The Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) is seeking mentors for its “Holding Hands” mentorship programme. This forms an integral part of the overall structure of the Corporation’s Small Business Development Centre which now assumes much greater importance in the current global environment. The programme is intended to provide a mutually acceptable mechanism for Incubatees (members of the corporation’s Incubator Programme), to be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of successful practicing or retired business persons and so avoid what might otherwise be dangerous pitfalls.
The objectives of the programme are:
Carefully selected mentors will be assigned on a mutually agreeable basis to members of the Incubator Programme, who operate in sectors such as Information technology and Health and wellness.
Each client has one (1) mentor, to whom they may turn for advice/guidance as necessary.
Mentors will ideally be expected to continue to help clients even after the businesses have matured from the programme, especially where there is potential for the evolution of mutually profitable business alliances.
Mentors have no authority to interfere directly with the management of, or otherwise to force their will on any business to which they are assigned. They have the right to discontinue their assignment to any business, if for any reason they consider that they are unable to assist the business in its best interest.
If you are a business person and interested in participating in our Mentorship Programme, you may contact Mr. Ryan Nurse at the Barbados Small Business Development Centre, telephone 426-2300.
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GENERAL SCOPE AND PURPOSE
Consumer Corner is a medium through which BARP members can be advised of their rights as a consumer. It will provide guidance and also it will inform the membership of advocacy initiatives on their behalf.
Consumer Corner shall seek to:
(a) develop clear policies and procedures to support complaints made by BARP’s membership about goods and service provision;
(b) liaise with the relevant government agencies on matters concerning consumer protection;
(c) educate consumers of their rights under the laws of Barbados;
(d) collaborate with a range of agencies to ensure consumer protection;
(e) promote the use of complaints procedures as per the relevant legislation;
(f) monitor the number of complaints received about a service provider as well as resolved complaints;
(g) explore the role of the Ombudsman to ensure that complaints made about government services are efficiently addressed;
(h) explore alternate dispute resolution as a means of settling consumer complaints;
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THE virtue of nurturing pulses through Jean Springer’s veins. Whether through her more than four decades in nursing, tending to her garden or volunteering with BARP and other organisations, the 79 year old brings loads of attentive care to the task at hand.
In July, 2015, Jean retired as a director after serving in the post for over 10 years. During her tenure, she served under all six BARP presidents, and was instrumental in expanding the reach and membership of the association.
Coming from a family of nurses, after completing schooling at the then St Michael Girl’s School, Jean studied nursing in London and later in Canada. Indeed she was first approached to join BARP while still working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but declined because she did not think she would be able to “give of my best” to BARP while coping with her workload.
After retiring as matron, Jean joined BARP recalling “there were only about 600 members, so they needed support and new members in the association. They were just trying to attract persons because they felt that together you would be able to accomplish things for the older persons in society.”
Volunteering a lot of her time, she enjoyed working at the reception area and doing administrative work, recalling: “. . . I met so many people. Some were workmates, old schoolmates or old neighbours that I hadn’t seen in ages”. After three years as a member, Jean was then asked to become a director.
“I think I have done my bit and I thought someone else can have a chance, so I retired so someone else can make a contribution. That is not to say that if they ask me to do something that I wouldn’t do it, but that I feel I have made what contribution that I could,” she said.