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Scotiabank Vision Achiever programme gets thumbs up from participants

Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Jacqueline Sharp (centre), president & CEO Scotia Group, poses with the Scotiabank Vision Achiever Programme top participants at the closing ceremony held recently at the Scotiabank Corporate Learning Centre. The Programme offered intense business and capacity building training to SMEs over a 17-week period. From left are Cristal Heaven of Clifton's Machine Shop, Horace Gyles of HBG Associates, Tracey Lettman Duncan of Pineapple Place and Melany Levy of Candy Craze. Absent is Scotiabank Vision Achiever participant Richard Dixon of Longville Park Pharmacy.

Participants in the 2016 Scotiabank Vision Achiever on Wednesday gave the programme glowing reviews during a special closing ceremony and awards function held at the Scotiabank Corporate and Learning Centre.

Carolien Aikman of The e-Biz Centre Ltd, described the programme as a game changer, saying: "Even if you already know some of the information provided for the course, the effective coaching methodology will force you to change and take your business to greater heights."

Felicia Blake of CB Cabling Technologies said: "It's only worth the time and effort if you want to take your business to the next level."

Dionne Golding of Waves Beach concurred.

"Whatever you think you know about business, and regardless of how long you've been in business, this course offers you a refocus and the tools to move your business from good to astounding."




Of the 25 participants, the top-three performers were Longville Park Pharmacy, Horace Gyles of HBG Associates, and Pineapple Court Hotel, whose major achievements included a 30 per cent increase in sales for the month of June; a 35 per cent increase in revenue for the period of May-July 2016; and expansion of the business to take on a restaurant and bar, respectively.

They were presented with a variety of prizes from sponsors Digicel, the Development Bank of Jamaica, e-Media Interactive, and the Jamaica Yellow Pages.

Presentations were also made to Melany Levy of Candy Craze, who received the transformation award for tremendous growth as an individual and company, and Cristal Heaven of Clifton's Machine Shop, who won the People's Choice Awards after acquiring more than 40,000 votes on social media.

In her remarks, Jacqueline Sharp, president and CEO of Scotia Group, lauded them on their "initiative and insight to make that bold step into entrepreneurship".

Sharp encouraged them on their path to becoming "great business leaders" who will "foster a culture of resourcefulness by encouraging employees to think beyond their boundaries".

Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, during his presentation highlighted the need for initiatives like the Scotiabank Vision Achievers in light of the fact that micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises represent well over 90 per cent of the businesses in Jamaica and emphasised the importance of partnerships, especially with SMEs and the banking sector, to encourage the growth and development of businesses.

Scotiabank Vision Achiever coach Marcia Woon Choy used the opportunity to encourage the participants to become great leaders. She reminded them that what makes great leaders great is how they think, how they work, how they care, and how they live.

The Scotiabank Vision Achiever programme is one of a number of initiatives offered by the bank to facilitate the development of SMEs in Jamaica. The 17-week capacity building business course is offered in collaboration with Marcia Woon Choy, ActionCOACH.

It is designed to impart the core competencies required for running a profitable business, to include sales, systemising the business process, marketing and understanding business financials. To date, more than 130 businesses have benefited from exposure through this programme.