Simone Spence-Johnson, President of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce said the need for job creation is critical to the parish as it continues to make a pivotal surge into the next phase of recreating its identity.
“The landscape of the parish of Manchester is very dynamic and has shifted over the years. The makeup of the job market has also changed. We are in the post-bauxite era and stepping into more technology-driven industries. The concept of economic growth is an essential key in any developing society,” Spence-Johnson said.
Spence-Johnson said, the right structure is now necessary to stimulate the economy of the parish, and investing more time, resources and efforts for growth is vital. “The Manchester Chamber of Commerce aims to be the catalyst for information and driving the businesses to embrace the changes of the time and to use technology to drive productivity,” Spence-Johnson said.
The Chamber President said there is no denying that the pandemic has permanently impacted the way we work and how jobs are executed. “We are in the work from home and flexi-work week era. Businesses in the parish have to get creative with how they structure their job descriptions, roles and delivery of products and service,” Spence-Johnson said.
Businesses she said can examine how they used to deliver products and services to their clients and try to find the most efficient and cost-effective ways to get these tasks done.
“They can research new and emerging trends, complementary and totally new industries. The sooner they are able to do this, the better. The BPO sector is one that has adapted to technology and the changes in the job market seamlessly,” Spence-Johnson said.
On December 3, 2022, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce will recognize a number of outstanding businesses in Manchester at the Golf View Hotel, in Mandeville. The awards banquet, was birthed out of the need to recognize the stalwarts in the parish who have contributed significantly over the last year.
Awards will be presented in 10 categories and will range from the entrepreneur of the year, family businesses of the year, customer service and financial service awards to name a few. Guest Speaker will be Senator Matthew Samuda, Minister of Economic Growth and Job Creation.
“The chamber is made up of its members, our main aim is to serve and advocate for them. We believe that recognizing the businesses in their respective fields and highlighting their efforts and hard work is something we consider a privilege,” Spence-Johnson said.
Part proceeds of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will go to the Ebenezer Rehabilitation Centre.