Invest SVG, in collaboration with Caribbean Export Development Agency, has announced the three locally-based businesses selected to benefit from the High Export Potential Programme.

The finalists, named at a press conference last Friday, April 20th are: LinkUp – co-founded and owned by Anthony George and Kenna Questelles-George; Olive Art Designs – founded and owned by Christal Oliver; and Grenadine Wild Sea Salt – founded and owned by Jerry Simpson.

The HiExPo Programme, which will see Invest SVG and CEDA working with the finalists over a two-year period, aims to strengthen the capacity of the selected small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to export to new markets and increase their global competitiveness.

At last Friday’s press conference, Invest SVG Deputy Executive Director Nadine Agard-Juillerat congratulated the finalists, and expressed how eager she is to witness the transformation and development of the businesses.

The concept of the HiExPo Programme, which came about after CEDA assessed the business environment in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, found that despite a significant potential for SMEs, to capitalize on new, global market opportunities to broaden and diversify the country’s export base, local businesses are challenged by limited access to business development training and targeted support services.