By Ryan Wills
2017 is indeed an interesting time for us entrepreneurs as it brings high levels of uncertainty. For me, 2017 ushers in a transitionary period, one marked by the passing of my mother in late November 2016. You never plan for death, and in her passing, I took a break from the magazine to reflect.
With a renewed focus, I am looking forward to bring a higher level of content and new platforms to push the magazine. As entrepreneurs, our passion is to create and grow our businesses and hope that they will be successful someday. Surely none of us wants it to wither away be it for a personal misfortune or financial reasons. Businesses, unlike humans, can live on an extended period, take Twinings Tea for example which was founded in 1706! To achieve this, we must understand our own fragilities and put measures in place to ensure their longevity.
In this issue, we have four interesting features; Celia Collymore, who dazzles our cover believes in a fitter Barbados, both mentally and physically. Her company Bajan Fusion, a fitness lifestyle and event management company organizes events throughout the year. Curtis Padmore, the brains behind Simplified Apps and West Toonz is on a mission to develop technology that can bring positive changes to its users. Deborah Spink or Debbie most people call her is a Bajan entrepreneur living in London who has started a line of skincare products under the name Kokomelt. Her water-free, paraben-free and soap-free products have already received international awards. Lastly, Jason Jeffers is a man who has also been wielding his art to clear paths for the Caribbean to be understood in complex ways through his film company Third Horizon. His mission is simple, share the sights and sounds of the Caribbean.
I do hope you enjoy reading this issue. Thank you for continued support and thanks to my team of writers, photographers, and creatives for being there for me and the magazine.