On the 10th of December, approximately 120 persons attended the grand opening of the new Budget Marine Antigua locations, the ceremony taking place in the garden of the new Jolly Harbour store. Both Finance Minister Harold Lovell and other speakers focused on teamwork and partnership in taking the Yachting sector of Antigua forward and its contribution to the country’s economy.
Location manager Louisa Norris made awards to staff including longest serving; Junieo Stevens-Benjamin who also cut the ribbon to the new custom built Jolly Harbour location. Antigua Marine Trades President Franklin Braithwaite advised the crowd that tax reform planning was underway which would deal with what is perceived as one of the major challenges of the sector.
It was pointed out by Ms Norris that the company was celebrating 21 years of business in Antigua and that particularly the new presence in English Harbour would vastly raise the quality of service in the country.
Board Chairman Robbie Ferron pointed out that the new Jolly Harbour building was built in a record 7 months, which speed in no way detracted from the quality of the finished product. Construction was done by TMCS construction, design by Colin Robinson and engineering by Addison Workman. Mr Ferron also pointed to the fundamental values that Jolly Harbour offered and encouraged a focus on that.
Budget Marine is a chain of Marine supply outlets operating 13 outlets in the eastern and southern Caribbean that offers the largest range of premium marine products with the highest level of product availability in the region.