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Alliance Finance EZY Drive offers unmatched transportation solutions

EZY Drive is a business division of Alliance Finance Company PLC which commenced operations in 2008. This division was formed with the objective of identifying different transportation needs of individuals and organizations and also to provide customized solutions for these transportation requirements.

Alliance Finance Company PLC was incorporated on July 18, 1956 with an established reputation of more than five decades, winning the trust of its customers as an innovative Company. It is indeed a noteworthy fact that Alliance Finance was the first financial organization to be awarded the prestigious ISO 9001: 2000 Certification almost a decade ago.

The main criteria for being awarded this accreditation is their professional expertise in designing, developing and delivering business specific financial solutions for clients under the stringent international quality standards of ISO 9001:2000.

The Management Team is comprised motor icons such as B Ponnambalam who constantly innovate and create customized transport solutions catering to array of requirements by way of daily hires, monthly hires, short-term and long-term hires and operating lease.

EZY Drive invites individuals and organisations with any transportation requirements to visit their office on Dutugemunu Street, Kohuwala where they could obtain special rates for hire during this festive season.

These special rates are for their well-maintained vehicles which could be used on a daily basis or throughout the month.

EZY Drive also provides Fleet Management Solutions where they manage a fleet of vehicles of any size owned by organizations. EZY Drive Fleet Management Solutions can take charge of a fleet of vehicles and save time and costs with no hassle. They are committed to providing the highest quality services that address all aspects of fleet management needs.

They will assemble a customized programme that is just right for your business. Partnering with EZY Drive for Fleet Management enables one to save time to focus on increasing business and serve customers instead of having to sort through numerous invoices and expense reports that need authorization.

Having a fleet management option also means making a single payment and taking advantage of a fully managed maintenance programme that can arrange the most economical, timely and high quality repairs to help minimize expenses.

EZY Drive also includes vehicle trading. They are geared and equipped to buy, sell or upgrade vehicles belonging to individuals and corporate clients depending on their requirements for registered and unregistered vehicles.

EZY Drive has already partnered with many prominent corporate clients and individuals from different walks of life in providing transportation solutions to their varied requirements.

Moreover their fully fledged Repair and Maintenance Centre based in Rajagiriya is equipped with a Lubrication Service Centre, Mechanical Repair Centre, Accident Repair Unit and a 24 hour Break-down Service all of which are guaranteed to fulfill customer requirements.

Alliance Finance Company PLC is the only Company with more than 50 years of trusted experience that is geared to provide total transportation solutions from customized rental packages, cost effective fleet management programmes, and trading facilities to in-house leasing which is backed by a friendly, customer-oriented and dynamic team who are eager to delight customers.

Alliance Finance Company PLC has always been keen to be an environmentally friendly company and as a result, has introduced "environmentally friendly gas-powered" metered three-wheeler and taxi services as a CSR project to reduce environmental pollution.

Hameedia looks to 2012 with greater zeal

After successfully completing an event-filled 2011, Hameedia has embarked on a journey to further strengthen its position as THE total fashion solutions provider for all Sri Lankan males and significantly expand its reach across the country and region with an unparalleled product offering.

Hameedia Deputy Managing Director Hussain Sadique addressing the staff.

Led by the Deputy Managing Director Hussain Sadique and the top management, Hameedia staff started work for the New Year following tradition with multi-religious observances at the head office in Borupana, Ratmalana. Taking a bottom-up approach the management has revised the company's vision and mission, and established its corporate values. These were unveiled on the first day of work.

"Hameedia is a large family consisting of over 850 members. As a family we have steered the ship through calm and stormy seas. 2012 is going to be a promising and rewarding year for the entire Hameedia family as we take on the months to come with greater determination and zeal", Sadique said.

Staff motivation at Hameedia is high across the board. The eight hours of volunteer work by each employee adds up to 6800 plus hours of community service work by the 850-strong team at Hameedia. This service rendered by the staff is both at individual and group level. They work in groups on community projects. As individuals they share their experience and knowledge with schools, charities and institutions. This exercise makes them 'self sufficient', thus reducing dependency on others and thereby enhancing the self-dignity of all involved. This will continue throughout the New Year adding value to the staff, the company and society at large.

Early next month will be the Awards Night at the Nelum Pokuna at which top employees who have contributed to the success of the company will be rewarded.

