Business on the move
parts of the country.
The literal vehicle for the initiative to stimulate business activity is a 2014 Nissan Urvan 350, donated by Fidelity Motors, the country's authorised distributor of new Nissan motor vehicles. The Urvan has been retrofitted with office capabilities, providing technical and capacity support to entrepreneurs.
In stock form, before being retrofitted, the 16-seater cost $4.9 million. It is well suited for the task which requires a combination of optimum fuel efficiency, power, capacity and manoeuvrability. "It has a 2.5 turbo diesel engine, manual transmission and is a high-roof and wide-body vehicle,"
said Andrew Channer, sales executive at Fidelity Motors.
After retrofitting the cost is $5.5 million. The vehicle is now equipped with a wide-screen
television, printer capabilities, LED lighting for the interior, drawers, cabinets and other storage space, WiFi, a generator that enables the use of four to five laptop computers and a fire extinguisher, among other equipment.
Though in its infant stage, the mobile business programme has already seen approximately 300 start-up entrepreneurs turn out to participate in consultations and training seminars.
"It's been going pretty good. Persons have had the opportunity to sit with different personnel in finance, business monitoring, business development, JAMPRO and different persons from the industry that will assist the business development. A lot of the people felt motivated because they didn't have access to this kind of information before," said corporate communications manager of the JBDC, Keneshia Nooks.
"The clinic is set up to help people with the various processes, from financing to consumer advice," she continued, adding that the three-year project will be done in phases.
At the end of the first phase an assessment will be done in order to develop a new strategy, going into the project's second year.