Month: September 2014

Twenty thousand new nurses needed soon!

While not being partisan in local politics Caribbean East Atlantic Company Limited looks with favour at Labour leader Ed Miliband’s proposal to source twenty thousand new nurses to fill vacancies in the NHS. We believe that as a rising tide lifts all ships we as a company will be able to profit from whoever these jobs ultimately go to. As Managing Director of this company I was watching the media particularly the Evening Standard for thoughts and feelings on the potential “how” of this plan’s implementation. An article by Niki Chesworth highlights the fact that solving the problem of finding twenty thousand additional nurses will not be easy.   Most nurses who want to be in a nursing job are and those who quit did so for financial or other reasons. I found Chesworth’s solution of more training and encouraging others back into the field hollow.  I found it hollow because it glossed over the real difficulties that the British system as a whole faces in creating all the nurses which it needs. There will come a point when our need for nurses actually outstrips our absolute ability to create them.  It is better to contemplate that time sooner rather than later and to put in place systems to account for this eventuality.  Underpinning this company’s strategy is the belief that jobs should go to those who deserve...

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The situation on the ground in Jamaica 

Investing in Jamaica is not for the faint of heart but pioneering investors are blazing a trail and making a difference in ordinary people’s lives. That’s the word on the ground from Maureen Smith and Liz Oldershaw, business women who work in partnership with the third largest English Speaking country in the western hemisphere. According to Mrs. Smith who runs Tropical Solutions, a British hand holding business for people who want to buy land in Jamaica, governmental inefficiency, the high cost of doing business, corruption and a high concentration of crime are all serious barriers towards doing business in Jamaica. It doesn’t help that land taxes in Jamaica have been increased over the past ten years, training of estate agents is below the UK expectation and the cost of private sector services are geared towards a quick buck over long term business. But the picture is not all negative as Elizabeth “Liz” Oldershaw, who owns and operates TPS Holding Group Limited, paints a picture of Jamaica as an island of two point seven million souls which has been good to her family business which has been operating there for the last forty-five years. “The Windrush Generation,[Jamaicans who came to Britain in the 1950s] who are now returning to Jamaica would scarcely recognize their home country with the investments which have been made in infrastructure, particularly highways.” Says Ms. Oldershaw....

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