The Uniform Centre is diligently working to expand further into new markets with the aim to increase business prospects for 2013 following a successful experience at JAMPRO’s Business Linkages Programme at the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) tourism trade show held this year.
Known for providing the best custom uniforms to almost 200 customers throughout the Caribbean including the Cayman Islands and St. Lucia, the family-owned Uniform Centre showcased for the second time at the Business Linkages Programme at JAPEX 2012 staged at the Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios from September 30 – October 2.
Employing twenty two persons from their Torrington Avenue office in Kingston, the Uniform Centre has branched out into every aspect of the industry including work with all major high schools, service providers such as JPS and NWC; in the tourism sector with hotels and uniforms for the newest airline – Fly Jamaica; and also provides for hospitals. Outside of manufacturing custom uniforms the business also provides consultation on design direction; supplies branded wear; and facilitate silkscreen printing and embroidery.
The organization was formed in 1967 by Aston and Eva Khan under the name ‘Eveston Agencies’, and built its reputation on supplying military uniforms to a variety of institutions. Since then the company has changed name and management to the ‘Uniform Centre’ under the leadership of Managing Director, Gregory Khan.
In an effort to develop the brand into more markets the Uniform Centre joined JAMPRO for the agency’s 2011 ‘Business Linkages Programme’ in Montego Bay at JAPEX at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. “We have a very close relationship with JAMPRO,” Mr. Khan commented. “We are part of the Jamaica Fashion Apparel cluster which also has close relations with JAMPRO, so coming to the Business Linkages Event was a natural choice.”
Following 2011’s Business Linkages Programme, Mr. Khan explained that not only did his company get exposure but also signed a major contract with the Mystic Mountain Jamaica Tours, located in Ocho Rios. “Last year was absolutely fabulous. We received a contract with Mystic Mountain that was worth close to J $1 million,” he added.
Mr. Khan estimates that the Uniform Centre will be seeing a number of successful contracts following this year’s staging of the Business Linkages Programme. He said, “It has been a great experience at the Business Linkages Programme this year. We have at least 35 leads and most definitely will be doing better this year. Our target would be to convert one third of the leads from this year.”
“JAMPRO has looked over us very well and is always a pleasure to work with,” Khan added. The Uniform Centre is looking forward to fulfilling their number one purpose of proving quality in Jamaica and the region.