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Nora Bannerman

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Sleek Garments Export Ltd

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Sleek's founder and CEO, Nora Bannerman, is determined to maintain that philosophy as Sleek shifts into mass production, sewing thousands...


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Nora Bannerman is an accomplished fashion designer and business entrepreneur with over thirty years (30) of experience promoting indigenous business and successfully managing a number of companies.
She has rich experience in business and trade policy negotiations. ore Fashion designer Nora Bannerman aspires to bring Ghanaian-made clothing to bigger markets throughout Africa and the United States. "We are putting Ghana on the radar as an exporter under AGOA of high quality garments," said Nora Bannerman, founder and CEO of Sleek Garments. On the wall of the Sleek Garments factory, overlooking a bustling assembly line of 300 workers, is a sign: "Quality First, Quantity Second". Sleek's founder and CEO, Nora Bannerman, has held to that philosophy since her first years as a fashion designer. She is determined to maintain it as Sleek shifts into mass production, sewing thousands of shirts bound for Ross Stores, one of the largest discount clothing retailers in the United States. After all, Bannerman said, Sleek's emphasis on quality convinced a sourcing agent to place the order for 75,000 casual rayon shirts. The agent had heard of Sleek from California Link, another garment factory that, along with Sleek, is part of Ghana's blooming apparel manufacturing cluster. Ghana's government has offered incentives that have encouraged several clothing factories to relocate and build there. Many of them export to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), which waives duties on select goods from eligible African countries. "We are putting Ghana on the radar as an exporter under AGOA of high-quality garments," Bannerman said. Bannerman also receives support from USAID's West Africa Trade Hub, which conducts industry-specific training and accompanies clients to major trade shows in the United States in order to facilitate deal-making. The Trade Hub provided financial planning services and advised Bannerman as she sought pre-export financing to purchase fabric for the Ross order. Bannerman is now negotiating Sleek's next large order with an American uniform company and planning to triple her workforce over the next few years. "I dream of brands coming out of Ghana, supplying African markets as well as the huge U.S. market," Bannerman said. This is where Nora Bannerman's factory makes dresses and clothes sold in American department stores and lab coats worn by pharmacists at Walgreens and CVS in the United States. Bannerman, who has made clothes since she was nine years old, is an icon in Ghana. She wears designer sunglasses as she drives through town in her cobalt-blue Mercedes Benz. She will not reveal her age except to say she was born in the Gold Coast, Ghana's name before independence. Her fashion design school has trained more than 100 students, and many have since set up their own businesses. Bannerman says Chinese companies mass-produce, without permission, her designs and traditional African fabrics at prices below her cost of production. " China has been going all over Africa, picking out the good ideas,'' says Bannerman, sitting in her factory office. ``While we were still doing high-value, hand-woven kente cloth, China came out with kente prints that are selling well to the United States.'' Bannerman says her American buyers constantly pressure her to cut prices. But she won't and can't cut wages - the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act requires African exporters to meet human rights standards that do not apply to China, because of international trade rules. Bannerman also has to pay high taxes on all imported cloth and thread that further raise her costs to export. And she competes within Africa against second-hand clothes from international donors that are not taxed. She says all she and other African business people need to succeed is a fair playing field. ``We don't want a situation where we are asking for aid all of the time,'' she says. Fashion designer Nora Bannerman aspires to bring Ghanaian-made clothing to bigger markets throughout Africa and the United States. "We are putting Ghana on the radar as an exporter under AGOA of high quality garments," said Nora Bannerman, founder and CEO of Sleek Garments On the wall of the Sleek Garments factory, overlooking a bustling assembly line of 300 workers, is a sign: "Quality First, Quantity Second". Sleek's founder and CEO, Nora Bannerman, has held to that philosophy since her first years as a fashion designer. She is determined to maintain it as Sleek shifts into mass production, sewing thousands of shirts bound for Ross Stores, one of the largest discount clothing retailers in the United States. After all, Bannerman said, Sleek's emphasis on quality convinced a sourcing agent to place the order for 75,000 casual rayon shirts. The agent had heard of Sleek from California Link, another garment factory that, along with Sleek, is part of Ghana's blooming apparel manufacturing cluster. Ghana's government has offered incentives that have encouraged several clothing factories to relocate and build there. Many of them export to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), which waives duties on select goods from eligible African countries. "We are putting Ghana on the radar as an exporter under AGOA of high-quality garments," Bannerman said. Bannerman also receives support from USAID's West Africa Trade Hub, which conducts industry-specific training and accompanies clients to major trade shows in the United States in order to facilitate deal-making. The Trade Hub provided financial planning services and advised Bannerman as she sought pre-export financing to purchase fabric for the Ross order. Bannerman is now negotiating Sleek's next large order with an American uniform company and planning to triple her workforce over the next few years. "I dream of brands coming out of Ghana, supplying African markets as well as the huge U.S. market," Bannerman said. Hidden along Kwame Nkrumah Avenue in Accra is the business place of Nora Bannerman. She has taken advantage of the favourable conditions to supply apparel to retailers in the U.S..


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Mrs. Nora Bannerman-Abbott, CEO, Sleek Garments Export Co.


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Others include: Mrs. Nora Bannerman-Abbott, MD/CEO, Sleek Garments Export Co, Ghana; Mr. Stephen Mintah, CEO, Sea-Freight Pinneaples Exporters of Ghana; Mr. Daniel Okpara, MD, Quality Marine Services Ltd; and Mrs. Lucia Quarchey, President, Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs.


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