The many faces of charity

Not unlike many other motorists, I often approach Kingston’s traffic lights with a bit of trepidation. On occasions I have found myself reflexively bracing for the onslaught of street boys charging at the vehicle — their cleaning wands in hand. Dishevelled and menacingly solicitous, the ...

Jamaica National Group — Tackling the root causes

The Jamaica National Group displays a refreshing affinity for partnering with like-minded charitable institutions in its drive to do public good. It empowers those it commits to uplift by providing them with modern day’s most potent and transformative tools: education, financial literacy and j ...

Heineken: Charity via partnerships

Nearly 10 years ago, Red Stripe (now Heineken) partnered with the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to donate six patient monitors to the accident and emergency unit of Spanish Town Hospital. In the grand scheme of things, the $1.2-million price tag on this gift represented a relatively modest ch ...

NCB Group: Education is the key

From the vantage point of his younger brother Wayne Chen, Michael Lee Chin is the personification of kindness. Lee Chin left Jamaica in his mid-teens for Canada where he spent most of his adult life and made his fortune. He returned to the island in 2002 as a gritty, deep-pocketed investor on the pr ...

Digicel Jamaica: Charity in its blood

There is an irresistible temptation to reach for superlatives when evaluating the charity work of Digicel Jamaica. This is understandable in part because the telecommunications company earned its reputation as a generous giver while still building out its network across the island and, remarkably, e ...

Scotiabank Group: Getting behind volunteerism

In 1996, Scotiabank International unveiled plans to establish charitable foundations in countries where it had a presence. Inside the global network of this financial titan, the Jamaican operation was a standout. It consistently ranked in the top tier of profit performers and its deep brand penetrat ...

Sagicor Group – enhancing the nation’s health

On a Sunday morning in February, 25,000 Jamaicans decked out in running gear queue along Kingston’s main thoroughfare in anticipation of one of the city’s signature events. The starter gun goes off, animating the massive crowd. The annual Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run is on and adrenalise ...

JMMB: THE GIFT OF LOVE

In retrospect, Joan Duncan would have been well within her right if she had eponymously named the financial institution she founded in November 1992.    Back then, Duncan faced the Herculean task of prying open an industry that was in its embryonic stage of development and which had remai ...

National Baking Company: Changing lives via infant education

The National Baking Company Foundation, the vehicle through which Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson channels hundreds of millions of dollars to charity was launched on August 26, 2015. But the bakery empire that stands behind the foundation which now bears its name has had its roots firmly plant ...

Firms donate $6b to charity

Eight of Jamaica’s most generous private sector corporations have donated a combined $6 billion to charitable causes over the past decade. Education – from infant schools to adult literacy and individual post-graduate pursuits – has been the primary beneficiary of the prodigious co ...

Business Leader Award postponed to February 2016

THE Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award presentation has been pushed back from next month to late February 2016, to avoid a probable clash with the general election which many believe is being planned for December. Danville Walker, managing director of the Jamaica Observer Ltd, said that the pre- ...

Business Leader Awards to focus on corporate philanthropy

THE Jamaica Observer Business Leader Awards will recognise corporate entities for its philanthropic contributions towards the development of the country. Known as one of the premier programmes for recognising excellence in the industry and entrepreneurship in Jamaica, the Business Leader Awards is s ...

OBSERVER BUSINESS LEADER AWARDS 2014 LAUNCH

Jamaica Observer Chairman Gordon 'Butch' Stewart (right) with (from left) marketing director of J Wray & Nephew Gary Dixon; executive director of the Mona School of Business & Management, UWI, Professor Neville Ying; managing director of the Jamaica Observer Ltd, Danville Walker; and business ...

Stafford and Marilyn Burrowes Observer Business Leader winners

The entrepreneurial husband-and-wife team, Stafford (right) and Marilyn Burrowes, accepts the Observer Business Leader Award for 2013 from Observer Chairman Gordon 'Butch' Stewart (second left) and his son, Adam, Observer deputy chairman and CEO, at the awards ceremony last night at the Jamaica Pegas ...

Business Leader Awards helps drive investment, says Digicel CEO

DIGICEL Jamaica CEO Barry O'Brien yesterday congratulated the seven nominees for this year's Jamaica Observer Business Leader Awards and praised the 18-year-old programme for being an essential part of driving entrepreneurship and investment in the country. "Being able to recognise and celebrate the ...

Scotia's sponsorship of Business Leader Awards driven by commitment to seeing businesses grow

SCOTIABANK Jamaica's decision to sponsor the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Awards was driven by the financial giant's commitment to the growth of entrepreneurship in the country. Now in its 18th year, the Awards is this year recognising the achievements of the owners of businesses that listed on ...

Hendrickson hails Observer Business Leader Awards nominees

GARY 'Butch' Hendrickson, chairman and managing director of National Baking Company, has congratulated the seven nominees in this year's Observer Business Leader Awards, and expressed the hope that their companies will continue to grow. Hendrickson, whose family was joint winner with GraceKennedy in ...

Carol and Christopher Clarke: The mother/son team behind Kremi ice-cream

Below is the story on one of the nominees for this year's Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award. All the nominees are drawn from the list of entrepreneurs who have listed their companies on the Junior Stock Exchange. The Business Leader Award presentation takes place on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at t ...

Defying the odds with Derrimon Trading Ltd

Below is the story on one of the nominees for this year’s Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award. All the nominees are drawn from the list of entrepreneurs who have listed their companies on the Junior Stock Exchange. The Business Leader Award presentation takes place on Sunday, December 7, 201 ...

Junior Market tax incentive gains support

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) yesterday indicated that its quiet lobby to preserve the tax incentive afforded under the Junior Market has gained support from enclaves within the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), a position that runs counter to recommendations made by the organisation ...

Mark Hart: Deepening a family tradition with CPJ

Below is the story on one of the nominees for this year's Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award. All the nominees are drawn from the list of entrepreneurs who have listed their companies on the Junior Stock Exchange. The Business Leader Award presentation takes place on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at t ...

Marcus James: building Access customer by customer

Below is the story on one of the nominees for this year's Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award. All the nominees are drawn from the list of entrepreneurs who have listed their companies on the Junior Stock Exchange. The Business Leader Award presentation takes place on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at t ...

Stafford and Marilyn Burrowes: Taking Dolphin Cove to new heights

Stafford and Marilyn Burrowes took their soft adventure company Dolphin Cove Ltd to the Junior Stock Exchange in December 2010. Within those four years the couple has had the opportunity to put to the test, and perhaps to rest, their most dreaded fear about public listing. Marilyn, even more than h ...

OLIVER TOWNSEND: The visionary behind Knutsford Express

OLIVER Townsend likes to share a funny yet telling exchange he witnessed between a ticketing rep at the Knutsford Express terminus in Montego Bay and an anxious passenger. The young man approaches the agent's window and makes an enquiry. "Excuse me, what time is the flight?" he asks. The customer s ...

JOHN MAHFOOD: Long-term preparation key to listing

JOHN Mahfood and his father Adeeb placed Jamaican Teas in public listing mode the moment they acquired the firm's predecessor, Tetley Tea Company Ltd, in January 1996. For 13 years after the Tetley acquisition, the Mahfoods, with the elder Adeeb at the helm, operated the rebranded firm as a privatel ...

Junior market firms focus of Observer Business Leader Awards

THE Jamaica Observer yesterday launched the Business Leader Awards 2013 and announced that it will recognise entrepreneurs whose firms were listed on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). Starting next week, readers will learn about the eight entrepreneurs nominated for the prestig ...

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