The Adrian Loveridge Column – Opportunities for Small Business to Grow EXIST!

Despite all the challenges, impediments and red tape currently associated with the growth of small businesses and start-ups, I still see a world of possibilities out there for those persons really determined to be their own boss, especially in the tourism sector.

A recent case in point was a small farm offering free range eggs with complimentary delivery on what appeared, relatively small quantities.

Years ago, one of the more creative delivery drivers with a major distributor devised a simple fax back list where you simply indicated required quantities or weight of vegetables and fruits in stock and the order would magically be delivered later in the day.

Surely, this is a potentially wonderful opportunity for a group of small growers and farmers to mount a co-operative mobile service spearheaded by a simple website.

Many of our smaller accommodation providers would welcome a reliable collection, clean and return of linen and towels, where often it is not desirable or economic to do it in-house.

What other entrepreneurial enterprises are out there waiting to be exploited?

For decades, we having been hearing about the woes and problems that the tenants of Pelican Craft Village apparently have and seem unable to resolve. But how many of those artisans display and sell their offerings on a regular basis at our small to medium sized hotels?

A few of our restaurants do a superb job in displaying local artwork for sale, but when we took a decision to turn one of the architectural highlights of our Ian Morrison trademark designed buildings into an area to display local art, destined to be called ‘Artcoves’, sadly not a single approached artist even bothered to respond, even though there was no cost element to them involved.

When open, we used to invite local craft people to display and sell their products on a regular weekly basis, at our property and I graphically recall one of them proudly boasting they had sales value at over $6,000 during one day. Or, in their own words ‘more than they normally sold in a major department store in a month’.

With yet another financial giant indicating they are considering withdrawing from Barbados and the region, together with all the political uncertainly, there is probably no better time for people considering becoming the master or mistress of their own destiny and creating their own business.

Personally, I have never regretted being a ‘small business person’ for most of my working life. Of course, I was fortunate to have had options.

At the tender age of 21 years, I was a majority shareholder and Managing Director of four companies in the UK. In my mid-twenties I was offered the position as executive Chairman of a leading British travel company.

If I had accepted that position, certainly my personal wealth would have been substantially higher than it is now. Sometimes though, as I tried to point out to a ‘successful’ hotel mogul fairly recently, private jets and yachts are not always the prime motivators.

17 thoughts on “The Adrian Loveridge Column – Opportunities for Small Business to Grow EXIST!

  1. @Sargeant

    Here is your boutique hotel on Enterprise. Should fit nicely with Adrian’s theme. Some opportunity for small business activity in the area. Let us see what will emerge.

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  3. Mr. Loveridge

    De ole man notes with some interest that you have made the serious effort to give some practical pertinent suggestions of a way that small business can have workable synergies – food supply and of course the besieged and some would say damned existence of Pelican Village Craft facility.

    In previous submission here the ole man has called you and others in the hotel industry who are expats, a parasite because your substantive focus has seemed ONLY TOURISM ORIENTED.

    But, as with all things, today you have shown that you do have a few other interlinked elements of your being that are not like an 8mm film.

    The simple thing about this is that you and I live on this earth which revolves at 1,000 miles per hour on its axis and at 67,000 mph in its circular orbit around the sun.

    I am your neighbour as I am that of Kim Jong Un and others in this earth bound play.

    The sad thing is that the symbiosis of which you speak, one which takes its genesis from the Genesis of all Being, answered by “am I my brother’s keeper?” does not resonate with many of us, and those of us who promote these synergies are outnumbered 1,000 to 1.

    Having said that de ole man will however have to say this.

    Have you ever been to any of the Pelican Village-like outlets that are at our ports of call? and replicated at Dover?

    Do you see what we are selling as craft?

    Do you see the prices?

    Do you know the extortion that BIDC exacts as rental fees from their leasees?

    Do you know the money that BIDC gets every month to run its budget of which Pelican Village is but one of its facilities?

    Do you know its annual subvention amount? its staff compliment? their productivity quotient?

    What % of the $50 million annual subvention for the last 55 years of its existence has been allocate to Renewable Energy initiatives to bring down its operational costs? AND BY EXTENSION THOSE OF ITS TENANTS?

    You unnerstan’ why any real bajan has to be in a constant state of anger when we take a serious gander at what we as independent british citizens continue to do with our so called independence?


    “Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water…”

  4. Just after 1.30pm this afternoon, some Ding-Bat in a rented panel van, decided to drive along the sidewalk and mow down countless pedestrians, along a 1km stretch of Yonge St between Finch and Sheppherd.
    From observation, the deaths will be in the double digits.

