Meet the OBE Recipient who has moved her life and her business to Barbados

Margaret Manning OBE is living the Caribbean dream on the Barbados Welcome Stamp

A self-described ‘digital entrepreneur with a special focus on business agility and innovation’, Margaret Manning OBE, from Soho, London, decided earlier this year to take advantage of the Barbados Welcome Stamp and move her life and business to the Caribbean Island of Barbados.

In 2015, Margaret was awarded an OBE for services to British exports to Singapore and the wider Asia-Pacific region. At the time, Margaret was CEO of global digital marketing consultancy Reading Room (which she founded), one of the UK’s largest digital agencies which employed 250 full time staff across 2 offices in the UK, 5 in Australia and Singapore.

Margaret is passionate about innovation and the future of work, and this was one of the reasons that she chose Barbados as her new working base. She says, “The reason that we came to Barbados is that it seemed like the digital nomad visas were something that could change the future of work and the Barbados Welcome Stamp gives an idea of what the future of work could be.”

“It also appealed to me as it demonstrates how work and leisure can collide and result in innovation”.

In addition to this, Margaret was drawn to Barbados for the chance to engage with the remote working community and exchange thoughts and ideas.

“The Barbados Welcome Stamp allows you to be in a place where you have great leisure, you have an ability to work, and you also have a lot of people around you that are innovative, entrepreneurial and have their own businesses. Working around people like this sparks creativity and ideas.”

“Working in innovation and creativity, I know how important it is to have the right people around you to be able to brainstorm ideas. This is what Barbados has at the moment with the Barbados Welcome Stamp”.

This year Margaret launched a new business, Digital Conversations, a start-up focusing on digital transformation and innovation. Margaret is also a Member of The Board of Advisors with Nightjar, an experience design company which creates systems, products and services to innovate ambitious businesses.

As a Welcome Stamp participant, Margaret was recently vaccinated in Barbados. She now hopes to be able to extend her visa and continue her remote working journey on the island.




About the Barbados Welcome Stamp

Launched in July 2020, the 12-month Barbados Welcome Stamp visa offers individuals from across the globe the opportunity to live and work remotely in paradise. Boasting beautiful beaches, warm weather, welcoming locals and strong internet connectivity all around the island, it’s no surprise that the Barbados Welcome Stamp Visa has generated such a huge amount of interest and has seen applications from individuals, couples and families from all over the world.

Welcome Stamp Visa holders have been arriving to Barbados since August and the destination has worked to ensure that the application process for the 12-month Welcome Stamp is as simple and seamless as possible with fees of US $2,000 for individuals and a family bundle fee of US $3000 available. The visa is valid for one year but may be re-applied for. Applicants will not be liable for Barbados Income Tax, but a health insurance policy is mandatory.

Barbados boasts the fastest fibre internet and mobile services in the Caribbean and with a range of different flexible office space locations, the working environment in Barbados enables you get things done! Barbados also offers excellent health care and a high education standard, so it is ideal for those who want to bring their families to the island for the 12-month period.

To apply for the Barbados Welcome Stamp, go to