While Pan-Africanists in Barbados prepare to celebrate African Liberation Day 2013, small businessmen located in Pelican Village, the City, say they are yet to experience economic enfranchisement in their country of birth.
And several of them told a team from Barbados TODAY that they did not anticipate any improvement in business during the upcoming Crop-Over activities.
President of the Barbados Arts Council Galary, Denzille Mann, explained: “Business in art is very difficult to predict these days because numbers do not necessarily translate into business. At present business is very, very slow. We have to be as creative as possible to have people come to the gallery and respond to the material that is there.
“For the most part the visitor component accounts for between 95 per cent of the sales, and the other five go to the established buying element of Barbados and that includes a corporate element too. Prior to the recession, the corporate element was growing but since the recession that plummeted too. Everything now is in the doldrums.”
Manager of Sylvester’s Restaurant, Christopher Myles, lamented the fact that business was “very, very slow” at this time.