King’s e-commerce vision

Phillip King is creating a local e-commerce platform, inspired by Amazon for Barbados.

The website developer and owner of BimShops as well as BimVibes told Barbados TODAY he created the websites last year with a goal to develop high quality web-stores for small businesses, provide a space for all local businesses to advertise, enhance small businesses’ ability to market their products to tourists and provide a local directory for persons to easily buy and sell online throughout the region.

While other 17 year old boys were spending their time glued to their electronic devices browsing websites owned by other people, King was more interested in creating his own and in 2013, the Combermere student at the time who was studying computer science began developing his own website.

“It all started from a fascination with video games from an early age, which later evolved into me developing my own online multiplayer game,” he recounted. “In 2013, during the summer, I developed Epicpks which was a multiplayer online game inspired by another popular online game I enjoyed called Runescape.”

King went on: “As Epicpks grew, it attracted players from around the world but mainly from America and Canada. Eventually, the game became profitable from selling in-game items, membership and ranks.”

Explaining that his primary role was to create entertaining activities for players to do and provide incentives for continuity, King added: “Whoever won would be awarded a higher rank or player of the day, any small incentive.”

It would be the creation of that game that would allow King’s creative mind to practice his web development skills and also teach him about business.

“Because of the game, I became very interested in business as each month I was dealing with advertisements, to the point where I would spend over $1 000 US in advertisements. Added to that, persons were buying items in the game so I had to ensure the payment methods for that were running and it just intrigued me to the point where I was less obsessed with the game and more business oriented,” said the economics and finance major at the University of West Indies Cave Hill campus.

“When I became more business focused, I started thinking of ways to develop businesses in Barbados and so in 2016 I started Bimshops which is a network of Barbadian websites focused on the sale and marketing of local clothing, food, businesses, and services.

Three months later, I created BimVibes, a Caribbean lifestyle brand focused around promoting Barbadian culture, streaming music, showcasing local talent, and marketing the Crop Over Festival and events, with the island’s best streaming service.”

With almost 15,000 followers, the innovation in King’s idea is in its inclusiveness.

“When I took BimVibes to BIDC [Barbados Investment and Development Corporation], they said they were accustomed to persons coming with one or two aspects of the site but no one had brought it all together to create a platform for all local businesses, selling clothes, food, you name it,” he said.

With a clear understanding that lack of information is one of the main problems that the business sector faces throughout the region, King explained the  concept develops the business sector. “The main issue in Barbados that businesses face is exposure to potential clients which is why BimVibes offers free advertising to anyone with a business or service,” he said.

Barbadian-born King created the product that brings all tourist products together. He has all intentions of expanding the concept with an app that encapsules Barbados in one place, a product he also wants to offer to other Caribbean territories.

As Barbados celebrates its 51st year of Independence, King said he would like to be a part of Barbados’ new leadership efforts as the island tries to overcome current fiscal issues by providing a means of generating revenue for every Barbadian, allowing locals to start businesses from home and reach their target audiences.

12 Responses to King’s e-commerce vision

  1. hcalndre December 1, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Congrats and all the best to you in your endeavor. Barbados needs more like you instead of all those lawyers that comes out every year and join the fraternity.

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  2. milli watt December 1, 2017 at 9:28 am

    three in three days………BT doing its part to bring them into focus now where is the financial support for the ventures. WELL DONE young man. I looking at the banks and financial intermediaries to step up while I hold my breathe.

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  3. Justin King December 1, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Phil is going to do big things

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  4. Peter Brown December 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Wow this is such a good idea. This young man helping the culture and the economy with these websites. “Certain people” in bim could learnt alot from him. I sharing this article yc.

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  5. Alex Y December 1, 2017 at 11:52 am

    This kid is on to something very BIG! Awesome, awesome idea… now the banks and investment firms in Barbados needs to support his endeavors to encourage other talented young men and women to dream big and do the same. Keep up the great work Philip King.

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  6. archy perch December 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    This kind of coverage given by BT of initiatives by our citizens, needs to be published more often. The media seems to be bent on highlighting all the negatives in an around Barbados. I wish this young great success.

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  7. Nicole Lewis December 1, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Amazing work-congrats! Would love to work with him on marketing items and products from Barbados in the US and beyond.

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  8. Gregory Cummings December 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I wish you all the success you need to realize your dreams. Count on my support.

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  9. Roland Peterkin December 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Congratulations Philip on this explosure, I knew you had it going but never knew to this degree. Well done. I have a webpage created by this talented young entrepreneur.

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  10. Daniella Bird (King) December 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    This is a fantastic business venture and you are just what Barbados needs now and future focussed. I wish you every success!

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  11. George Bispham Jr December 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    There is a bright shining star in Barbados and his name is Phillip King..More great things are soon to come for you young man. Keep up the good work.

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  12. Barack Obama December 5, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Bossman phil making movements I see

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