Courts affirms Relationship with Furniture Suppliers
Unicomer (Saint Lucia) Limited, trading in Saint Lucia as Courts St. Lucia, has formalised its relationship with Saint Lucia’s most prominent furniture suppliers at an official signing ceremony held yesterday.
The Honourable Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs, Emma Hippolyte, thanked Courts for its continued support of the local furniture sector, a relationship that has spanned more than three decades.
“I am very pleased that Courts, with the experience and the expertise in the area of branding and marketing, has committed themselves (sic) to working with the sector for that brand.”
The local furniture sector has grown significantly despite challenges such as high energy costs, outdated technology, limited availability of skilled and trained workers and weak sectorial linkages.
Courts has played an integral role in the overall improvement and expansion of this sector by featuring a wide range of locally-made furniture products at the company’s six branches. The company says it understands that for small micro enterprising businesses to show any sign of prosperity, there needs to be a solid foundation. This is why the company commits to the advancement of its partners by offering loans to obtain the raw materials needed to meet the ever growing demands of its valued customers.
Courts Commercial Director with responsibility for Furniture, Mrs Lorraine Sidonie, expressed her sincere gratitude to the local furniture suppliers and the Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs.
“Our goal is make our local suppliers a success. But not successful because they are merely protected by the government; what we are looking for is a more sustainable success - a success because they are commercially viable and compete with any other international competitor.”
The relationship represents a step in the right direction for the local furniture industry.
Local furniture supplier Mr Mattison Preville thanked Courts for maintaining a solid relationship for the past thirty five years.
“I want to thank Courts St. Lucia for their contribution in developing the industry over the years making it possible for many of us to consistently make; maintain a small share in the local market and even in some of the OECS islands.”
Courts St. Lucia is a proud advocate of supporting everything local. The company says that as the leading retailer of classy and affordable furniture products in Saint Lucia, it understands that its support of locally-made furniture is integral in the overall growth and development of the Saint Lucian economy.
Left - Dr Alison Gajadhar, P.S Ministry of Commerce; Centre - Mrs Lorraine Sidonie - Commercial Director Unicomer OECS Group; Right - Mr Mattison Preville,
local Furniture Supplier.