Barbados businesses for exploratory mission in Guyana

A GROUP of Barbadian manufacturers and services exporters will be in Guyana this week to explore trade and market opportunities here.

The 10-member group which will be participating in the exploratory mission from February 11-14, are all recent graduates of the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation’s (BIDC) Export Readiness Training Programme, an initiative designed to equip new and potential exporters with the knowledge, tools and strategies to successfully expand their businesses into new markets.

The BIDC in a release stated that the companies are drawn from various sectors of the island’s economy including food and beverage; information technology services (particularly for medical services); building and construction; garments and fashion; footwear; media publishing and health and wellness sectors.

The group comprises AirtelCimTect Inc, Carepoint Solutions, Bibi’s Snacks Inc., Eve’s Creations, Locks Protector, Regal Elegance and Eastlanders Manufacturing (B’dos) Inc.

Read more at: Guyana Chronicle

Styling out a niche

The fashion industry has been defined as a multi-million dollar global enterprise devoted to the business of making and selling clothes. Recognising the industry as a vital tool for regional economic development, fashion is increasingly becoming a revenue earner for the Caribbean, much like the other sectors of the creative industries. One island that is silently making waves across the regional fashion landscape is The Bahamas, and local designer Indira Lashan Moss is enjoying the ride.

After completing her studies at the Unites States-based Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008, Indira returned to The Bahamas with the dream of working in the local fashion and design industry. One year later, she started her company ILashan Apparel & Handmade Jewellery.

“When I first came back home I volunteered for Islands of the World Fashion Week so that I could work closely with the designers on the showcase and maybe find a job”, recounted Indira. “But there weren’t any opportunities for employment, so I decided to go into business for myself.” (more…)