MONDAY, OCTOBER 17: A small construction company has completed a project given by Government to help small businesses stay afloat.

Today, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kim Wilson announced Solo Construction completed work on Sea Song on budget and on time.

Earlier this year, Ms Wilson announced the initiative in partnership with the Ministry of Government Estates and Information Services and as part of the Hands-Up Empowerment Programme.

The idea was to provide a series of works projects aimed at keeping small construction and contracting businesses working during these tough and challenging times.

Ms Wilson said: “They have done a wonderful job in renovating this beautiful waterfront property, and this project is a real and tangible result of what can be accomplished when given the education and opportunity to do so. 

“I think it’s safe to say that Sea Song has been an unqualified success, and as a result of the Sea Song renovation, we are pleased to announce our second partnership with the Ministry of Government Estates and Information Services, the Southside Renovation project.”

Ms Wilson said Larry Packwood of Packwood Painting and Maintenance has won the contract, which will consist of painting buildings in Southside.

In addition Ms Wilson said Government’s Small Works Jobs Initiative has placed 23 people so far in various jobs for a 10-week period.

Those jobs include post offices across the island, a boys’ home in Devonshire and landscaping firms.