The signing of the business agreement to open the franchise outlet took place in Leeds , London via zoom technology under the guidance of Batik, Handloom and Local Apparel Productions, State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera. Laksala, Chairman Lakmal Wickramaarachchi signed the agreement on behalf of Laksala while We Ceylon Ltd CEO Rukmal Kathriarachchi signed the agreement at the Sri Lankan High Commission in United Kingdom on behalf of ‘We Ceylon Ltd’, the official franchisee in Laksala Museum Gallery Café in Leeds London.
According to the agreement all products available in the franchise showroom are sold under the world renowned LAKSALA’ brand which has been highly recognized among foreign tourists visiting the country. The new franchise outlet is expected to sell Sri Lanka’s traditional handicraft items including handloom products, batik costumes, gem and jewellery products, Ceylon tea, coffee, local ayurvedic products, organic products and cosmetic products, produced by Sri Lankan rural craftsmen. Laksala which was established in 1964 during the tenure of former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike has been recognized as the country’s oldest State owned gifts and souvenir shop. Currently Laksala has a 12- showroom island-wide network, coordinated under the guidance of Batik, Handloom and Local Apparel Productions State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara.
Commenting on the new franchise outlet State Minister Jayasekara first thanked the support extended by the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in UK for the assistance given to open a franchise outlet in London and said Laksala opened its first overseas showroom outlet in Florida, USA, Dubai and Japan and expected to open more overseas outlets in the future. Sri Lankan High Commissioner to UK Saroja Sirisena said both Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom have maintained a business relationship for a long period and the main objective of this new venture is to popularize Sri Lankan handicrafts in the UK since it will help Sri Lankan economy and also Lankan craftsmen.