Project Management Made Simple Workshop
After three successful runs of the ‘Project Management Made Simple’ workshop we are pleased to announce that we are hosting another session.
This workshop will be held on Friday May 7th at the Chamber of Commerce from 9am to 1pm with lunch included. The previous workshops have had a very positive reception from attendees.
Falkland Islands Development Corporation - Board Member Recruitment
The Falkland Islands Development Corporation is recruiting to its Board.
FIDC is looking for individuals with an entrepreneurial background and real interest in business and economic development in the Falkland Islands to join the FIDC Board. This is an interesting and rewarding time to be involved with the Islands’ enterprise economy as we tackle unprecedented challenges and enter a period of ambitious Government investment.
The following positions are available, with the successful members to take up their roles on 1st July 2021:
Chair Four years
Co-Opted Member Two years
The commitment requires attendance at six meetings each year for which a small expenses fee is paid, though deeper involvement is encouraged. The ideal candidate will have excellent knowledge of key business sectors in the Islands. Experience and understanding of Agriculture and Rural businesses operating in Camp would be advantageous but not essential.
Interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest setting out their skills and experience by no later than 7th May 2021.
Addressed to : FIDC Board Secretary, Falkland Islands Development Corporation, Shackleton House, Stanley, Falkland Islands
The FIDC Business Climate Survey 2021 is currently online
The survey will run for the whole month of April and the information collected captures a snapshot of how businesses feel the economy is performing and how they predict it will perform, as well as information regarding the types of businesses and sectors operating in the Islands. This provides FIDC with a picture of the current level of confidence in the economy.
You can access the survey via the following link:
The survey last ran in April 2020, at the height of Covid-19 lockdown in the Islands, and for this reason we are running an interim, extraordinary edition of the survey (which is usually run biennially) a full year on from lockdown, to gain additional information on the impact that Covid-19 has had on our economic confidence and business performance.
This year the Falkland Islands Tourism Association (FITA) have agreed to partner with FIDC and there is a specific FITA section included in the survey. Tourism is a sector that has seen some of the largest impacts from Covid-19 and potentially will see continued impact in the future.
The FIDC Energy Survey 2021 is now available online
FIDC is launching a new Energy Survey to assess the energy needs of those across the Falkland Islands. This is to analyse the types of energy used by residencies and businesses as well as update our energy schemes to provide the best service possible.
It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is running from the 26th of February to the 19th of March, so if you are eligible please fill it out at the link below:
The project agreements, signed today at FIDC’s Board meeting by Hamish Wylie, Chair of the Development Corporation and Sure’s Chief Executive Justin McPhee, will provide for new and additional 4G Mobile connectivity across the rural community, building on other mobile investments being made by Sure and the Falkland Islands Government.
Sure are committing to installation of new 4G infrastructure over the Camp, covering key areas of benefit for the residents in these areas - and opening up opportunities to develop business uses for mobile broadband in science, agriculture, and tourism activity. Sure and FIDC have ambitions to trial possible technology solutions to best utilise this 4G technology, once the network build out is completed.
Sure are planning installation of six new High Power, 800MHz 4G base stations and associated infrastructure for installation in the rural network, together with redeployment of two existing Low Power 1800MHz 4G Base stations - and installation of six “Nano cells” (small ‘in-building’ services) at tourist locations for example. This equipment will integrate within the existing mobile network and be monitored and supported by Sure. Equipment will be deployed at Goose Green, Malo Hill, Sussex Mountains, Bombilla Hill, Fox Bay, North Arm, Channel Hill and Fitzroy.
Martin Slater, commenting at Wednesday’s FIDC Board meeting, says;
“We are delighted to launch this initiative today – in line with our new Corporate Plan, which emphasises collaborative working across the private sector and FIG. For a long time, digital connectivity has appeared as a barrier to business growth. We are striving harder to overcome this and our shared initiative with Sure is a big project that can change lives in Camp”.
Chief Executive of Sure, Justin McPhee agrees;
“In addition to our existing investments across the camp network we are very pleased to work with FIDC to announce this new investment for additional 4G rural coverage. Use of mobile data has increased significantly since Sure installed the 4G network in 2018 and this exciting project will extend coverage to a larger part of the rural areas of the islands providing new opportunities from enhanced connectivity.”
Work is expected to start early in 2021.