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OFFSHORE

ADVENTURE

Enjoy the Bailiwick by sea

GARDEN CITY SPACES

Discover the green spaces of London

NORWICH

Summer in the city

CAPTIVATING

COTSWOLDS

COMMUNITY

SPIRIT

BUSINESS

NEWS

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TRAVEL MAKES ONE MODEST.

YOU SEE WHAT A TINY PLACE

YOU OCCUPY IN THE WORLD.

Gustav Flaubert

COASTAL WALKING

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CONTENTS

7 WELCOME ABOARD!

Message from Mark Darby,

Aurigny’s Chief Executive Officer

8 AURIGNY NEWS

19 OFFSHORE ADVENTURE

Ways to enjoy the Bailiwick by sea

22 GUERNSEY BEACH GUIDE

Fermain Bay

24 DISCOVER HERM

All year round

28 WHAT'S ON?

Forthcoming events in the

Bailiwick and beyond

32 COASTAL TOUR OF GUERNSEY

The island's coastline is bursting

with things to do

38 WALKING IT ALL

Explore with Marc and Nicky Laine

43 A ROYAL RETREAT

Discover Malta and the ease

of connecting through London

with Aurigny

46 BACK TO JERSEY

After a five year absence Aurigny

touches down in Jersey

48 GARDEN CITY SPACES

Uncover the green spaces of London

52 CAPTIVATING COTSWOLDS

Fly to Bristol and explore pictureperfect

rural England

56 SUMMER IN THE CITY

Enjoy the charm and character

of Norwich

60 48 HOURS IN MANCHESTER

69 BUSINESS NEWS

Inspiring interviews and local

business news

121 THE FORTUNATE ONE

En Voyage talks to tennis star

Patrick Ogier

124 GET FRESH

Open water swimming is addictive

127 SPORTS DIARY

128 COMMUNITY SPIRIT

132 COLOURING COMPETITION

135 IN-FLIGHT AND DUTY FREE

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Zero Food Miles

Fresh Crab and Lobster

Alderney’s Stunning Backdrop

SWOFFERS

Alderney is bursting with flavour.

From local produce and rich creamy milk

to seafood straight from the islands clear

waters, all of which is stocked across the

island’s shops and can be enjoyed in our

delightful cafes and restaurants.

1-12 JULY

visitalderney.com

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1968

Founded

16 MILLION

Aurigny carried its

16 millionth

passenger in 2018

MANCHESTER

LEEDS

BRADFORD

(Seasonal)

EAST

MIDLANDS

NORWICH

(Seasonal)

2018

Ranked best

short-haul airline

by Which?

550,000

Passengers

carried in 2018

BRISTOL

LONDON

STANSTED

LONDON

GATWICK

SOUTHAMPTON

9

Aircraft

2019

Named Airline

of the Year at

2019 Southampton

Airport Awards

ALDERNEY

GUERNSEY

JERSEY

FRANCE

1977

First airline in

the world to ban

smoking on all

services

12

Routes

NEW

ROUTES

ADDED

GRENOBLE

(Seasonal)

300

Staff

AURIGNY

GUERNSEY’S AIRLINE

1

Birth on board

Between Alderney

and Guernsey

1

FA Cup

Flown to Guernsey

on 19th August 2016

1

In-flight marriage

OK, it’s not the easiest of names – pronounced Or-ree-nee – but it’s

certainly one that islanders are proud of. ‘Aurigny’ is the Norman name

for Alderney, the northern island in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, where

Aurigny Air Services was launched in 1968.

Aurigny has been serving the Channel Islands for over 50 years and is

owned by the States of Guernsey.

OUR DESTINATIONS

FROM GUERNSEY

• ALDERNEY

• BRISTOL

• EAST MIDLANDS

• JERSEY NEW

• GRENOBLE †

• LEEDS BRADFORD †

• LONDON GATWICK

• LONDON STANSTED

• MANCHESTER

• NORWICH †

• SOUTHAMPTON NEW

FROM ALDERNEY

• GUERNSEY

• SOUTHAMPTON

† Seasonal route

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ATR 42

Trislander

ATR 42

DORNIER 228

Trislander

DORNIER 220K

OUR

FLEET

DORNIER 228

Embraer 190

Aurigny currently has

a fleet of nine aircraft

serving the network.

We introduced our flagship

Jet, an Embraer 195, in July

2014 to service the Guernsey-

Gatwick route. The twinjet

aircraft is the largest aircraft

in the fleet, with a capacity

of 122 passengers.

Embraer 195

NUMBER IN FLEET 1

BUILT Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil

ENGINES

2 x General Electric CF34-10E7 Turbofans

MAXIMUM SPEED 542 knots (624 mph)

PASSENGERS CARRIED 122

RANGE 2,500 miles (4,023 km)

DORNIER 220K

ATR 70

Embraer 190

ATR 42

Four ATRs also help to

serve our UK and European

destinations. The newest

addition is a fully refurbished

ATR 72-500, delivered towards

the end of 2016, and fitted with

72 new, all forward-facing seats,

that give additional legroom.

We took delivery of our

second New Generation

Dornier 228 in 2017, to serve

the Alderney routes.

ATR 72

NUMBER IN FLEET 3

BUILT Toulouse, France

ENGINES

2 x Pratt & Whitney PW-127 M Turboprops

MAXIMUM SPEED 276 knots (318 mph)

PASSENGERS CARRIED 72

RANGE 1,023 miles (1,646 km)

ATR 70

ATR 42 42

NUMBER IN FLEET 1

BUILT Toulouse, France

ENGINES

2 x Pratt & Whitney PW-127 E Turboprops

MAXIMUM SPEED 299 knots (344 mph)

Trislander

PASSENGERS CARRIED 48

RANGE 966 miles (1,555 km)

ATR 42

Trislander

Trislander

DORNIER 228

DORNIER 228

DORNIER 228

DORNIER 220K

Dornier 228NG

Dornier 228-200 and 220k

NUMBER IN FLEET 2

BUILT Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

ENGINES

2 x Garrett TPE331-10 Turboprops

MAXIMUM SPEED 223 knots (257 mph)

PASSENGERS CARRIED 19

RANGE 350 miles (563 km)

NUMBER IN FLEET 2

BUILT Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

ENGINES

DORNIER 220K

2 x Garrett TPE331-5 or 10 Turboprops

MAXIMUM SPEED 223 knots (257 mph)

PASSENGERS CARRIED Up to 18

RANGE 350 miles (563 km)

DORNIER 220K

Embraer 190

Embraer 190

Embraer 190

ATR 70

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WELCOME ABOARD!

MARK DARBY

CHIEF

EXECUTIVE

OFFICER

The summer schedule is now in full swing

and hopefully the seasonal weather will

be as kind to us as it was last year so we

can truly enjoy the benefits of Guernsey

and the other destinations we fly to.

If the weather is good on take-off or landing,

then you will clearly see the uniqueness of the

Bailiwick of Guernsey surrounded by azure

waters. So, it should come as no surprise to

note that nautical activities are popular in the

island. From paddle boarding and kayaking

to RIB voyages and jet skis, there really are

many ways to appreciate the islands from

a different perspective. You can read about

some offshore adventures on page 19.

May sees the launch of our new routes from

Guernsey to both Jersey and Southampton.

As an airline we are excited to be back in

Jersey after five years and further strengthening

our links with Southampton, where we have

already been flying from Alderney. Both

destinations offer convenient timings for day

trips either way. So, why not make the best of

the opportunities offered by summer weather

to get out and explore somewhere close by

but a little different?

If you are over in Guernsey on holiday or

even a resident, the summer season is the best

time to visit Herm. With its long sandy beaches

and no cars, a visit really feels like a break from

the stresses of modern life. We are so lucky

in the Bailiwick to have such an island on our

doorstep. A quick lunchtime visit for lunch in

the Mermaid or the Ship, a day trip to explore

the beaches or perhaps stay longer camping

or in the island’s only hotel. You can read more

about Herm on page 24.

Of course, our own island of Guernsey has

a magnificent coastline. We are lucky to be

blessed with a combination of rugged cliff

paths, long sandy beaches and our unique

and beautiful town seafront. On page 32 of

the magazine we do a coastal tour of the

island. If you are here visiting, I am sure you

will find something interesting to enjoy.

The summer is really all about getting out

and discovering different places. Many of

you on board may be heading to Gatwick.

We often think about London being the big

city with its draw being the buildings and

history that surround the capital. However,

there are many green and pleasant areas

in London itself. We explore the green

spaces of London on pages 48-50.

Wherever your journey takes you to

today, I hope you have a pleasant flight.

Thank you for choosing to fly with

Aurigny - we look forward to welcoming

you on board again in the near future.

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AURIGNY NEWS

Gorey, Mont Orgueil Castle ©VisitJersey

NEW ROUTES TO JERSEY

AND SOUTHAMPTON

FROM GUERNSEY

Aurigny is delighted to be

commencing two additional routes

from May. A twice-daily return

service to Jersey from Guernsey

and a twice-daily return service

to Southampton from Guernsey.

These destinations have been

added as part of the expansion

of Aurigny’s route portfolio.

The return of Aurigny to

Jersey and the additional

services to Southampton will

offer customers greater choice,

reliability and an additional interisland

business connection.

Mark Darby, Chief Executive,

said: ‘We are delighted to be

returning to Jersey and offering

a further service from Guernsey

to Southampton. People often

ask me when we will return to

our sister island, given Aurigny’s

heritage on the route. We will

be offering weekday morning

and evening flights on both new

routes, giving customers the

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AURIGNY NEWS

The approach into Southampton with St Mary's Stadium below ©Callum Tinsley

choice of a day return to either

destination and convenient

times for business, medical

and leisure passengers.’

Aurigny has a long history with

Jersey and until 2014 flew a regular

inter-island service using Tri-lander

aircraft. We are now going to be

using our ATR 42 to operate this

route and hope that our previously

loyal regular business travellers will

welcome the return of Aurigny.

We have been flying to

Southampton from Alderney

for many years and have a great

relationship with the airport

and those who operate it. The

new service will mean Aurigny

will have a greater presence

at Southampton Airport and

will offer our customers a

real connectivity choice.

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AURIGNY NEWS

FINAL BUMPER GOLDEN TICKET

FOR CAR TREASURE HUNT

Aurigny has ended its 50th

birthday year with a final ‘bumper’

golden ticket event in Guernsey.

The airline has been celebrating

its 50th year, which officially

started in March 2018 to

commemorate the first ever

Aurigny flight between Alderney

and Guernsey in 1968.

On Saturday 23 March Aurigny

held a traditional car treasure hunt,

which took participants around

the island following ten clues to

complete the hunt.

The event started and ended at

Guernsey Airport and the winning

team received four return tickets

to London Gatwick…a ‘Bumper

Golden Giveaway.’

PR Manager Jess Mauger said:

‘We wanted to close the year with

another event and ensure as many

people as possible could take part.

Unlike the other hunts, the date

of this was announced in advance

to encourage as many people as

possible to take part in the hunt as

just a fun activity, with the added

bonus that they may have won the

final golden tickets.’

‘All the destinations for the clues

were accessible by car with just

a quick hop out to work out the

clues. We wanted to make the final

event as inclusive as possible.’

On the day 56 teams took part

with 202 people venturing round

the island to solve the clues. 22

teams got all the answers right and

our team had a really difficult job

of choosing the winner from the

tie-breaker question.

In the end Mark Poole was

chosen as the winner. He had taken

part with his nephew to try and win

tickets for their mum for her 50th

birthday. She had no idea that they

were doing it and was delighted to

find out they had won!

Winner Mark Poole with his nephew

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AURIGNY NEWS

GUERNSEY AIR CADETS GET AURIGNY SUPPORT

Guernsey Air Cadets have had

a unique opportunity to visit the

Aurigny hangar and have a tour of

the facilities and aircraft to further

encourage and enable them as

future pilots and engineers.

Formed in 2012, the 201

Overseas (Guernsey) Squadron

is one of the newest units in the

ATC. Cadets undertake weekly

activities which include syllabus

training, ceremonial drill and

outdoor activities. Under the

command of a very experienced

officer, the cadets also take part in

public parades and out-of-centre

activities including climbing and

kayaking.

Jason Bowley, Aircraft

Maintenance Manager, Aurigny,

said: ‘I was an Air Cadet at 381

Squadron in Reading during the

1980s. The experiences that I had

as a cadet laid the foundations for

my career in aircraft maintenance.

In 1989 I joined British Airways as

an Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice

and during the interview process,

I was able to lean on the unique

experiences I had in the Air Cadets

to demonstrate my knowledge

and interest in aviation. The Air

Cadets also helped me through

the challenging teenage years

by offering the camaraderie

and support of the staff and

cadets outside of the academic

community of school. After 30

years in the industry I still look

back with great fondness to my

time as an Air Cadet.’

‘We at Aurigny are keen to

support the youth of Guernsey

where we can in their endeavours,

and as such allowed the Air Cadets

of 201 Sqn a unique and bespoke

visit to our maintenance facility

in Guernsey. The purpose of the

visit to Aurigny’s hangar was to

connect the academic syllabus

that the cadets follow to attain their

various achievement badges to real

aerospace applications. Amongst

the subjects we discussed were

engine and propeller technology,

aircraft materials, construction

techniques, aerodynamics, flying

controls and the ergonomics

and design of the flight deck. The

cadets had the opportunity to sit

in the flight deck of a live modern

airliner and see, feel and experience

the thrill of working with aircraft.

And, even after 30 years, I was just

as excited about the experience as

the cadets were! ‘

The RAF Air Training Corps has

three main aims:

1. To foster the spirit of adventure

and to develop the qualities

of leadership and good

citizenship

Jimmy White MBE

WHIRLWIND VISIT

TO GUERNSEY

International snooker legend

Jimmy White MBE was in

Guernsey recently. He was happy

to meet fans at a local restaurant

and reminisce about his long

career and legendary World

Championship finals. He played

a series of exhibition matches

at the Guernsey Sporting Club

in the evening and said he had

enjoyed his time in the island.

Mr White returned home on the

Aurigny aircraft G-VZON and was

interested about our airline and the

routes we flew to, commenting on

the short inter-island flights.

2. To promote and encourage

a practical interest in aviation

and in the Royal Air Force (RAF)

3. To provide training which will

be useful in both civilian and

service life.

The officers in charge are keen

to ‘train the next generation’ of

aviators, engineers, navigators and

ground crew. Most cadets have

been flying and with support from

a variety of sources, including RAFA

Guernsey Branch, we have several

cadets preparing for their Private

Pilot Licence locally, as well as

gliding (at gliding schools) in the UK.

For them, the sky is the limit.

If you would like to be a part of

this growing Squadron, please

contact Flt Lt Brian Aplin on 07781

112102. Further details can be

found online at aircadets.org.gg/

Thanks to Aurigny Staff

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AURIGNY

BEHIND THE SCENES

STEFF MOODY

MAINTENANCE ACCOUNTANT

I joined Aurigny in September 2018 having

spent around 28 years working in the

finance industry.

What is your job and what

have you found is the

biggest challenge?

I am Maintenance Accountant

for both Anglo Normandy and

Aurigny. I assist in keeping the

stock records up to date, prepare

monthly management accounts,

quarterly and annual accounts

for Anglo and assist in the annual

account preparation for Aurigny.

I work closely with the purchase

ledger clerks and all other

departments in an effort to keep

everything running smoothly.

So, accounting can be interesting?

Going forwards I’ll be getting

more involved with the technical

side of the planes’ maintenance

schedules and learning various

roles within the company

including check-in and dispatch.

Moving from finance into the

commercial sector has been a

huge adjustment but I do feel that

my life now has a much happier

balance. There are long hours,

there are problems to be solved

when planes go tech or the

weather grounds flights but the

amazing team at Aurigny manage

to get the job done. An example

of this amazing teamwork can be

seen when Gatwick was closed

due to the drone situation. Our

ground ops team pulled out all

the stops and got the planes

diverted to Southampton. It’s not

just staff here in Guernsey that

help the company run smoothly,

it’s our staff and handling

agents in all airports we fly to.

When I leave the office I already

look forward to the next day

and what it will bring.

What is the most interesting

thing about working for

an airline industry?

Pretty much everything. I have

learnt so much about the industry

already (although I’m not able

to tell the planes just by engine

noise yet) and each day there

is something else... I also love

the fact that I can look into the

hangar and see the planes being

worked on. There is something

incredibly special about being able

to get so close to these aircraft.

What is the worst job you

have had?

Now that’s tricky... my first bar

job was horrendous! My first

shift I had to go home because

the smell of beer made me

sick. I got over it luckily...

What job did you want to do

when you were at school?

Throughout most of my schooling

I wanted to be a nanny or at the

very least work in a nursery. I

actually did work experience in a

nursery called “Town Mouse” which

my son Daniel, now 22 years old,

went to before starting school.

What is the best thing

about your job?

Again, I think it has to be

everything. Even the not so

great parts of my job I love. I

get job satisfaction day in and

day out. I feel very privileged

being able to use my airside

pass to visit colleagues based

at the main airport building.

