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‘Turning five, ready to thrive’

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The island’s most popular and novel PRAWN-themed restaurant, ISSO, celebrated its 5th anniversary onMarch 23. ISSO began operations in 2016, in a small outlet down Sulaiman terrace. Today they have grown from a small store, to their iconic flagship outlet down Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 3. ISSO soon became renowned for serving high quality, delicious PRAWN dishes from around the world, at a reasonable price bracket. In fact, prawns are a commodity which is often seen as a luxury item, ISSO reintroduced PRAWNS to the market as an easily accessible food option, at an affordable price bracket. The popularity of the PRAWN-themed restaurant soon grew, owing to its novel menu, delicious food, and cult following.

In addition to the restaurant’s exciting menu and diversity of dishes, there are a host of surprises to celebrate ISSO’s 5th anniversary. Some of the specials customers can look forward to, half priced ISSO Burgers for the first 100 customers and FREE cupcakes at the store from 5-6pm for all customers.

Commenting on ISSO’s journey, CEO and Co-Founder Apinash Sivagumaaran said “The past 5 years has been an exciting learning experience for all of us – today ISSO has grown 5 years strong. We’ve fallen, we’ve grown, we’ve learned, now we are ready to serve and cater to the needs of our customers more than ever before! A big thank you to our PRAWN-CRAZY customers, our team, our vendors, our partners, families, and friends; who have all been a massive part of our journey. I am deeply grateful for all the support extended to us over the past five years and look forward to personally welcoming you all back to ISSO soon! We look forward and are excited to present what is in-store for the future of ISSO in the coming year”.

The brand envisions towards becoming a well-known global restaurant franchise brand, and to represent Sri Lankan cuisine and hospitality around the world. ISSO aims to open 100 outlets across the world through a mix of company-owned and franchised outlets in the next 5 years.

ISSO uses only sea caught flower and tiger prawns, which are highly regarded by seafood lovers & chefs for their flavor. This combined with the use of fresh, locally and sustainably sourced, high-quality ingredients, along with a team of expert chefs have enabled ISSO to create a variety of signature dishes. At ISSO, you are able to customize your combo meal, by picking the size of prawn, style of cooking and side. This enables the consumer to try multiple variations of their menu on each visit.

ISSO’s efforts haven’t just earned them the trust and love of their PRAWNCRAZY customers, but has made a mark in the International Arena too. ISSO has also been the recipient of numerous accolades, a few of which include – The Best “Restaurant Concept Of The Year” at the QSR Media Awards 2020 in Singapore, The Rocheston Award in 2019 for ‘Distinguished Restaurant’ and the TripAdvisor Excellence awards for 3 consecutive years.

ISSO continues to build on its ethos of disrupting the market and has pivoted into the RTE market segment under the brand name; EasyMeals, during the pandemic to service the needs of their customers. ISSO is 1 of 51 companies from India and Sri Lanka, taking part in the Stanford Seed Transformation program: A GSB-led initiative that works with entrepreneurs; to build thriving organizations, strengthen their businesses, gain traction, and impact lives.

ISSO is open every day for dine-in customers from 11.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. with a choice of indoor and outdoor dining. For delivery and reservations, you can reach out to them on 011 777 0300 or via www.isso.lk



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Aitken Spence invests in yet another renewable energy project in hydropower

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Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake – Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Aitken Spence PLC accepting the share transfer form from Harsha Abeywickrama – chairman Sunshine Energy Ltd; in the presence of Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena – Executive Director Aitken Spence PLC, Dr. Rohan Fernando – Executive Director Aitken Spence PLC, Ms. Nilanthi Sivapragasam – Chief Financial Officer Aitken Spence PLC and Leel Wickremarachchi – Managing Director of the power segment from Aitken Spence PLC. Shyam Sathasivam – Managing Director, Sunshine Energy Ltd. and Harin Udeshi – Director, Waltrim Energy Ltd.

Aitken Spence PLC recently acquired Waltrim Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Sunshine Holdings PLC for Rs. 900 million. The company contributes 6.6MW to the national grid via three mini hydropower plants located in the Nuwara Eliya district, namely of Waltrim Hydropower (Private) Limited, Upper Waltrim Hydropower (Private) Limited and Elgin Hydropower (Private) Limited. Waltrim hydropower draws energy from Kothmala Oya, Upper Waltrim hydropower and Elgin hydropower from Dambagasthwala Oya.

