Testing the water
Visitors to the Islands often comment that we don’t take to the water very much; for sure, the seas around the Islands’ coast can be challenging, even treacherous, but still there is surprisingly little leisure and adventure use made of this wonderful natural asset.
That is changing, with start-up Falklands Outdoors. The new enterprise from Daniel Biggs opened this season, with backing from the Tourist Board and FIDC helping the young entrepreneur with his fleet of sea kayaks and other nautical adventure equipment. As Dan says, “it was great to find this support ‘at home’ in the Islands. This, plus my CDS assistance gave me the resources to launch”.
Falklands Outdoors are offering a range of tours, trips, and lessons on the water, as well as overland adventure trips, climbing and walking tours.
Both FITB and FIDC are keen to see this activity make headway – as tourists (and locals) take an ever more active and adventurous approach to leisure time.
Dan’s advisor at FIDC, Louise Ellis, is enthusiastic about this business’s potential; “With plenty of hard work going into creating a year-round offering, and building a reputation for safety and reliability, Dan can really be a pioneer in Falkland’s adventure tourism”. Keen to try paddling? Find Falklands Outdoors at https://falklandsoutdoors.com
Moving on, up!
Since April 2018 Sharon Gilbert, has been operating her SG Accounts firm out of FIDC’s Shackleton House having started the business from her home a year earlier.. After those first 12-months, with a growing list of clients heading her way, Sharon swiftly realised that she needed more room to work effectively. In stepped FIDC with a small and affordable start-up office within Shackleton House. Then, with the need for an assistant, Sharon rapidly traded up for more room in the Corporation’s HQ.
Now Sharon is located in her new base, Atlantic House.
Sharon had this to say about the move; “I am glad that my business has had this early growth, now supporting the move to a bigger space that better suits our planned future needs.” She also added, “I’m grateful to FIDC for this start-up boost, with space and regular enterprise advice”.
Gordon Ackroyd, FIDC’s Strategic Projects Manager, comments; “this is a good move for Sharon, and we wish her well. There’s been a great rapport between Sharon and the FIDC team. New tenants are on the way for the starter office”.
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SG accounts was formed on the 1st of April 2017, after having been approached a number of local business to manage their accounts and book keeping. Since then SG accounts has continued to grow and will now be based at Atlantic House, Fitzroy Road.
FIDC was established in 1983, in response to the recommendations made in the Shackleton Report (1982). FIDC acts as the national economic development agency for the Falkland Islands.
There are currently two vacancies within the Corporation.
Director of Wool Innovation
Lead in the development of the Falkland Island’s wool industry.
This is a new and very demanding two-year opportunity, for a respected individual to deliver a true legacy of innovation in the industry at the heart of our remote but vibrant rural community.
The new Director of Wool Innovation will be employed by the Falkland Islands Development Corporation (FIDC) which has engaged in a rigorous process to seek value-adding opportunities for Falkland Islands wool. Now, with the creation of a Wool Innovation Group and a defined programme for delivering real value benefits, the successful Director will take the lead, notably to:
· Secure international recognition for revised standards in preparation, classing and description of our wool, via a Quality Falklands Wool (QFW) scheme;
· Develop a market reporting portal and appropriate price index;
· Advise on and encourage benchmarking activity.
The successful candidate will be expected to come to the post with significant wool industry knowledge and international credibility - ideally with a minimum of seven-years’ experience in high-level wool advisory, marketing and project management and they should have a well-developed professional network in primary and secondary sectors.
The ability to work effectively with all stakeholders, including government and non-government agencies, farmers, wool brokers, buyers and the media are essential attributes - as is a demonstrated ability to shape innovation through strategic and creative thinking.
It is likely that, to meet the technical demands of the post, applicants will have a degree in agribusiness/economics or agricultural science, or a related discipline.
This is a full time position starting with a 2-year contract. Rewards will be commensurate with skills, knowledge and experience and - as well as an internationally competitive salary - will include a substantial end-of-contract gratuity, flights and relocation plus of course the many advantages of living in this safe, tranquil and beautiful location.
Full details of this post and the background to the Falkland’s Wool Innovation Programme are available from FIDC or by accessing the following link: http://www.fidc.co.fk/library/project-reports/341-value-adding-opportunities-for-falkland-islands-wool-01-05-2017-pdf
Job description Director of Wool Innovation
FIDC APPLICATION FORM 2017
We have a vacancy for a Development Manager who, as part of the Senior Management Team, will lead and coordinate key economic development projects for local businesses and start-ups, through sound advice, management support and access to finance.
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 or financial management, or have significant commercial management experience and be experienced in leading a small team.
Experience working in both the public and private sectors would be an advantage.
This is a full-time position with a salary from £42,230 per annum
Development Manager Job Description
FIDC APPLICATION FORM 2017
Rural Energy Adviser - Andrew Crighton Visit
Andrew Crighton, FIDC’s Rural Energy Advisor until 2017, will be back in the Islands 5th – 12th February, on a short visit to steer the Corporation’s renewables energy work under the newly revised RDS Strategy and Action Plan.
Having recently completed the reporting on the “Partnership Projects” - (case studies ‘in situ’ looking at the effectiveness of wind and solar power schemes across the Islands) - Andrew and the Corporation are keen to see that momentum is kept up and new applicants for renewable energy schemes can come forward for support.
A packed programme is now planned, with site visits across East and West, then discussion with government and meeting with individual private sector businesses.
Many Islanders know the popular Mr Crighton from his two years’ work here, when he developed excellent working relationships with the Islands energy equipment suppliers and installers, and set up a number of working energy projects for clients, using FIDC’s Rural Energy Grants and dedicated Loan schemes.
Anyone wanting to explore the opportunities for solar and wind energy is welcome to fix up an appointment, via the FIDC Development team.
Transman CEO visits the Falklands
Keen readers of the FIDC Business Climate Surveys will have noted that Shortage of Labour continues to fetter the growth of Falkland Islands enterprise. Many of our entrepreneurs – and public sector managers - have direct experience of this problem.
FIG now has Dr Balissa Greene dedicated to Labour Force Development, and the large audiences at her discussion meetings towards the end of last year were keen to hear about analysis and policy – plus sharing any practical initiatives to secure quality workers.
The Development Corporation has a number of actions supporting labour growth – funding worker housing, and organising training for example. We’ve been encouraging coordinated efforts on workforce supply too.
With this in mind, FIDC is pleased that Angela Dick, founder and CEO of Transman (Pty) Ltd will be in Stanley 19th-26th January 2019 to see how her South Africa based recruitment and HR firm can provide solutions to the Islands. The Transman head brings a wealth of commercial experience and is a highly respected international business leader.
Transman Ltd is a very big player in the African labour market, providing a full range of HR, search and selection and labour services – especially temp and seasonal workforces. This company now supplies our subsidiary FIMCo with the bulk of its skilled production team.
Angela has arranged her own fact-finding visit to the Falkland Islands – but while she’s here, FIDC is keen to see that Falkland Islands businesses get full value from her time.
We are setting up some meetings for her - with Government, private sector employers, and business associations - so Angela can get to grips with our Island’s planned labour needs, discovering what arrangements companies currently make, and offering a service to those who want it.
This is a chance for local business to see what the South African territory can offer, in response to their unique staffing challenges.