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Saturday, Sep 19, 2020

This Week We Feature Young Professional Buney H. Chinnery

This Week We Feature Young Professional Buney H. Chinnery

Young Professional Buney H. Chinnery was immediately put on the breadline as a result of COVID-19, having lost his job as a chef due to the tourism sector coming to a halt. For this entrepreneurial youth; however, that wasn’t the end. He took some money from his savings to start a landscaping business called ‘pretty plants’.

Currently residing in the East End/Long Look District, Mr Chinnery attended the Jost van Dyke Primary School and then the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS).

While tertiary educations in not on the books right now, Our Young Professional said he enjoys learning to do gardening, fish, sail, cooking and carpentry.


Our Young Professional Buney H. Chinnery, has called on the Government to start supporting or funding young entrepreneurs to start creating or to help boost their businesses since he said he was stressed out due to the pandemic.


Working the soil


“I am self-employed, my business is called pretty plants,” the proud business owner told Virgin Islands News Online on inquiry about what he does for a living.

He said the business focuses on encouraging and making customers farm easier by providing products such as planters boxes, garden benches among other things, including gardening maintenance or landscaping services.

Our Young Professional and father of one said his business was one that came out of the need to create an income.

“I previously worked at the Lambert Beach resort as a chef,” he said; however, he was laid off when the tourism industry came to a halt as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic.


Buney H. Chinnery was immediately put on the breadline as a result of COVID-19, having lost his jobs due to the non-existent tourism sector. For this entrepreneurial youth, that wasn’t the end, he took some money from his savings to start a landscaping business called ‘pretty plants’.


Learning & Growing


“My biggest life lesson is learning to always be proactive or creative and hardworking. I learnt this lesson during the COVID-19 lockdown when I was frustrated with being locked inside doing nothing,” he told VINO.

While ‘Pretty Plants’ is fairly new to the landscaping scene, Young Professional Buney says his passion for farming and carpeting is what ultimately inspired him to make a move to business.

He said he also has big dreams of owning a construction company and owning heavy equipment, or venturing into watersport, a hardware store, the restaurant business and real estate once things progress.

Parting advice


Our Young Professional called on the Government to start supporting or funding young entrepreneurs to start up or to help boost their businesses.

“My advice to young people is to be ambitious and hardworking in life and to always chase their dreams,“ he said.

“Never give up even when you feel the odds are against you, just keep on striving for better in life,” Buney left as parting advice for youth looking to forge their own paths.

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