Aitken Spence expands its portfolio in hydropower in the pursuit of meeting rising energy demands, sustainable development, access to clean energy and lowering our national carbon footprint. This is the second hydropower plant which is owned and operated by Aitken Spence. Branford Hydropower (Pvt) Ltd. is the other hydropower plant with a 2.5MW capacity located in Matale. The company also owns and operates a wind power plant with 3MW capacity located in Ambewela.

“This is yet another investment made by Aitken Spence that shows our commitment to expand the power generation portfolio with renewable energy projects. Hydro power plays a key role in renewable energy segment in Sri Lanka and this initiative strengthens the country’s efforts to move towards cleaner energy sources and effective and efficient management of sustainable and affordable generation of energy supplied to the national grid,” commented Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC.

“Aitken Spence maintains highest environmental, safety and quality standards in the management of our power plants. These stringent management frameworks will be extended to the newly acquired power plants to meet compliance requirements as well as global benchmarks for cleaner production of energy,” added Leel Wickremarachchi, Managing Director of the power segment of Aitken Spence.

The Power segment of Aitken Spence is a leading player in the sector with a reputation for investing in pioneering technologies and has diversified into renewable energy by establishing hydro power and wind power plants to support Sri Lanka’s demand for energy. With their commitment to increase the country’s energy consumption from renewable energy sources, the company recently introduced Sri Lanka’s first waste to energy power plant that was officially launched in February 2021. Moreover, these initiatives are in line with the collective efforts of government and the private sector to produce clean energy sustainably.

 

 

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Best Woman Entrepreneur at Entrepreneur Awards 2020

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Christell Skin Clinic proved their mettle as industry leaders yet again, by clinching the three topmost awards at the recently held Western Province Entrepreneurship Awards Ceremony 2020. The highly-anticipated annual event -jointly organised by the National Enterprise Development Authority (NEDA) and the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka- took place this year at the BMICH.

The event brought together industry leaders and newcomers with the aim to recognise and honour micro, small, medium and large sector entrepreneurs that have contributed significantly to Sri Lanka’s service sector over the past year.

The country’s leading aesthetics and wellness centre took home The Best Enterprise service sector trophy, as well as the Best Entrepreneur of the Year award – the most sought-after prize of the night. More notably however, the Best Woman Entrepreneur title was awarded to the director of the Christell Skin Clinic, Dr. Shanika Arsecularatne, in recognition of her inspirational journey to becoming one of the most successful businesswomen in the country, and also of her outstanding contribution to the field of cosmetology and wellness in Sri Lanka.

“I’m truly honoured to receive this recognition, especially because I believe that no one receives an award like this out of sheer luck, but rather in acknowledgement and appreciation of the hard work, sleepless nights and sacrifices we have all made, to be where we are today,” said Dr. Arsecularatne on accepting her award.

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Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete car park in Sri Lanka

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The car park of the Walgama Food City with its new “Paving with Plastic”

As a socially responsible corporate citizen, Cargills holds a strong commitment to serving the nation and preserving the planet for future generations. By partnering with AGC Innovate Pvt Ltd – one of the country’s leading innovative solutions providers – Cargills initiated the launch of “Paving with Plastic” as a means to address Sri Lanka’s plastic waste menace in an ecofriendly and pragmatic approach.

The benefits of plastic are irrefutable – this versatile material is ubiquitous in our everyday lives, due to it being cheap and convenient to produce as well as being highly durable and user friendly. However, once used and disposed, plastic lingers in the environment for too long and does not decompose.

As a result, the inherent problem of plastic pollution is a global crisis, with Sri Lanka generating approximately 7000 metric tons of mismanaged solid waste daily, with 6% accounting for plastic and polythene waste. Therefore, in the absence of a proper waste management system, non-recyclable plastic is dumped in large landfill sites. These sites are now exceeding their maximum capacity, and has led to pressing environmental and social concerns in the country.

As a first step to tackling this waste plastic problem, Cargills made a landmark decision to pave the Cargills Food City Carparks using Plastic Modified Asphalt Concrete, partnering with AGC Innovate.

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