The United Progressive Party’s “Small Business Pull-Up” moves into the constituency of St. John’s City West this Saturday, October 16.
The eighth edition of the UPP’s roving initiative will see businesses in the Villa-Point community being profiled by the Party’s Candidate for the area, Alister Thomas.
Thomas will lead the caravan from the Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union (ABWU) headquarters on lower Newgate Street, where supporters will gather at noon.
The UPP Team will then patronize more than 20 small businesses in the community, including eateries, bars, convenience stores and other enterprises.
The venture – which has become one of the raves in weekend entertainment – saw the seventh installment being staged in the constituency of St. John’s Rural North last Saturday, October 8.
UPP Candidate Pearl Quinn-Williams led the convoy of supporters from Harriette’s Roadside Eatery in Coolidge to Jabberwock Beach, then through Hodges Bay and into Cedar Grove, and ended in the Yorks community.
Kareem Knight, proprietor of R & J Superette in Yorks, was one of the business owners who praised the UPP for implementing the novel initiative.
Knight, who has been in business for over 30 years, thanked the Party for coming up with such a “wonderful” programme, which, he says, “is well needed by small business owners who are struggling.”
He would like to see the initiative continue, he adds, “because it really helps.”
Quinn-Williams, who has attended all seven “Pull-Ups,” was delighted with the positive outcome of the caravan through her constituency. She says she is grateful for the level of support that was given by her family, colleagues, constituents and supporters.
“Small businesses are critical to the growth of our community and economy, and we are proud to do our part to highlight and support our small business owners,” the Candidate says.
According to Quinn-Williams, not only does the drive help to create and sustain jobs, but it also keeps the community vibrant and buzzing with activity at a time when many are struggling in a difficult economy.
Among the caravan of patrons was former Prime Minister Dr. Winston Baldwin Spencer, who was celebrating his 74th birthday.
Known for his humility and for being “a man of the people,” Spencer chose to spend his birthday as part of the Pull-up, patronizing and encouraging the small entrepreneurs.