Six young people were presented with the keys to their units at the newly erected Business Hub in Parham, the first of its kind in the St. Peter constituency.
The presentations were made at the launch of the Business Hub on Saturday during a ceremony in which the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party’s candidate for the constituency, Rawdon Turner, launched his 2023 Election Manifesto.
Turner said the Business Hub will provide an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to grow and develop their businesses which will help them to become self-sufficient and independent.
“We are providing an opportunity for them to learn and to develop as young people entering business. It’s a case of learning to fish for yourself, not to depend on handouts.
“When you have the opportunity to work for yourself, it not only allows you to provide for yourself but, as your business expands and grows, you can provide employment.
“We, therefore, would not all be seeking a job in the government sector,” Turner said.
The ABLP’s St. Peter candidate said there is a need to grow the country’s private sector and added that the Business Hub, manned by young people, is a step toward achieving this outcome.
The entrepreneurs selected to operate in the Business Hub are;
Aaliyah Mussington whose company, JeneeSardonyx, provides an array of furniture and clothing services;
Abdie Williams of Bayside Bakery;
Jenee Henry of Nee Shoynte Beauty which manufactures soaps, lip balms and skincare products;
Churtal Lee of Churtyal’s Unique Touch provides hair care services including braiding;
Shadae Williams of Toast 268 which offers milkshakes, frappes and themed cuisine and,
Kimani Gardner who is well known for his ital cuisine. He said the new location will allow his business to grow by reaching a wider clientele.
Meanwhile, Turner’s manifesto – My Vision for St. Peter – details his plans for the constituency, including the development of a marina at Parham Harbour, upgrading sports facilities and establishing community centres.