What was the last film you saw?

Pitch Perfect - in my defence I was

staying at my parents recuperating

after having had elbow surgery!!

Something that may

surprise people?

My midlife crisis was deciding to

get a motorbike. I started off on a

Bandit 600cc but soon changed

to my current love, my XTX 660...

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ON BOARD

SAFETY FIRST

HAND BAGGAGE

Once you’ve boarded and

located your seat, please ensure

your hand baggage is stowed

safely. Small bags can be placed

underneath the seat in front of

you, unless you are seated in an

emergency exit row.

All other items should be placed

inside an overhead locker. Please

take care when opening the

overhead lockers as items may

have moved during flight and

falling items may cause injury.

YOUR SAFETY

We want to look after you on

board and our main concern is

for your safety and that of the

Aurigny crew. Cabin crew are here

primarily for your safety, so please

pay attention to their instructions.

Any feedback about the crew and

flight is welcomed.

Life jackets are provided for use

in the extremely unlikely event

of an emergency. It is an offence

to tamper with or remove them

without authorisation and this may

jeopardise the safety of others.

Both staff and passengers have

the right to fly within a calm, safe

and friendly environment. Aurigny

has a zero-tolerance policy

towards any violent, disruptive

or offensive behaviour, and crew

have been trained to deal with

such incidents.

SMOKING

Smoking of cigarettes and

e-cigarettes is not permitted on

board, including within the toilets.

FOOD ALLERGIES

Allergy information is available

for all snacks – please see the

packaging label or ask a member

of the crew.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES *

HANDHELD DEVICES WITH A

‘FLIGHT SAFE’ MODE

Handheld devices, such as

tablets, e-readers and mobile

phones, may be used during all

phases of the flight, provided the

‘flight safe’ mode is enabled before

departure. Larger devices must

be safely secured in hand luggage

during taxi, take-off and landing,

either in the overhead locker or

under the seat in front of you. Any

device that transmits or receives

communications but does not

have a ‘flight safe’ mode must be

switched off from doors closed to

doors open.

LAPTOPS, ULTRA-BOOKS

AND NOTEBOOKS

Devices may be used during

boarding but not for taxi, takeoff

and landing when they must

be safely stowed away in hand

luggage. They may be used in

flight, provided they are set to

flight safe mode, with WiFi turned

off, and in the case of the ATR,

Bluetooth must also be turned off

throughout the flight.

DEVICES WITHOUT

A ‘FLIGHT SAFE’ MODE

This will include items such as

DVD players, electronic games

and music players. Only small,

handheld devices may be used

during taxi, take-off and landing.

Larger devices must be switched

off and safely stowed away in hand

luggage during taxi, take-off

and landing.

BLUETOOTH ACCESSORIES

All Bluetooth accessories (for

example wireless keyboards,

headphones etc.) may be used

on the Embraer, but when

travelling on the ATR must be

switched off whenever the

aircraft doors are closed.

ARE THERE ANY TIMES

I CANNOT USE MY

HANDHELD DEVICES?

Under certain circumstances

your flight or cabin crew will ask

that all electronic devices be

switched off, for example, during

refuel operations. This will be

announced over the PA.

CAN I USE MY HEADPHONES

THROUGHOUT THE FLIGHT?

Personal headphones can be

used for some stages of the

flight and may be attached to

your personal device. We ask

that customers remove their

headphones whenever the

seat-belt signs are illuminated

during the taxi, take-off and

landing phases and during the

safety demonstration.

CAN I USE A REMOTE

POWER PACK?

Aurigny does not allow

passengers to charge their devices

whilst on board our aircraft.

Please ask a member of cabin

crew if you have any queries.

*Electronic devices can only be used on the

ATR and Embraer E195 aircraft. Unfortunately

they cannot be used on the Dornier.

BAGGAGE

ADVICE FOR

PASSENGERS

AW

Always secure a tag onto

your baggage containing

key contact details,

including where you

will be staying.

Insert a sheet of paper

into your bag with key

personal details, such

as your name, contact

details, flight numbers

and address of where

you will be staying.

Carry any essential items,

such as money and

medication, with you on

the flight.

Customise the look of

your bag to make it easier

to identify.

Immediately report

the loss of checked-in

luggage if it does not

arrive at your destination.

Do this before leaving

the airport.

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Becky Rowe has

earned her reputation

as one of the Channel

Islands’ most sought

after jewellers, and

part of that accolade

is due to her stunning

bespoke jewellery.

When you think about everything you wear on

a daily basis, your jewellery is probably the

most personal thing. It can say a lot about

you, what styles you like, whether you prefer

statement pieces, delicate items, or a mix of

both. Wearing bespoke items of jewellery is a

wonderful way of either showing the world your

style or celebrating a special occasion.

Becky explains, ‘Working with my customers to

create meaningful bespoke pieces of jewellery

is one of the highlights of my job. I love working

creatively with customers to help design and

make the item of jewellery that they’re dreaming

of into a reality. We work with all types of

precious metals and stones, often reworking

existing sentimental jewellery into new, much

loved items.

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Becky has helped many clients over the years

produce their own unique personal items of

jewellery, pieces that they treasure for years to

come. With her expert knowledge she carefully

guides her clients through their design ideas,

advising on which types of metal and stones

work best, whether for budget or effect. Becky

always strives to make projects like these

enjoyable and exciting.

All Becky’s designs are personally handcrafted

in Guernsey. Each piece is created with a sense

of individuality. A quick glance at the huge array

of beautiful items she has created is evidence

of Becky’s ability to bring to life the jewellery

items her clients have dreamed of.

The Becky Rowe shop and workshop are

located on Grande Rue, in the heart of

St Martin’s Village.

beckyrowejewellery.com

My-D House | Grande Rue | St Martin | Guernsey | Channel Islands | GY4 6RR

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Lose Yourself in Nature

Beautiful footpaths to explore

Ideal for Island Hopping

Less than an hour by sea

from Guernsey or Jersey

Unspoilt & Peaceful

The Perfect Place

to let off steam

Car Free

Explore by pedal power

Just 3.5 miles long by 1.5 miles

wide, this jewel of the Channel

Islands has plenty to offer. Only

a hop away from Guernsey

& Jersey by ferry.

www.sark.co.uk

An Island of History

Take a tour back in time

The World’s First

Dark Sky Island

Discover

Secluded beaches & bays

Creux Harbour

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Small but beautiful

La Seigneurie

House & garden

Explore by Sea

Stunning cliffs & wildlife


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GUERNSEY

OFFSHORE

ADVENTURE

- WAYS TO ENJOY THE

BAILIWICK BY SEA

GET OUT ON THE WAVES WITH GUERNSEY SUP

IMAGE ©VISITGUERNSEY

Whether you are a

‘dip your toe’ or a

‘dive straight in’ type

of person, the Bailiwick

waters offer a glorious

playground for an

island adventure.

An archipelago of five small, characterful islands,

the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s coastline stretches almost

50km, with coastal caves, rocky coastal outlets and

natural pools, along with rare flora and fauna at

protected wetland sites just waiting to be experienced.

Whether your preference is to explore the waters

by boat, kayak, jet ski or paddle board, we have

some top activities to suit all interests and ages.

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TOP BAILIWICK

SEA ADVENTURES

WILD SEA SWIMMING

For some, wild sea swimming

is on their bucket list of things to

do. The Victorian Bathing Pools at

La Valette, in St Peter Port, offer a

great location to try this out. With

four separate pools: the Gents,

the Horseshoe, the Ladies' and the

children’s pools, swim with others

or enjoy a pool to yourself. Just be

sure to arrive when the tide is out!

For those preferring a more

natural environment, visit the

Venus Pool in Sark – nature’s

creation. The sea acts as a natural

detergent, clearing and refilling

the pool as the tide comes

in, readying itself to welcome

new visitors at low tide.

For more information on open

water swimming, head to the

sports feature on page 124.

COASTEERING

For the more adventurous,

coasteering is a popular extreme

water sport involving rock

scrambling and jumping in and

around the Bailiwick’s caves

and gullies. Outdoor Guernsey,

Go Guernsey Land and Sea

and Adventure Sark offer tours,

with beginners welcome. All

protective clothing is provided.

PUFFIN WATCHING TOURS

Sark, Herm and Alderney

welcome puffins each year,

with the main puffin season

falling between April and July.

Kayaking tours from Outdoor

Guernsey, Go Guernsey

Land and Sea and Alderney

Wildlife Trust offer a wonderful

opportunity to get up close and

personal to these little fellas!

Puffin tours are also available

via RIB boat with Island RIB

Voyages. jet ski with JP’s Jetski

Seafaris and cabin cruiser boat.

GET OUT ON THE WAVES

Stand-up paddle boarding

(SUP) is the UK's fastest growing

water sport and is becoming

increasingly popular in Guernsey.

Guernsey SUP offers lessons as

well as board rental. Once you’ve

mastered it, you won’t look back!

For those preferring more

extreme waves, Vazon Bay on the

west coast of Guernsey is a surfer's

paradise. Classes are available

from Guernsey Surf School.

COASTEERING

PUFFIN WATCHING TOURS

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ABOVE: VICTORIAN BATHING POOLS AT LA VALETTE

©VISITGUERNSEY

ISLAND HOPPING

Guernsey is a great hub from

which to hop by boat to the other

Bailiwick islands. Lihou Island is

the closest, situated just off the

west coast of Guernsey. Only

accessible at low tide during two

weeks of the month, crossing

the causeway is done by foot or

tractor. Just remember to depart

before the tide comes in and the

causeway fades as if by magic!

Picturesque Alderney is the

furthest of the islands from

Guernsey, at an hour by boat.

With its diverse wildlife, unspoilt

character and the Channel

Islands’ only operating train, you

will feel a million miles away.

A 20-minute passenger ferry

(traveltrident.com) operates to

Herm, an island paradise where

creamy white sands dissolve

between your toes. Sark is 45

minutes away by ferry a car-free

haven with winding avenues,

dramatic rock vistas and clear

night skies. Look out for dolphins

which can be regularly seen

escorting passenger ferries and

boats as they navigate their

way through Bailiwick waters.

Sit back. Enjoy the wind in your

hair and smell the fresh

sea air as you make

your way to these

most unique of islands.

EXPERIENCE A ‘WATER

DONUT’ AT HIGH SPEED

Island RIB Voyages runs a

number of island tours using a

motorised, high-speed inflatable

RIB dinghy. Explore island caves,

look out for basking seals and

enjoy an exhilarating water

donut performed at high

speed. While not everyone is an

adrenaline junkie, it will bring a

smile to your face.

ISLAND RIB VOYAGES

VENUS POOLS LIHOU

JP'S JETSKI SEAFARIS

SIT BACK. ENJOY

THE WIND IN YOUR

HAIR AND SMELL

THE FRESH SEA AIR

AS YOU MAKE YOUR

WAY TO THESE MOST

UNIQUE OF ISLANDS

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Beach Guide

Guernsey has a beach and bay for everyone. Here we discover

GUERNSEY

the beauty of Fermain Bay.

FERMAIN BAY

EAST COAST

Fermain Valley holds arguably

one of the island’s most beautiful,

tucked-away beaches and cafés.

The pebbly bay is hidden on

the rugged east coast and is a

delightful walk from St Peter Port

along the cliff path. The inviting

crystal-clear waters beyond the

beach are delightful to swim in.

The internationally recognised,

award-winning Fermain Beach

Café has been a long-standing

favourite with locals and visitors

alike, boasting a beautiful

location and excellent food.

If you’d like to dine in a

more formal environment, the

Fermain Valley Hotel offers a

wonderful four-star experience,

located just up the hill from

the Fermain Beach Café.

Public toilet facilities are located

near the Fermain Beach Café and

there are disabled parking spaces

next to the Fermain Tower.

FERMAIN VALLEY

HOLDS ARGUABLY

ONE OF THE

ISLAND'S MOST

BEAUTIFUL BEACHES

AND CAFÉS

FERMAIN BAY FROM THE CLIFFS

FERMAIN BEACH CAFÉ

For more information

on Guernsey beaches

go to visitguernsey.com

OCEAN RESTAURANT AT FERMAIN VALLEY HOTEL

FERMAIN

WHAT’S THERE ?

FERMAIN BAY

DISABLED

PARKING

RESTROOMS

CAFÉ

HOTEL

SWIM

CLIFF WALKS

Most of Guernsey’s beaches are

dog friendly during summer months

but there are restrictions. Between

1 May and 30 September dogs are

banned from Fermain, Petit Bot,

L’Eree, Vazon (northern end), Cobo,

Port Soif, L’Ancresse and Pembroke.

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Pirate Bay is one of Guernsey’s premier attractions! Our course features

12 exciting, interactive and challenging holes. We welcome players of all

ages, so whether you are looking for something to do with the children, or

looking to settle a score with your friends Pirate Bay is the place for you!

A state of the art, floodlit 14

bay driving range. Complete

with heating in each bay, ball

tracking and Toptracer games.

Range menu and full bar service

available from Nineteen Bar &

Grill which is located next to

the Driving Range.

The Golf Club is home to the Channel

Islands’ largest VAT-free golf superstore.

Over 3000 feet of retail space stocking the

game’s biggest brands. Take advantage

of VAT free shopping, our customers

can also expect expert advice from PGA

Professionals. JamGolf@ The Club is proud

to be both a Callaway and TaylorMade

performance centre.

Play our beautiful parkland,

9-hole course. Designed

by Tony Jacklin CBE, our

course offers a fantastic

test for all golfers. Hire sets

available and the dress code

is relaxed.

Family-friendly Nineteen Bar & Grill is perfect for drinks or a bite

to eat during your visit to The Golf Club site. Catering for all tastes,

Nineteen serves steaks, burgers, pizzas, seafood and sharing platters,

as well as vegan and vegetarian dishes. With a terrace overlooking the

golf course and Pirate Bay, it’s an ideal setting for summer drinks.

The team offers expert tuition for

all abilities. The Academy is perfect

for everyone.

Access the site by bus,

routes 52 westbound

and 51 eastbound.

ROHAIS DE HAUT

ROHAIS DE BAS

ST PETER PORT

ROHAIS

For more information please visit thegolfclub.gg

email info@golf.gg or call 01481 727039

The Golf Club, Rohais De Haut, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1FD

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Despite its size, measuring 1.5 miles long and less than half a mile wide, Herm

offers a host of activities throughout the year. Enjoy warm and sunny beach

days, Christmas shopping, a 10k followed by a tea party or clay pigeon shooting

all on this tiny, but oh so beautiful rock, in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Book direct flights from

the UK to Guernsey at

aurigny.com

ALDERNEY

GUERNSEY

HERM

SARK

UK

If you don’t have your own private yacht you can

travel to Herm by ferry. The Travel Trident passenger

ferry sails daily from Guernsey’s St Peter Port

Harbour and departs from either the Weighbridge

or Inter-Island Quay depending on the tide.

Herm is at its best in summer, with sandy beaches,

palm trees, and plenty of sunshine: close your eyes

and imagine you’re in the Caribbean. There are a

number of bays to check out including, and probably

one of the most popular, Shell Beach. If you look

closely you will find millions of tiny shells washed

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Discover

HERM ISLAND

Herm

all year-round

CLIFF WALKING AND ENJOYING THE VIEWS ON HERM

©VISITGUERNSEY

up by the Gulf Stream. Belvoir

Bay is another popular spot,

which is ideal for swimming and

snorkelling. Other beaches include

Fisherman’s Beach; just a few

minutes stroll away from the White

House Hotel, the Mermaid Tavern

and the gift shops, Hotel Beach,

which is closest to the White

House, Bear’s Beach, and Oyster

Point, which are perfect for those

seeking seclusion and tranquility.

A highlight is the annual Herm

Real Ale & Cider Festival, which

takes place from 4-9 June and

again in the autumn from 10-14

September. Here, you’ll have the

HERM IS AT ITS BEST

IN SUMMER, WITH

SANDY BEACHES,

PALM TREES, AND

PLENTY OF SUNSHINE

opportunity to sample an array of

real ales and ciders from around

the Channel Islands and the UK,

many of which have not been

seen in the islands before. The

wine and champagne bar serves

interesting finds from around

the world. Live music plays in

the Mermaid Courtyard from

Wednesday through to Saturday

evening. You can go for the day

and travel back to Guernsey in

the evening or stay the night.

We weren’t joking about the 10k

followed by a tea party. Try a Tri

Rocks is an inclusive running event

around the island. Participants can

choose a 5k or a 10k route. Once

you’ve made your way around, and

had a cup of tea, you can either

return on the ferry or spend the

night and enjoy great food with

live music and dancing. Try a Tri

Rocks takes place on 30 March.

