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LIME executing positive change... in an effort to boost national productivity

Published:Thursday | January 31, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Dmarley Foster of St Aloysius Primary School with Garry Sinclair, CEO LIME Jamaica and Cayman, and Ronald Thwaites (right), minister of education, at the official opening of the LIME Homework Centre, Carlton Crescent, on Tuesday. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

The LIME Foundation turned its focus on national productivity and the well-being of LIME Jamaica employees' children when it opened the LIME Foundation Homework Centre on Tuesday, January 29.

The centre, brainchild of LIME CEO Garfield Sinclair, will provide after-school care for employees' children and is located at the LIME Square complex which also houses the company's corporate office at 2-6 Carlton Crescent, St Andrew.

Speaking at the launch on Tuesday, Sinclair said, "LIME is executing positive change in making an effort to boost the levels of national productivity. We recognise the importance of how a family-oriented corporate structure makes our employees feel safe and assured that their CEO, line managers, supervisors and peers are all looking out for them and their children's welfare. Happy employees equal happy customers and, hopefully, increased profitability."

The LIME CEO also used the opportunity to implore guest speaker, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites to consider taking a proposal to Cabinet for the implementation of tax breaks for private firms that invest in social amenities such as homework centres for their employees' children.

Sinclair stated that these purpose-built facilities augment and support the tireless efforts of public- and private-school teachers.

He stated that, "private firms are aligned with the vision of how vastly improved academic outcome leads to increased productivity, and could do well with some tax incentives to make this happen. Just imagine how such a relatively small tax incentive for businesses to create social amenities for employees' children could create a significantly positive effect on Gross Domestic Product."

Minister's response

Responding to Sinclair's suggestion, the Education Minister reiterated the government's inability to grant tax breaks in the current fiscal environment and mentioned that, with or without tax breaks, he's hopeful that private firms will continue to invest in the education experience of their employees' children.

The LIME Foundation Homework Centre is an idle-free environment exclusively for LIME employees' children ages six-13 years. It provides a safe, comfortable and tech-enabled environment where youngsters will spend a few after-school hours completing tasks assigned earlier or merely to review new topics or concepts taught while they await their parents.