The East Bank of Demerara landscape is set to undergo a major transformation with the establishment of the United States (US) based Amazonia Mall, a state-of-the-art facility that will offer new experiences to locals and visitors.The project is currently under construction at Providence, EBD; a stone’s throw from the National Stadium. It is being spearheaded by one of Guyana’s most successful sportsmen, Ramnaresh Sarwan, and is expected to be completed in 2020.The 38-year-old former Guyana and West Indies cricketer turned entrepreneur said this is phase two of a project he started several years ago. Phase one included Massy Store, New Thriving Restaurant and Fitness53 Gym housed in oneAn artist’s impression of the Amazonia Mall in Guyanabuilding.“Construction (of phase two) started a few months ago, and we’re at the stage where we’ve completed the foundation and the flooring. In another four weeks or so, we will start seeing the erection of steel and so on. This has been long in planning, and I’m really happy that it is coming to fruition,” Sarwan explained.Caribbean Cinemas, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Optique Vision Care are the businesses already aligned to the project. According toConstruction works ongoing at Amazonia Mall in ProvidenceSarwan, a sports bar and lounge and a massive parking lot will also form part of phase two, which is expected to be completed by June 2020.The aim, the former Guyana and West Indies captain pointed out, is to provide a modern-day experience to Guyanese and tourists alike.“That was one of the main reasons we started the project and hopefully the way Guyana is going it will be able to modernise the country, and at least when people come to Guyana they would have good places to go and speak really good things about our country,” Sarwan stated.“Obviously, you want to offer the best service and ensure that people are very comfortable when they come to the facility. I think, most importantly, you want people to experience the kind of shopping stuff they experience abroad and we’re going to try our best to bring that to everyone.”Persons wanting further information on investment opportunities at the new facility can call 265-7271, visit the website www.amazoniamallgy.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A total prize fund of €7,000 and a chance to compete in the national finals is up for grabs for Donegal businesses in this year’s Donegal Enterprise Awards, and entries to the competition are now open.However, previous awards winners have insisted that it’s not just the prize fund – but the positive spin-off afterwards – that has really paid dividends for their businesses.Road maintenance company RoadTeam Ltd provide cost-effective alternative road maintenance solutions and having scooped the innovation award in 2010, they went one better in 2013 when they took the overall prize. That proved to be a major benefit for the company says Adrian Britton, who explained that RoadTeam secured new business on the back of their success.“We tendered for work in Aberdeenshire and we hadn’t worked with these people before. When they saw on our website that we had won the overall award in the Donegal Enterprise Awards, they gave us the contract.”Adrian, has encouraged small businesses in Donegal to enter the 2017 awards, and insisted taking part in the competition is a superb learning experience and one that is of immense benefit.“The awards gave us a real focus on the business side of things and we had everything in order for 2013 when we won the overall prize, but the process has taught us how important it is to keep a focus on the business.” Joe Bonnar Metal Crafts Ltd – who export their high-quality bespoke metal products all over the world – were winners of the Best Established Business category in the 2016 Donegal Enterprise Awards and Mark Patton agreed that taking part in the competition really gave them focus.“Honestly, I’d say like a lot of businesses probably think, when the awards came up last year I thought we just didn’t have the time to be entering them. We were so busy, but having been through the process I am really glad that we did.Once we committed to entering it did give us the jolt we needed to look at the business and the whole process gave us a lot of confidence and renewed self-belief.”Mark said that their company had never really engaged with the Local Enterprise Office until a few years ago and he also urged businesses to consider entering the awards.“I know that the awards are open to all small businesses, not just ones that currently engage with the LEO and I really would recommend to any business to make sure they enter and to engage with Donegal Local Enterprise Office. We hadn’t done that until just around two years ago, but since then the assistance, the sharing of information and the tips on day to day running of the business we have got, have all been priceless.Winning the award, was the icing on the cake for us. It was great in terms of the publicity we got and it was a great boost for our staff, great reward for all their hard work.”Gina Witherow of Donegal English Language School was also thrilled to have won the prize in the Best Established Business category when they entered the awards in 2015.“A lot of work went into the application, but I found it really rewarding. It’s a great process to sit back on reflect on where you are in the business and also to give yourself a pat on the back to say well done for all that hard work.” The 2017 Donegal Enterprise Awards competition is open to all business sectors in Donegal employing less than 50 full-time staff, with the exception of previous county winners who are not eligible to enter. A business does not need to have had any previous contact with the Local Enterprise Office to enter the awards.This year’s competition will see awards presented in the following categories:• Overall Winner• Best Established Business• Best Start Up Business (18 months or less)• Innovation AwardFrom these a representative will be chosen to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards Final.The application form, guidelines for the judging criteria, marking system and competition guidelines are all available to download from the Donegal Local Enterprise Office website:https://www.localenterprise.ie/Donegal/Training-Events/Donegal-Business-Awards-2017/Your chance to win €7,000 in Enterprise Awards was last modified: January 20th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalEnterprise Awards