PROMINENT BARBADIAN BUSINESSPEOPLE FOR “BANK ON ME” TV JUDGING PANEL

Bank on ME, “the reality show that means business“, has attracted a judging panel of dynamic and experienced businesspersons for its pilot series which is now in production to be shown in October/November on CBC TV Channel 8 and Caribvision.

The judges for the show presented by Blue Waters Productions in association with Scotiabank, are David Neilands, former CEO of a leading supermarket chain who has worked extensively with entrepreneurs on food product development, Shelly Williams, founder and owner of Platinum Services, leaders in VIP airport services and the W Salons, Richard Haynes, Marketing Executive and Co-Founder of Baje International and CEO of South Central Entertainment and Marketing and Michael Lorde, Assistant Manager, Small Business - Scotia Bank. Guest Judge on the first show was Lalu Vaswani, an entrepreneur in manufacturing, co-owner of Satjay Mall and President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The judges for the show presented by Blue Waters Productions in association with Scotiabank, are David Neilands, former CEO of a leading supermarket chain who has worked extensively with entrepreneurs on food product development, Shelly Williams, founder and owner of Platinum Services, leaders in VIP airport services and the W Salons, Richard Haynes, Marketing Executive and Co-Founder of Baje International and CEO of South Central Entertainment and Marketing and Michael Lorde, Assistant Manager, Small Business – Scotia Bank. Guest Judge on the first show was Lalu Vaswani, an entrepreneur in manufacturing, co-owner of Satjay Mall and President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Bank on ME contestants are vying for various types of investment from equity investors, Scotiabank, Fund Access and Caribbean Export as well as crowd funding and attractive prizes.

Executive Producer, Alison Saunders also noted that it had been a long road since the show concept had been launched at the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation Conference in November 2011. She expressed satisfaction that the show had attracted some very talented entrepreneurs as contestants and had also generated interest regionally.

“We actually had two regional entrants who were willing to make their own arrangements to be in Barbados for the shoots and one went as far as the second round, during which the contestants were judged on their first challenge.”

For that challenge the contestants had to demonstrate what they were doing to boost the investment appeal of their business. Contestants were judged on criteria related to the appeal of their business concept, potential markets, business strategy, human resource planning, revenue growth, finance planning and the quality of their pitch.

Apart from main sponsor Scotiabank, other Bank on ME partners are Caribbean Export, Fund Access, CBC TV Channel 8, Caribvision, Barbados Youth Business Trust, Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation, Merville Lynch Productions, and SFa Communications Inc.

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