Transman CEO visits the Falklands
Keen readers of the FIDC Business Climate Surveys will have noted that Shortage of Labour continues to fetter the growth of Falkland Islands enterprise. Many of our entrepreneurs – and public sector managers - have direct experience of this problem.
FIG now has Dr Balissa Greene dedicated to Labour Force Development, and the large audiences at her discussion meetings towards the end of last year were keen to hear about analysis and policy – plus sharing any practical initiatives to secure quality workers.
The Development Corporation has a number of actions supporting labour growth – funding worker housing, and organising training for example. We’ve been encouraging coordinated efforts on workforce supply too.
With this in mind, FIDC is pleased that Angela Dick, founder and CEO of Transman (Pty) Ltd will be in Stanley 19th-26th January 2019 to see how her South Africa based recruitment and HR firm can provide solutions to the Islands. The Transman head brings a wealth of commercial experience and is a highly respected international business leader.
Transman Ltd is a very big player in the African labour market, providing a full range of HR, search and selection and labour services – especially temp and seasonal workforces. This company now supplies our subsidiary FIMCo with the bulk of its skilled production team.
Angela has arranged her own fact-finding visit to the Falkland Islands – but while she’s here, FIDC is keen to see that Falkland Islands businesses get full value from her time.
We are setting up some meetings for her - with Government, private sector employers, and business associations - so Angela can get to grips with our Island’s planned labour needs, discovering what arrangements companies currently make, and offering a service to those who want it.
This is a chance for local business to see what the South African territory can offer, in response to their unique staffing challenges.
Rural Development Strategy (RDS) Steering Group
Please note that the Rural Development Strategy Steering Group meeting will take place on Thursday 22nd of November 2018 at 13:30 in the Liberation room, Secretariat.
Members of the public can attend the meeting but cannot speak unless permitted to do so by the Committee.
Copies of the Agenda and Reports are available upon request from FIDC
FIDC’s Business Development Officer, Louise Ellis, visited West Falkland during the week of the 29th October. In a programme spread over four days, the goal was to promote and discuss the new RDS Action Plan, whilst visiting as many farms and meeting as many FIDC Development clients as possible.
FIDC is spreading the word about world mental health day – see this link.
Many good and worthy activities going on here, including a school project and an event this weekend
We have just received the printed copies of our 2017-2018 Annual Report. Some of you will already have seen this in its digital version on our website, but it’s always a pleasure to have the high-quality booklet to hand. If you haven’t already had this report delivered to you today by Ismael and Stacey, then do please call for us to send one out.
27th September was World Tourism Day, this year making its theme “Digital Transformation” – a UN-backed initiative to see a more democratic, inclusive and community-empowering approach to worldwide tourism.
Here in the Falkland Islands, the Tourism Board’s Jo Muncaster got behind the day and its theme with a programme of talks on our local approaches to the digital - plus some less tech-based activity like harbour launch trips, and smoko.
From its foundation nearly twenty years ago, it was clear that a meat processing enterprise on the Islands would struggle as a financially viable entity. Compared to red meat businesses almost anywhere else, Falkland Islands Meat Company (FIMCo) would face a unique battery of challenges - distance from markets, cost and availability of labour, variable livestock supply, ambivalent product and brand identity and a weak relationship with trade and consumers.
Working towards a highly successful, diverse and sustainable economy for the Falkland Islands