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Small businesses teaming up to trade with Caribbean

PICTURED: (L-R) Mr Laurence Jones, European Regional Manager at JAMPRO, Jamaica High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Mr Seth George Ramocan and Mr Richard Davis at a two-day visit to Manchester at Westwood Street Sports snd Social Club. (Photo credit: Twitter)

IF YOU’RE a creative entrepreneur in Manchester and have always dreamt of a business collaboration with the Caribbean, then an event to ignite trade between the regions could open up opportunities.

The International Trade & UK Creative Industries event is aimed at micro-businesses who may not have the necessary infrastructure for international trade but would do well as part of a cluster. Hosted by Amazin’ Business Solutions (ABS)
in partnership with Making Connections Work, the aim is to level the playing field and allow these businesses to expand internationally.

Managing director of ABS Richard Davis, inset, said: “Creative industries in the UK who want to do business in the Caribbean but are too small in scale to deliver will benefit from this event and the support they will receive from the Shareholder Forum to enable them to ply their trade.”

Richard set up the Manchester Business Forum in 2017 to encourage trade between the Caribbean and engage a wider set of organisations to form the Shareholder Forum.

This forum consists of a group of organisations that have come together to ease the transition for small business owners who are often one-man bands or simply don’t have the right kind of support in-house to forge links and access finances.

“The forum can help small businesses to build that infrastructure,” added Davis. “It’s a way to create a pipeline and help people to establish the right links and resources, effectively smoothing the way forward for small businesses to trade with the Caribbean.”

Members of the Shareholder Forum include the Federation of Small Businesses, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Business Growth Hub and financial institutions.

Although micro-businesses are unlikely to trade internationally, Richard hopes that by forming related clusters they will be able to unlock their global potential.

The event takes place on October 25 at Innospace Business Centre, The Shed, Manchester from 11am until 2pm. To attend, email or or send a message via WhatsApp to 07590425544.

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