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MarkOne expands

By ELLEN STOLZ Honouring the best Fijian companies operating in international markets since 1993, the 2012 Vodafone and Westpac Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards will this year be
04 Sep 2012 12:26

MarkOne Apparel managing director, Mark Halabe (third from right), with his team with the BSP Group Special Recognition Award of the Year during last year’s Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards. Photo: Courtesy of MARKONE APPAREL

By ELLEN STOLZ

Honouring the best Fijian companies operating in international markets since 1993, the 2012 Vodafone and Westpac Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards will this year be celebrating 20 years of global recognition.
The award measures exporters against their peers, based on the strength of their exporting, marketing and financial strategies.
MarkOne Apparel Limited last year won the BSP Group Special Recognition Award during the Prime Minister’s Exporter of the Year Awards.
The company, which specialises in shirts, blouses, sportswear, work wear, school wear, dresses, shorts and jackets, has since last year’s award, moved into women’s high-end fashion and expanded their capacity for sports clothing as well.
Managing director, Mark Halabe, confirmed more expansion plans are in the pipepline.
“Ensuring that MarkOne remains as a world-class manufacturer of quality apparel is important for us,” he said.
“We have plans to expand as our customers and markets take advantage of our ability to provide a service they require.
“Our gross exports to Australia and New Zealand is approximately $15 million while our aim to export to the United Kingdom market is another 10 per cent in the next 12 months.”
And although the company won’t be entering the awards this year, Mr Halabe said they would remain a proud supporter.
“The awards are a way of recognition for all the efforts in securing new export markets for Fiji,” he said.
“Fiji must export. A famous saying of Margaret Thatcher when she became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was that the UK must export or die! The challenge was enormous but succeeded – so must Fiji.”
He said Fiji must persist in exporting its goods and services and the awards helped in the promotion of this nationally economically important fact.
“If the awards spark the idea that exports is possible than it would have achieved its goals,” Mr Halabe said.
MarkOne Apparel will however apply for the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 9000 accreditation for the business this year.
Meanwhile, the awards this year will be held on Saturday November 17 at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.
Applications for nominations close on Friday October 19, 2012.




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