There’s plenty for the more

energetic to do on Herm with

Outdoor Guernsey offering a

range of activities from

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HERM HARBOUR ISLAND HOPPING

©VISITGUERNSEY

kayaking to archery. Circumvent

the island by kayak in two and a

half hours or take a guided kayak

tour and patrol the Channel

Islands’ puffin breeding colonies;

an expert kayak instructor and

puffin watcher lead the trips. Puffin

patrols are weather dependent and

typically take place between April

and July. Group activities offered

by Outdoor Guernsey include

archery and something called

Activquiz. Activquiz is a cross

between a treasure hunt and quiz.

IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY

ON THE ISLAND FOR

A FEW DAYS THERE

ARE A NUMBER OF

ACCOMMODATION

OPTIONS INCLUDING

SELF-CATERING

COTTAGES AND

PINE LOG CABINS

Small groups are provided with

a map with numbered areas

and a list of corresponding

questions and tasks. The group

must decide which areas of the

island to visit and which tasks

to complete to gain maximum

points against the clock. This is

an activity that can be enjoyed

in spring, summer or autumn.

If you like a little history, St

Tugual’s Chapel dates back to

the 11th century. It is beautiful

to visit throughout the year, just

make sure you check opening

times because you don’t want

to miss the stunning stainedglass

windows from the inside.

One of the highlights in the year

are the Christmas shopping trips

to Herm. Tickets cost just £1 per

person for day trips on the Travel

Trident every Saturday and Sunday,

departing at multiple times, from

24 November to 16 December.

If you decide to stay on the

island for a few days there are

a number of accommodation

options including self-catering

cottages and pine log cabins.

Some of the cottages have open

fires and their own garden. There

is a small grocery shop so you can

preorder and have your groceries

delivered to your door on arrival.

Herm also has a campsite with

toilets and showers. If you’re

after something a little more

luxurious the White House Hotel,

a country house-style hotel, offers

a range of accommodation. In

order to truly switch off from the

rest of the world, you won’t find

televisions, clocks or telephones

in the rooms. The hotel is open

from 1 April to 3 November.

So, it really doesn’t matter

what time of year you make it

over to Herm, there’s always

something to do.

HOW TO GET THERE FROM

GUERNSEY

Herm is just three miles from

Guernsey and the only way

to arrive is by boat. The Travel

Trident takes 20 minutes and

sails daily from St Peter Port.

If you’re lucky, you might even

catch sight of some dolphins

on your way across.

traveltrident.com

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WHAT’S ON

IN THE BAILIWICK?

5 & 26 May

COBO BAY BALCONY GIGS

Cobo Seafront

Join the carnival atmosphere on

Cobo seafront watching Simply Tina,

a tribute to Tina Turner, on 5 May or

a tribute to Ed Sheeran on 26 May.

6 May, 2 & 9 June

SEAFRONT SUNDAYS

St Peter Port

Enjoy an al-fresco vibe along the

St Peter Port seafront on certain

Sundays during the summer months.

Each Seafront Sunday has a different

theme, but all offer the chance to

stroll along the seafront enjoying the

casual, friendly atmosphere. 26 May

is dedicated to the GSPCA whilst 2

June is Taste Guernsey and 9 June

the Guernsey Arts Commission.

9 May

LIBERATION DAY

Island-wide

Join islanders for a day of

celebrations commemorating the

islands' freedom from German

Occupation during World War II.

Liberation Day continues to be

an important day in the history of

the islands, with a wide range of

entertainment and activity for

all age groups.

10 May

CELEBRATING OVER 130

YEARS OF FINE DINING

The Old Government

House Hotel & Spa

To celebrate the opening of the

Regency Room at the OGH in

1887, the hotel’s Executive Head

Chef has recreated the menu

enjoyed by illustrious members of

the Chief Pleas with a 21st-century

twist. Price is £60 per person.

15 May

RUBY WAX

– HOW TO BE HUMAN

St James

How to be Human is the show

you need to help you upgrade

your mind as much as you’ve

upgraded your iPhone. Go to

stjames.gg to buy tickets.

4-9 June

REAL ALE & CIDER FESTIVAL

Herm

Enjoy an array of ales and ciders from

around the Channel Islands and the

UK - many of which have not been

seen in the islands before. There will

also be a wine and Champagne bar

with some interesting wine finds

from around the world, plus a gin

bar with over 40 different gins to

choose from.

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FLOWER SHOW

21-25 May

@Royal Hospital

Chelsea, London

World-renowned garden designers,

plant specialists, florists and

nurseries transform the grounds

of the Royal Hospital Chelsea with

horticultural displays showing off

cutting-edge garden designs and

inspirational floral exhibits. Discover

rare flowers and plants, and spot

emerging gardening trends.

rhs.org.uk

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30 June

COBO BAY

BALCONY GIG

Cobo Seafront

Join the carnival atmosphere

on Cobo seafront by watching

a 39-piece tribute to Motown,

Disco, Rock and Pop.

16 June

CLASSIC VEHICLE

SHOW 2019

Saumarez Park

A regular island event, popular

with locals and visitors alike, the

Guernsey Classic Vehicle Club will

host displays of classic vehicles,

racing vehicles, modern cars, super

cars and motorcycles. There will be

food vans, bouncy castles, radiocontrolled

cars and a lot more to see.

25 May

FROM GRANITE TO

DIAMONDS WALK

The Bridge Clock Tower

Discover the Bridge, its harbour and

ancient church, so influential in the

culture, economy and development

of Guernsey. Understand the

region's trade, from oysters and

granite to the fuel lifeline of the

whole island and take a glimpse

at the tiny but UK-recognised

Diamond Museum en-route.

24-27 May

ALDERNEY PERFORMING

ARTS FESTIVAL

Various

A unique celebration of music,

sculpture and world-class

performances set in and around

Alderney’s stunning forts. The

weekend provides something

for everyone, creating a

perfect festival escape to enjoy

with family and friends.

1 July

LÉ VIAËR MARCHI

Saumarez Park

Organised by the National Trust

of Guernsey, Lé Viaër Marchi or

‘The Old Market’ is a fun evening

of traditional Guernsey food and

entertainment. Running for over

40 years, this annual community

gathering is in the heart of Guernsey,

the island's historic Saumarez

Park, bringing over 6,000 people

to celebrate Guernsey culture

and embrace local traditions.

While local traditional singers and

dancers take to the stage this

event is also to celebrate new

generations and is a great place

to see new artists and sample the

local crafts, products and produce

Guernsey has to offer today.

1-12 July

FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL

Alderney

The cream of Alderney’s local

food and drink will be taking

centre stage at the island’s Food

Festival again this July. Dozens of

food and drink events and offers

will be served up as part of the

12-day extravaganza including

Alderney’s fabulous beef, pork,

seafood and creamy dairy dishes.

THE JERSEY

INTERNATIONAL

MOTORING FESTIVAL

31 May-2 June

@Victoria Avenue, Jersey

The largest annual motoring

event in the Channel Islands,

including competitive sprints

and hill-climbs for classic and

vintage cars and motorcycles.

A full programme of events for

touring cars and motorcycles and

ancillary trade stands and exhibits

from all Jersey motoring clubs.

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23 June

@Various, Manchester

Established in 2010, Manchester

Day has become one of the

North West’s flagship events of

the summer. It’s an annual event

that celebrates the creativity and

diversity of the city. It’s a day for

families, residents and visitors

to get together and celebrate

all things Mancunian that have

made Manchester one of the

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ADVERTORIAL

A GOURMET PARADISE

AN INSTITUTION IN THE

CHANNEL ISLANDS,

LA SABLONNERIE HOTEL IN

SARK HAS WON NUMEROUS

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

BUT FOR MANY, IT IS THE

FOOD THEY ENJOY THERE

THAT HAS BROUGHT THEM

BACK TIME AND TIME AGAIN.

Free from cars and artificial light

pollution, the island of Sark is

beautiful, wild and natural.

Head across La Coupée to

La Sablonnerie Hotel on Little

Sark and you’ll find a unique

combination of food, wine

and atmosphere. Owner and

manager of La Sablonnerie,

Elizabeth Perrée, describes her

hotel as a ‘joie de vivre’ and

nowhere is it more apparent than

in the joy of food at the hotel.

La Sablonnerie prides itself on

using locally sourced produce –

from fresh lobsters and scallops

freshly plucked from the sea

to the fresh berries that are

grown on the island during the

summer season and the gorse

honey produced by Sark bees.

Enjoy a lobster lunch in the

beautiful gardens in the summer.

But if anyone doesn’t quite make it

in time for lunch, they can always

enjoy the treat of an afternoon

cream tea in the sunshine. In the

evening, enjoy candlelit fine dining

in the restaurant which will help

explain why La Sablonnerie was

given the Condé Nast Johansens

accolade of ‘most romantic hotel’

as well as ‘small hotel of the year.’

Elizabeth says, ‘We were very

proud to receive those awards,

along with recognition from

Which? hotel guide as ‘the place

to stay in the Channel Islands.’

Of the seven Bailiwick restaurants

included in the 2018 Michelin

Guide, the only restaurant of the

group to be noted as one of the

guide’s ‘best addresses’ was

La Sablonnerie Hotel in Sark.

The hotel also received the

2018 Good Hotel Guide Award.

Tel +44 (0) 1481 832061

reservations@sablonneriesark.com

sablonneriesark.com

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GUERNSEY

COASTAL

TOUR OF

GUERNSEY

From secluded coves and turquoise-trimmed bays to windswept, rugged

coastlines and secret rock pools – there’s just something about beaches that gets

our senses tingling. Guernsey is blessed with an impressive 29 miles of coastline

and no fewer than 27 beaches. The biggest and most popular bays can be found

on the west and northern coastlines, where you will discover flat white sands

and clear blue bathing waters. However, some of the most rewarding spots can

be found on the dramatic south and south-eastern coasts. With distinct seasons

making each month a unique time in Guernsey, the island’s coastline is bursting

with different things to do all year round, so it’s time to get exploring.

SPRING

Spring sunshine and mild weather make

this a perfect time to enjoy the island’s rural

and coastal paths and beaches. Clifftops

transform into an array of yellow and purple

wildflowers and the shorelines are less

crowded so pack your bag and head out

for the day, or why not take advantage of

the many walking routes during the annual

Spring Walking Festival? Despite being

pebbly, the south coast-based Fermain Bay

is well worth the walk down during this

season with its breathtaking cliff views and

sparkly shoreline. Indulge in a cream tea or

a fresh crab sandwich at the award-winning

Fermain Beach Café before walking up to

the Bluebell Woods to enjoy the colourful

hues of spring. Another firm favourite with

islanders at this time of year is Portelet

Beach. This hidden, sandy cove is tucked

around the headland from Rocquaine Bay

and is a fantastic scenic spot with sweeping

views over Fort Grey and Lihou Island. The

Bailiwick is also home to a wealth of wildlife

that breeds new life in spring. From mid-

March, puffins come to the islands to breed,

so catch a boat to go on a puffin patrol.

SUMMER

With long sun-drenched evenings and

warm temperatures, a visit to the island’s

award-winning beaches is the best way

to make the most of your day during the

summer. Head to the west coast for

stretches of white sands, glittering seas

and amazing sunsets. One of its beaches,

Cobo Bay, is possibly the island’s liveliest.

Attracting large crowds of islanders of all

ages, you can grab an ice cream while the

kids build sandcastles or why not tuck into

some fish and chips while watching the

sun go down? Cobo Bay Hotel also

hosts live bands throughout the summer

on its balcony overlooking the beach –

so don’t miss out. If you are seeking an

energetic day out in the sunshine, Vazon

Bay is the place to go. Hone your surfing

skills with the Guernsey Surf School, or for

those wanting to explore the inlets along

the coast and beaches, why not try kayaking

or hiring a stand-up paddleboard, or even

try coasteering with Outdoor Guernsey?

Finally, a visit to Rocquaine Bay is a must

in summer, especially when the annual

Rocquaine Regatta takes centre stage.

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JUMP RIGHT IN AT FERMAIN

©VISITGUERNSEY

FROM SECLUDED COVES AND TURQUOISE-TRIMMED BAYS TO WINDSWEPT,

RUGGED COASTLINE AND SECRET ROCK POOLS – THERE’S JUST

SOMETHING ABOUT BEACHES THAT GETS OUR SENSES TINGLING

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THE ISLAND’S COASTLINE IS

BURSTING WITH DIFFERENT

THINGS TO DO ALL YEAR

ROUND, SO IT’S TIME TO

GET EXPLORING

PORT SOIF

BEACH CAFÉ PEMBROKE

AUTUMN

Guernsey’s coasts in the autumn can be as, or even

more attractive, than in summer. Stretch your legs

and clear your mind with the refreshing salty air while

taking in some fantastic views of the autumn scenery.

There is lots going on in Guernsey during these months

including the Autumn Walking Festival. But first, take a

trip to Petit Port which has often been described as the

most beautiful beach in Guernsey. Renoir fell in love

with this spot during his visit and rendered the view in

numerous paintings. Getting there does involve going

down almost 400 steps, but autumn is the perfect time

for it and you will be rewarded with truly majestic views.

You can also find a quiet sheltered spot at Port Soif,

perfect for weekend walks and afternoon get-togethers

and at low tide, families can also enjoy the vast

rock-pooling opportunities. To help keep you warm,

pop to the beach café and tea garden, Surfside, for a

warming cup of tea together with a freshly-made cake.

BLUEBELL WOODS

WINTER

The island’s coastline has a wild beauty in the colder

months but still offers incredible wildlife, views and

buckets of fresh air. It’s time to embrace the elements

and feel invigorated with a wind-swept walk along

L’Ancresse Bay and Pembroke. Covering two bays, this

is one of the longest stretches of beach in Guernsey

making it a perfect way to work off the comfort food

and shake off the winter hibernation. Treat yourself to a

comforting cup of hot chocolate from the Beach Café

with an extra portion of marshmallows. The winter can

also be a beautiful time to visit Herm. Each Christmas,

Herm opens up its popular gift shops for visitors to

do a spot of festive shopping. Carol singers help get

shoppers in the festive spirit and day-trippers can also

enjoy a windswept walk around the island and a winter

warmer in the pub. Keep an eye out for the £1 day

tickets available from Travel Trident Ticket Kiosk.

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MARC AND NICKY LAINE

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GUERNSEY

WALKING

IT ALL

Marc and Nicky Laine have always enjoyed walking. For them, it’s an opportunity

to stretch their legs, experiencing parts of Guernsey they’ve never seen before,

and a form of relaxation.

After years of exploring the island,

they decided to – as their now

popular Facebook page suggests –

‘Walk it all.’ So, they began mapping

their walks, tracking numbers

of steps, and cataloguing points

of interest. The ‘Walking it all’

Facebook page launched in May

2017 and the husband and wife

team have since received much

interest not just from islanders, but

also from people all over the world.

‘We walk regularly, much like

everyone else, but got fed up

with walking the same places,’

said Marc, an entrepreneur and

investor. ‘So we got a Perry’s

Guide and started marking some

of our routes and as a result

came up with new ones.’

The pair began by looking for

green lanes they were yet to

explore. ‘As we found out there

are in fact a lot of green lanes,’

said Nicky, who works for the

States of Guernsey. ‘We started

marking the green lane walks in the

Perry’s Guide and thought, “Why

not walk Guernsey together?”’

Once the idea was born Marc

and Nicky purchased a large map

of the island from the tourist

office, transferred the walks they

had already undertaken from

their Perry’s Guide to the new,

much larger map and set out

to do every walk from there.

The duo now have more than

700 followers on their Walking

it all Facebook page, which

is frequented by locals and

visitors to Guernsey alike.

‘We are regularly asked where

you can purchase maps from,’

said Nicky. ‘People want to know

where the places are that we’ve

photographed or highlighted

on the Facebook page so

that they can discover these

same spots for themselves.’

Marc and Nicky began their

mission to walk it all taking long

walks in the summer and now

spend much of their time filling in

the bits that were missed. ‘We’re

in no hurry,’ said Marc. ‘We just

want to go somewhere different

each time. When we look at

the map now it’s hard to find

roads that remain unexplored.’

AFTER YEARS OF

EXPLORING THE ISLAND,

THEY DECIDED TO – AS

THEIR NOW POPULAR

FACEBOOK PAGE

SUGGESTS – ‘WALK IT ALL.’

Discovering roads they never

knew existed has definitely been

one of the major highlights to

taking this on. ‘We had no idea that

there was a lovely green lane

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MARC AND NICKY NEAR ST SAVIOURS CHURCH

at Montville in St Peter Port, for

example. This walk was a real

favourite of ours. We walked from

the lighthouse by Castle Cornet, to

narrow steps, roads, lanes and this

unexpected green lane at Montville.

It was such a surprise to have a

wonderful green lane and mini

forest in St Peter Port,’ said Marc.

There are things you discover by

foot that you’ll never see by car,

the pair explained. From gardens

filled with bronze statues and little

gems of Guernsey’s agricultural

past to gravestones. Sometimes,

they even come across green lanes

that aren’t already marked on the

map nor did they know existed.

‘We were enjoying these walks

and almost every time you see

something you wouldn’t expect.

