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Bannatyne urges entrepreneurs to dig deep for Haiti

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Writing in the Times, Bannatyne said that British entrepreneurs could help Haitians to “unlock their entrepreneurial drive” and help to build a new economy out of the rubble.

“Companies not only have the cold hard cash that Haiti needs, but also the skills and expertise that are required to build back the country’s infrastructure from ground zero,” he writes.

“The imaginative and immediate response from UK businesses serves as a good model of what business can do in the aftermath of humanitarian crises.

“For those who are still thinking of how they can help, I challenge all boardrooms, from the retail sector, world of sport, hospitality, tourism and media groups to those working in the City, to open both their wallets and imaginations.

“But responsibility should not stop there. In the longer term, Haiti must rebuild itself to become stronger and more resilient – and British business can help make this a reality.”

Comparing the rebuilding effort needed in Haiti to the successful redevelopment of Banda Aceh in 2005, following the tsunami that devastated the Indonesian island, Bannatyne says that the slogan “Build Back Better” should be in everyone’s mind now.

“The business world must not forget its responsibility,” he concludes.

You can read Bannatyne’s full comment piece in the Times here

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