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Branson Centre moves to St Andrew

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Jamaica's leading entrepreneurship accelerator, the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship - Caribbean, is moving its headquarters from Montego Bay, St James to St Andrew. After more than five years in Montego Bay, the decision to relocate was made and recently announced by new chief entrepreneurship officer, Lisandra Rickards.

The move to Kingston underscores a fresh approach in a new direction for the centre. When asked about the reason for the move, Rickards said:

"We want to be closer to our entrepreneurs and stakeholders and play a greater role in the entrepreneurship eco-system. Seventy per cent of our customers operate from the capital. This transition allows greater accessibility to our core customers and will enhance our long-term sustainability and positioning as the region's leading accelerator."

grand relaunch

The centre's headquarters will now be at the Sovereign North Plaza on Barbican Road and opens officially on June 6. That date is also earmarked for a grand relaunch of the centre's refreshed programme offering.

Lead sponsor of the centre, Virgin Holidays, is working closely with the Branson Centre to ensure that everything comes together without a hitch. They have brought on local suppliers, Resolution Interiors, to design an inspiring and forward-thinking workspace.

Local project manager, Joelle Smith from If Walls Could Talk, is also a key member of the project team. During the period of relocation, staff members of the centre will be working remotely while the new space is being constructed and outfitted.

They can be reached via email, which are listed on the Branson Centre's Facebook page.

The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship - Caribbean was launched in September 2011 as a non-profit organisation that supports entrepreneurs to scale their businesses for positive economic and social impact. The centre is an initiative of Virgin Unite, and its lead partner is Virgin Holidays.