The Archbishop of York has visited Montego Bay, Jamaica in order to bless Richard Branson’s newly opened Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship and find out more about those it aims to benefit.
The centre, with the support of Virgin Holidays, is hoping to create more jobs in the local community through encouraging the work of local entrepreneurs. With practical business skills, access to guidance coaches and mentors all on offer the centre puts an emphasis on linking tourism related business with social, environmental and financial well-being.
“The only way you will lift a country out of poverty and give them true economic freedom is through the creation of jobs,” explains Virgin Unite CEO, Jean Oelwang.
“The Virgin Group has had a long history in the Caribbean and Virgin Holidays, who is our cornerstone partner for this programme, has been a huge supporter of tourism in the area for several years.”
The first such centre opened its doors back in 2006 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Further, smaller, satellite centres will be developed and act as a launch pad to enable entrepreneurs to succeed in business, benefitting the whole community.
Applications for new Branson Centre Caribbean entrepreneurs are now open - you have until February 6th to apply.
For more information on the work of the centre and to find out how you can get involved, visit the Branson Centre website.