next Sourcing celebrates 20 years of consistent growth in Sri Lanka

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next Sourcing surged into its 20th anniversary on a wave of growth, marking the occasion with a celebration at its annual Supplier Seminar at Park Street Mews, recently. At the seminar, leading suppliers were recognised for their steadfast contributions to the next Sourcing global strategy. In the lead-up to the anniversary, next Sourcing recorded impressive sales growth despite facing industry-wide competition and challenges posed by macroeconomic conditions. next Sourcing attributes its success to a team of young professionals who bring progressive thinking to the table. Based in Sri Lanka, next Sourcing is a fully-owned subsidiary of UK clothing giant next PLC. next Sourcing is engaged in the design, sourcing, buying, merchandising and quality control of next products. The company also coordinates with a global network of offices to negotiate market prices, manage the supply chain and ensure timely delivery on behalf of next Plc. next Sourcing Regional Director for South Asia, Chanaka Perera said: “As a customer-centric organisation, next Plc is boosted by the consistent quality provided by next Sourcing. As one of the highest contributors to the business, next Sourcing Sri Lanka is considered a valuable member of the next PLC family. We have constantly been reinventing ourselves here in Sri Lanka which has kept us going from strength to strength all these years.” next Sourcing General Manager Wilhelm Elias noted: “The continuous success of next Sourcing is driven by the people we employ and the suppliers we work with. We have a young, energetic and dynamic team and the experience and knowledge they bring to the business is what sets us apart. To be achieving year-on-year growth despite constant price challenges and an increasingly complex product is owed to all of our staff and suppliers and I would like to thank them for their commitment to next Sourcing.” next Sourcing Technical Director Hugh McConnell  stated: “next has built a reputation with customers for being a supplier of excellent quality garments, which is why they keep returning. The standards set are very high and despite the product becoming even more complicated, the performance of the team in Sri Lanka and their reputation for ensuring reliable quality remain better than any other country from which next Plc buys stock. We have an excellent supplier base that has built the reputation at next UK of being the most reliable source for their garments and given us a solid base to ensure our continuous growth in line with next Plc’s business.” The next global business greatly benefits from the teamwork and innovation provided by next Sourcing. The company employs the industry’s best talent and instils cutting-edge practices into the work culture. A merit-based employee succession plan and a priority internal recruitment policy further empower the workforce. In describing the next Sourcing team next Sourcing’s Manager, Human Resources for South Asia, Mihiri Ranasinghe, said: “The story of next Sourcing thus far belongs to the people who work for the company. We believe in an open culture, rewarding and recognising the most important asset in our organisation: our people. One of the things that separate next from other companies is our commitment to a unique set of values. next is a great place to work and build a career where personal success is limited only by your own drive and determination. From fresh graduates to experienced professionals from the manufacturing sector, we are always looking for new career-focused individuals to join our team.” Twenty years of experience give next Sourcing an edge over the global competition and an opportunity to create greater value for its stakeholders. next Sourcing Sri Lanka produces next-branded children’s and women’s garments as well as women’s lingerie and menswear. Exclusive, coordinated collections of stylish, cost-effective garments are distributed through the next retail network, which consists of more than 500 stores in the UK alone and almost 200 stores in more than 40 countries. next Sourcing maintains 11 offices across eight countries worldwide, including England, Turkey, Egypt, Bangladesh, North India, South India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Shanghai.