So, that’s why we started the

Facebook page,’ said Marc. Now,

after each walk, they highlight

the roads walked on the map,

share photographs of things

they’ve spotted along the way,

and report on the number of

steps it’s taken to complete the

route. ‘You just get a warm feeling

about sharing something you’ve

enjoyed with other people;

being outdoors and making the

best of the island,’ said Nicky.

The Walking it all Facebook page

has followers from the Bailiwick,

the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.

There isn’t too much left of

the map for Marc and Nicky to

complete. ‘There tends to be the

odd road here and there that we

need to do and there’s a lot of

repetition. There are a couple

of small town walks we need to

do, but no obvious routes that

don’t involve walking over bits

we’ve done before,’ said Marc.

The pair said that the walks

provide time to talk as a couple

and that walking is a great form

of exercise. ‘We talk about so

many different things when we’re

walking,’ said Nicky. ‘It’s good for

your mental health; just being

outdoors in the fresh air – even

for your relationship as you

tend to talk more about things

in general.’ Nicky said it’s also

been fun to take on the project

as a joint endeavour. ‘When you

set your sights on something it

brings you together as well.’

You can follow Marc and

Nicky’s progress at facebook.

com/guernseywalkingitall

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Prince Philip was stationed as a naval officer in Malta from

1949-1951 and he and the then-Princess Elizabeth spent

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couple returned on a number of occasions, even celebrating

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Lying 80km south of Sicily, the Maltese

archipelago’s three largest islands are Malta,

Gozo and Comino. Malta’s colourful past is

largely due to its isolation in the middle of the

Mediterranean, giving it enormous political and

military significance. The islands have endured

starvation, mass emigration, sieges, shipwrecks,

plague, capture, enslavement and a staggering 6,700

tonnes of bombs during World War II. Malta gained

independence from the British only in 1964. Today,

tech industries and visa incentives are boosting

investment in the EU’s smallest member state.

HOW TO GET THERE

Aurigny operates regular flights to Gatwick and

you can fly directly to Malta with easyJet, Air Malta

and British Airways. The flight takes around three

hours, and Malta is one hour ahead of GMT.

WHEN TO GO

Malta enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate:

temperatures are usually around 32°C in the

peak of summer, and lower to around 17°C in

December. If you can get there in spring, you’ll

be able to enjoy a number of fiestas, including

Medieval Mdina and the fireworks festival in Valletta,

as well as beating the tourist high season.

WHERE TO STAY

Malta’s main island measures 27km by 14km,

so hiring a car gives you access to pretty

much everywhere. There are a number of resorts

to consider, with Bugibba, Qawra and St Paul’s Bay

some of the most popular with families. Mellieha is

great for beach holidays, and the village itself has an

authentic feel. The capital, Valletta, is full of character

and, partly due to its being named European City

of Culture in 2018, many of its ancient palazzos

were converted into swanky boutique hotels.

The db San Antonio in Qawra was recently given a

Moorish-style makeover and is a large all-inclusive

resort with a variety of restaurants and outdoor pools

overlooking the picturesque St Paul’s Bay. Nearby is

the modern Park Lane Aparthotel, which offers a mix

of hotel rooms and self-catering apartments. Another

recently refurbished option is the Salini Resort,

located in a quieter part of the area and, with free

parking on-site, it’s handy if you’re renting a vehicle.

One of the few luxury hotels in Mellieha is the

Radisson Blu Malta Golden Sands, overlooking

one of Malta’s nicest beaches. The db Seabank

Hotel Malta is very popular, and the family-friendly

Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa is a reasonably priced

option with some good restaurants in the vicinity.

In the capital, 66 St Paul’s is a new boutique hotel

in a central location. The 17th-century palazzo has

18 stylish rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, a courtyard

and wonderful views over the Grand Harbour. Or try

Luiano Valletta, a guesthouse just off Republic Street,

offering views of St John’s Co-Cathedral and

the harbour.

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MALTESE FINE DINING

VALLETTA HARBOUR VIEW

GRAND HARBOUR VIEW

GETTING THERE

FROM GUERNSEY

GATWICK

CONNECTS

If you’re staying at a Gatwick hotel before

you leave, you’ll have an early start to your

holiday: British Airways leaves at 06:15

and easyJet at 07:30. If you prefer to get

up early in Guernsey, you can choose

between easyJet at 14:40 and Air Malta

at 11:55.

On your return, Air Malta (08:40), BA

(11:30) and easyJet (12:25) will all get you

back to Gatwick in time to fly back to

Guernsey on the same day.

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EATING & DRINKING

Maltese cuisine is heavily influenced by neighbouring

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fenek (rabbit stew) pastizzi (small filo pastries filled

with ricotta and peas) and ftira (flatbread laden with

potatoes and anchovies). Seafood is as fresh as it

gets here, with lampuka (also known as mahi-mahi),

swordfish, bream, bass and grouper in abundance.

You’ll find plenty of patisseries in Malta; Imqaret is

fried pastry stuffed with date paste, and Biskuttini

tal-Lewz are soft almond macaroons. Maltese

Kannoli are similar to the Italian version, combining

ricotta, chocolate, cherries and nuts in a flaky case.

Kinnie is a soft drink produced on the island; it’s

flavoured with bitter orange and goes well with

vodka and rum. You might not have encountered

Maltese wine, since the locals drink almost everything

that their handful of wineries produce. Malta's

native grapes, girgentina and gellewza, are used

to produce light fruity whites and reds that are

closer to rosé. If you prefer light beer, try Ćisk.

WHAT TO DO

Malta’s capital is well worth a visit, with its grand

palaces, baroque churches and thriving arts

scene. St John’s Co-Cathedral is a riot of 16thcentury

marble tombstone floors and gold-leaf

ceilings, with two masterpieces by Caravaggio

in a hushed side chapel. The Grand Master’s

Palace is the former residence of the heads of the

Knights of St John; it features stunning tapestries

depicting the exotic wildlife of the New World.

Mdina is a magnificent hilltop town that has barely

changed since the Middle Ages, when it was the

island’s capital. St Paul’s Square is the highlight — a

baroque cathedral alongside a Victorian mansion,

a Sicilian-style Norman palace and a red phone

box — while Mesquita Square is a lovely piazza,

known to Game of Thrones fans as the place

where Ned Stark battled Jamie Lannister.

Anthony Burgess lived in Malta during the 1960s,

becoming incensed by its censorship laws; a copy

of his own A Clockwork Orange was withheld by

the local customs office. You can visit his house –

rumoured to be haunted – at 168 Main Street, Lija.

Take an underwater safari from Sliema or Bugibba to

get a view of the local aquatic life, or visit the National

Aquarium in Qawra. With nature reserves, water parks

and – of course – lots of beautiful beaches, Malta is a

great destination for families. And don’t miss the chance

to hop on a ferry to Gozo. With its slow pace of life,

many refer to the smaller island as ‘what Malta used to

be like’. Head up to the top deck of the ferry to enjoy

the view of Comino, a tiny island with one of the most

sought-after swimming zones of the archipelago: the

Blue Lagoon. They say the best things come in small

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BACK TO

JERSEY

After a five

year absence,

Aurigny will

once again

touch down

in Jersey.

Flights will begin on

28 May and run on

weekday mornings and

evenings, which gives the

choice of both a day trip

or a longer stay. The jump

across the water is just a 20

minute flight time so can be

enjoyed by Guernsey residents

for business or leisure, as

well as those holidaying in

Guernsey and looking for

a spot of island-hopping.

THIS MEANS BUSINESS

Business travellers will be happy

to know that a day trip means a day

trip, with flights leaving Guernsey at

8am and landing back at 6pm. Once

you land in Jersey, getting to

St Helier couldn’t be easier. There’s

a taxi rank immediately in front of the

arrivals terminal and taxi cost roughly

£15. You can also pre-book a cab or

catch the bus (number 15) which takes

about half an hour.

MIX IT UP

If you’re due in Jersey on business and

fancy staying longer there’s a large selection

of luxury hotels for you to pick from. Radisson

Blu Waterfront is nestled beside Elizabeth

Marina just a stone’s throw from the town

centre, meaning an easy stroll between work

and pleasure. For something out of town,

Longueville Manor is a boutique luxury hotel

in a lovingly restored manor house in the parish

of St Saviour. So once the work is done and

the laptop turned off, unwind with exceptional

hospitality, fine food and stunning grounds.

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FOR A SPOT OF ISLAND-HOPPING

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The island isn’t short of luxury spas to take advantage of during your

stay either. The Club Hotel & Spa boasts a small, private and luxurious

spa whilst the Royal Yacht’s Spa Sirène offers a truly indulgent

treatment experience in relaxed surroundings.

And what’s a mini break without great food? For a small island,

Jersey really packs a punch when it comes to eateries. The Good

Food Guide 2019 ranked Bohemia Bar & Restaurant on Green

Street as the 14th best restaurant in the UK - it boasts five AA

Rosettes to boot. Further afield and perched on the south coast,

Mark Jordan at the Beach boasts unrivalled views of the bay

serving top quality produce cooked simply.

HOLIDAY HOP

Families can take advantage of the inter-island route during

the upcoming summer holidays with either a day trip or

longer. Or, why not look ahead and book for the October

half term? Don’t forget, children fly for less on Aurigny too.

The Merton Hotel provides a fantastic base for families.

With its own subtropical indoor water park, you might

have trouble getting the kids to even leave the hotel. If

you’d rather be under canvas and enjoy the Channel

Island sunshine, Daisy Cottage Campsite & Retreat on

the west coast is the place for you. Open from May

through to the end of September, you’ll have access

to onsite natural therapies as well as morning yoga

throughout the summer months.

Jersey is a family friendly place to be with plenty

of activities and attractions to keep little people

busy. Explore the Jersey War Tunnels, ride Le Petit

Train, meet the dinosaurs at Tamba Park, or treat

yourselves to a day out at aMaizin! Adventure

Park with its jumping pillow, go-karts and

playbarn. Durrell Zoo is without a doubt the

jewel in Jersey’s attractions crown offering a

whole natural world to discover. From gorillas,

orangutans and fruit bats, to meerkats, lemurs

and bears, there’s plenty for a full day’s (and

more) fun. Throughout the day there are

various keeper talks through which you’ll

discover the animals’ personalities and

learn about the fantastic conservation

taking place to protect them.

So whatever your reason (or excuse) to

travel to Jersey may be, there’s a place

to stay with your name on it and plenty

waiting to be discovered.

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LONDON

GARDEN

CITY SPACES

London is an urban patchwork of towering architecture and a location that

thrums with the hustle and bustle of city life – but it’s not quite the concrete

jungle you might expect.

The city might be nicknamed the Big Smoke

but roughly 47% of Greater London is actually

green space, according to Greenspace

Information for Greater London. This makes it

one of the greenest capitals in the world.

Whether you’re looking for a secluded spot

to enjoy a picnic, in need of a zen hideaway, or

simply fancy a nature fix away from London’s

crowded tourist destinations, you’ll always find a

park or hidden garden close to hand. Best of all,

most of these green spaces are completely free.

London has a few well known big hitters, like

Hyde Park and the adjacent Kensington Gardens,

which are lovely spots for a stroll. Another is St

James’s Park, which offers fantastic views of

Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the London Eye.

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If you want more to do than stretch your legs,

Regent’s Park, which covers 410 acres in the

north-west of the city, is home to London Zoo,

an open air theatre, rowing boat hire, tennis

courts and eateries – ideal if you’ve got young

ones in tow.

Just next door to Regent’s Park is Primrose

Hill, which is famous for its incredible views of

central London. The summit of this grassy hill

is one of six protected viewpoints in the city.

THE CITY MIGHT BE

NICKNAMED THE BIG

SMOKE BUT ROUGHLY

47% OF GREATER LONDON

IS ACTUALLY GREEN SPACE

Make the trek beyond Central London to the

suburbs and you’ll be rewarded with the city’s

most expansive green spaces. The largest of the

Royal Parks, Richmond Park on the outskirts of

south-west London, covers an area of 2,500 acres

and has protected status as an important habitat

for wildlife. This rambling and wild deer park has

open grasslands and woodland trails to explore.

Also in the suburbs is Greenwich Park, one of

the largest single green spaces in south-east

London and an urban sanctuary for deer, foxes

and over 70 species of bird. Plus, it’s home to

the Greenwich Meridian Line – good for fun

Instagram pics – and the Royal Observatory.

London might be one of the world’s great

capitals but beyond its iconic architecture

and frenetic vibe, it couldn’t be easier to

find a beautiful outdoor escape to quench

the soul. Kick back and enjoy.

If you like your green space wilder and a

little less manicured, just four miles from

Trafalgar Square is Hampstead Heath, a 720-

acre playground for dog-walkers and naturelovers.

It’s home to a variety of habitats, from

grassland and ancient woodland to wildlife that

includes deer and parakeets, and some pretty

chilly swimming ponds, if you fancy a dip.

While in Hampstead, do not miss the stunning

listed Pergola and Hill Garden, an overgrown

Victorian structure that will make you feel

like you’ve walked straight into a fairytale.

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LEFT: HILL GARDEN AND PERGOLA

ABOVE: PINK RHODODENDRONS IN THE ISABELLA PLANTATION

AT RICHMOND PARK ©LONDON INDUSFOTO: THE ROYAL PARKS

1. HAMPSTEAD PERGOLA

AND HILL GARDEN

One of London’s most enchanting green

spaces, these dramatic gardens are beautiful

and atmospheric regardless of the season. The

Pergola was commissioned by Lord Leverhulme

in 1904, who decided that his nearby mansion

needed an extravagant terrace for hosting fancy

garden parties. The structure fell into disrepair

after his death and by the time the City of London

took it over in 1989 the place was falling apart.

Restoration is underway on the raised walkway,

which is overgrown with vines and exotic

flowers, but its faded glory is part of its charm.

The Hill Garden and Pergola can now also

host weddings should you be looking for

somewhere special for your big day.

2. ISABELLA PLANTATION

HILL GARDEN AND PERGOLA

Richmond Park is known for its grassy

expanses, woodland and wild deer, but this

enclosed park-within-a-park is a magical

explosion of colour, bursting with red, pink

and purple rhododendrons and azaleas.

The 42-acre space was planted in the 1830s and is

packed with rare and unusual trees and shrubs, and

ponds and streams, which provide interest all year

round. It’s worth making a trip to the suburbs for.

FIVE OF

LONDON’S

BEST GREEN

SPACES

3. CULPEPER COMMUNITY GARDEN

Hidden in the heart of Islington, this beautiful

public open space is an award-winning park and

environmental community project. Managed

by the local community, this organic garden

comprises ponds, rose pergolas, ornamental

beds, a lawn and a wildlife area. It’s a wonderful

spot if you’re in need of a quick time-out.

4. LONDON FIELDS

If you find yourself in London craving an al-fresco

barbecue picnic, London Fields is the place to be –

it’s one of the only parks in London where you can

barbecue legally. Pick up some supplies from the

nearby Broadway Market and follow up your feast

with a dip in the London Fields Lido. This trendy

South Hackney hang-out also boasts a wildflower

meadow and a permanent ping pong table.

5. ABNEY PARK CEMETERY

This tranquil little corner of Stoke Newington

is one of the ‘magnificent seven’ garden

cemeteries of London, and a local nature reserve

managed by the London Borough of Hackney.

Expect crumbling gravestones, overgrown

woods and an impressive gothic-revival

derelict chapel that oozes with eerie allure.

It’s the perfect place for some quiet reflection

amidst atmospheric greenery.

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COTSWOLDS

CAPTIVATING

COTSWOLDS

Imagine a slice of pictureperfect

rural England,

with sweeping meadows,

honey-hued villages and

elegant stately homes:

this is the Cotswolds.

Covering almost 800 square

miles, this pretty pocket of south

central England is characterised

by chocolate box cottages, cosy

pubs and breathtaking landscapes.

It’s beloved by celebrities (famous

residents include Kate Moss, Kate

Winslet and Liz Hurley), it attracts

millions of tourists every year and,

thanks to good transport links

from Bristol and London, visiting

the region couldn’t be easier.

The Cotswolds runs through the

five counties of Gloucestershire,

Oxfordshire, Warwickshire,

Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

While each town and village has

its own flavour, most of them

share a similar aesthetic due to

the architecture's distinctive local

yellow limestone. Designated as

an Area of Outstanding Natural

Beauty, it’s a gorgeous place to be

as active or inactive as you like.

Take in Cotswold mill country

with a driving tour or a walk

around some of the five valleys

that converge at the busy town

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THE COTSWOLDS

RUNS THROUGH THE

FIVE COUNTIES OF

GLOUCESTERSHIRE,

OXFORDSHIRE,

WARWICKSHIRE,

WILTSHIRE AND

WORCESTERSHIRE

of Stroud. Or head out on foot

along the Cotswold Way, a trail

that stretches over 100 miles

from the picturesque village of

Chipping Campden to the city

of Bath. With more than 3,000

miles of footpaths and bridleways

to explore in the region, be sure

to pack your walking boots.

