About Us

 

The Wood-based Arts & Craft Cluster was developed to give prominence to artisans who use wood as their main choice of medium to work with. The core services of the wood making are sculpting, craving, marquetry, jewelry making, furniture restoration, antique reproduction, wood-tuning and engraving. Many artisans are also involved in the restoration of antique pieces for which the island is renowned. 

The Cluster seeks to bring more collaboration among the wood artisans of Barbados including the purchase of specific equipment and storage space that could be used by all. Training of the personnel within the industry and the aggressive marketing strategies are further benefits of the Cluster.

 

Our Brand 

The Wood-based Arts and Craft brand represents the best and most creative wood-based craft products made by local artisans. It has been created to appeal to the sentiments and nostalgia of Barbadians leading them to purchase locally produced items.

The use of wood in souvenirs and artifacts is expected to stir emotions of those buyers wanting a piece of Barbados to keep. The brand will increase demand for decorative pieces as more discerning customers will expect highly creative and uniquely designed pieces. 

Brand Marks:

Logo – The logo depicts a woodsman creating a piece with a chisel and hammer. It shows the skill needed to create a masterpiece that is unique designed and expertly crafted. 

Brand sticker – Designed to bring higher visibility to the Cluster. 

 

The Partners 

The SBA 

The Small Business Association (SBA) is the island's, non-profit representative body for micro, small and medium enterprises. The organisation was incorporated on March 31, 1982 and opened its Secretariat in December 1995. The SBA seeks to expand business opportunities for its members, provide education & development services and lobby to ensure an enabling environment for the growth and sustainability of the SME sector. The SBA also explores business financing possibilities for its members.

The guiding principle of the SBA lies in its core philosophy, which holds that working together provides the best opportunities for businesses to grow. The organisation seeks to establish honest, committed relationships in a spirit of aggressive endeavour and mutual support, pooling its resources - skills, time, and finances - to create a more powerful financial future for the SME sector.

The Small Business Association is located at 1, Pelican Industrial Park, Bridgetown.      Tel: (246) 228-0162 Fax: (246) 228-0613.

Email: theoffice@sba.org.bb

Visit: www.sba.bb

 

MIF- IADB

The Inter-American Development Bank was established in 1959 and they are the leading source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results,  increased integritytransparency and accountability. We have an evolving reformagenda that seeks to increase our development impact in the region.

While we are a regular bank in many ways, we are also unique in some key respects. Besides loans, we also provide grants, technical assistance and do research. Our shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members, who have a majority ownership of the IDB.

Our Fund for Special Operations (FSO) provides concessional financing to our most vulnerable member countries.

Given our shareholder base and prudent management, we have a strong financial position. As a result, the IDB is able to borrow in international markets at competitive rates and transfer that benefit to our clients.

The IADB is located at “Hythe” Welches, Maxwell Main Road, BB17068, Christ Church

Tel: (246) 627-8500  Fax: (246) 429-8869 

Email: iadbbarbados@iadb.org

Visit: www.iadb.org/barbados

 

Ministry of Tourism 

Tourism is the main engine of growth of the Barbados economy and continues to be the major source of employment, particularly for micro, small and medium enterprises. The Government of Barbados through the Ministry of Tourism is collaborating with the Inter-American Development Bank on the Development in Tourism Micro-Projects in Barbados. These projects aim to support employment-generating opportunities for growth in the micro and small business sector by the strengthening of linkages with tourism.  Specifically, it seeks to improve the quality of products offered to tourists by MSMEs and to improve packaging, marketing and distribution of indigenous products and services offered to tourists by micro and small businesses in the Cluster. 

The Ministry of Tourism is located at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael 

Tel: (246) 430-7500 Fax: (246) 436-4828