the partnership. Customers also have access to special discounts on automobile products, servicing, spare parts, tyres, and batteries via the Prestige Prime card, with the annual fee waived off the first year.

“We are delighted to partner with HNB once again to offer our mutual customer base exciting leasing solutions and great benefits. Our continued partnership with the Bank has proven to be very beneficial to our customers, and we hope they will make use of this opportunity once again to invest in their own set of wheels,” Indra Traders Managing Director Rushanka Silva said.

Indra Traders will provide customers looking to purchase unregistered cars, vans and freezers with free insurance from SLIC for the first year. HNB customers are also eligible for discounts of up to 10% for spare parts from Indra Motor Spares and labour charges from Indra Service Park for the first year.

Customers investing in a new or unregistered passenger vehicles are eligible to have their vehicles outfitted with a free entertainment system and reverse camera. Indra Traders will also offer customers a two-year warranty for engines and gearboxes and a three-year warranty for hybrid batteries.

Notably, the company will provide free labour for services up to one year and a maximum of six services for pre-owned vehicles. A six-month warranty will also be offered for the engines and gearboxes of these vehicles.

Established in 1975, Indra Traders has diversified to various business segments in the automobile industry. A supplier of high-quality motor vehicles and related vehicles, Indra Traders today stands as not only a supplier of high-quality vehicles but also a transport solutions provider.

With 254 customer centres across the country, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically-innovative banks, having won local and global recognition for its efforts to drive forward a new paradigm in digital banking. HNB has a national rating of AA- (lka) by Fitch Ratings (Lanka) Ltd. The Bank was also ranked among the World Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine for five consecutive years. HNB was also declared Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Sri Lanka at the Global Finance Awards 2020.

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