GCIC prepares for annual business award ceremony

The 27th annual Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GCIC) annual award and dinner is set for November 28 at the Grenada Trade Centre at Grand Anse.

The persons who were sitting at the head table at the GCIC annual business award ceremony

The persons who were sitting at the head table at the GCIC annual business award ceremony

This year’s awards will see prizes awarded in 17 different categories with Health and Safety in the Workplace being the newest to get onto the list.

President of the Chamber, Ruel Edwards who is also Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB) told reporters at a press conference that they intend to take the event “a notch higher”.

Edwards said the topic chosen for this year is “The Banking Act and its implications for doing business in Grenada” and its presenter will be Chairman of Republic Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, Ronald Harford.

He sees the topic as not only timely for businesses but for every one in Grenada.

“There are a number of different acts that have been passed and during this year’s Structural Reform and Structural Adjustment Programme that the government is doing, such as the Bankruptcy and Insolvency act … we think that a discourse …. is extremely important and timely and that we have it ahead of the implementation of the act so at least we can prepare ourselves and so the Chamber is taking the lead because what we do is beyond just advocacy.

“…We serve the interest of the private sector. We contribute towards policy initiatives and we contribute towards how to shape the future of Grenada because at the end of the day we are the engines of growth. We provide employment, we provide revenues to government, we are the ones that export and so if the private sector does that, we think it’s very important to lead, hence the reason why we started a discussion and (to) examine the banking act.

One of the partners for the award ceremony is telecommunications company LIME which will be facilitating the People’s Choice award.

Marketing Manager at LIME, Kelly Mitchell said that persons will be allowed to send in text messages.

“We have agreed to facilitate texting platform so that the public-at-large can nominate their favourite business entity under the people’s choice award. If you have this business that you always admire for whatever reason and you wanted to nominate that business for the People’s Choice award, you can do so by voting by a text to 8683. You can vote until the 26th of November where voting closes at 12 midnight,” he said.

The first place winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy J5, a brand new handset that LIME is going to be launching just in time for Christmas while the second place winner will receive 6 months of free broadband Internet service from LIME.

Third place in this venture can win three months free of world pack, a residential product that LIME has where customers will receive 1000 international minutes to call the USA, UK, Canada, US Virgin Island, Puerto Rico and China.

Nomination for each company ends on October 23.

The award ceremony is held every year by the Chamber to recognise and reflect on performance of businesses and also to inspire other businesses to continue the journey of making money.

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