New Showroom Proves Foreign Direct Investment Is Good

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Minister of Industry, Small Business and Rural Development, Denis Kellman and musician Sir Cliff Richard admire one of the table settings designed by Jenny Blanc Interiors, while the designer herself looks on.
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Despite the global economic challenges, Barbados is still seen as a good country for foreign direct investment.

This is according to Minister of Industry, Small Business and Rural Development, Denis Kellman.

He pointed out that the decision of internationally-acclaimed interior designer, Jenny Blanc, to set up her business in Barbados was testament of this.??

His comments were made earlier this week at the launch of her interior design company’s new showroom in Sunset Crest. He said: "It also speaks well for Barbados and confirms the confidence that companies like yours have in our country, even during this time of economic challenge."

Minister Kellman told those in attendance that another source of direct foreign investment was the development of high-end luxury apartments and villas, which are constructed for, and purchased by locals and tourists alike.??

"These developments, ladies and gentlemen, have opened up opportunities for companies catering to the luxury market to place their mark on the Barbadian landscape," he said, further stating: "we welcomed the establishment of the LimeGrove Centre, now we say welcome to Jenny Blanc Interiors."

He acknowledged that Jenny Blanc was well known on the island, pointing to the company’s portfolio which includes prestigious homes at Apes Hill, Polo Ridge, Royal Westmoreland and Port St. Charles.??

Recognising that Jenny Blanc has also attracted the attention of the rich and famous, such as Simon Cowell, Formula 1’s Eddie Jordan, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Sir Cliff Richard, the Small Business Minister remarked: "It is further understood that the demand for your (Jenny Blanc’s) services is growing and it is this demand that has led to the event we celebrate here this evening."??

Lauding the award-winning interior design company’s plans to use Barbados as its base, to meet the growing demand of local, regional and international clients, Minister Kellman emphasised: ??"The fact that this opening is occurring while the world economy is still being challenged, speaks well for Jenny Blanc Interiors, and suggests that it has found a way to cope with the swells of uncertainty through which many companies are having to navigate."

The London-based interior design company, Jenny Blanc, is the winner of the World’s Best Interior Design award.?? Its new showroom on the West Coast will allow owners of prime property in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean to construct their homes with the assistance of the internationally acclaimed designer.??

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Author: Shamkoe Pil??
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