Contributing to the advancement and strengthening of Macau’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and local creative industry through dedicated Made in Macau projects, Melco Resorts and Entertainment provides numerous platforms for local designers to showcase their talent and gain invaluable experience and exposure.
Melco has supported positive partnerships with the city’s fashion designers, suppliers and manufacturers; working to design and create volunteer uniforms for more than 6,300 colleagues for the city’s major annual charity event Walk for a Million. For the most recent event which took place last month, uniforms were designed by Chavin, a local Macau fashion brand and SME established in 2003. In 2018, Melco invited young Macau fashion designer Ms. Ella Lei, winner of the company’s Dare to Dream competition organized in collaboration with Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre (CPTTM) to design uniforms for participants, while local fashion designer Mr. Vincent Cheng was commissioned to create a special uniform in 2017.
In a further initiative targeting SME participation, the company launched the Melco Environmental Services Team Uniform Design Competition together with CPTTM last November. The competition encourages persons working in the fashion industry and/or those with their own design brand, uniform retailers, and garment manufacturers to create a series of new uniforms for nearly 400 employees working in various roles at Melco’s Macau integrated resort properties. Judging criteria includes alignment with the Melco brand, aesthetics, design concept, practicality, comfort and material selection.
Mr. Jarlath Lynch, Executive Vice President, Hotels and Food and Beverage of Melco said, “The development of local SMEs and Macau procurement has been a key long-term focus area for Melco. Further to our Studio City T-shirt Design Competition hosted in collaboration with CPTTM back in 2016, we are glad to continue supporting and promoting local design talent, suppliers and manufacturers through our latest Made in Macau project initiative to create new uniforms for Melco’s almost 400-strong Environmental Services Team.”
This year, Melco will host a Macau-first pop-up store initiative exclusively for local SMEs at Studio City. Demonstrating Melco’s ongoing and steadfast commitment to SMEs, the scheme provides rent-free retail spaces and essential operational resources to participating SMEs subsidized by Melco for optimized revenues through the marketing and selling of their products and services directly to Studio City’s visitors, tourists and shoppers.
Each initiative aims to create a communications platform between SMEs and the Melco, to help SMEs get to know Melco as a company, its management team and employees, as well as the company’s operational requirements and standards, and for Melco to get to know Macau’s local suppliers, their businesses, services and offerings, and serve as a catalyst for the development of a sustainable Macau.
This article is sponsored by Melco Resorts & Entertainment.