Project

Big up Small Business

Our Big up Small Business project, with the TUI Care Foundation, 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.

If you are a small-business owner in Jamaica and would like to apply for extra support, please click here.

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Lastest Activities

  • In November 2019, we trained over 250 people running micro businesses, providing new opportunities to access the tourism market, including understanding how to meet international requirements and market themselves to tourists.  Businesses involved included attraction and excursion providers including farmers and water sports operators, accommodation providers including guest houses, B & Bs and villas. 
  • We launched our process to find 10 small to medium-sized organisations to gain extra, tailored support to connect with the tourism market, including with marketing, promotion and capacity building.  

 

 

 

 

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