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NEW OFFICE IN TRINIDAD FOR BCQS

BCQS International has expanded their presence in the Caribbean region with the opening of their office in Port of Spain to service their Clients in Trinidad and Tobago, at the Crossroads of the Americas.

BCQS Managing Director, Liam Day, says the expansion of BCQS International into Trinidad and Tobago is an important strategic move for the firm, “Given our Caribbean wide footprint and the importance of Trinidad and Tobago‘s economy within the region, we determined some time ago that a physical presence in the country was critical to our overall growth strategy,” adding, “however, what was even more important was to identify the right individual with the local experience to combine with our regional knowledge and expertise.” They found the expertise they were looking for in, Ken A. Callender, BSc, MRICS, the newly appointed Associate Director and Manager of BCQS’ Trinidad and Tobago operations. According to Mr. Day, “With Ken we firmly believe we have found that person and it is our anticipation that our growth in Trinidad and Tobago will be rapid and sustained.” Ken A. Callender, Chartered Valuation Surveyor, holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Estate Management, from the College of Estate Management, University of Reading. He is a professional member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as well as a member of the Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago. Ken’s knowledge of the local property market spans over two decades, having held senior positions in two of the 2

Batting legend Brian Lara chatting with BCQS International Director Sanjay Amin

oldest local firms of Chartered Valuation Surveyors.

development consultants, and, RICS Caribbean Board members.

“I am looking forward to the challenge” notes Ken, “My joining BCQS International is symbiotic, as part of the transformation process towards a borderless CARICOM territory, where the best, client-focused, quality property and development services are provided.“

Ken A. Callender said, “the launch party was a great opportunity for us to introduce our business and professional services to the local community,” adding, “we look forward to pursuing opportunities here and hope to meet the demands of the local market, by complementing, rather than competing with the services offered by the local professional firms. As the largest and leading multi-disciplinary firm of Chartered Surveyors and Property and Development Consultants in the region, we aim to add value to our clients with our local knowledge and global expertise.”

BCQS celebrated the launch of their Trinidad and Tobago office with a cocktail reception at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad on 26th January 2012. The successful event was attended by, senior regional and local bankers, attorneys-at-law, developers,

“We look forward to pursuing opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago and hope to meet

the demands of the local market, by

complementing, rather than competing with the services offered by the local professional firms. ”

- Ken A. Callender,

Associate Director & Manager of BCQS International


BCQS International participated in the Ministry of Education and Culture’s Job and Career Fair, held at the Multi-purpose Sports Complex in BVI on 9th February 2012. This event is part of the Ministry of Education’s Youth Unemployment Register (YUR) initiative that is aimed at addressing unemployment through promoting selfimprovement and self-empowerment of the youth. Registrants of the Youth Unemployment Register (YUR) turned up in numbers to attend the event and engage with

prospective employers in pursuit of work opportunities. A cross-section of businesses were in attendance and over 30 employers were scheduled to interact with the youth. Ben Butler, Director of BCQS International based in the BVI office, said, “This event is a great way to encourage the unemployed youth in the community to present themselves to prospective employers,” adding, “it also gives us a chance to look at potential fits for employment within our business.”

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BCQS Chartered Quantity Surveyors Q1 2012 Newsletter