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.

Due to the current climate we understand the risk of putting money back into your own business to allow you to continue to grow and improve facilities. However we are committed to our goal of promoting economic development in the Islands, therefore we will be offering a loan scheme that will enable registered tourism accommodation providers to borrow up to £50,000 for capital improvements to their accommodation and facilities with an interest-free, three-year repayment deferral period.

To download the application form & guidance notes click the link > document Deferred payment loan scheme application and guidance notes (81 KB) or contact a Business Development Officer on 27211.

The Falkland Islands Development Corporation (FIDC) is pleased to publish its 2019-2020 Annual Report and Governance Statement.

The report gives an attractive and illuminating account of the Corporation’s work of the past year, supporting economic development and resilience within our clients businesses through what has been a very difficult year.

If you would like to view this report click here https://fliphtml5.com/bookcase/gxwpe

If you wish to download a PDF of the report click here pdf FIDC Annual Report 2019/2020 (2.09 MB)

 

This July, Paula Fowmes and her colleagues at FITV gave the Corporation excellent coverage as part of their package on barriers to business growth – as identified in the recent FIDC Business Climate Survey.
 
Shortage of skilled labour, access to labour, upskilling of the local workforce, affordable worker housing, and immigration matters are all familiar obstacles for the Islands’ business community. Paula was keen to open up the debate, and to hear what plans we have for addressing the problem.
 
The link to the feature can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBZfGwAIASs
 
As Gordon and Louise explained, we hope to see strong initiatives for skills and labour in our new Corporate Plan, due later in the year.

The Falkland Islands Development Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Martin Slater to the recently advertised position of Managing Director.

Mr Slater held the position previously and, following a year of absence from the Islands exploring new horizons, has taken the opportunity to return and pick up the reins again. Martin has been working in change management for the NHS in the UK and will bring valuable new skills and fresh experience to the role.

Martin re-joins the team at a time of great change and uncertainty for our clients in the private sector. With the position of MD at the Corporation’s subsidiary FIMCo in the capable hands of Keith Heslop, Martin will be able to focus his time and attention on delivering FIDC’s objectives. The results of the most recent Business Climate Survey will be feeding into a revision of the Corporation’s Business Plan which will take place over the coming months. Mr Slater will participate in that process, arriving in post ready to lead his team on delivering its strategic mission.

Linking contract opportunities to local business providers is the service from FIDC’s web-based SAROS.

Originally created to put the oil industry in touch with our Islands’ excellent enterprise community, the scope soon extended, making the platform a useful tool for all those with contracts to fulfil.

Over the last year or so, the ‘members’ of SAROs struggled with its technical shortcomings, and FIDC commissioned a rebuild and upgrade to make it work and look better for users. That’s now done.

The SAROS full revamp will make it fit for the future – and give a better user experience for its members. The well-known local IT specialist Brian Jamieson did the tech rebuild and designer Tony Ellis polished up the graphics.

Proving that ‘contractor’ does not have to mean “here today, gone tomorrow”  - today Gordon Ackroyd reaches four years of service with the Corporation. Joining FIDC from Cornwall, UK, as Business Development Officer to provide his professional support to individual clients, he particular enjoyed working with the hospitality and catering enterprises - although definitely not because he wants more places to get his fix of takeaways (He is still waiting for a Chinese to start up here).  

2018 saw Gordon move to Strategic Projects Manager, where he focuses on the needs of the wider business community, for example developing FIDC’s Skills for Enterprise programme, supporting the Wool Innovation Programme, the Fresh for the Future project and producing FIDC Annual Reports.

We would all like to thank Gordon for his hard work and his sense of humour, and always being available as the Corporation’s dictionary, thesaurus, and grammar checker.

Hopefully we can keep him under contract for another 4 years.

About the FIDC

FIDC acts as the national economic development agency for the Falkland Islands and is tasked to develop the commercial sector of the Falkland Islands by being one of the principal partners delivering the Economic, Rural and Tourism Development Strategies.

To help drive sustainable economic growth and assist in the creation of new jobs and opportunities, FIDC provides various forms of support and assistance to the Falkland’s business community.