Monday, September 24, 2018

Scotiabank Vision Achievers Programme fuels growth of SME Sector

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, The Honourable Audley Shaw (left) and Avril Leonce (centre), Director SME Development and Partnership, Scotiabank, learn about the expansive line of Irie Rock Yaad Spa's natural skin care products being showcased by CEO Racquell Brown at the closing ceremony for the 2018 Scotiabank Vision Achiever Programme on Tuesday September 11, 2018 at Terra Nova All Suite Hotel's Venetian Suite

For the eighth consecutive year the Scotiabank Vision Achievers programme has taken another 25 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a life-altering experience.

Considered a gift to the budding business society of Jamaica, the programme has helped, through intricate training, to develop more than 200 businesses since its inception in 2011.

According to 2018 Scotiabank Vision Achiever, Attorney-at-Law Stokley Marshall, the programme truly delivers on building business acumen.

“I’ve actually seen  financial, tangible results in my business as a result of things I’ve learnt in this course,” stated Marshall.  “It’s one of the first courses I’ve ever done, and I have two degrees, where I actually see improvements from implementing steps I’ve learnt here and in such a short space of time.”

Marshall and 24 other participants have benefited from an intensive 17-week course led by renowned business coach Marcia Woon Choy of ActionCoach since April 2018.

The programme has been designed to impart core competencies required for running a profitable business. These include sales, systemizing the business processes, marketing and understanding business financials; but more importantly, building each participant’s capacity as a leader.

According to Danielle Thompson Britton, owner of Nature My Therapy, the areas of and amount of growth is tremendous.

“As a young female Jamaican entrepreneur this has made a world of a difference to not only me but to my company, my employees and my family,” stated Britton. “We have all benefited, we’ve all experienced massive growth, and we’ve all experienced a massive turn around in how we not only view business but how we view our lives.”

Jamaica’s small and medium-sized enterprises play key roles in the economy. In addition to being drivers of economic growth and job creation, SMEs play an increasingly important role in addressing urgent development challenges, in particular those related to sustainability and service delivery. They also represent prosperity through innovation and entrepreneurship; and as such attest to the invaluable contribution of the Scotia Vision Achievers’ programme.

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