Falkland Islands Development Corporation are looking for a CCAB-qualified Accountant to provide Financial Controller oversight for the Board. Responsibilities include ad hoc Credit Committee meetings, weekly review and support for the work of the finance team, advice to the MD, plus attendance at Board Meetings. The average expected time commitment is three hours a week.
If you are interested and would like more information, in the first instance please contact
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.
FIDC takes the leading role in developing a highly successful, diverse and sustainable economy for the Falkland Islands.
We have a vacancy for a Development Manager who, as part of the Senior Management Team, will lead and coordinate key enterprise assistance for local businesses and start-ups - through sound advice, management support and access to finance. The post holder will lead on delivery of the Corporation’s Rural Development Strategy and its action plan.
FIDC is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced individual for this important and hands-on role. Candidates should possess a business degree or professional qualifications in accounting/financial management, or have significant commercial management experience and be proficient in leading a small professional team.
Experience of working in both the public and private sectors would be an advantage.
This is a full-time position with a salary from £42,000 per annum.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Gordon Ackroyd on 27211.
Development Manager Job Description
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Good to see interest in FIG’s Shaping Communications for the Future Communications Week events – and thanks for keen attendance at the FIDC-supported workshop sessions.
We hope that the discussions carried out over the week by the Regulator and Sure gave them usable insight on what the community needs here. Certainly, FIDC took interest in parts of the programme showing what can be done in ‘connected’ territories; demand ought to lead to change and improvements - helping us to compete in a digital economy.
We hope FIDC demonstrated support for the business community in digital awareness.
At the event, Louise Ellis showed the importance of Managing Your Social Media Presence. Her workshop explained how to create and curate a strong personal brand using social media and the benefits of doing so using the most appropriate social media platforms to reach a target audience. Terms such as ‘mindshare’ were explained and we saw how to protect social and intellectual capital, and how to keep your message/brand consistent. Given the extensive use of Facebook here, I think we call saw the need to professionalise social media usage.
In the second workshop - The Worldwide Digital Market – Gordon Ackroyd looked at how digital communication empowers the consumer, the buyer, in a really new way – and it is this we need to consider in development and communication of our brands, products, and services.
Now, brands are stories, and people ‘out there’ i.e. beyond your business and the efforts of its promotional agencies, are the storytellers.
You, and your brand, can and must engage in the 5 communications channels (the five grey wedge shaped segments shown in PowerPoint slide (
Communications Week GFA Digital intro presentation 13 03 2019
). The risk, if we see it that way, is that your brand is more malleable, in the hands of others; the mitigation? that we construct our digital marketing communications such that our message is going to engage the customer, that they ‘socialise’ that message, and that the brand conversation is reflected back to us – to measure and work upon.
We were also grateful to RFIP for sending their presentation on Internet Safety. As Louise in fake-police guise explained, the more we use the digital channels, the more mindful we need to be of risks in sharing, and there were useful lessons for the good of our families, as well as our businesses.
We promoted FIDC’s upcoming season of training events which will include digital basics and more on social media – dates to follow, so watch this news section.
The slides linked here:
Managing your Social Media Presence
Communications Week GFA Digital intro presentation 13 03 2019
And to reiterate that FIDC is keen to help any FI enterprise with their digital engagement; either working one-to-one or via training events.
See you at our next training event
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