Hotel News Middle East speaks to Blue Ribbon managing director Prakash Menon about his company’s new showroom. Menon believes the showroom sets Blue Ribbon apart as leaders when it comes to supplying top-end luxury to the hospitality industry – from fine china and premium cutlery to linen, furniture and more.
What sets Blue Ribbon aside from other companies in the same sector? It is the fact we are a people-driven company and our belief in assisting every client individually. We strongly believe in our company values, which is followed whole-heartedly by each member of the team.
How important is this launch? This is surely a landmark and a historic moment in the story of Blue Ribbon. A showroom in the heart of the city on the Sheikh Zayed Road is something have been visualising for years and it is truly a dream come true.
What are the trends you are experiencing at the moment in the industry? The market is like a cycle as what goes out comes back again. Currently the market is focusing more on Latin American flavours combined with a family style sharing concept. Another important change is the requirement and development of many budget hotels and also standalone premium restaurants.
What can you tell us about your company’s plans for the next 18 months or so? Blue Ribbon has performed exceeding well since its inception seven years ago. The best part of our success story are our team members who have total commitment and we are proud to highlight that our staff turnover is zero. Success comes with team spirit and a crucial role has been played by our suppliers who have given us unprecedented support. With this team, we plan to march ahead and capture newer markets such as the growing restaurant business. We also have a new strategy for India, a market where we expanded to two-years ago.
What are the products that you wish to highlight the most? It is more about the unique qualities of each of our brands, the flexibility to adapt to clients requirements and the focus to ensure quality is of top priority. I would like to highlight four brands in particular Narumi, C&P Celadon, La Tavola and Bed & Beyond (Our home grown bed linen).