Supreme ventures recently announced the closing of their gaming facility the Acropolis on the Hip-Strip in Montego Bay. According to reporting in the Jamaican Media, Supreme Ventures said it would reduce its level of sponsorship and donations in 2014.
President and CEO of the Supreme Ventures Group, Brian George, says the current economic challenges and the significant increase in lottery-gaming taxes have had an adverse effect on the Company’s profits.
However, before the ink was dry on the story ,President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce Nathan Robb dove head-first into the fray, stating that Supreme Ventures should not blame higher taxes on the decision it took to close the facility. Robb argues “Supreme Ventures could have been more creative in its marketing of the property given its prime location on Gloucester Avenue otherwise known as the Hip Strip”.
This is the first time that I can recall where a chamber of commerce head or anyone in the private sector has openly gone against one of their own, and without any evidence supporting the counter-claim of poor marketing creativity. In fact Supreme Ventures has markedly stated that they made the decision to close the facility, as it is the only part of their business conglomerate which is losing money. Smart companies do that all the time, irrespective of location, sometimes it is necessary to shed dead weight. Why would Supreme Ventures continue to keep an entity which is a drag on its operations? That would be tantamount to keeping a gangrene-infected limb to the detriment of the whole body. What this has shown however is how deeply and entrenched the PNP has planted it’s operatives and functionaries, into every crevasse and corner of national life and kept them there. So much so that it is almost impossible to get an objective perspective from anyone in the public or private sector or any other part of national life, including the Clergy, that is untainted by orange influence. Many companies are closing because of exorbitant operational costs. These costs includes, but are not confined to burdensome taxation. It is inconceivable that one appointed to look out for the interest of businesses such as Supreme Ventures could be so politically motivated that he reneged on the primacy of that function.
Those looking for a turn-around of the Jamaican economy or a decrease in murders and other crimes may continue spitting in the wind, just cover you faces.