John Pora, Chairman of the PNG Small to Medium Enterprise Corporation (SMEC), talks to the BLP team about the future of business in PNG and how technology is powering that future.
In this episode or series five of the BLP podcast, we talk with Marc-Antoine about V-Lab, Vanuatu’s first business and ideas incubator. Marc-Antoine tells us how V-Lab works, what they are doing to support SMEs and why BLP partners with them.
When it comes to future-proofing your people and business, upskilling is the way to go. In this episode, we talk to Eve Hayden, CEO at the Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce about upskilling; what it is, how you can upskill yourself and your people, what tools there are available, and why training should be included in your businesses continuity plan.
In episode five, season four of BLP’s podcast, we hear from Belinda Botha, Founder/Owner of Side Dive Munda & Dive Munda Consulting about best-practice HR and how SMEs throughout the Pacific can “bounce back better” from the 2020 global pandemic.
BLP has prepared for you six interviews dedicated to understanding the impact of COVID-19 in the business community throughout the Pacific Islands, and to highlight the local strategies that are paving the way to business recovery. In the new series, our partners, business advisors and staff tell us how resilience, imagination and solidarity have kept businesses alive across the region.
In this episode Emma chats with Steve Reid, Executive Director of Webmedia South Pacific based in Fiji.
Saliya Ranasinghe, CEO of Centre for Excellence & Financial Inclusion (CEFI) in PNG and new BLP partner in financial inclusion talks to our hosts about affordable finance, how to access it and why CEFI partnered with BLP to launch the #BLPFinanceFinder in PNG!
Showcasing a range of experienced professionals from BLP’s growing network of business advisors, the episodes go deeper into business innovation, recovery and strategy to learn from those that are weathering the storm in a post-COVID Pacific Region.
Kara talks to us about how SMEs in the Pacific Islands can create opportunities for female leaders, the impact of COVID-19 on women and other vulnerable groups and most importantly why it is essential for businesses to have gender equality and social inclusion policies in place.
In this episode, Steve Knapp (Director of BLP) talks about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) funded programme Business Link Pacific, and the “missing-middle;” those businesses that are too big for microfinance and informal local investors, and too small or too risky for banks or direct investors.