Explore the quintessential

English village of Bourton on the

Water, fondly known as Venice of

the Cotswolds, with its beautiful

bridges and timeworn real ale

pubs. Broadway, probably one

of the best-known Cotswold

villages, is known for its handsome

high street, high end hotels,

independent shops and tearooms

and is well worth a mooch.

Voted ‘England’s Favourite Village’

in 2006, Kingham looks like the

kind of town you’d see in a story

book and it’s an excellent base

for exploring the area on foot.

For food and accommodation,

look no further than The Wild

Rabbit, a place of pilgrimage

for foodies thanks to Michelinstarred

chef Alyn Williams.

Food is big business in the

Cotswolds, with a landscape

that provides a rich harvest

of local cheeses, meats and

drinks. You’ll find local produce

appearing prominently on

the menus of gastro pubs,

colourful cafés and fine dining

restaurants across the region.

Accommodation is wide ranging,

from fine country house hotels,

cosy B&Bs and boutique inns

to beautifully located campsites

and a range of self-catering

cottages. There’s something for

parties and budgets of all sizes.

Whether it’s a short break

or extended holiday, the

Cotswolds will definitely leave

you wanting more.

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ABOVE: THE BIG FEASTIVAL ©VISITBRITAIN/JUSTINE TRICKETT

RIGHT: CHIPPING CAMDEN IN SPRING

WHAT TO DO

The Big Feastival is now in its

eighth year and is hosted by

former Blur bassist Alex James

on his farm near Kingham.

Its emphasis is on food and

family, with celebrity chefs,

demonstrations, fairground

rides and top musical talent.

It takes place 23-35 August

and this year’s line-up includes

Jess Glynn, Elbow, Prue Leith

and Raymond Blanc.

If you only take one walk in

the Cotswolds, head to an area

known as The Slaughters and

make the easy, mile-long stroll

between the twin villages of

Upper and Lower Slaughter.

If you’re quick on your feet

and love cheese, don’t miss

the world-famous Cooper's Hill

Cheese-Rolling and Wake, an

annual event held on the Spring

Bank Holiday near Gloucester.

People from around the world

attend the unique spectacle,

which sees participants chase a

9lbs round of Double Gloucester

down a steep hill. Be warned,

it’s surprisingly dangerous.

Corsham Court is one

of England’s finest stately

homes. Browse its fabulous

collection of furniture and

art and spectacular parkland

designed by Capability Brown.

WHERE TO EAT

If you want to sample local

produce, pick up some goodies

to take home, or put together a

picnic to remember, the awardwinning

Stroud Farmers’ Market,

held every Saturday morning,

is the ideal place to explore.

For a real treat, head to

Le Champignon Sauvage,

Cheltenham, a two-Michelin star

establishment and one of the

best restaurants in Britain. A little

more low-key is The Five Alls in

Filkins. The Cotswolds has no

shortage of excellent gastropubs

and this atmospheric village

pub is a favourite of supermodel

Kate Moss, word has it.

When in a quintessentially

English village, it’s only right to

do the quintessentially English

thing and treat yourself to an

afternoon tea. Try Tisanes Tea

Rooms, Broadway, an oldfashioned

tea shop which offers

more than 30 types of tea.

HOW TO GET THERE

Fly with Aurigny direct to Bristol where you’ll find regular rail and

bus connections to major Cotswolds towns, including Stroud and

Cheltenham Spa. Bristol Temple Meads to Cheltenham Spa takes just

40 minutes by train.

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NORWICH

SUMMER IN

THE CITY

Norwich is a hidden gem, a

less well-known UK city yet

full of charm and character,

easy to get around on foot

and bursting with culture.

Norwich is a city for all

things. It’s mightily historic

yet curiously creative, it’s

got an abundance of places

to eat, drink and shop

that includes all the high

street favourites, yet it’s a

city where independence

is king, where visitors can

experience a huge amount

that can’t be found in other

parts of the country.

It’s a welcoming city for families,

friends and couples of all ages. Its

museums are interactive with as

much for adults to read and absorb

as for children to try on and handle

exhibits. Come school holidays,

family activities across the

museums are ramped up and are

usually included with the entrance

cost. All in the city centre, visit:

Norwich Castle Museum & Art

Gallery, the Museum of Norwich

at the Bridewell and Strangers’

Hall. These three magnificent

historic buildings in their own

right have enough to keep adults

and children happy. But for adults

especially, these museums tell the

wider story of the area, touching

on incredible Anglo-Saxon treasure

finds in Norfolk at the castle, the

story of industrial Norwich from

its roots in textiles in the 1500s,

the use of Madder Dye and the

story of Norwich ‘Strangers’ at

Strangers’ Hall.

With shopping comes eating

and drinking and both can easily

fill a couple of days. Independent

businesses using local produce

flourish in Norwich especially

around the areas of the Norwich

Lanes and the Cathedral Quarter.

These areas are rich in small

boutiques, artisan jewellers,

fashion, antiques, vintage, art and

lifestyle. Don’t miss: Philip Browne,

Working Title, Jarrolds and Ginger

for the latest in fashion; The

Granary, Elm, The Book Hive and

The Giggly Goat in the Norwich

Lanes (norwichlanes.co.uk) for

lifestyle and the delightful

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CULTURE IS HUGE IN

NORWICH, WITH A

12-MONTH CALENDAR

OF FESTIVALS, MUSIC,

PERFORMANCE,

EXHIBITIONS AND BIG

ONE-OFF EVENTS

DID YOU KNOW?

NORWICH IS ALSO

A FANTASTIC

CONNECTION FOR THE

BEAUTIFUL CITY OF

CAMBRIDGE

Country & Eastern in Bethel

Street which is an emporium

of things from the Far East, part

lifestyle shop, part museum, part

exhibition space – the building is

vast and was previously a Victorian

skating rink.

Norwich is a great place for

coffee, and you can be excused

if sometimes you think you’re

in Shoreditch. And with coffee

comes incredible cake. And

with both of these find Norwich

Market, which in recent years

has seen an explosion of eateries

from local dishes (Fig Bar) to food

from around the world. This is

the place for breakfast and lunch

and with it being in the heart of

the city, flanked by centuries of

architecture, it doesn’t get much

better than this. Norwich Market

has also just won Best Large

Outdoor Market at the Great British

Market Awards 2019. Eat authentic

Italian at Lasagneria, Indian at

Indian Feast, Tasty House for hot

Thai curry, Spanish Churros at

Churros and Chorizo and steamed

bao buns at Bun Box.

Take a tour of the market with

local guide Paul Dickson (£7.50)

which includes its history – it’s

been on its current site for 900

years – and tastings at some

stalls. The market features in

CJ Sansome’s 2018 bestseller

Tombland with its latest mention

on the big screen in Stephen

Merchant’s heart-warming

comedy ‘Fighting With My Family’

about a wrestling family from

Norwich starring, Dwayne 'The

Rock' Johnson.

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ABOVE: NORWICH'S AWARD-WINNING MARKET

RIGHT: NORWICH CATHEDRAL

BOTTOM: EATING AND DRINKING IN NORWICH LANES

NORWICH MARKET

HAS ALSO JUST WON,

BEST LARGE OUTDOOR

MARKET AT THE GREAT

BRITISH MARKET

AWARDS 2019

Culture is huge in Norwich,

with a 12-month calendar of

festivals, music, performance,

exhibitions and big one-off events.

It’s a city that’s open to anything,

so never be surprised by big

names, quirky events and things

happening in unusual spaces

– the city often presents worldclass

acts ahead of appearances

at the Edinburgh Festival and in

London. This year see (and ride)

a 40ft helter skelter inside the

West Nave of Norwich Cathedral

(7-18 August) as part of their

Seeing It Differently event which

also includes Lie Down Look Up,

which will give people the chance

to engage with the sheer scale

of the building by lying down on

yoga mats and looking up at the

Cathedral’s ceiling and its roof

bosses 69ft above.

Norwich is a handsome city

with plenty of photographic

opportunities, whether that’s

Norwich’s most complete

medieval street, Elm Hill, with its

ancient cobbles, Tudor buildings,

historic churches and quaint little

shops like The Bear Shop or the

city’s Millennium building; The

Forum, with its glass atrium and

roof which in good light reflects

the architecture of Norwich’s

largest medieval church, St

Peter Mancroft. Norwich has

over 1,500 heritage buildings,

winding alleyways and paths,

charming shop fronts and

restaurants, pavement cafes

and merchants’ houses.

It’s also a green city with

outdoor areas to enjoy a break

from shopping and sightseeing -

riverside walks, heritage parks,

the Sainsbury Centre for Visual

Arts site with outdoor sculpture

and a 280-acre natural country

park at Whitlingham just a two mile

walk from the city centre.

For accommodation, things

to do, places to visit, shop and

eat, go to visitnorwich.co.uk and

cityofstories.co.uk.

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MANCHESTER

48 HOURS IN

MANCHESTER

Once nicknamed Cottonopolis in the 19th

century because of its pivotal role in yarn

production, today Manchester is one of the UK’s

most vibrant, exciting and welcoming cities.

The birthplace of Oasis, the Chemical Brothers

and even Take That – it’s fair to say this northern

city is a music lover’s haven. And, of course,

football fans can explore the grounds of Old

Trafford and cheer on Man U. But there is more

than just music and sports to Manchester and

in just 48 hours, you’ll find great foodie spots,

upcoming hipster areas and cultural events.

GETTING THERE

Aurigny operates daily flights between Guernsey and

Manchester Airport. Once there, getting around the city

and surrounding areas is easy thanks to the fleet of buses,

trams and trains available. The compact nature of the

northern city also makes walking a popular choice.

CHECK IN

£££ THE LOWRY HOTEL

For a perfect base, opt to stay at the Lowry Hotel,

which is conveniently located near many of the city's top

attractions and Victoria Station. This five-star property

features trendy restaurants and some of the finest views

of Trinity Bridge and the River Irwell.

££ MALMAISON

Malmaison is arguably the most stylish hotel in

Manchester, thanks to the injection of colour and style in

the décor. There’s no compromise on quality though and

you can guarantee a good night’s sleep here.

DAY 1

10AM – GASTRONOMIC ADVENTURE

Arrive in Manchester early, and you’ll be able to

enjoy the best food that the city has to offer on a

Scranchester Tour. Led by a knowledgeable local guide,

the tour reveals fascinating facts about Manchester

and England’s food history; touch on food science

while tucking into some magnificent local food

along the way. Just make sure you arrive hungry!

MIDDAY – MEANDER WITHIN MARKET

Make your way to Altrincham Market, where every

retailer and restaurateur is local and independent. The

market is split into two with the food hall filled with

stalls offering everything from bacon sandwiches to

steak and ale pies to afternoon tea. The second part

is a regular market place selling all sorts including

artwork, jewellery and vintage bric-a-brac.

3PM – ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM

Home to two award-winning football clubs, you

will definitely want to catch a match if Manchester

United or Manchester City is in town. The roar of

the fans is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced

and pulses energy throughout the stadium. For an

extra special experience, you can take a behind the

scenes tour of either club's locker room and field.

£ THE PENDULUM HOTEL

The Pendulum Hotel is a short stroll from the many

attractions, shops and nightlife, which Manchester has to

offer. With 117 comfortable and contemporary bedrooms,

quality and value for money are guaranteed.

THE LOWRY HOTEL

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DAY 2

10AM – WINDOW SHOPPING

Start your day by heading to the Northern Quarter.

It’s the hipster part of town so you’ll spot some wellgroomed

beards as you roam around, but you’ll also

stumble across a variety of quirky independent shops

which sell everything from old vinyls and designer

trainers to knick-knacks you never knew you needed.

11.30AM – LANDMARK LIBRARIES

MANCHESTER'S TRENDY NORTHERN QUARTER

6PM – ABOVE THE CLOUDS

Before dinner, head to the Hilton Hotel where you

can rocket to the 23rd floor and enjoy an aperitif or

two at Cloud 23 (its cocktail and champagne bar) while

enjoying panoramic views. There are floor-to-ceiling

windows and even a glass floor panel to walk across

if you dare. Either book ahead or queue on arrival.

It might sound a little unusual, but some of the

most popular places to visit in Manchester are the

libraries. The Chetham Library is the oldest Englishspeaking

library in the world and looks like it was

pulled right out of a Harry Potter film. There's also the

Victorian gothic John Rylands Library on Deansgate.

THE CHETHAM LIBRARY

3PM – CITY ART

9PM – MUSICAL CUISINE

End the evening right with some food and live music

at Matt and Phreds. Found in the heart of Manchester’s

trendy Northern Quarter, Matt and Phreds hosts

live music every night, while also serving delicious

cocktails and pizza. If you buy two drinks during the

daily happy hour, you’ll also get a free pizza!

THE REFUGE BY VOLTA

CLOUD 23 AT THE HILTON HOTEL

Continue your cultural experience at the Manchester

Art Gallery. With more than 25,000 pieces on display,

there's a lot of art to be explored from sculptures

to photography. Fashion lovers should pop to the

Gallery of Costume (15 minutes away), which features

garb and dresses from the 1600s through to the

present day.

5PM – DRINK AT THE WASHHOUSE

One of Manchester’s best bars is found where

you’d least expect it: inside a supposed laundromat.

To enter, guests have to ring downstairs before

walking through a cleverly disguised washingmachine-turned-door.

Once inside, don’t be

surprised when your drink arrives in a terrarium —

this secret bar serves up whimsical craft cocktail

concoctions unlike anywhere else in the city.

7PM – RELAX AT THE REFUGE

Housed within the beautiful surrounds of the

Principal Manchester Hotel, the Refuge by Volta has

been recently fashioned by two former DJs turned

restaurateurs. Offering a small plate menu — imagine

crispy lamb shawarma and slow-cooked ox cheek —

and extensive drink options, the venue has become a

must-visit destination restaurant and bar among locals.

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CREATIVITY USING

3D DESIGN

By Miles Pengelley ACIAT BSc(Hons)

Senior Architectural Technologist

Everyone is creative in their own way.

Whether it be art, drama, IT or sport,

we each have our own skill sets that

allow us to be creative. After all, if we

were all the same, we would live in a

very mundane world.

Following the latest addition to our team, we now have

four slightly different styles of creativity in our studio.

This collaboration allows us to take an open brief and

produce striking designs for extension or new build

developments.

In addition to the aesthetical representation that a 3D

model provides, its development can also illustrate

and help understand its proposed building form and

relationship to neighbouring properties. A useful tool

when considering the requirements of General Planning

Policy GP8, models allow us to consider the mass and

scale of proposals and any impact they may have on

nearby amenities.

The image below shows us using a 3D model during the

feasibility stage of a project, which does not require

a fully rendered model. Depending on our client’s

requirements, we will develop a model in line with the

brief, ensuring that they are seeing value in our services.

We appreciate that because everyone has different

creative abilities, some clients have difficulty reading

and visualising the two-dimensional designs traditionally

produced by architectural practices. With this in mind, we

offer a 3D model design service that provides our clients

with an opportunity to better understand our proposals.

The model also acts as an aid in supporting any future

planning applications as we progress the project through

our stages of work to achieve full planning permission.

The ability to illustrate and modify material finishes in

sophisticated 3D rendering software far outweighs the

detail and visual benefits provided from two-dimensional

elevations. At the click of a button, our highly developed

3D rendering software enables both our client and

design team to consider the most suitable and effective

material finishes.

If you have an extension, conversion or new build

project in mind and you would like to explore its

feasibility with JGA, please get in touch for a FREE onsite

consultation to discuss the merits of a 3D model.

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EXTENSIONS, CONVERSIONS & NEW BUILDS

Contact us for your FREE initial on-site consultation

or visit www.jga.gg for further information.

E: info@jga.gg | T: 01481 245767

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GUERNSEY'S NEWEST RESTAURANT

BALTHAZAR

St Peter Port has been lucky enough to have had more than its fair share of impressive restaurant

makeovers during the past few years, but the transformation that has taken place at the site

of Guernsey’s newest restaurant ‘Balthazar’ is perhaps the most impressive of them all.

Balthazar has opened on a

site which was previously also a

restaurant and one which had

remained largely unchanged for

many years, giving it a traditional

charm. The owners of Balthazar

obviously saw the potential of

the cellar-style building and let

their creative minds run loose

and the end result is a stunning

modern and stylish restaurant

and bar, which couldn’t be more

different to its predecessor.

WITH A FOCUS ON

MODERN DAY BRITISH

CUISINE AND GOURMET

FRENCH CLASSICS

IT’S AS THOUGH THE

DÉCOR IS A DIRECT

REFLECTION OF THE

FOOD ON OFFER

With a focus on modern day

British cuisine and gourmet French

classics it’s as though the décor

is a direct reflection of the food

on offer. The bar area is incredibly

chic and sophisticated. The cellarstyle

interior with its low domed

ceiling with exposed brickwork

contrasts beautifully with the

modern and elegant champagne

style bar that it contains. A

luxurious marble bar adorned

with silver champagne buckets,

large floral displays and, of course,

a huge choice of champagnes,

wines and cocktails, is flanked by

leather stools and an eye-catching

set of neon pink angel wing lights

adorning the wall which have

featured in many an Instagram

photo already. The low-level

lighting gives it an elegant and

somewhat decadent ambiance.

