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Phillips: Cultural industries and traditional businesses should cooperate

SHAWN CUMBERBATCH, [email protected]

Phillips: Cultural industries and traditional businesses should cooperate

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BARBADOS’ TRADITIONAL BUSINESS sector is missing out on a golden opportunity to partner with cultural entrepreneurs and bolster the economy.

Managing director of e-Vision Concepts Phil Phillips, himself a cultural entrepreneur, has challenged the private sector to “come to the table” to “sit and talk more” with cultural industry participants.

He said this was necessary in the current climate where “we are complaining about the contraction of the economy, we are complaining about loss of jobs but we are not doing anything differently”.

Phillips, who advises regional and international entities in the areas of entertainment, intellectual property development, marketing and visioning, was participating in an International Business Week 2015 panel discussion on the topic International Business: New Paths Forward. It was held last night at The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination and hosted by the Barbados International Business Association.

“If we do not get the business community, particularly the traditional business community, to see the value of [intellectual property] and innovation, this discussion is not going to move too far,” Phillips said.

“I would like to see our artists and our business people sit and talk more and through agencies like the [Barbados Investment and Development Corporation] we have to facilitate this discussion because I think both parties are relatively ignorant of the other.

“So I think that discussion has to start and perhaps tonight is a way for it to start. What I would like to see coming out of tonight [is] that we have an engagement [between] traditional business and creative entrepreneurs.” (SC)