Youth entrepreneurship initiative bears fruit

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE three entrepreneurs who were on Wednesday awarded contracts under youth entrepreneurship development initiative i-Usahawan expressed their gratitude and are eager to begin their services.

One of the entrepreneurs is Hajah Haryanie binti Haji Bujang from Munch Brunch Canteen, who was awarded a contract by Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd (BGC) for the provision of cleaning, manpower and related services.

Hajah Haryanie said, “I started from home doing pre-order catering twice a week. Then I joined the i-Usahawan programme because I wanted to learn more about business and I wanted to venture into a different type of business aside from catering. So I joined the course, and here I am, Alhamdulillah, being awarded with this contract.”

About her experience so far with the i-Usahawan programme, she said that she was taught how to prepare tender documents, how to tackle issues pertaining to health, safety and environment as well as technical and commercial aspects of business preparation.

On how she ended up diversifying from catering to cleaning services, she said that she wanted to learn and venture into something new. “That’s what drives me,” she said, adding that she also wanted “to help my family and the economy”.

From left: Hajah Haryanie binti Haji Bujang from Munch Brunch Canteen, Mohammad Fathullah Fuad bin Haji Abdullah of Mortar Events and owner of Syarikat Amira Barakah Dayangku Nur Saffanah binti Pengiran Rahim. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI

She said that she was thankful for the i-Usahawan programme.

“At the same time, this is something new for me. I have a lot to learn and I hope BGC will continue to mentor me in handling this business.”

Another start-up, Mortar Events, was awarded a BGC contract for event management services. Mohammad Fathullah Fuad bin Haji Abdullah of Mortar Events said he was happy and excited to get the contract and work with BGC.

He said that his company manages a range of different events, and its speciality is in team-based building and seminars. Under this contract with BGC, they will provide services for corporate events.

Mohammad Fathullah Fuad also noted that participating in the i-Usahawan programme was worthwhile and described it as “very eye-opening”.

Meanwhile, Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) awarded a contract for the provision of canteen and vending machine services at BSP Headquarters to food and beverage company Syarikat Amira Barakah.

The owner of Syarikat Amira Barakah Dayangku Nur Saffanah binti Pengiran Rahim said, “I feel grateful to BSP for choosing us.

“It’s a very big deal for me. It’s like an advanced birthday present, and this is one of the projects that I have wanted for so long.”

Dayangku Nur Saffanah shared that this is her first venture and that she has learnt a lot and gained much experience with canteens and restaurants run by her mother. She added that the i-Usahawan programme allowed her to experience new things, such as managing paperwork.

The entrepreneurs signed contracts in a ceremony hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) at the Design and Technology Building in Anggerek Desa on Wednesday.