FIDC announce Lou Ellis is new Development Manager
At the start of year the Corporation began recruiting to fill the role of Development Manager following the departure of Michael Poole in December 2018. At the closing date a strong field of local & overseas applicants were shortlisted.
Business Development Officer Lou Ellis was one of the successful applicants shortlisted for the interview process. The day after her interview, Lou and family hopped on the Airbridge for her six week holiday England. While soaking up the summer sun, Lou received word that she had been successful in her application and would be the new Development Manager - subject to signing a contract on her return.
Lou has now settled into her new role as Development Manager, and is embracing this new challenge, or, as the Development team like to put it “just getting on with it.”
Positions on the Falkland Islands Development Corporation Board
The Falkland Islands Development Corporation is seeking members for its Board.
Our Board oversees and informs governance decisions, ensures delivery on the Corporation’s business plan, and subsequent programs and initiatives.
This is an exciting time to be involved with the Islands’ enterprise economy. The Corporation has a skilled and experienced team in place, a clear Business Plan, and a commitment to develop the Falkland Islands economy in a period of significant opportunity.
The position of Co-opted Member for a term of up to 4 years is currently available.
The commitment requires attendance at six meetings each year for which a small expenses fee is paid, though deeper involvement is encouraged.
To find out more about these opportunities, please contact FIDC on telephone 27211 to arrange an informal discussion via FIDC’s Strategic Projects Manager.
Interested parties should submit expressions of interest in writing, setting out their relevant knowledge, skills and experience, by no later than 30th August 2019
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Falkland Islands Development Corporation
Skills for Enterprise is FIDC’s initiative to bring top-quality business training to the Falklands.
Its programme is responsive to commercial needs here, identified in the FIDC/FICC Business Climate Surveys plus other cross-sectoral consultations on skills, training and its support – such as CDS funding.
The subjects offered, and our approach is based on earlier trial programmes and FIDC’s considerable success in course delivery since 2016.
Skills for Enterprise sees the Corporation launch three brands – extending provision from the ‘basics’ across to high-level skills for the Islands’ business leaders.
Top-level leadership skills development - helping local enterprise to compete on the world stage.
Courses will include Project Management. Change Management. Quality Standards. Corporate Governance.
All you need in management training – preparing your team for commercial excellence.
Expect to see courses in Finance for Small Business. Customer Care. HR Basics. Social Media for Business.
The core skills set for start-ups and small enterprise.
Develop a Business Idea. Entrepreneurship. Understanding Business Finance. Marketing Skills.
FIDC is building the prospectus, offering a mix of classroom and video-link teaching and combining its own ‘in-house’ course delivery with other sessions by top UK trainers. First up is expert international digital marketing tutor Luan Wise, and the Corporation is delighted to have secured the services of Jackie Hewitt to teach PRINCE2 project management later in the year.
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Local distillers open for business after detailed planning and preparation.
The FIDC Development Team are delighted to see the official launch of Richard McKee’s Falkland Distillers enterprise – and their Darwin’s Botanicals Gin brand available to connoisseurs.
Richard McKee made the decision to turn an interest into a business about six years ago. Since then, he has been studying for a postgraduate Diploma in brewing and distilling with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, now almost completed. This technical grounding gives him a super advantage in the competitive – and ‘on trend’ boutique gin trade.
The FIDC team has supported Richard over the last three years - for start-up business advice including assistance with the legal aspects of trademarks, and finding a base for the distilling and retailing. His attractively refurbished showroom – the old Philomel Store next to the jetty – now gleams with burnished copper stills, and displays of the beautifully bottled gins. This eye-catching waterfront property should be the ideal location to attract customers from the cruise ships next season.
Louise Ellis, FIDC Business Development Officer and self-described “gin connoisseur”, commends Richard – and his gins: “The botanicals are well balanced, making a smooth, light and interesting gin. The taste is not heavy on juniper, with floral tones and a pleasant aroma, making this a very easy drinking gin, too easy in fact! I paired it with a Lamb and Watt’s tonic water and garnished with strawberries and cucumber, as they are both very mellow flavours that would complement the delicate botanicals rather than overpower it”.
The Corporation wishes the business great success and looks forward to the product finding overseas buyers too, while the gin market goes in search of excellent and different offerings.
Following Rural Energy Advisor Andrew Crighton's vist to the Islands back in February we are publicizing his final report which can be seen below.