Courts af­firms Re­la­tion­ship with Fur­ni­ture Sup­pli­ers

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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