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More entrepreneurs to benefit from JNSBL location in Half-Way Tree

Published:Saturday | June 29, 2019 | 12:07 AM
Gillian Hyde (left), general manager, JN Small Business Loans (JNSBL), cuts the ribbon to open the new JNSBL Half-Way Tree location while Thelma Yong (centre), deputy general manager, JNSBL, and Dane Baker, client relations manager, JNSBL Region 8 (in background), look on. Also participating in the ceremony was Ainsworth Williams, a JNSBL client.
Gillian Hyde (left), general manager, JN Small Business Loans (JNSBL), cuts the ribbon to open the new JNSBL Half-Way Tree location while Thelma Yong (centre), deputy general manager, JNSBL, and Dane Baker, client relations manager, JNSBL Region 8 (in background), look on. Also participating in the ceremony was Ainsworth Williams, a JNSBL client.

As part of its strategic objective to serve even more clients in the northern and western sections of the Corporate Area, JN Small Business Loans (JNSBL) has opened a new location in Half-Way Tree.

The location is part of the company’s strategic move to bolster its position as the microfinance provider of choice for persons in the micro, small and ­medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector.

The new Shop 21 is located in the recently opened plaza at 7 Eastwood Park Road across from the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre, and it replaces the office at Jerry’s Plaza on Molynes Road.

“Half-Way Tree is perhaps one of the most busy and significant commercial and transportation hubs, outside of downtown Kingston. It provides transportation to many sections of the city and rural communities,” said Gillian Hyde, general manager, JNSBL, at the opening of the office on June 14.

“With traffic data suggesting that at least 250,000 pedestrians and more than 100,000 vehicles use the Half-Way Tree hub daily, this area allows JNSBL to serve its clients effectively and to inform more persons about our products and services,” she added.

Hyde stated that the new location will serve new and prospective clients who reside in areas such as Manor Park, Stony Hill, Lawrence Tavern, Papine, communities off Washington Boulevard, and Red Hills and its surrounding areas.

GREATER CONVENIENCE

“This new location will also be more convenient for our more than 1,000 clients in this zone, and it gives us an opportunity to tap into areas such as Stony Hill and Red Hills to provide greater assistance to entrepreneurs in those communities,” Hyde said.

Dane Baker, client relations manager, Region 8, noted that the Half-Way Tree location reflected JNSBL’s commitment to assisting MSMEs in the Corporate Area and other communities which were desirous of growing their operations.

“This strategic location positions us to serve a wider cross section of business persons. It provides higher visibility, convenience and easier access for clients as we are now in the centre of the Half-Way Tree hub. This move will lead to the creation of more jobs and stimulate growth in the economy,” he said.

Business operators in and around the Half-Way Tree area will have greater access to financing to help sustain and grow their operations, he further stated.

Veronica Brae-White, a JNSBL client for more than 17 years, said she was proud to be a JNSBL client and welcomed the opening of the new location in Half-Way Tree.