Good Daily life X (GLX) Garage was extremely much an ground breaking experiment to just take the ideal of Sri Lanka to the globe! Good Lifetime X brought together 5 sustainable SMEs in the foodstuff, agriculture and design and style sectors who were being seizing options to be unique, innovative and wanted to get on the global “aware shoppers” by storm.
As aspect of a more substantial programming portfolio of the Fantastic Daily life X, the Garage focuses on individualized coaching and interventions for SMEs to seize options in order to infuse innovation, update their techniques or refocus their approaches, and further entrench on their own along ethical and sustainable missions and procedures to produce to the increasing world sector of acutely aware customers.
This spherical of the Plan initiated in October 2020, was facilitated by GIZ SME Sector Growth challenge, with the distinctive funding acquired from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Advancement (BMZ), in response to the impression of COVID-19 on the Tiny and Medium scale organization sector in Sri Lanka.
The specialty of this application was its character and technique to dilemma fixing and how it introduced together 9 specialists from 5 continents, representing assorted fields of knowledge to operate collectively in a 5-month interval to ignite innovation in the participating enterprises. This ignited interesting, proactive conversations in strategizing, ideal observe sharing, actionizing for resilience in the confront of the contextual uncertainty, and steering implementation of just about every SMEs certain targets. The achievements of Garage is now well represented in the favourable disruptions courageously undertaken alongside with international organization growth of just about every organization.
The GLX Garage’s 2020 cohort comprised of five enterprises from design and Agro/food stuff sectors. Household of Lonali, Worga Naturals, Serendipol, Target Agriculture, and Ceylon Exports and Trading benefitted from the international knowledge sharing, and tailored techniques in building short-time period resilience and long phrase progress, even though developing alternatives for their cutting edge remedies to appear in to global marketplaces.
Dulara de Alwis, first-era entrepreneur and CEO of Ceylon Exports and Coaching, made use of his opportunity to discover and employ digital approaches for the development of the businesses’ in home brand – Coco Residence. “The Garage programme was an eye opener for me. The professionals experienced immense value in assisting us build a exceptional worldwide brand proposition and a far more holistic electronic tactic for our enterprise.” mentioned Dulara, from Ceylon Exports and Investing. “Especially functioning with the branding industry experts on digital room, learning what is the right content material, how to approach written content and how to location it in purchase to make the largest effects, that know-how has definitely served us streamline our manufacturer journey.”
Coming from a style track record, Lonali Rodrigo Founder of the Dwelling of Lonali, commented on how the amount of skills obtainable to her, aided her hone the business enterprise direction and partnerships inside of a short time period of time – “The plan helped me recognize my critical strengths and align all branding and interaction tools to make the most effects at essential details. This has helped enormously in high-quality tuning our advertising and marketing tactic. The Garage software has also been valuable in helping me discover the suitable variety of consumer. The Property of Lonali has come to be a catalyst in sustainability within just the layout field, efficiently reducing the effects on both of those the atmosphere and human means.”
Saranga from Concentrate on Agriculture, a organization that exports natural and organic and good-trade licensed fruits products, joined the application in search of steering on producing and advertising a new sustainable product or service array. He commented, “When I first begun the Garage programme, I only had a concept of a new product or service line which I had planned again in September 2020. As a result of the programme I was capable to see my aspiration arrive to life. The industry experts provided worthwhile insight on branding and marketing and advertising interaction techniques. This gave me the self-confidence I required to get to past my boundaries to start my products in new industry areas. This programme is perfect for rising companies as they open doors to impressive ventures like mine.”
Meanwhile Nishantha Jayathilake from Worga Naturals, recounts a unique route taken by in the dedicated GLX industry experts supporting Worga to be the most effective natural food stuff processing enterprise in Sri Lanka, empowering the regional organic and natural farming group and supporting the rural financial state. However hesitant at to start with about the programme’s choices, its results designed him a believer, “Even nevertheless at to start with I didn’t hope significantly out of this, getting seasoned firsthand the understanding of the industry experts, I now truly feel privileged to have had the opportunity to have been a aspect of this programme. The understanding I received in parts these kinds of as good certification, e-advertising and marketing, products branding and conversation resources in focusing on worldwide marketplaces, was priceless!”
The popular father and daughter duo, Gordon and Sonali Pandithasekera from Serendipol, far too harboured comparable trepidations. “At first we also were being skeptical on how this programme could in fact enable us. But with the excellent steerage and expertise offered by the experts we have acquired renewed emphasis and clarity in terms of our manufacturer vision & brand viewers and this has opened up a total new vista of possibilities. As a organization whose essential goal is to associate with the most purpose pushed, regenerative manufacturers in the globe to create solutions that are far better for individuals when also becoming greater for the earth leveraging it’s clean, green, moral and regenerative philosophy our time with the Garage application has immensely contributed to us reaching the following methods in development, effects and sustainability.” explained Sonali.
The GLX garage programme is scheduled to conclude its to start with prosperous cohort on the 01st April 2021, wherever they will acquire the stage at the particular GLX Splash Party “The Long term of Asia: Leading the way via sustainability”.
Photo Caption: The GLX Garage Cohort of 2020. From top still left: Randhula de Silva, Sonali Pandithasekera, Lonali Rodrigo, Shenali de Silva, Nishantha Jayathilake. Seated from still left: Gordon de Silva, Dulara de Alwis, Lahiru Saranga