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Sir Richard Branson sets an international challenge for Barbadian EiA students



Sir Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman of the Virgin group personally set a business challenge for twenty eager students of the Barbados Community College and Entrepreneurs in Action through video link from Necker Island. The press launch was held at the Cave Hill School of Business.


His challenge; how can Virgin encourage more Barbadians to travel to the UK as opposed to the United States as a choice of vacation destination?


  • Nick Parker, Virgin Atlantic’s Regional Manager for the Caribbean, expressed his delight that the students would be working in the Virgin offices in creating solutions for the Virgin founder that would be presented to a board of Virgin Atlantic executives.
  • Phil Culigan of the British High Commission, also showed his enthusiasm at the challenge and the potential of a greater Barbadian presence in UK tourist destinations.
  • The programme held in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Barbados South and the British High Commission, had the Rotary President, Sonya Alleyne stated ‘I believe this experience will benefit the students tremendously and transform them from job takers into job makers’.
  • Chief Executive and Founder of EiA, Derek Browne, said, ‘this year was the highest profile challenge ever to be issued in the nine year history of the programme', which had been held locally for three years.
  • ‘Having the opportunity to work with one of the world’s most successful entrepreneur and most recognised and respected brand was brilliant, and I believe this programme will change the lives of all the young people involved'

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