New Business Development Officers – strengthening the team.


John Hellowell is the new arrival on FIDC’s Development team, alongside Sian Davies and Louise Ellis. But he is no stranger to our shores - having visited with his family many times over the last sixteen years.


He’s a true entrepreneur. Having spent his working life starting and building businesses from scratch into successful and substantial enterprises - he now offers a wealth of knowledge to FIDC’s clients.


His family home for the last thirty years was the Isle of Man where he also assisted their government with their Small Business Start-Up Scheme. John is now tasked with helping our rural community to develop their ideas into viable, sustainable enterprises.


Says John:

 “I am indeed looking forward to being able to contribute towards the Falklands enterprise economy and playing my part in life here. There is no doubt the Islanders’ daily face challenges not found elsewhere in the world. The more I understand what makes the people of the Falklands thrive, the better I can do my job.”


Those unique challenges are a very real part of what attracted John to take up the post of Business Development Officer at FIDC. As Gordon Ackroyd, FIDC Strategic Projects Manager comments;

“John has a very straight forward and “can do” approach, which will work well here, plus terrific knowledge of the Islands, and local friendships and contacts built up over years. We are delighted to have him with us.”


Position 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. Further details of the Corporation and its work are on our website .

The following positions are available, with the successful members taking up their roles in July 2019;

Position                                  Term

Vice Chair                               Four years

Co-opted Member                  Four years

Co-opted Member                  Four years

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 Sue Faria This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 27211 to arrange an informal discussion with the Managing Director. Interested parties should submit expressions of interest in writing, setting out their relevant knowledge, skills and experience, by no later than 3rd May 2019.

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      FIDC Board Secretary                                                 Sue Faria, Board Secretary

      Falkland Islands Development Corporation                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

      Shackleton House


      Falkland Islands

New Business Development Officer Joins FIDC

FIDC is pleased to welcome Sian Davies to the Business Development Team.  Sian joined us on 01 March and brings with her a strong background in Falklands heritage, tourism and retail. 

She has enjoyed a varied career in the private and public sectors and believes that this, along with sound local knowledge puts her in good stead to support the needs of our ever growing community.  Working within the Falkland Islands Government allowed her the opportunity to develop a firm understanding of the key national strategic documents and the crucial role FIDC has in delivering these.  That, along with a diverse workload attracted her to the role and she is looking forward to supporting and enabling economic growth


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FIDC requires the services of a highly experienced and qualified individual or organisation with a strong record of accomplishment in corporate HR, to develop and introduce a range of HR policies, procedures, practices and management resources, on a consultancy basis.

The Falkland Islands Development Corporation (FIDC) is carrying out a thorough Business Change/Improvement Programme at its subsidiary Falkland Islands Meat Company (FIMCo) - the Island’s abattoir and producer of high-quality meats and meat products for local and export markets.

FIMCo works with a mix of permanent local staff and seasonal contract workforce recruited overseas, so it is vital the firm has robust and progressive HR capability.

With the Improvement Programme delivering great results in production and logistics, and an HR audit completed, we now wish to move forward - introducing the highest standard of HR practice throughout the FIMCo business.

Contactors interested in this opportunity should have a reputation for achievement in HR consultancy, and ideally knowledge of the needs of small-to-medium industrial businesses including legal and Health & Safety matters.

With a range of documents available to work from, plus on-Islands support from FIMCo and the parent Company, this is achievable as a “desk-based” project.

Full details of the Request for Proposals are available from Gordon Ackroyd, Strategic Projects Manager at FIDC. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: +(500) 27211 or via

Closing date for returned Proposals is 28th March 2019.

Business Expansion at Wayne Clement Electrical.

When an established and successful business plans for growth, the Development Corporation is on hand to assist. wayne.jpg

Wayne Clement Electrical has been trading and growing steadily since 2011, offering a comprehensive electrics contracting service. Now, Mr Clement is making the move to retail, setting up shop on Hebe Street. With space for more stock and spares, this gives all customers a bigger choice of parts, better prices on components plus higher quality and availability of service; that’s good for private customers, and other electrical contractors, as well as giving a further boost to his existing contract business.

Mr Clement has a significant order of component on the way to Stanley now, with backing from FIDC. The Corporation’s Louise Ellis points to the delicate balance of investing in stock in a ‘big’ order, but not tying up too much critical capital. Wayne agrees; “this is the right time and scale for expansion, with lots of development on the horizon”.

Kieran Roberts joins FIDC.

FIDC has a new Development Assistant.  Kieran Roberts, 21, joins from Seafish Chandlery where his interest in enterprise was first sparked.

Kieran started in the post January 28th and, after a hectic first couple of weeks of induction and introduction to his 2-year career development plan, he is off to the west and many points east, supporting the advisory visit by the Corporation’s Rural Energy specialist Andrew Crighton.

FIDCs Development Assistant is a trainee position, with guided learning from the team, work placements, and training courses helping the assistant to gain skills and knowledge for a career in enterprise and economic development.

Kieran had this to say about how he is finding life within FIDC: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first weeks at FIDC. It is very different to my previous job but this post is exactly what I was looking for, and it’s a great opportunity to develop my career in business while learning from some knowledgeable people”.

Gordon Ackroyd, FIDC Strategic Project Manager, is delighted to welcome Kieran; “it’s very encouraging to see a young local applicant on this career path. There was lots of interest in the opportunity, and Kieran was excellent in this competitive process”.

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.DSC_0098.jpg

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.