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Window Cleaners launches as the
first company in The Bahamas to offer a window cleaning service that uses 100%
pure water and a 'reach and wash system' without the need for ladders or
water pole-fed cleaning system can wash windows up to 45ft high without the
operator ever having to leave the ground.
By using 100% pure water the best window cleaning results are achieved
through the absence of detergent and chemicals, meaning no sticky residues are
left behind only a streak free shine...
Spotless Cleaners' dry cleaning days are numbered. The company will shut its doors permanently as early as this week, closing eight stores in New Providence and leaving 42 persons unemployed. Owner of the laundry chain Samantha Harajchi told Guardian Business that the economic climate played a large role in the move. "The economy has been rough on us and unfortunately it got to the point where we had to close down," Harajchi said.
Losses experienced by members of the Coconut Grove Business League (CGBL) due to road construction on Market Street and Baillou Hill Road are estimated to be more than $30 million, Guardian Business can reveal.
CGBL's spokesperson Ethric Bowe said yesterday that the road changes in the area, as part of the New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP), have cost nearly 50 businesses between $30 million and $40 million in revenue and left hundreds of Bahamians unemployed.
He is calling on the government to conduct assessments of each business to determine how they were directly impacted by NPRIP. Indeed, several businesses in the area have reportedly shut down or scaled back operations.
"We have to look at each business separately because their needs are unique. The smaller businesses will need to have the roads turned around and be re-established with the help of incentives. But, the larger businesses you can deal with because you have tax co-ops you can do in terms of compensation," according to Bowe.
In July, the CGBL met with Minister of Works and Urban Development Philip 'Brave' Davis and parliamentary secretary Renward Wells. Both politicians promised to review compensation and traffic management.
However, Bowe said since then there has been no word about when compensation would be forthcoming.
At the time, the government said it would look at a combination of tax breaks, monetary disbursements and other incentives as compensation. Any program would pick up where the former Free National Movement (FNM) left off. Prior to the election, assessment teams were going door-to-door in the impacted areas to determine whether compensation was needed.
Meanwhile, Bowe underscored the urgency in having this matter addressed as both small and larger businesses in the area are suffering. Businesses like Jiffy Cleaners, a take-away restaurant and a carwash, have all been forced to close their doors.
He confirmed that many small businesses have already folded. He believes many others are on the brink.
"The matter is urgent for the people who are affected. Some businesses have gone out of business. For instance, Jiffy Cleaners, they went out of business. They closed early on in the road change. Last week, the owner of Jiffy Cleaners died. At this point, what can you do to restore his situation?" he pointed out.
"A number of small businesses have gone under and bigger businesses are just inconvenienced. They are losing money in certain locations but consumers will see that reflected in the cost of living. Rich people have the ability to adjust. It's the people in the middle that really continue to suffer. They are holding on for dear life.
"Jiffy employed over 40 people but I know there was a take-away just behind Heastie's and they are closed down. There was a car wash that allowed several people to be self-employed. Most of the businesses that are left are in fact suffering, all because of two bad roads and bad decisions."
The group lost its legal bid for compensation from the former government last year in the Court of Appeal. The CGBL has continued to argue that road changes caused a significant reduction in business, causing hundreds of jobs to be lost and scores of businesses to fold.
Minister of State for Finance Michael Halkitis recently noted that while some people may receive cash grants, not all business owners would get money.
The sporting history of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is dotted with extremely generous team sponsors.
Going back to the beginning of the modern era of sports during the 1950s, City Lumber Yard, Burns House, Paradise Island, Bahamas Blenders, Kentucky Chicken, and William Brewer were that stalwart group of sports sponsors who paved the way for others to chip in and help with the national athletic development in the decades that followed.
Spotless Cleaners belongs in that upper echelon of iconic benefactors of sporting programs across the board.
During the 1970s from his operational base at the head store on Madeira Street, Ken Cowderoy was magnificent in his devotion to nation building through sport ...
POLICE are asking for the public's help in capturing the arsonist who they believe set fire to a strip club in the western district of New Providence early yesterday morning.
Sometime after 5.25am, police reported that Magic City, in the Westridge Shopping Plaza received extensive fire damage to its upper level, with its lower level being damaged by water.
Eyewitnesses at the scene informed The Tribune that fire fighters discovered a hole in the roof of the building which they believe was created to pour some flammable liquid down to later ignite.
As a result of the fire, New Oriental Cleaners received smoke and water damage and the Sleep Gallery received smoke damage as well. While police inve ...
The Coconut Grove Business League (CGBL), which lost its bid for compensation from the government following the negative impact of road works on a number of businesses, charged that the government's recent revelation that it would compensate affected business owners is all a part of a "political game" that the group is not interested in playing.
Despite the reported hardships that many businesses have experienced as a result of the New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP), CGBL spokesman Ethric Bowe told The Guardian yesterday that the group is not the least bit impressed with the government's offer.
"The prime minister has, through his actions, damaged [our] businesses," Bowe said. "What he needs to do is pay for the damages. And why is he doing this now? He's doing this now because he wants to buy support.
"Our support is not for sale. We don't want to stretch the treasury with people playing political games. We want to be treated fairly in our own country. This is a game," Bowe added.
He was responding to an announcement that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham made in the House of Assembly on Monday. Ingraham revealed that the government will provide some form of compensation to the people whose businesses were adversely impacted by the road project.
"Since society as a whole will reap the significant positive benefits of the NPRIP, the government believes that it is only equitable for it to provide assistance to those businesses most adversely affected by the project," said Ingraham, acknowledging that the project has been "vexing and torturous".
"I have therefore instructed officials to undertake, on a priority basis, a door-to-door survey along the project corridors where work has been completed, with the aim of identifying those enterprises whose business has been meaningfully and negatively impacted by the infrastructural works."
Ingraham said the government will consider several options to assist business owners, including business licence tax and real property tax rebates, and a grant program similar to the Jump Start Programme.
But Bowe said he is unsure what impact such programs will actually have. Asked if members of the CGBL would accept assistance from the government, he said, "How do you assist Jiffy Cleaners who is now out of business? How do you assist Supervalue who will be damaged as long as road is going in wrong direction? How do you assist Heastie Service Station, which spent nearly $1 million refreshing the station based on historical traffic, and you no longer have the traffic?"
"This is all politics. They're only saying things in order to win an election," Bowe continued.
Ingraham's announcement comes nearly a year after the CGBL lost a lawsuit against the government, which was filed following the conclusion in 2010 of a judicial review of the government's decision to make sections of Blue Hill Road and Market Street one-way thoroughfares.
The group argued that the road changes caused a significant reduction in business. Supreme Court Justice Neville Adderley awarded the group damages. However, the Court of Appeal overturned that decision.
At the time the CGBL said hundreds of jobs had been lost, and scores of businesses folded up as a result of the road works.
CGBL is made up of almost 50 businesses in the Blue Hill Road and Market Street area.