Big-up Small Business is creating new opportunities for small-business entrepreneurs in Jamaica to harness the opportunities that tourism brings.
We offer training, resources and support for small to medium-sized tourism businesses in Jamaica, including accommodation providers, craft or food producers, excursion providers, community enterprises, and restaurant, bar and café owners.
Our new guide to the finance schemes on offer to small tourism businesses includes a handy quick reference summary and more detailed information on what the schemes include, who is eligible and how to apply. Look out for the launch of more resources and training opportunities for small businesses in the coming months.
Big up Small Business is a TUI Care Foundation project, delivered by the Travel Foundation that is creating new opportunities for up to 150 small-business entrepreneurs in Jamaica, so that more people can benefit from tourism.
Why? Small-business entrepreneurs are a vital part of any economy, most people rely on them for employment and they drive innovation and opportunity. With the right conditions, tourism has great potential to enable small businesses to prosper. Bars, restaurants, shops and activities can be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike and in turn they create jobs, prosperity and contribute to a thriving local ecomony.
Our approach: We’re giving a helping hand to a whole range of exciting small business in Jamaica, so they can better connect with tourists and take advantage of the opportunities that tourism brings. Small businesses including artisans, accommodation providers, community enterprises, craft and food producers and micro excursion providers will receive training and marketing support to improve their business and better understand international market requirements. Ten of these small businesses, selected by a panel of experts, will receive intensive, bespoke support.
At the end of 2019, we trained over 250 people running micro businesses, providing new opportunities to access the tourism market. The training included understanding how to meet international requirements and market to tourists. Businesses involved included attraction and excursion providers, accommodation providers including guest houses, B&Bs and villas.
Following a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic, the project is now back up and running, with a focus on supporting SMMEs to recover and rebuild post-COVID, and with more training delivered online.
Over 90% of all participants trained so far have reported increased skills and awareness across a range of learning objectives.
Following a detailed selection process, we are providing tailored support to eight small organisations, including help with marketing, promotion and capacity building.