Basseterre, St. Kitts – The 50th anniversary celebration of the St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla Trading and Development Company Limited (TDC) officially began on Sunday 5th February 2023, with a Thanksgiving Service, at the Antioch Baptist Church.

The grand occasion marking the significant milestone featured presentations in song, dance, and a sermon from staff members across the diversified Group.

In his address to mark the golden anniversary, Chairman Earle Kelly gave the impressive details of the company’s start up and growth and paid tribute to the promoters Warren Tyson, Michael King, Jacques Cramer, and Mary Moore, who were joined by Dr. Arthur Lake and Mr. Samuel Hunkins to be the first directors.

The Chairman also highlighted the company’s enormous social contribution principally in education with the Warren C Tyson Memorial Scholarship Fund, which began in 1981, and has contributed to the education of over 250 students in the Federation. He noted with pride that one the most outstanding Warren Tyson Scholars, is the current Prime Minister, the Honourable Dr. Terrance Drew.

The Company also provides scholarships for university study by non-employees through the Michael King Scholarship Grant. Internally, the Michael King Advanced Scholarship Fund has funded education for many members of its staff up to Master’s degrees as well as professional designations such as C.P.A, for Accountants, and C.I.A. for Auditors.

In Sports, the company has been the principal and named sponsor of the TDC Inter-School Track and Field Championships for forty five (45) years, and the TDC Runako Morton Primary School Cricket Tournament for twenty seventy (27) years.

Chairman Kelly closed his remarks with the announcement that there will be a calendar of yearlong activities, which will be held under the theme: “Your Neighbour. Your Partner. Your Future.”

Picture – TDC Group Staff and Directors pose a 50th Anniversary photo following the Thanksgiving Service

About the St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla Trading and Development Company Limited (TDC)

Established in 1973, TDC was the first trading company in the Federation to go public. All trading businesses before that were private and family owned.

Despite substantial skepticism, the promoters of TDC raised the necessary public capital and with strong customer support met the profits and dividend targets to get the company off to a strong start, from which it has not looked back.

The number of shareholders has grown to 2,334, with Shareholders Equity of EC$188 million and Assets of EC$450 million. The company has paid over EC$70 million in dividends to its shareholders, where the value of its shares has grown attractively over the years.

TDC is also a development company. It was formed with the business philosophy of investing in ventures which contribute to the growth of the economy and expansion of the local market. The company has branched out into businesses in both St. Kitts and Nevis across the spectrum of the economy, including real estate, construction, tourism, manufacturing, airline services, insurance, and finance. It has also participated in joint ventures locally and abroad and has expanded into the islands of Anguilla, Dominica, and the British Virgin Islands.


Eight (8) students, six (6) from St. Kitts and two (2) from Nevis, who recently started their secondary school journey have been awarded the 2021 Warren C. Tyson Memorial Scholarship.

At a brief ceremony, held on Saturday 9th October 2021, Mr. Earle Kelly, TDC Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Mr. Francil Morris, the Chief Education Officer representing the Ministry of Education, presented the scholarships at the company’s headquarters on Fort Street in Basseterre.

In addressing the gathering, Mr. Kelly spoke of the importance of the programme, even against the backdrop of the COVID19 pandemic and pledged to support the educational advancement of the Nation’s future.

“We at TDC, we are firmly of the view that this is an investment come pandemic, hurricane or earthquake, we are going to continue to support the Warren C. Tyson Scholarship Programme. We have decided to cut back on a number of things, and this is one area where we decided, we can’t cut back on, because it’s an investment in the future.  Rest assured that all things being equal, this Programme will continue for another forty (40) years.”

The 2021 recipients are:

St. Kitts

Basseterre High School – Jazara Jarvis (Irish Town Primary)

Cayon High School – Dave Cannonier (Joshua Obadiah Williams)

Charles E. Mills Secondary School – Denim Henry (Irish Town Primary)

Saddlers Secondary School – Hezekiel Richardson (Edgar T Morris Primary)

Verchilds High School – Antwone Percival (Tyrell Williams Primary)

Washington Archibald High School – Shakaylia Tatem (Tucker Clarke Primary)


Charlestown Secondary School – Jamual McDonald (Elizabeth Pemberton Primary)

Gingerland Secondary School – Shakirah Wilkin (St. James Primary)

The deserving young scholars are now members of an alumnus that includes educators, doctors, engineers, lawyers, scientists, and politicians, who have all benefited from the programme, which is now in its fortieth year.

The event was also attended by parents, guardians, senior managers, and Executive Directors of the TDC Group of Companies.

Picture: Left – Right (Back Row) Mr. Nicolas Menon, Executive Director and Warren C Tyson Memorial Scholarship Programme Director, Mr. Francil Morris, Chief Education Officer, Mr. Earle Kelly, Chairman/CEO, Mr. Glenville Jeffers, Executive Director

Left – Right (Front Row) 2021 Warren C Tyson Scholarship Memorial Programme Awardees

About the Warren C Tyson Memorial Scholarship Programme

The TDC Warren Tyson Memorial Scholarship program, was named after the first Chairman, Mr. Warren C. Tyson, started in 1981. The program is designed to assist and support students entering the secondary schools across St. Kitts-Nevis.

The young scholars are eligible to receive financial assistance throughout their secondary and tertiary school tenures. Students are also afforded the opportunity to work at across several departments and related businesses during their vacation period, e.g., Easter, Summer, and Christmas, as well as on Saturdays, which helps them to develop socially and professionally.

Another related benefit is the fact that these students also receive a stipend while at work. Accordingly, the financial and academic benefits plus the experience and maturity that are gleaned from this opportunity are invaluable.

Since its inception, approximately one hundred and fifty (150) students have gone through the program. Today, some of these Warren Tyson Scholars are at University pursuing further studies or are full time employees within the Company, many who hold Managerial and/or Supervisory positions across the Group.