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Flow helping small businesses

After rolling out its services just over a year ago in Barbados, telecommunications company Columbus has declared it is ready to take over as the number one provider for the small and medium sized enterprises (SME) sector.

During the official launch of the Columbus Business Solution (CBS) at the Sea Breeze hotel, Jaggernauth Dass, vice-president of CBS for the Eastern Caribbean, said the company, which operates here as Flow, was not just “talking the talk” but had already begun setting up systems to aid in the development of the SME sector here.

He said in the past nine months Flow had been able to introduce data and voice services in 40 per cent of the hotel rooms on the island. This, he said, had started to result in lower operation costs for hotel operators.

“So they can [put] more money into marketing to attract new business and foreign investment of foreign investment,” said Dass.

When it came to broadband services and managed Wi-Fi, Dass said the company had also implemented a number of IT solutions.

“And to date we [have] penetrated 23 per cent of the enterprise clients in Barbados and that is growing on a daily basis. We are now primary providers for 27 per cent of the financial institutions on the island. That is nearly two [out] of [every] three,” he said.

Meanwhile, managing director of Columbus, Niall Sheehy, said he felt now was the “right time” to officially launch the services and announced the company’s plans for the island.

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