Government is overlooking small businesses: DLP

The spokesperson of the Democratic Labour Party on Small Business and Entrepreneurship - Ryan Walters, blamed the government for being more evenhanded in awarding state contracts.

Barbados: The spokesperson of the Democratic Labour Party on Small Business and Entrepreneurship – Ryan Walters, blamed the government for being more evenhanded in awarding state contracts.

DLP stated that the small businesses are overlooked while the larger business people are receiving the majority of the work. In a recent interview with the members of the executive committee of the Barbados contractors & artisans cooperative society by Brasstacks moderator – David Ellis, there were cries from its leadership for more government contracts.

Ryan Walters asserted, “This cry comes at a time when the government, on the other hand, has embarked on various home construction projects and major government facility renovations with large contractors.”

The Cooperative of some 200 persons comprises a mix of contractors, associated construction professionals and artisans. Walters added that “This past week the public witnessed a parliamentary spectacle of sorts as the former minister and the current Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship battled for the kudos of modernising a liquor license application and renewal.”

He said it took 11 months to offer assistance, with a package that showed pity rather than consideration of the business owners individual plights.

Walters further explained that while the current and former Minister wrestle for bragging rights over basic modernisation initiatives, governments around the globe have been putting small business and entrepreneurs on a pedestal, ensuring the economy is stimulated from the bottom up, people are employed and the social safety net of the people remains intact.

He concluded that the DLP would continue to express their disappointment, on behalf of the sector, with the government and the two Ministers for the handling of this key sector and reminded the Prime Minister of her own words, – “What we cannot have is the choking off of opportunities in Barbados for ordinary people.”

“We urge this administration to get serious about handling the affairs of the small business people of this country.”