Go big without growing Big

Go Big without growing Big

A local company, Undercover Canvas and Awnings, is continuing to build on its export and foreign exchange earning potential, by securing major contracts in New York. Managing Director, Nigel Richings, was recently in Manhattan to work on the first of those contracts commissioned by a hotel.
The awnings feature a design unique to the local company. Richings said he has always wanted to establish a business with an emphasis on export and foreign exchange generation. The company, based at Building #4 Pine Industrial Park, has already done work in Martinique this year. On completion of the job in Manhattan the company’s next stop was Brooklyn.

Barbadian brewed two-year-old 10 Saints Beer is going places. In London, 10 Saints is available at Chelsea Football Club, thanks to Roman Abramovich, who discovered the brew while visiting Barbados on his yacht Eclipse. An introduction into Germany toward the end of 2013 followed attendance at the Anuga Trade Fair sponsored by Caribbean Export, a first for any beer from the Caribbean. From the home of rum to the
home of beer. 10 Saints in fact was selected for a Taste 13 Award.

Germany toward the end of 2013 followed attendance at the Anuga Trade fair sponsored by Caribbean Export, a first for any beer from the Caribbean.
from the home of rum to the home of beer. 10 Saints in fact was selected for a Taste 13 Award.” 

Anuga is the world’s largest and most important trade fair for the food and beverage industry with around 6,700 exhibitors from about 100 countries.   There were over 1200 products that entered the competition and 53 made the final selection. Criteria set by the jury of international journalists are originality and quality, as well as impressive marketing ideas or packaging.  Other decisive factors may include convenience, an effective focus on one of the latest trends or an appeal to specific target groups. CEO Glyn Partridge said following the visit to
Germany, “We have several confirmed new markets and continue to follow up numerous other enquiries; negotiating pricing and terms, regulatory and label changes, agreements etc.” The company has since then executed 2014 Spring launches in Canada, the United States and Russia.

Two leading local companies in renewable energy products have teamed up to expand the commercial opportunities available in Barbados and the Caribbean.

Caribbean LED Lighting Inc. (CLL) and Innogen Technologies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that is expected to result in the further promotion of LED solutions throughout the region.

“Despite the current economic climate, both CLL & Innogen have grown significantly over the past three years in the rapidly developing Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy markets,” said CLL’s CEO Jim Reid.

“This partnership sets an example of how Barbados can move forward in creating jobs and supporting the economy. I am very excited about this innovative partnership and look forward to working with the Innogen team.”

CEO of Innogen, Vancourt Rouse, said the partnership demonstrated that two competing companies could work together for the betterment of Barbados by finding mutually beneficial synergies.

“This relationship will save Barbados much needed foreign reserves as we will not need to import LED bulbs. This will naturally support continued job creation for the Barbadian economy,” he said.

Another benefit of this new partnership is that Innogen will actively support the environmentally sensitive disposal of all fluorescent and compact fluorescent (CFL’s) bulbs using CLL’s “Bulb Eater” machines which ensure that mercury, an extremely toxic heavy metal, does not damage the Caribbean’s environment. 

Friday, January 9, 2015