With former Cayman Island Governor Bruce Dinwiddy as its patron, a new networking alliance is looking to boost business opportunities, shared best practice and collaboration agreements between the UK and the Caribbean countries.
The Caribbean Intelligence initiative is being touted as a way of trying to do things the right way, to pull everyone involved in a project into the same arena where ideas can be compared, and the unworkable ones eliminated.
The alliance is being spearheaded by Rider Levett Bucknall, a global property and construction practice with over 80 offices around the world providing cost management, project management and advisory services.
The company is currently working on a number of Caribbean projects including the Jalousie Enclave, a luxury destination located in a Word Heritage site in St Lucia, the Monte Barreto resort in Havana, the 1000 room Buccament Bay resort in St Vincent, and Beachlands, a residential complex on the Barbados gold coast. Recently completed is the new cruise ship pier in St Maarten.
Mr. Dinwiddy, an ardent conservationist, has demonstrated his interest in the region through a number of initiatives including the UK overseas territories environmental forum which held a conference in Cayman in June.
He is the patron of the diplomatic element of the two-pronged idea-sharing venture, which is being led by Cayman’s Martyn Bould who is chairman of Rider Levett Bucknall in the Caribbean, and UK-based managing partner Mark Williamson.
‘I warmly welcome RLB’s intention for Caribbean Intelligence to promote the highest standards of corporate social responsibility, with particular regard to the needs of environmental conservation, throughout the Caribbean,’ said Mr. Dinwiddy.
Mr. Bould has represented Rider Levett Bucknall in the Caribbean for five years and has worked in the region for more than forty.
He says his connections to Mr. Dinwiddy were solidified in the trying days post Ivan when the island was in shambles.
‘When we asked Mr. Dinwiddy if he would be our patron, he said he would be delighted,’ he said.
Mr. Bould observed that the increasingly globalized nature of business means that more companies and individuals are working in more places than ever before.
‘So many of the decisions that are being made about projects in the region are being made in places other than the Caribbean,’ he said.
‘So if you have a project in one country, the developer may be in another and the architect in another.’
Mr Bould said the idea behind the networking alliance is to bring together a group of people to share knowledge and resources.
‘As with many areas throughout the world, the Caribbean island countries have their own way of doing business,’ said Mr. Bould.
The other prong of the venture is the Caribbean Intelligence publication.
RLB’s Intelligence construction cost commentaries cover both global and regional markets, and the newest publication covers the Caribbean and will be officially launched in October in London.
‘Caribbean Intelligence is an unprecedented initiative that is set to become a powerful networking tool for all those with business interests between the countries,’ said Mr. Williamson.
‘Despite the current difficult market conditions which have not evaded the Caribbean economy, the pipeline of opportunities between the UK and RLB’s global property and construction sector and the Caribbean are strong.’
Mr. Bould said he hopes the networking alliance can help those working in the region strike a balance between development and doing the right thing for the planet.
‘There is no other networking alliance like Caribbean Intelligence either in the UK or the Caribbean,’ said Mr. Bould.
‘We can keep doing things the way we used to, or we can do them in a new and better way.’