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St. James-Overview

There is move to create more jobs in St. James. The Sir Richard Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, in Bogue, Montego Bay, has welcomed its first 14 budding entrepreneurs, with a commitment to support their drive for success in business. The centre, established by British billionaire, Sir Richard Branson, at a cost of some US$3.5 million, is operated by Virgin Unite, the non-profit arm of his Virgin Group, and Virgin Holidays, will provide the entrepreneurs with a launch pad for their businesses.

The centre, which is also supported by independent benefactors, including Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, is equipped with the latest computer technology. The Montego Bay-based centre is the second of its kind, globally. The first was launched by Virgin Unite in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2005. It focuses on helping entrepreneurs to develop into business leaders, by offering a network of support, mentoring, coaching and skills training.