  5. The Hilton Hotel, which I understand is funded by the taxpayers of this island and the private sector, had a vacancy for a General Manager.

    How is it that, after pursuing the relevant tourism related qualifications at UWI, not one of the sons or daughters of a Barbadian taxpayer could not qualify to be the GM, but the Hilton has to apply for a work permit to recruit a non-national because they did not receive any suitable applications?

    By continuing with this practice, the hotel sector is essentially suggesting that our UWI degrees are worthless and the only positions suited for Barbadians are security, housekeeping, bellmen, pool and beach, maintenance, gardens,stewards, waiters/waitresses, telephonist, concierge, front desk and storeroom keepers.

    And Barbadians continue to remain silent at this shiite.

  6. Artax it is actually worse. Because under the labour transportability rules now in existence, applicants can come from a much wider Caribbean net without a work permit.

  7. What nonsense , who in there right mind would have politics guide their decision to have someone look after a multi million dollar venture. I am sure it is not just a degree but experience as well, If the insinuation is that this is a racist thing I disagree there are many black people running hotels around the world that would easily be capable of running the hilton. This is an experience thing, bajans must leave the nest , go abroad and get it , the only problem is once they have left and gotten experience in the outside world they dont want to come back until they retire.

  8. “What nonsense , who in there (THEIR) right mind would have politics guide their decision to have someone look after a multi million dollar venture.”

    “What nonsense,” indeed………..

    Firstly, you must LEARN how and when to use “their” and “there.”

    Secondly, please indicate to me where “politics” and “racism” was mentioned.

    Thirdly, since YOU mentioned “racism”……….if you are familiar with the hotel industry you would know that many white non-nationals do not remain in management positions LONG-TERM and often treat employees like dirt. Also, many of them do not have the experience to manage “a multimillion dollar venture,” and when exposed they resign “in a hurry.”

    I worked at a “five star” hotel for two years. White people were paid much more than their black counterparts…….and this in endemic in the industry. I drew it to the attention of the Guest Relations Manager, who black, that she was paid much less than a white woman who was subordinate to her.

    A white Canadian who was touted as having “experience,” was hired as General Manager. His housing allowance was $10,000 per month as opposed to the black assistant general manager’s salary of $3,500 per month plus 20 service charge points. The GM’s tenure was “short lived” and it was evident from his attitude that he was a racist.

    The hotel also recruited chefs from France and England who were said to have experience. Both men were unmannerly and disrespectful towards black people……..and judging from reports, they should have been arrested for impersonating chefs. Their employment was “short lived” as well.

    I also know of a situation that occurred a few years ago at one of Barbados’ “leading” hotels where the white HR Manager was paid $25,000 per month. After resigning she was replaced with a black HR Manager who was paid $5,000 p/m.

    Hotels are some of the most racist environments in Barbados.

    Remember, it was you that introduced “racism.”

  9. Artax maybe you should look up Leslie d Hale or RLJ lodgings before you open your big quacker. Standing outside a hotel for two years… , asking honey do you want a date …does not make you an expert on what is going on inside. I am sure you have a whole lot of things you heard happened to tell us, but having sat on a labor bored you may want to take some of them with a grain of salt. When you can say…I said that, that,that that that man said was redundant …and still have a legal sentence do you really think I care what a hotel street walker thinks of my diction.

  10. Wow, lawson….how yuh know dat I hear dem t’ings.

    lawson, I believe you meant “labor BOARD.” “Maybe you should look up “BOARD” and “BORED” before you open your big quacker.”

    For someone whose spelling and grammar are atrocious………I believe you actually sat on a “labor……bored.” Thinking about the likes of you working in the corporate world must be definitely taken “with a grain of salt.”

    However, “standing outside a hotel for two years……..asking honey do you want a date” does have its benefits.

    It has caused many BIG STRONG BLACK MEN to knock the white wives of you white bastards and live in luxury……..they want us…….and use your money to pay us well……..

    …………because you guys always come up short……


  11. Artrax LOL you claiming you a big bro now, living in luxury lol again, you not notice the white women your claiming to …what is it knock??? are mostly large and lonely but to you they are luxury I guess thats why aes fields is so cheap…it must help a lot

  12. “……….you not notice the white women your claiming to………”

    I believe you meant …….. “white women YOU’RE claiming to”

    Yes, (ESA) Fields is cheap…….and judging from your incoherent, “light headed” responses……… it seems as though you had “one too many.” It certainly isn’t helping your grammar “a lot.”

    Wuh loss!!!!!

  13. like my old dad told me if your going dark stick to the rum, I guess that free edjumication ya got has really helps on the rock, what does your sign say again two coconuts for a dollar or one buck for two. hear.

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