VC Mega Mall standing by SMEs

Angelruby Bannah (left), 9, with IVC Bilas Bilum director Bernadette Gwingin Patmou.

THE Vision City Mega Mall remains committed to supporting local small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in Port Moresby by providing them an avenue, says general manager Anderson Ting.
The mall is hosting an Arts and Crafts market at the amphitheatre which started yesterday and will end on Sunday.

Singu Arts sales and marketing officer Marjorie Singu (left) with customer Lorraine Steven.

“Like all businesses, SMEs have challenges from the know-how of setting up, the lack of capital, and importantly, the opportunity to be given an ideal platform to trade, to showcase the products and services for growth,” Ting said.

Teachers Savings and Loan Society retail, commercial sales officer Chris Haro (right) with driver Rawa Gavu.

“One may have a great concept or product, but it is about getting it noticed and bringing it directly to the consumer.
“With this platform, we hope to be able to facilitate that.”

Owner of Abba Clothing trading as Imbongu Bilums, Henima Bara (left) assisting customers Lynn Bala (middle) and Iminik Baro.

Ting said part of this initiative was on gathering a database and offering membership to aspiring SMEs for future potential trading slots as the mall expanded.
“With this vital information, we aim to invite viable businesses to trade in the mall whenever we have vacancies.

SME booths at the Vision City Mega Mall amphitheatre in Port Moresby yesterday.
– Nationalpics by KENNEDY BANI

“Depending on responses, we are looking at hosting this yearly or half-yearly in partnership with government bodies and financial institutions through SME Corporation and we are hoping to have nationwide participation for the next event.”