A few beautifully tiled steps

take those wanting more than

just a drink up to the restaurant

area (there is also a lift for those

requiring it). Here the hustle and

bustle of the popular bar gives way

to a spacious and relaxing dining

area with an altogether more

traditional and homelier vibe to

it. The cosy restaurant booths all

feature a ‘Ring for Champagne’

button which have proved very

popular with thirsty diners. The

menu allows guests to choose

from traditional French classics

and old favourites with a modern

twist, as well as the occasional

Italian wildcard thrown in there just

to keep everyone on their toes!

French classics such as baked

camembert, french onion soup

and escargots sit comfortably

alongside prawn cocktail

(available with a bloody mary

shot), tian of Guernsey crab,

and potted beef and bacon with

Yorkshire pudding for starters.

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IMAGES ©BALTHAZAR

Reviews

‘Very impressive’

‘Wow! We were impressed from the

moment we walked in from the bar…

The food was good. A good sized

menu, not too large or too small,

with a good variety of foods,

including vegan.’

‘Full of flavour’

The scallops were great and the

pig's cheeks soft and full of flavour.

Topped off with a nice cocktail list

and this is a place that we would

recommend and will return to.’

‘Ideal for a special

celebration’

‘We popped in for lunch on a

Saturday without a reservation

and received a warm welcome…

The decor is brilliant and we will be

trying it again for dinner one evening

soon. Not inexpensive but value

for money. This would be an ideal

place for a special celebration.’

The main course menu offers Coq Au Vin, Monte

Carlo fish pie, risotto with lobster, pork slow cooked,

baby back ribs and cauliflower steaks, to name but a

few. There are also separate steak and oyster menus

featuring decadent treats such as fillet steak, surf and

turf, tempura oysters, and Champagne and oysters.

For those who have managed to leave space there

is also a great selection of desserts available including

chocolate mousse, sticky toffee pudding, crème

brulee and tarte tatin.

Whether you’re looking for a location for a family

gathering, a romantic meal for two, a place for a

celebratory meal or just a few after-work drinks,

Balthazar has plenty to offer. And as for the name of

the restaurant, a ‘Balthazar’ is a Champagne bottle

size and is the equivalent of 16 bottles of standard

Champagne, or 12 litres! And yes, of course they sell

them at Balthazar.

TO FIND OUT MORE VISIT

balthazar.gg

FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

facebook.com/BalthazarGuernsey

@balthazargsy

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There’s only one place in the heart of St Peter

Port where you can sit, in a garden, under the

dappled shade of mature olive trees and look out

across the sea to the neighbouring islands, whilst

enjoying a chilled glass of wine, a delicious lunch

or a five star afternoon tea.

Try our superb salads, sandwiches with generous

fillings, freshly baked pizzas or something special

from our à l a carte menu.

Al fresco dining as it should be.

Reservations

T 01481 738604

E fandb@theoghhotel.com

W www.theoghhotel.com

The Old Government House Hotel

Ann’s Place, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2NU

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THE LOCAL

CUISINE

SCENE

Food

Guernsey boasts over 150 top restaurants.

En Voyage profiles local chef ROBERT NEWALL

and his flourishing career at THE OGH HOTEL

ROBERT NEWALL

EXECUTIVE CHEF AT THE OGH HOTEL

How did you end up at the OGH?.

Originally, I came to Guernsey and

the OGH in December 2017 to help

out over the Christmas period. I just

intended on staying for a few weeks

however, I fell in love with the island

and the great team at the hotel. I

loved my first taste of island life and

was relishing the freshness of the

produce and the air after so many

years working in London, so when

the opportunity arose to stay on and

be the Executive Head Chef it was

too good to turn down!

When you were younger, what did

you want to be when you grew

up? I had always loved hotels and

originally wanted to be a Hotel

Manager but once I had a taste

of kitchen life it was the only job I

wanted. I love the atmosphere of

a busy service and seeing people

enjoy the food that we produce and

serve is so satisfying.

What made you want to be a chef?

Growing up I used to always cook

with my Nan who was a delicate

little Glasgow-born lady. She had

no professional cooking skills at

all but as with that generation,

had learnt from her mum to put

wholesome, hearty meals on the

table for the family. Whatever she

pulled together always tasted lovely

and she definitely inspired me in the

kitchen.

Where was your first cooking job?

I first started working in a kitchen

in a hotel in Eastbourne when I was

about 14 years old washing up and

peeling vegetables.

What’s the most challenging thing

about being a chef? Keeping up

to date with all current trends

and dietary requirements can be

challenging at times, but also,

working on a small island can throw

up its own supply chain issues when

you least expect it.

What is your favourite dish to cook?

If I am cooking at home, then it

has to be a traditional Sunday

roast with all the trimmings

for family and friends!

What is your favourite food

memory? Visiting Spain for the first

time in the early 80s having never

seen such an amazing array of fish

before and I remember asking if

the Dover soles came from Dover.

Eating grilled sardines by the

bucket load will always be a

great memory there!

Where would you like to travel to

for the food that you haven’t been

to before? I would like to visit Asia

and Vietnam as they offer such an

array of exciting dishes.

Robert's top tip

‘Don’t overcomplicate things, keep it simple and

don’t mix too many flavours in one dish. The fresher

the produce the better and the less you need to

do to make the dish come alive. You cannot

underestimate how much the quality and freshness

of ingredients matter.'

THE OGH CONSERVATORY

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BUSINESS NEWS

70 NEWS BULLETIN

The latest business news from

the Bailiwick of Guernsey

74 LOCATE GUERNSEY

Why Guernsey really is a better

life choice, on a global scale

82 WE ARE GUERNSEY

Guernsey Finance - on a mission

to promote and connect

85 IT'S TIME TO THINK

ABOUT THE FUTURE

By Bex Goater, Director, Network

Insurance and Financial Planning

88 BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Meet Ali Marquis, Chief Officer,

St John Emergency Ambulance Service

HIGH-FLYING 94

The latest appointments from

leading Guernsey businesses

PROACTIVE OR REACTIVE IT 99

By Olly Duquemin,

CEO of Resolution IT

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT

TECHNOLOGY 101

By James Orrick,

Managing Director at PEA

EMPLOYMENT LAW 105

By Ed Smethurst, Managing

Partner at Prosperity Law

ARE WE THERE YET? 111

By Mark Bousfield, Group Managing

Director at Ravenscroft

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BUSINESS NEWS

Page 81

The smart

future is

electric

Page 87

Shield or

sword

Page 91

A business

model you

can trust

RELOCATION

BUSINESS RE-FORMS

WITH NEW BRAND

Guernsey Relocation Services has

been launched by Liesl Esterhuizen,

an experienced relocation

professional.

Formerly Head of Client Services

at Quintessential Relocation

Consultants (QRC), Liesl worked

alongside founder Jo Stoddart

for over seven years supporting

private individuals and businesses

relocating to Guernsey. She is taking

over the book of business of QRC

Guernsey now that Jo has taken

up the role as Director of Locate

Guernsey and has been gradually

phasing out her involvement with

the business she founded in 2010.

Liesl said: 'Countless clients have

appreciated the benefits of having

a local adviser on their side who

can advise not only on finding the

right property but also on all other

aspects of relocation.

'Guernsey Relocation Services will

be a bespoke, personal service,

Fiona Le Poidevin

TISE CEO WINS POWERWOMEN AWARD

Fiona Le Poidevin, CEO of The International Stock

Exchange Group (TISEG), has won the Bronze Award in

the Woman of the Year – Business Growth category at

the Citywealth Powerwomen Awards.

Fiona said: 'I am delighted to have won this award. The

International Stock Exchange (TISE) has experienced

fantastic growth over the last few years and it is very

pleasing to have that recognised in this way. It is

testimony to the hard work of all my colleagues across

the TISE group and the significant milestones we are

achieving together as a team.'

The Citywealth Powerwomen Awards is now in its

seventh year and aims to champion women and highlight

female leaders who are impacting and influencing the

wealth industry.

In 2018, there were 865 new listings on TISE, which

was an increase of 23% year on year and represented

the highest number of newly listed securities on the

Exchange since the business was established in 1998.

Liesl Esterhuizen

tailor made to those who decide to

make Guernsey their new home. I

believe that having such a support

service in Guernsey is of great

benefit to those marketing the island

as a wonderful place to work and

live, as well as businesses trying to

attract new employees.'

INSTANT RESPONSE

KEY TO NEW

CYBER SECURITY

MANAGEMENT

SERVICE

Logicalis CI have launched a new

cyber-security management

service to help companies identify

attacks and to put a response plan

in place.

Logicalis Managed Security

Commercial Director Richard

Gaudin said that the new Security

Incident Response Management

Service (SIRM) meant that in

the event of a security breach

customers would have access to a

24-hour priority service desk.

'The greatest benefit of this

service is that clients have the

comfort of knowing that in the

event of an attack they will have

the immediate attention of a

team of security experts who will

put in place an effective incident

response plan and avoid knee-jerk

measures which might make the

situation even worse,' he said.

Richard said that as well as

instant access to experts, the

service included a recovery plan

and a post-incident review to

strengthen the company’s future

security. The SIRM joins a suite

of service packages offered

by Logicalis to minimises both

the risk and impact of a cybersecurity

incident.

The SIRM was launched at

Logicalis CI’s cyber-security

conference held earlier this

month in Jersey which was

attended by over 100 business

people who heard from experts

from across the industry. The

speakers all provided an insight

into the ways that companies

could defend themselves, detect

breaches and develop plans

which will restore business as

usual as quickly as possible.

Technology plays a big part but

educating staff and ensuring

that employees understand

basic security steps were the

key priorities identified for over

100 business professionals who

attended the Logicalis CI cybersecurity

event on 20 March. They

also provided recent information

and statistics on the scale of the

security risk and the ways in which

businesses can provide training

to change employee behaviour to

greatly improve data security.

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GUERNSEY ELECTRICITY

CELEBRATES STAFF SERVICE

AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Eighteen members of staff at

Guernsey Electricity have been

recognised for reaching 10, 20 or 30

years’ service at the utility company.

Guernsey Electricity held its annual

Long Service and Recognition

Awards in March to celebrate the

achievements of colleagues and

acknowledge outstanding teams

and individuals.

This year, Clint Collins, Chris Hussey,

Heidi Le Noury, Jon Romeril and

Lee Eldridge reached their 30-year

milestone, while Steve Holford,

Stephen Le Feuvre, Craig Mollet,

Andre Sarre and Jon Sexton

celebrated 20 years at Guernsey

Electricity. A further eight members

of staff were recognised for

exceeding 10 years’ service.

Chief Executive of Guernsey

Electricity Alan Bates said: ‘The

years of service undertaken by these

individuals are a real testament

to their committed nature and

work ethic. It was fantastic to

acknowledge how important each

of them are to Guernsey Electricity

and show our gratitude for their

contribution to the business over

the last few decades.’

The awards also commended

several individuals and teams for

their hard work and achievements

throughout 2018.

Oskars Bergmanis won the Trainee

of the Year award for his sustained

improvement and significant

progression working in Guernsey

Electricity’s Energy Solutions Team

as an apprentice electrician. Nick

Rowe, Solutions Specialist (Corporate

Services) was awarded Trust Individual

of the Year for his exemplary work

on several internal business system

projects, including Guernsey

Electricity’s central intranet.

Three ladies integral to Guernsey

Electricity’s business support team,

Denise Le Page, Diana Knight and

Jane Le Page, were announced

Volunteers of the Year after setting

up the company’s tuck shop to

raise money for various charities

and promote social responsibility

throughout the business.

The Customer Service of the Year

Award went to Guernsey Electricity’s

Energy Team, led by Head of Sales

and Relationships Kenrick Brooks.

Despite only forming in August 2018,

Guernsey Electricity’s executive

directors were impressed with the

team’s ability to work together to

significantly accelerate the customer

experience, often going above and

beyond what was required of them.

The final award, Trust Team

Award, was presented to Guernsey

Electricity’s Stores Solar PV Team, led

by Head of Energy Solutions Vince

Smith. The team, which consisted

of various departments across the

business, were recognised for their

efficient and cost-effective approach

to solving a business case as well as

brokering strong partnerships.

‘We have such a talented team here

at Guernsey Electricity. Watching

our colleagues and teams progress

and challenge the status quo of the

energy industry year-on-year makes

me and the executive leadership

team incredibly proud,’ added Alan.

BUSINESS NEWS

RAVENSCROFT

INVESTMENT MANAGER

BECOMES YOUNGEST

CHARTERED FELLOW

A Ravenscroft investment manager

is the youngest person in the

Channel Islands to become a

Chartered Fellow of the Chartered

Institute for Securities & Investment.

Alex Chambers, 23, joined

Ravenscroft after completing

his A levels at Elizabeth College

having originally undertaken work

experience with the financial

services company.

‘The work experience allowed me

to see what happened across all

of the different departments and

I had a great time and enjoyed

working with the team so when I

was considering what to do after A

levels, Ravenscroft was at the front

of my mind,’ he said.

Mr Chambers joined Ravenscroft’s

investment management team

and has since completed the CISI’s

Certificate in Securities Level 3,

Investment Advice Diploma Level 4

and Private Client Investment Advice

and Management Level 6.

‘I was keen to complete the

qualifications as it enables me to

contribute more effectively to the

team and also provides comfort to

our clients that we take professional

development seriously in order to

give the highest levels of service,’

he said.

‘I’m now studying for two more

exams to become a Chartered

Wealth Manager which is the top

qualification in wealth management

offered by the CISI and hope to have

achieved that by the end of the year.

Finding out that I was the youngest

in the Channel Islands to become

a Chartered Fellow made the hard

work worthwhile,’ he said.

Ben Byrom, Director of Ravenscroft

Management Limited, said

Alex should be proud of his

achievements and hoped it would

inspire others.

‘We have a number of staff who

have joined Ravenscroft straight

from school and have also recently

established our own academy to

ensure that we grow our own talent.

Alex has worked incredibly hard

but has shown that learning while

earning is a credible alternative

to university. We hope his

success will encourage others

to consider Ravenscroft.’

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BUSINESS NEWS

John Halker

INNOVATIVE AND LIFE-SAVING STOP

SUICIDE APP LAUNCHED GLOBALLY

ACROSS THE ANDROID AND APPLE

APP STORES

Mental health and suicide are growing global issues.

These are issues which affect many of us directly or

indirectly, and have touched the lives of some of us at

Oi, the Channel Islands' largest full-service creative and

digital marketing agency.

That’s why Oi has joined forces with a team of worldleading

psychologists and health experts to launch Better

- a health tech company that makes apps to save and

improve lives.

The agency is creating a series of apps to help stop

mental health problems (suicide, depression, anxiety),

addictions (alcohol, drugs, gambling), and physical

illnesses like obesity and sleep disorders. All the apps are

marketed under the Better brand and will be available on

the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year,

which is more than one person every minute. It affects

the lives of millions more around the world. There are

indications that for each adult death by suicide there may

have been more than 20 others attempting suicide. And

it’s increasing at a rapid rate.

The first Better app, called Better Stop Suicide, has just

launched globally across the Google Play Store or Apple

App Store. It is a free app to simply help people press their

own stop button should suicidal thoughts come to them,

and to buy time so they can find further help and support.

'It’s important to remember suicide is a permanent solution

to a temporary problem, and a calm person’s thinking brain

knows that,' said John Halker, Co-Founder of Better.

Key features of the Better Stop Suicide app are; Calming

audio files, quick access to key phone contacts, gratitude

checklist, built-in alarm clock, better sleep audio file,

emotional needs ‘quick’ check and helpful tasks to feel

better, and the app allows people to record a life-saving

message to themselves.

'The design and key features of the app use proven

psychological techniques to make people stop. It helps

them become more rational and, when they are feeling

calmer, to record a message that will save their own life

should they feel suicidal again. It also provides access to

support charities and organisations,' added Mr Halker.

Visit the Better website - thebetterappcompany.com - to

find out more, or follow its social channels for updates, latest

news and interesting articles about better mental health.

BDO AWARDED PLATINUM

CHAMPION PARTNERSHIP

WITH XERO

Audit, tax and advisory firm BDO has become the first

Guernsey business to achieve Platinum Champion

Partner status with online accounting software

provider, Xero. BDODrive offers a range of business

services and outsourcing solutions alongside support

with platforms such as Xero.

Client Manager for BDODrive, Craig Shorto, said

‘Through our local BDODrive services, we offer our

clients access to cloud-based tools that enable them

to manage and access their business finances easily,

allowing them to work productively and focus on what

they do best.

