Small company lands big order

Dune Textiles was working on an order from Namport for corporate wear.

Valued at more than N$22 000 there was promise of a similar sized follow-up order from the parastal.

Eises was adamant that her firm would not only meet but actually exceed Namport’s quality and delivery schedule requirements.

For SMEs Compete the development was exciting too. Dune Textiles’ order was a culmination of their efforts that facilitates business outsourcing and linkages between corporate firms and Namibia’s small and medium enterprise (SME) sector.

A public private partnership (PPP) initiative supported by Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst (DED) and NSX listed First National Bank, SMEs Compete works closely with government economic ministries and business support service organisations like NCCI and JCC in support of enterprise and entrepreneurial development.

The overall purpose of SMEs Compete’s corporate programme is to broaden Namibia’s economic base and increase national competitiveness. Components of the programme includes organizing SME Business Expos, business mentoring, skills development training of entrepreneurs and their employees, guidance on product quality and productivity enhancement, and assistance to develop marketing material and strategies.

In turn, for corporate firms SMEs Compete offers services related to identification of outsourcing and SME linkage opportunities, and identification and introductions to potential service providers.

This extends to helping SMEs comply with the accounting, quality and delivery requirements of corporate firms.

Linkages between corporate firms and small enterprises are essential for stimulating economic development at a local level, says SMEs Compete.

Put simply the principle espoused by SMEs Compete is that it is optimal to retain production, consumption and transfer of wealth within a specific community, if local economic development (LED) is to be achieved.

LED or a bottom-up approach in turn is what will then develops the economy of a country and hear SMEs like Dune Textiles must play a lead role.

Contacted earlier this week to enquire about that follow-up order for shirts from Namport, Dune Textiles confirmed that it was indeed secured.

Eises went on to say that her firm has now expanded beyond the municipal boundary of Walvis Bay.

The SME has signed a contract with a major player in the tourism sector, Leading Lodges of Africa.

The contract is to manufacture staff uniforms for each of its eight lodges across Namibia.

Work has commenced and Dune Textiles is in the process of manufacturing 320 staff uniforms for Le Mirage Lodge & Spa. This coming week she is off to Outjo to measure 70 staff at Epacha Game Lodge & Spa.

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