FIDC’s Rural Energy Advisor completes intensive “in-Islands” project work.
After a hectic but well-planned week packed full of meetings including trips all around Camp, the Rural Energy Advisor Andrew Crighton has departed the Falklands once again for his Scotland home and working base.
During his visit, Andrew carried out a week full of meetings and site technical visits with a wide variety of people to reinvigorate their desire for sustainable energy. His February tour closes with a number of new renewables projects scoped and funding-ready - across east and west.
A grand total of nineteen meetings took place over the week, giving Andrew - who worked full time with the Corporation from 2015 to 2017 - the chance to catch up with clients and to update on his ‘partnership’ projects. These are proving the benefits of renewables technologies and include Falklands Landholdings, Bleaker Island, and others. FIDC sees this as a very effective way to have renewable energy – and its savings - at the forefront of farm enterprise planning. Project data will be posted on the FIDC website soon.
Testing the water
Visitors to the Islands often comment that we don’t take to the water very much; for sure, the seas around the Islands’ coast can be challenging, even treacherous, but still there is surprisingly little leisure and adventure use made of this wonderful natural asset.
That is changing, with start-up Falklands Outdoors. The new enterprise from Daniel Biggs opened this season, with backing from the Tourist Board and FIDC helping the young entrepreneur with his fleet of sea kayaks and other nautical adventure equipment. As Dan says, “it was great to find this support ‘at home’ in the Islands. This, plus my CDS assistance gave me the resources to launch”.
Falklands Outdoors are offering a range of tours, trips, and lessons on the water, as well as overland adventure trips, climbing and walking tours.
Both FITB and FIDC are keen to see this activity make headway – as tourists (and locals) take an ever more active and adventurous approach to leisure time.
Dan’s advisor at FIDC, Louise Ellis, is enthusiastic about this business’s potential; “With plenty of hard work going into creating a year-round offering, and building a reputation for safety and reliability, Dan can really be a pioneer in Falkland’s adventure tourism”. Keen to try paddling? Find Falklands Outdoors at https://falklandsoutdoors.com
Moving on, up!
Since April 2018 Sharon Gilbert, has been operating her SG Accounts firm out of FIDC’s Shackleton House having started the business from her home a year earlier. After those first 12-months, with a growing list of clients heading her way, Sharon swiftly realised that she needed more room to work effectively. In stepped FIDC with a small and affordable start-up office within Shackleton House. Then, with the need for an assistant, Sharon rapidly traded up for more room in the Corporation’s HQ.
Now Sharon is located in her new base, Atlantic House.
Sharon had this to say about the move; “I am glad that my business has had this early growth, now supporting the move to a bigger space that better suits our planned future needs.” She also added, “I’m grateful to FIDC for this start-up boost, with space and regular enterprise advice”.
Gordon Ackroyd, FIDC’s Strategic Projects Manager, comments; “this is a good move for Sharon, and we wish her well. There’s been a great rapport between Sharon and the FIDC team. New tenants are on the way for the starter office”.
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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
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