‘Xero is at the forefront of the products we work with

and is proving to be particularly popular with our

clients for its ease of use and for its task automating

functionality. We’re thrilled to have earned the

Platinum Champion status because it demonstrates

our deep knowledge of Xero and our commitment to

delivering exceptional client service.’

Xero is a cloud-based platform which allows

businesses to access all their financial information, in

real time, from anywhere. Along with its app add-on

partners, it covers all areas of financial management

from timesheets to financial reporting.

VISITGUERNSEY ANNOUNCES DAN

SNOW AS HISTORY AMBASSADOR

For 2019 VisitGuernsey will be working with the historian

and broadcaster Dan Snow, known for his passion

and enthusiasm for history throughout the ages.

Recognisable from his long-standing broadcast career

on the BBC the award-winning personality will join

forces with VisitGuernsey to help publicise the Spring

Heritage Festival and the wider history product offering

which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

This year's Guernsey Heritage Festival will look at the

island’s interesting and fast-paced history from 8000BC

to the modern day through a series of events, talks and

special openings suitable for all ages.

A flagship event will be the talk Dan Snow will hold at

the Old Government House. Dan will share memorable

anecdotes and experiences about a career which has

seen him being set on fire, gassed, trained as a sniper and

contracting hypothermia.

In addition, Dan will be out and about exploring some

of the island’s history from Neolithic sites to bunkers

that mark the German Occupation of WWII and bringing

these locations and their stories to life through a series

of videos that will be hosted on the VisitGuernsey

website and across social channels. The aim of this is to

introduce Guernsey’s fascinating and unique history to

new audiences in an entertaining and informal way.

Dan will be recording an exclusive podcast from the

island and filming several video segments for his new

online history channel, History Hit TV.

Dan said, 'I’m delighted to be working with VisitGuernsey.

Few people know about the wealth of history on this

small island which is just a short hop from the UK.

Whether it’s Neolithic Dolmens, privateering and piracy,

Renoir and Victor Hugo’s cultural heritage or the impact

left by the Germans during WWII occupation this island

packs a historical punch that I’ll be exploring and

reporting on.'

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LONG SERVICE AWARDS

AT NORMAN PIETTE

Five staff members have been

honoured for their long service to

Norman Piette. Steve Desperques

has reached his half-century; Lester

Forman and Gary Pitschou are

celebrating 40 years while Nigel

Gontier and Jamie Falla have both

achieved 25 years.

Steve Desperques, who started at

the builders' merchants in 1969 as

an apprentice machinist in the Mill

Department, says in those days

the older generation were fiercely

protective of their jobs and were

reluctant to teach any new starters:

‘It was quite a challenge to learn

at first, but I got there’, said

Steve. ‘Now I oversee the timber

department along with heavyside,

the insulation shed and transport as

well as facilities. I also play an active

role in our buying group and sit on

the timber committee.’

Nigel Gontier said the company has

grown the selection of products

available to customers since he

began and there are more retail

customers than 25 years ago. Nigel

believes this is because more people

attempt small building works in their

homes by themselves.

Jamie Falla said the site at Bulwer

Avenue has grown since he started:

‘The back yard was just a wasteland

L-R: Jamie Falla, Lester Forman, Gary Pitschou, Nigel Gontier and Steve Desperques,

but is now a vital space, and as a

result, we have been able to grow

our product range drastically, and

we now sell a much wider and more

varied amount of items, while still

focusing on core products as a

builders’ merchant.’

Jamie believes the internet has

made a big difference to Norman

Piette’s business: ‘Because of the

internet customers are more aware

of products and can be more price

sensitive. We always emphasise the

advantages of buying "on island" and

the benefits this brings such as aftersales

service and experts to talk to if

something goes wrong. Our website

is now a hub of information for

customers which they appreciate. We

also have an online account system

which tradesman find very useful

when doing their paperwork.’

Paul Rogers, CEO of Norman

Piette said these long-serving

members are the backbone of the

business, ‘Their years of knowledge,

practical experience and loyalty

are the foundations on which the

company’s excellent customer

service has been built. I thank and

congratulate them all for their

achievement’.

BUSINESS NEWS

CLICKSMITH ADDS

EXPERIENCE TO TEAM

AS MARKETING AGENCY

REBRANDS

Digital marketing agency Clicksmith

has expanded its team in Guernsey.

Dominic Bennett has joined as

Digital Director, while former

journalist and PR account manager

Kim Bougourd has become a Senior

Account Manager at the agency.

Between them they bring more than

40 years’ industry experience.

‘It’s an exciting time for Clicksmith.

The business has grown considerably

over the last three years and the

addition of Dom and Kim has further

strengthened our offering,’ said

Managing Director George Bett. The

agency, previously known as GB

Consult, was founded in 2016 and has

undergone a rebrand to reflect both

the changes in personnel and the

additional services it now provides.

‘The name Clicksmith represents our

combined skills in using the world of

digital marketing to give businesses

the best possible access to potential

customers and clients. Our blend of

services means that our clients can

tell their story clearly and efficiently,

whilst driving sales in a trackable

way,’ added George.

For almost 20 years, Dom has been

involved at senior level in digital

businesses across the UK and

Channel Islands. He specialises in

web technologies and has been

behind the creation of a number

of well-regarded digital agencies,

websites and marketing campaigns.

He is passionate about developing

efficient, technology-driven

George Bett, Kim Bougourd and Dominic Bennett

businesses and providing engaging

online experiences that deliver

results across all platforms.

‘The decision to join Clicksmith

was an easy one. The company’s

dedication to delivering resultsbased

marketing strategies in a

clear, effective and honest way

really appeals and I’m confident our

existing and new clients will find

the way we do marketing just as

attractive,’ said Dom.

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WHY GUERNSEY REALLY IS

A BETTER LIFE CHOICE,

ON A GLOBAL SCALE

It’s crystal clear that Guernsey has become home to a

significant number of relocators. A mix of longer-standing

families and newer residents, typically immersing themselves

in the community and enjoying every opportunity to embrace

island life. What is it that entices a steady stream of newcomers

beyond the valuable tax benefits and keeps them here? The

latest Better Life Index Survey, based on the Organisation for

Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Regional

Well-Being Index model, and HSBC’s Expat Survey may

help to shed some light on what makes Guernsey such a

popular destination for those seeking a better place to live.

WHAT’S IMPORTANT IN

A DESTINATION?

It helps to start with what

relocators want from their

prospective new home country.

An overwhelming response

from HSBC’s survey returned

the desire for quality of life,

citing positive work/life balance,

improvements to physical

health, new friendships and

ease of integration being just as

important as the financial benefits.

The Better Life Survey adds a

few more specific categories,

including safety, education,

housing and access to services.

While the island may not be able

to compete with the impressive

popularity of Singapore or New

Zealand, which topped HSBC’s

poll for the third year running,

Guernsey puts up an excellent

fight, with the added advantage

of its proximity to Europe, and

therefore in many cases, to family

and businesses on the mainland.

The tax benefits when

relocating to Guernsey are well

documented - income tax is

a flat 20% with attractive caps

available in certain circumstances.

As far as tax on companies is

concerned, the vast majority

of companies in Guernsey pay

a standard rate of 0%, whilst

some pay the intermediate rate

of 10% or the higher rate of

20%. There are no capital taxes

such as inheritance or capital

gains tax, no VAT or goods and

services tax. Although there are

charges for emergency medical

treatment and GP appointments,

other medical care when referred

by a GP is free to those who

contribute to the island’s social

security scheme. Most employers

offer comprehensive medical

insurance and the level of medical

care on Guernsey is excellent,

with international specialists

holding regular surgeries.

Guernsey boasts the lowest

unemployment rate of the

surveyed countries (a mere 1.1%),

and the greatest household

income (even more than the

United States). Most residents own

their own homes which, while a

sizeable initial investment, brings

down the average annual cost of

housing, and the cost of living is

on a par with, or slightly less than,

the UK. On the Better Life index,

Guernsey scores an enviable 9.4

out of a possible 10 for economy.

QUALITY OF LIFE

For those who are not among

the increasing number of ‘remote

workers’, and still go to an office,

one of the greatest advantages

to life on a small island is the

commute to work. Many people

choose to walk or cycle the short

distance. With a typical commute

being less than 15 minutes, there’s

plenty of time to fit in an activity

before or after work, creating

an excellent work/life balance.

The island’s stunning beaches

offer surfing, sailing, rowing,

jet-skiing, diving and kite-surfing.

Golf, hockey, football, rugby and

tennis are all popular further

inland, and there is a healthy

sporting rivalry with neighbouring

Jersey and into the UK.

All this healthy outdoor living

is encouraged by the more

temperate weather conditions

that the island enjoys compared

to the UK. In fact, such is

Guernsey’s quality of life that

it ranks ninth in the world for

longest life expectancy, of 82.3

years from birth, only just beaten

by Sweden and beating New

Zealand by a country mile (21st).

The OECD measures world

ranking in terms of infrastructure

by surveying household access

to broadband. Compared

to other OECD countries,

Guernsey ranks near the top

at fourth, positioned between

Norway and Luxembourg.

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THE TAX BENEFITS WHEN

RELOCATING TO GUERNSEY

ARE WELL DOCUMENTED -

INCOME TAX IS A FLAT 20% WITH

ATTRACTIVE CAPS AVAILABLE IN

CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES

A better life for you

GUERNSEY’S OVERALL

WORLD RANKING

Although similar surveys

had been undertaken locally

beforehand, Guernsey adopted

OECD's criteria for comparison

in 2017, allowing results to be

accurately measured against

36 countries already assessed,

providing the most useful life

satisfaction comparison to date.

President of the Policy and

Resources Committee Gavin St.

Pier welcomed the latest findings,

saying, “[This report] is the first

step to place our performance on

these very high level indicators in

context by comparing with other

jurisdictions. Generally speaking,

our relative performance on these

indicators is ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

“However, even where our

performance is exemplary, these

indicators suggest areas where

we might need to look closer at

what is going on in Guernsey.”

Guernsey comes in at 7.4 out of

a possible 10 in its overall place

in the world, although more

studies will be required over the

coming years to be even more

accurately placed. Unequal

factors such as electoral roll

have had an adverse effect on

the outcome, as Guernsey has

strict rules on voting eligibility,

compared to some countries

where voting is compulsory.

Although the results are very

encouraging, the government

recognises that there is always

room for improvement. The

Future Guernsey Plan sets out

the following overarching aim:

“We will be among the happiest

and healthiest places in the

world, where everyone has

equal opportunity to achieve

their potential. We will be a

safe and inclusive community,

which nurtures its unique

heritage and environment and

is underpinned by a diverse

and successful economy.”

All in all, as so many have

already discovered, Guernsey is an

exceptional place to relocate to.

Thinking about moving

your family offshore?

Looking for a more

relaxing pace of life?

Recently sold your

business or about to?

After a fantastic

work/life balance?

Want to live somewhere

safe, secure and friendly?

To start your journey,

call the Locate Guernsey team

on +44 (0)1481 743834

email enquiries@locateguernsey.com

or visit locateguernsey.com

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THE FUTURE TODAY:

HOW GUERNSEY IS BECOMING

A BYWORD FOR INNOVATION

BY ALEXANDRA MCINNES, ADVISORY DIRECTOR, PwC CHANNEL ISLANDS

Global firsts in emerging technology and sustainable

investment show that Guernsey isn’t just talking about

innovation, it’s making it happen. What’s driving this

cutting edge success and how can it be sustained?

This is an exciting time to be

working in Guernsey. Local

companies are re-examining

all aspects of their business

from product development to

technological modernisation,

from talent strategy to how they

tackle risks. This is providing our

advisory team at PwC Channel

Islands with first-hand exposure

to the appetite for innovation

among local companies, and

the speed at which these ideas

are becoming a reality.

Blockchain is a clear case

in point. The technology has

huge potential in streamlining

fragmented processes,

reducing transaction costs and

strengthening the security,

transparency and traceability

of data transfer. Yet practical

application has often proved

elusive as companies around

the world struggle to bring these

capabilities off the drawing board

and into live operation. Guernsey

consortia’s pioneering of global

blockchain firsts in private equity

and insurance-linked securities

has therefore put the island

firmly on the innovation map.

In 2018, we at PwC Channel

Islands were delighted to have

won a joint Investment Week

Innovation in Fund Services

Award alongside Northern

Trust for our collaborative

work on the application of

blockchain in private equity.

SUPPORTING SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainable investment is

another area where Guernsey

is leading the way. In 2018, the

Guernsey Financial Services

Commission’s Green Fund

Rules created the world’s first

regulated green investment

fund product. The aim is to

create a trusted and transparent

product that contributes to UN

climate change objectives.

Building on the expertise within

both our investment management

and sustainability advisory services,

we at PwC are pleased to be

playing our part in moving the

market forward. This includes

advising funds on how to meet the

designation of the Guernsey Green

Fund kite mark and providing

third-party certification for its use.

SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT

As a focus for innovation,

Guernsey combines a

concentrated pool of talent and

entrepreneurial culture with the

assurance of its place on the EU’s

‘white list’ of soundly regulated

and transparent jurisdictions.

From development and testing

through to regulatory approval,

the speed with which innovation

gets into production and realises

the potential is a key strength.

DISRUPT OR BE DISRUPTED

Yet Guernsey can’t stand

still as disruption continues to

gather pace. While the island has

established an early lead in some

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espects, it’s important to ensure

that all key players are attuned to

the opportunities opened up by

emerging technologies and how to

capitalise. Disrupt or be disrupted

are the choices facing businesses.

In PwC’s 2018 report, Asset and

Wealth Management Revolution,

Putting the Channel Islands

Centre Stage, we forecasted

a doubling in size of the asset

and wealth management sector

globally and rapid growth in the

alternative investment market.

This is a massive economic

opportunity for Guernsey. Yet,

businesses must earn their

share of growth by meeting

changing client needs, which can

only be achieved by adapting,

disrupting and reimagining the

business and how it operates.

That’s why a key part of our

advisory work focuses on enabling

local companies to future-proof

their strategy and operations.

This includes helping them

to rationalise, streamline and

automate operations as they not

only look to reduce costs, but also

free up staff to focus more of their

time on creating value for clients.

Further support includes helping

them to steer through a complex

global regulatory environment

and make the most of advanced

analytics and artificial intelligence

to sharpen decision-making.

What comes through strongly

from this ongoing work is how

quickly today’s innovations can

become tomorrow’s market

norms. Moreover, while a lot

of the focus is on technology,

talent is just as important in

enabling businesses to keep

pace with disruption. And it isn’t

just digital and technical skills

that are in demand, but also

the creativity and emotional

intelligence needed to innovate

and connect with customers.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

We’re determined to play our

part in boosting the talent pool

within Guernsey. We are investing

heavily in upskilling our people to

support clients through this era

of digitisation and transformation.

Having high calibre experts locally

is good for ‘Guernsey PLC’, though

it does mean that our team is in

demand from other parts of the

world where the combination

of our deep alternatives industry

knowledge and consulting

skills is highly valued.

Through initiatives such as the

Women in Work Index, we also

want to boost diversity within our

economy. The benefits range

from bringing in fresh ideas and

experiences to helping to bridge

skills gaps when a high level of

open vacancies risk holding back

our economic performance.

The potential gains from getting

more women into work and

leadership are highlighted by

our PwC research which shows

that matching the high female

employment rates in Sweden

could boost Channel Islands’

GDP by a massive 6% (equivalent

to £168 million in Guernsey

and £239 million in Jersey).

For us at PwC, being in the

vanguard of innovation and

making a difference for the

community here in Guernsey is

at the heart of our purpose to

build trust in society and solve

important problems. Being part

of PwC’s global network, we

also have the opportunity to

communicate the enterprise story

coming from the island to clients

and colleagues worldwide.

If we have one concern, it’s

that there are still too many

organisations adopting a ‘wait and

see’ approach to the disruption

and pace of change around us.

These organisations are at serious

risk of becoming obsolete as

tech-enabled disruptors begin to

eat into their market share. While

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Business

THE SMART

FUTURE

IS ELECTRIC

BY STUART BLONDEL,

HEAD OF ASSET MANAGEMENT AT GUERNSEY ELECTRICITY

We live in an age where there is

an electrical solution for virtually

every application in your home,

business or aspect of your life.

As a society, we may not yet have

embraced the full spectrum of

this capability, but we are steadily

moving towards a world where we

can control even the most basic of

functions from our smartphones.

Worried the house will be too

cold when you return from work?

Boost the heating from your

phone as you leave the office.

Will your electric car have

enough range left in the

battery to go home via the

supermarket? Log in to your EV

app to see the battery status

and nearest charging station.

Concerned your heating bill

is too high? Install an energy

saving smart thermostat to

monitor where you are using

the most energy and where

you can make efficiencies.

SMART TECHNOLOGY

Smart tech, the reality of

technology being able to connect

to networks, share data and

interact with one another to

offer consumers convenience

and control, usually remotely

via their phone, has been a

game changer in recent years,

particularly as the popularity of

smartphones has accelerated,

now with around 1 in 4 of the

world population owning one.

