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Finance fair a big hit


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THE ANNUAL SANDY LANE Financial Fair has grown so large that, for the first time, organizers will be separating it from the health fair.
“The [biggest] problem is facilitating the number of people who want to come. This is the biggest fair we have done; every year it is getting bigger and bigger and sometimes we have to [turn people away].
“We used to use the opportunity to have a health fair at the same time but this year we can’t facilitate the health component, so we will do
a separate health fair [in a couple months’ time],” said director of human resources Yvette Browne.
The fair, now in its tenth year, attracted 45 vendors. As space was an issue, human resources business partner Lester Headley said the service corridor continued to be the best place for the event.
“This is our area, the featured area in Sandy Lane we call the winners walk. We place all our awards here and . . . any supplier coming to Sandy Lane, this is their entry and exit,” he said.
Browne said the winners walk was the centre of activity for staff at Sandy Lane, adding that there was an office behind each door in the corridor.
Headley said the event gave staff the opportunity to network with the various suppliers in the marketplace as they could not always get out to conduct their business.
He added that the suppliers included insurance companies, banking services, credit unions and various merchandisers. In addition, staff were also encouraged to be entrepreneurial and get involved as the aim of the fair was to teach them about managing money.
Browne said while the financial fair was not a public event, Alexandra and Frederick Smith secondary schools had been invited because the hotel had adopted them and wanted students to get a glimpse of the different types of business opportunities available.
The SATURDAY SUN team spoke to some of the participants, many of them first-timers at the fair.
Addonia Graham, owner of Addonia Creations, was pleased with how things were going and said she had gotten a lot of inquiries and purchases. Assistant Dominique Tudor said she felt honoured and appreciated the invitation from Sandy Lane to showcase their work.
Azizah Onifa of Bajan Stars said that it felt good to be there and things were going well for her. The first-time participant said: “It is always good to have an opportunity to advertise your products.”
First Citizens Bank marketing executive Kareem McClean said the response was very good. He added that through the fair the bank was able to inform a large number of people about its new hurricane preparedness programme.
Senior sales manager Joyanne Christie, of Republic Bank, said Sandy Lane staffers were signing up for loans and credit cards and those with credit cards were signing up for credit increases.
One of the veterans of the fair, Cheryl Wiggins, said she had been participating for the past five years. The marketing manager of Cheggins said things were going very well. (KS/ZD)


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