Minister Patrice Minors with Cathy-Ann Symons (centre), the Dame Lois Browne Evans Building contract awardee, and Lucrecia Ming, assistant general manager of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). <em>*Photo supplied</em><br />
Minister Patrice Minors with Cathy-Ann Symons (centre), the Dame Lois Browne Evans Building contract awardee, and Lucrecia Ming, assistant general manager of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC). *Photo supplied

THURSDAY, FEB. 9: The Bermuda Economic Development Corporation through its Small Business Construction Incubator and Hands Up Empowerment Programmes are actively working to get Bermudians back to work.

You may recall that this Ministry has announced the successful completion of three separate jobs that have been managed by BEDC’s tendering process; the renovation of Sea Song, the Southside painting project and most recently the completion of the Small Jobs Work programme that saw 23 people put back to work over a 12 week period. 

Today, I am pleased to announce another successful tendering process managed by the BEDC. 

We are standing in the newly completed, beautiful Dame Lois Browne Evans Building because BEDC has again partnered with the Ministry of Government Estates and Information Services to manage a cleaning contract tendering process for this building.

The BEDC undertook to identify prospective bidders from graduates of the Construction Incubator and participants in the Small Jobs Work Programme and private citizens.

The goal behind this partnering is to create entrepreneurial opportunities for unemployed persons.

Today, I am pleased to announce that the selected candidate for the cleaning contract is Ms. Cathy-Ann Symons. 

Ms. Symons was unemployed for the last two years and we were first introduced to her through the Small Jobs Works Programme. 

Ms. Symons will be supported by the BEDC throughout this process by providing training, business planning guidance, and administrative support to ensure the success of this new entrepreneurial endeavor. As a further note, Ms. Symons will hire unemployed workers via the Department of Labour and Training as a condition of the award.

We thank the Ministry of Government Estates and Information Services for their continued partnership and look forward to continuing to develop new entrepreneurs through partnership with other Government Ministries and private business.

This Ministry’s primary goal is to continue to develop and build the local Bermuda economy which includes helping put Bermudians back to work. 

The BEDC will continue to seek out opportunities to employ and create new local business. 

Thank you.