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BBW project to benefit garment exporters & workers
Dec '11
Brands, retailers and exporters gathered on December 2 to launch the 'Benefits for Business and Workers' project (BBW). The launch was hosted by Mr Barry Lowen, Director, UK Trade and Investment, India, on the lawns of the British High Commission.

The project is sponsored by the UK Department for International Development's RAGS Challenge Fund, Arcadia, Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, New Look, Sainsbury's and Tesco and is managed by Impactt and Rajesh Bheda Consulting. The project will offer training to 100 factories supplying the sponsoring brands during 2012.

BBW offers a new approach to the garment sector, which is currently wrestling with labour and skills shortages and competition from overseas.

BBW will equip Industrial Engineers, Production, HR and welfare managers with the latest management techniques to build efficiency, improve quality and improve workers' employment conditions through shorter working hours, better pay, better benefits more training and ore promotion opportunities.

Project results are remarkable, with participating factories reporting significant gains. Mr Milton, Managing Director of Cotton Blossom, from Tirupur, said “I started with 12 machines, 20 workers and 1 motor cycle 10 years ago, and today our family has grown to over 5,000 workers with fully integrated set up.”

He added, “I am standing in front of you due to RAGS BBW project. BBW has completely changed our way of working – we have seen tremendous increases in efficiency, significant quality savings, underpinned by a stable workforce.” He strongly urged the apparel manufacturers to participate in the second year of the BBW program.

Barry Lowen said, “BBW is a key contribution to building garment sector competitiveness in terms of productivity, quality and people management.”

Rosey Hurst, Director, Impactt Limited said “Benefits for Business and Workers will support stronger businesses and better jobs, both are vital for a stronger export garment sector”.

Rajesh Bheda, CEO of RBC, said “The industry is going through one of the toughest times. But there is a silver lining to the dark clouds. BBW demonstrates how much more potential we have to unlock – this training is a must for any forward-thinking factory owner, specially as it brings benefits for workers, middle management, factory owners as well as brands”.

About Impactt Ltd:
Impactt is a British consulting firm specialising in improving human resources management and developing human capital in international supply chains. Impactt has a strong track record in a wide range of industries in China, India and Bangladesh and works with manufacturers, exporters, retailers and brands to deliver better, stronger businesses providing great jobs. Impactt is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

About Rajesh Bheda Consulting:
RBC is a knowledge organisation specialised in improving competitiveness of the fashion industry organisations. RBC has inspired and facilitated performance improvement in fashion industry supply chain entities with a win-win approach for all.

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