Hameedia's Managing Director Fouzul Hameed in his message said, "We've planned to re-invigorate our currently widest selection of world class brands and product offerings such as made-to-measure, ward robe consultancy, bespoke tailoring etc and thereby service our thousands of customers with aplomb. We have signed exclusive agreements with more international brands thus enabling Hameedia to be the master franchisee of a greater range of superlative products. Also in the pipeline is a host of customer-centric activities which will be unfolded in the months to come".

Harnessing the diverse talents of the staff will be the launch of daily in-house broadcasts. This will feature news, special messages, music etc that will be compiled and presented by the staff. Initially operative at the head office, stores and factory, this feature will subsequently be extended to all Hameedia outlets across the country during the year.

"Looking back on our multitude of employee centric activities in 2011, I believe the highlight was the fact that we engaged ourselves in corporate planning sessions to set the strategic direction of the group. We also re-launched the Hameedia song. The annual staff excursion was held at the Heritance Hotel Ahungalla to which the entire staff was driven along the newly opened Southern highway", said Manager Marketing and Sales, Leroy Ebert.

"As we seek greater prospects and explore more opportunities in 2012, our key focus will be on our staff. We believe that if we look after our employees well, they will, in turn, look after our customers ... and the rest falls into place", Sadique said.

Edexcel offers Post Graduate Strategic Management Diplomas

Graduates and final year undergraduates from any discipline will have a rare opportunity of pursuing a Post Graduate Strategic Management Diploma from Edexcel UK that will specifically contribute to competency development aimed at enhancing their employability in the corporate sector.

This One-Year Post Graduate Diploma is ideally suitable for those who hold a Bachelor's Degree in Science, Arts or Law as it will provide a dual qualification. Edexcel BTEC Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is a globally recognized highly respectable Post Graduate Diploma that will complement the Degree with a strong Management Qualification.

Final year undergraduates are also eligible to pursue this qualification to enable them to simultaneously complete their degree and the post graduate diploma to seek employment without any loss of time. This course of studies is offered by Human Resource Management Institute (HRMI), which is one of the fastest growing Edexcel Centres in Colombo.

HRMI Director, Gihan Talgodapitiya commenting on the programme said, 'This is one qualification that will enlighten a non-management graduate with an in-depth knowledge of three key managerial functions, supply chain management and logistics, marketing management and human resource management. In addition the programme provides comprehensive insights into strategic planning and strategic change management to enable a young graduate to be effectively engaged in management'.

He said that even if a participant has not studied management as a subject before, this programme will provide plenty of material and guidance to gain a firm grounding in areas such as strategic management, leadership and innovative management. The classes are held on Saturdays to accommodate working students and all text books and relevant material are available from the Institute library.

Talgodapitiya further said that Level 7 qualifications are new to Sri Lanka and already a large number of Senior and Middle Managers are pursuing this course designed for those currently holding management positions. According to the 'Qualifications and Credit Framework of UK' (QCF), Level 7 is defined as a Master's Level/ Post Graduate Qualification which will lead to completion of Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) in less than one year with many exemptions. This option will not only save a lot of money but also plenty of time for ambitious students who wish to pursue a MBA after graduation. HRMI website www.hrmi.lk provides all the details on the course and profiles of candidates who are currently pursuing the course.

The Human Resource Management Institute (HRMI) also offers several Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) for Advanced Level qualified students to pursue a degree qualification. The Institute's Head Office and Business School is located at Nawala Junction and the City Centre on Elvitigala Mawatha, opposite the British School.

HRMI exclusively delivers Edexcel BTEC qualifications which are globally recognised in over 110 countries for higher education as well as employment and migration purposes. Edexcel, UK's largest qualification awarding body provides academic and vocational qualifications in over 100 countries.

HRMI faculty comprises high calibre management professionals from leading private sector institutions in Sri Lanka. These lecturers possess a minimum of a Masters Degree in Management together with at least five years top management experience to ensure that teaching standards are comparable with any other Edexcel location in the west.

People’s Bank Corporate Banking Division at Lake House Building, Colombo commenced its New Year business with the participation of invited customers on January 1 at the branch premises, on the invitation of the acting Deputy General Manager (International) Jayantha Newunhella and the staff of the Corporate Banking Division.
Here, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Accountant (Foreign Supplies) M S L Hettiarachchi and Crystalite Gems and Jewellery CEO Alavi Siddeedue, lighting the oil lamp.

Handing over of the cheque for a further capital infusion of Rs 200 million to Asian Finance Ltd to increase the total capital infusion to Rs 800 million. From left Director Sunimal Perera, CEO Sanathana Dalugoda, Deputy Chairman Azim Zabidi, Director Senetor Pao Chiong Ung and Director Nandani Dissanayake.


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