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Top accounting firms to mentor 10 foodservice businesses who received UNDP grant

Two of the territory’s leading financial accounting firms will be assisting the 10 foodservice businesses recently selected to each receive a $4,000 grant under the government’s joint partnership with the United Nations Development Programme.

As a mandatory requirement of the programme, the businesses — which are all classified as Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) — will be under the stewardship of Deloitte and KPMG Limited for a specified period.

Consultant in the Premier’s Office, Patlian Johnson said the 10 businesses will be receiving advice on how to successfully operate their businesses.

“The government is very focused on not just providing businesses with monetary grants but also ensure they develop certain entrepreneurship skills as well as develop their business especially in this challenging time of COVID-19,” Johnson stated.

“Deloitte and KPMG have volunteered to give some of their time over the next couple of months to sort of mentor these businesses, so at the end of COVID-19 these businesses will come out with better business management practices,” she added.

Process in selecting the 10 businesses

Johnson also detailed the procedures that were used to determine the 10 businesses selected, stating that a total of 31 food operators had applied to receive the grant.

“There was an initial eligibility requirement and we used the government’s draft business license policy to guide us with that. So if a company had less than 20 employees and an annual turnover of less than $200,000, they became eligible,” the government consultant stated.

She added: “We also required that all businesses had a valid 2020 trade license as well as if you are a food operator, it was a stand-alone business. So if it was a restaurant that is part of a hotel then you were not eligible for this grant.”

21 of the batch had qualified

Following an eligibility assessment, only 21 of the business applicants qualified to advance to the next phase of evaluation.

During this phase, information on the type of ownership of the business coupled with the severity of the financial impact experienced before and during COVID-19 were the factors which determined the final 10 selected businesses.

50% of the businesses are female-owned

Of the 10 businesses selected, six are on Tortola, two on Anegada and one business on Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke each.

Premier Andrew Fahie said 50 percent of the businesses are female-owned and includes five restaurants, three food vans, and two café snacketts.

Awardees will be contacted this week to collect the grant.

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  1. Lmao says:

    This should be good. What a waste of time and money.

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  2. strupes says:

    More assishness….They are acting like its 400 thou or 4 million$

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  3. 1st district says:

    Is themself have us in this s**t!

  4. HAHAHA says:

    This made may day! What the f*** are we really doing here man? Come on!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Rubber Duck says:

    I would pay $4000 not to have to deal with these “consultants. “

    If you can’t do it, teach it and if you know nothing about it, become a consultant.

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