Hidden Champions recall Korean experience

07/10/15

Full Circle Animation one of the 3 SMEs chosen as the Hidden Champions of Trinidad and Tobago.

Caption: Bruce Darwent-3rd left-Brevard Nelson-5th left-Jason Lindsay-7th left are presented with their Hidden Champion Awards at the IIC Conference in Busan South Korea.

Three small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been chosen as the Hidden Champions of Trinidad and Tobago.
This after participating in a new export-accelerator program launched by the BizBooster Incubator Programme of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.
(UWI-ALJGSB) in partnership with the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Export Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM). Caribbean Ideas Limited, Full Circle Animation Studio and Survival Systems Limited, were selected as the new business champions of Trinidad and Tobago from among a field of almost 100 local firms which participated in a six-month long evaluation exercise.
As part of the benefits for winning the competition the three firms represented Trinidad and Tobago at the annual IDB-IIC business summit held in Busan, Republic of Korea, in March 2015. Jason Lindsay, Brevard Nelson and Bruce Darwent, executives from Full Circle Animation Studio, Caribbean Ideas Limited and Survival Systems Limited respectively, were presented with their awards in front of the international audience and also got the opportunity to attend workshops, business matchmaking and networking sessions at the high-level business summit.

All three companies will now receive year-long support of advisory, technical, and financial assistance from UWI-ALJGSB, IIC and KEXIM to improve their competitiveness, grow their companies and transform them into export-driven companies which can successfully compete in the global market.
Lindsay, Brevard and Darwent all noted that the Busan trip was fantastic because of the opportunities to interact with other businesses from around the world and exchange ideas. Brevard Nelson, Co-Founder of Caribbean Ideas Limited expanded "We were lucky to meet with another digital agency, compare notes and see how they actually operate. It was good to see that our infrastructure may be different but we are not that far behind because a lot of the technology that they are using, we have used or are currently using.”
There have been immediate returns from the trip to all the three companies in terms of new business connections and Full Circle Animation Studio is already working on new projects with clients from Korea. The three companies emerged at the top of the competition because they have all demonstrated exceptional performance in their fields and with additional support can achieve exponential growth.Candace Brathwaite, Manager of the BizBooster Programme extended congratulations to the three winning companies and said "SMEs employ more than 80 percent of the work force so are therefore crucial to the development of an economy. The Hidden Champions Programme is a proven one with Germany and South Korea being good examples where it has achieved high success rates with SMEs and helped grow these economies.""The programme will provide the necessary support each company needs to help it succeed in the global economy since all advisory and training services provided will be adapted to suit the needs of each one. We are very happy for these three exceptional companies and we are confident they will continue to do well in the future,” she added.

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