Being able to connect multiple

devices with the ability to

talk to each other and give

commands, or even act on

their own intelligence, is now

an accepted reality, even if

some of us may be slow to fully

embrace the possibilities.

We may once have wondered

why we would ever need our

kettle or fridge to be connected

to the Internet, but as the socalled

‘Internet of Things’ begins

to connect everyday appliances

to the digital world, we’ll one

day start to question how we

managed without smart devices.

After all, how convenient would

it be if your fridge could work

out that you are down to the

last pint of milk before you

pour your cereal? This could

soon be an everyday reality,

rather than what might once

have been a sci-fi fantasy.

ENERGY TRANSFORMATION

The energy sector is evolving

too. Recent years have seen

significant strides in the creation

of technology and platforms that

will revolutionise the industry.

The way we generate, use

and store energy is changing

as technology development

has accelerated. The growth of

renewable generation, which

is essential to reducing the

carbon intensity of energy across

the world, requires us to think

more about how and when we

harness the energy. Whilst the

advances in energy storage

technologies like batteries bring

the opportunity to ‘mop up’

any surplus energy production

and ‘top up’ any shortfalls in

supplies, renewable energy can

be stored for use when it’s most

valuable and doesn’t get wasted.

Smart grids allow utilities and

energy companies to better

manage the supply and demand

of energy so that power systems

can be run more efficiently,

minimising waste and making

best use of the infrastructure.

With all this technological

change, power grids need to

become more flexible to be

able to fulfil their function of

matching supply with demand.

As supplies become more diverse

and less predictable because of

changing weather or even tidal

patterns, the need to manage

demand will increase, and smart

devices will be essential in

making this happen effectively.

ELECTRIC FUTURE

Smart technology is already

having a monumental impact on

our daily lives. As this continues

apace, there is a huge opportunity

for businesses and individuals

alike to make efficiencies and

reduce costs, managing multiple

activities from our fingertips,

regardless of location.

Energy companies are

increasingly mindful of the role

they play and how technology

can be used to improve the

lives of customers and minimise

impacts on the environment.

This all makes for an interesting

energy future, with electricity

at the heart of it. We already

interact with multiple devices

throughout the day, and a world

filled with even more smart

tech is an exciting inevitability.

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Business

ON A MISSION

TO PROMOTE AND CONNECT

Guernsey Finance’s mission is printed in

large letters on the wall of the office in St Peter

Port – 'To promote and connect Guernsey as

a leading finance centre in its chosen markets.'

As time has gone on, those markets have,

in line with changes in financial services,

become ever-more global in focus.

And prime responsibility for developing

global markets for Guernsey practitioners

falls to Guernsey Finance’s new Director

of International Business Development.

James Crawford started in the role at the

beginning of April, returning to Guernsey

after decades of international engagement.

James left Guernsey at the age of

10 and completed his schooling and

university education before returning

to the island to launch his career in

the trust sector with well-known firms

Bachmann Group and Investec Trust.

After a few years he moved to Jersey where

he had regular contact with overseas clients –

running a book of ultra high net worth clients

based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

'I got used to early morning calls,' he says.

From Jersey, James headed to Geneva,

working for an independent trust company

focused on South African clients, and he

would make annual visits to Johannesburg

and Cape Town to meet clients.

His next career move took him to the Middle

East, where he remained until coming back to

Guernsey. Based in Dubai, but focused across

the Gulf Cooperation Council countries,

he travelled to Saudi Arabia and Oman,

and for the first time took on a business

development rather than solely client-facing

role, with an objective to refer business

back to the Guernsey office of his firm.

He also covered East Africa from his

base, which brought him into contact

with Kenya’s large non-resident Indian

community, and from there he went

on to visit Mumbai and New Delhi.

Remaining in Dubai, he switched firms

again to another independent trust company

with a strong Guernsey connection,

which gave him a first exposure into

Hong Kong and then China. Last year he

teamed up with the Guernsey Finance

representatives at the popular STEP Hong

Kong conference, where, he says, Guernsey,

as major sponsors, really stood out among

the offshore jurisdictions represented.

James says that Guernsey is seen by

intermediaries as a jurisdiction to be

used for more complex structuring

in the Far East in comparison to the

Caribbean offshore centres, and

Guernsey’s long-established experience

and expertise are attractive qualities.

'Guernsey’s strengths as recognised in the

Middle East are legislation, robust regulation

and structuring for clients. Working with

Guernsey is second nature to me – but

over time I’ve also come to understand

the needs of other jurisdictions and how

Guernsey is best suited to respond.

'I’m looking forward to the new role

and how I can help Guernsey industry

to build new lines of business.

'I’m also looking forward to working with

the US, which I know is a new focus for

Guernsey. It’s the one part of the world

where I haven’t had much exposure and

I’m hoping to remedy that quickly.'

James says that Middle East and Far

East clients shared many traits. ‘All clients

want privacy and confidentiality and

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GUERNSEY FINANCE’S MISSION IS

PRINTED IN LARGE LETTERS ON THE

WALL OF THE OFFICE IN ST PETER

PORT – 'TO PROMOTE AND CONNECT

GUERNSEY AS A LEADING FINANCE

CENTRE IN ITS CHOSEN MARKETS.'

Asian clients often want to structure their affairs at

arms’ length – they don’t want their private affairs

potentially being in the spotlight at home.

'They understand it’s a more transparent world and

there are policies and procedures you have to abide

by - but they also want their privacy. And I know that

Guernsey can offer that.'

James understands the BD role often involves life

on the road. 'I’m an adventurous guy. I want to be

out and about, meeting new people, developing

new ideas. I’m absolutely fine with picking up my

Samsonite and heading off.'

JAMES CRAWFORD

Favourite aspect of the job? I like to work in a BD

role as it allows me to travel, be outward facing

and enables me to utilise my global network.

How might people know you away from Guernsey

Finance? I have developed an extensive contact book

in Dubai with many of the leading private banks, law

firms and other financial intermediaries, together with

a book of contacts in Hong Kong, Geneva and London.

Some of these contacts are Guernsey firms based

in these jurisdictions, and I am looking forward to

reconnecting with old faces and meeting new people.

GUERNSEY IN ITS

CHOSEN MARKETS

FAR EAST

Guernsey Finance has had a permanent presence

in China since 2007 and in Hong Kong since

2017. We promote captive insurance, investment

funds and private wealth services in the region.

MIDDLE EAST

A number of Guernsey firms are active in the

Middle East offering specialist fiduciary services.

SOUTH AFRICA

A well-established link for both investment

funds and trust business, and a growing

interest in Guernsey’s pensions offering. In the

past couple of years there has been a fresh

resurgence of funds business from boutique

managers looking to establish offshore funds.

LONDON

The City has always been Guernsey’s

most significant trading partner in finance

and remains a strong route for many

of the island’s global connections.

USA (NEW YORK)

Over the past few years US managers

have been increasingly interested in using

Guernsey as a route to securing European

investment, either through London listings or

using Guernsey’s National Private Placement

Regime to access European markets. Now a

distinct focus for Guernsey’s funds sector.

Address PO Box 655, Somers House,

St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3PN

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Business

IT'S TIME

TO THINK

ABOUT THE

FUTURE

BY BEX

GOATER

DIRECTOR,

NETWORK

INSURANCE

AND

FINANCIAL

PLANNING

As part of an initial meeting

with a client, I will always

enquire when they intend to

retire; and there is one answer

I receive more than any other,

which is along the lines of:

'I’ll probably have to work

forever if the government keeps

moving the pension age'.

Now, it is indeed true that

the pension is age is currently

being increased to age 67 in

Guernsey, and from 2020, it

will start to increase again so

that by 2049, it will be age 70;

but this shouldn’t mean that

one cannot retire until then.

Firstly, to offer perhaps an

unpopular opinion, it isn’t

particularly unreasonable that

the States pension age is to be

increased. To consider some UK

statistics: The National Insurance

Act 1946 introduced contributory

State pension for all from 1948,

paid from age 65 for men and age

60 for women. At this time, the

average life expectancy for men

was just 66, and for women 71 1 .

The life expectancy now is 79 for

men and 83 for females, meaning

that the States pensions will need

to pay out for a lot longer than

they were ever intended when

they were introduced. The shifting

of the States pension age is an

attempt to rebalance this as the

current demographic trend (of

an ageing population) continues

to put a strain on budgets.

As it is the working population

must prop up the pensioners, as it

is paid from current income, this

causes increasing difficulties. The

dependency ratio (the number of

people of working age compared

to the number of younger and

older people) in Guernsey and

Alderney is already one of the

highest amongst advanced

economies and is set to increase 2 .

Therefore, the increase in

States pension age is one of

the measures being taken to try

and help the old age pension

remain sustainable in the future,

by not only reducing years of

payment perhaps, but also by

potentially increasing (some

people’s) working age to aid the

dependency ratio in the future.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I

completely understand that there

are a lot of professions in which

working until age 70 would be

challenging at best and impossible

at worst. However, we do all

still ultimately have control over

our own retirement ages. The

old age pension should really

only form a part of anyone’s

retirement planning; and, given

that this can be changed at any

time, not relied upon too heavily.

Therefore, a personal retirement

plan (be it a pension, or other

investment) should really be a

priority for anyone as early as

they can. The earlier you start

a pension, the less you need

to contribute each month and/

or the more you will have when

you do retire. This can be the

difference between working

until you’re ready to stop, or

working until the States will pay

you your pension if you stop.

However, a survey undertaken

by the Guernsey Policy Council

in 2012 found that only 45% of

respondents are paying into a

private sector pension. This is a

worrying statistic and to anyone

falling outside of this bracket,

with no current provision, I ask:

What is your retirement plan?

And it is younger people

who are less likely to have a

personal retirement provision.

Many older people have either

occupational schemes from

employment, and/or personal

pensions or investment

properties. They perhaps have

lived through a different time,

but it is likely their priorities were

also different and therefore

they planned for the future.

The States of Guernsey are

currently considering a Secondary

Pension Scheme to try and tackle

that lack of personal pension

provision for people these days.

But in the meantime, I would

suggest that everyone consider

their retirement plans, and if

suitable, approach an independent

financial adviser for some advice.

In the world we live in now, one

of available instant gratification,

it is very easy to live in the

moment, rather than planning

for the future. And whilst I always

like to enjoy today, we must still

prepare for tomorrow, as it is

unlikely to be prepare for itself.

1 Taken from Office of National Statistics

2 gov.gg/article/155412/Longer-Working-Lives

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SHIELD OR

SWORD

BY NICK ROBISON, PARTNER, BABBÉ LLP

Any analysis of the efficacy of

a financial services regulator,

whether the Guernsey

Financial Services Commission

or otherwise, must begin

with a recognition of two

undeniable 'realities'.

The first 'reality' is that a

regulator’s task is neither easy nor

enviable. The second is that, for

a regulator, outcomes are less

important than the perception that

detection and responsive action

are both inevitable and speedy.

With these realities in mind,

we are better placed to assess

the efficacy of the Commission

and whether its primary function

should be to protect investors

from rogue Guernsey financial

service businesses or to protect

the Guernsey financial services

industry. Is the Commission a

sword that strikes down local,

financial services businesses;

or is it a shield to protect

them and, by implication, the

Bailiwick? As ever, the truth lies

somewhere in the middle.

In the 25 years that followed

the establishment of the GFSC

in 1988, there were only a

handful of public statements and

probation orders made in relation

to financial services businesses in

Guernsey. In the last five and a half

years, there have been 14 public

statements, 19 prohibition orders,

and two disqualification orders.

This increase in the number

of prosecutions would suggest

that the number of rogues in

Guernsey has increased in recent

times. However, the reality is

the opposite. The increasing

amount of regulation and

compliance requirements have

been accepted and implemented

by local fiduciaries. Tales of

'cowboy' trustees and company

directors, rubber-stamping the

actions of beneficial owners

without a second thought, or

of financial advisors preying on

the weak and vulnerable, are

now largely confined to the

pages of 'Horrible Histories'. For

this, the Commission can take

tremendous credit. Despite the

inevitable resource problems

that it faces, the GFSC has made

giant strides in encouraging and

enabling a widely held awareness

and acceptance among local

fiduciaries of the need for robust

regulation and good governance.

This does not mean, however,

that the Commission has always

'got it right', or that it is beyond

criticism. Similarly, it does not

mean that its function - and its

performance of that function

- should go unchecked. Local

fiduciaries will be well aware

of the 2016 Court judgments

relating to Bordeaux Services

(Guernsey) Limited and David

Merrien. In relation to the former,

the Court found that the level

of financial penalty and the

length of the prohibition orders

imposed were excessive. In

relation to Mr Merrien, the Court

found that the penalties imposed

were both unreasonable and

disproportionate. More recently,

we have the November 2018

decision of the Royal Court in

Y -v- The Chairman of the

Guernsey Financial Services

Commission in which it was

held that, contrary to the

Commission’s approach (and its

arguments at the Court hearing),

the Commission may not impose

fixed-term penalties; and that

to do so is, again, unlawful.

Nick Robsion

Partner at Babbé LLP

Such criticisms should not be

considered a reason for doubting

the integrity of the Commission.

As stated at the outset, the task

given to the GFSC is not easy. Such

criticisms do, nonetheless, suggest

that the path to enforcement is not

fail-safe and that the Commission

can (and does) make mistakes.

The concern is the extent to

which those mistakes imply that

the GFSC wishes to create a

perception that detection and

responsive action are inevitable

and speedy at the expense of

proper procedure and established

principles of natural justice.

In reality, it can safely be said

that the Commission is doing the

best that it can. It can equally be

said that local financial service

businesses could always do more

to assist the Commission with

its unenviable task. Both sides

of the equation must recognise

the need to strike a balance

between the GFSC being a

sword and a shield, lest there

will be no industry or clients for

the Commission to shield.

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MEET

ALI MARQUIS

En Voyage talks to Ali Marquis, Chief Officer of the St John Emergency

Ambulance Service.

The ambulance service in

Guernsey has been provided

by St John since 1936 and the

States of Guernsey has recently

signed a new contract with the

charity to continue running the

Emergency Ambulance Service

for the next ten years. As Chief

Officer, Ali Marquis is responsible

for overseeing the delivery of

the service and developing the

organisation to meet the growing

needs of a changing population.

What does the new

contract mean for the

ambulance service?

It gives both us and the island

continuity and stability. We

are able to plan for the future

and invest in a service that will

meet the changing needs of

the island community. We’ve

already started a review of the

emergency ambulance service,

looking at how we fit in with the

overall health and care system

in Guernsey and we are working

with the health committee of the

States to continue to transform

the service in line with their

‘Partnership of Purpose’ vision.

The service is lucky to have a

great team of clinicians who work

on the frontline, senior officers,

support staff and volunteers

who are committed to delivering

first class care to our patients.

What are the main challenges

for the ambulance service in

Guernsey at the moment?

The emergency ambulance

service has experienced an

increase in demand over recent

years. In 2018 we responded to

five and a half thousand calls,

compared with fewer than four

thousand in 2016. The growth

in demand is largely due to an

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I JOINED THE AMBULANCE SERVICE IN 2006 INITIALLY WITH THE

TASK OF RESTRUCTURING HR. I WENT ON TO BECOME AN ASSISTANT

CHIEF OFFICER AND AFTER PROMOTION TO THE POSITION OF

DEPUTY CHIEF I WAS APPOINTED AS CHIEF OFFICER IN 2018. IN

AN INDIRECT WAY, I SUPPOSE I’M NOW WORKING IN THE CARING

PROFESSION I WAS SO PASSIONATE ABOUT AS A CHILD

ageing population, which in

itself is another challenge. As

a service we will need to adapt

and respond to the changing

nature of the work. For example,

a significant proportion of our

calls are to people who have

fallen, so we are already looking

at how we can work with other

care services to provide longer

term help for those people.

There are also changes

happening nationally to

paramedic training. As registered

healthcare professionals,

standards and expectations

are rising, which means people

wanting to be registered

paramedics in the future are

going to have to study for a

university degree. That means the

traditional route of progressing

through the service and doing a

short conversion course in the UK

won’t be available, so we need

to respond to those changes.

How are things likely to

change in the future?

The ageing demographic and

the growth in demand mean the

service will have to adapt and

be designed to address some of

those ageing population issues. It

may also mean changes to clinical

pathways and better treatment at

home for patients. This all fits in

with the ‘Partnership of Purpose’

vision. As an ambulance service

we will be looking to develop the

clinical skills of our paramedics

to enable them to treat more

people at home and avoid

unnecessary trips to hospital.

Unlike the UK, at the moment

there are limited pathways of

care available in Guernsey,

however that is likely to change

at some point in the future.

We are also looking at

developing tele-medicine,

so clinicians on the road can

share information with doctors

in the hospital to aid their

clinical decision making.

Your background is HR,

how did you become

Chief Officer of the

ambulance service?

I grew up wanting to be a nurse.

Throughout my school years at

La Mare de Carteret High School,

I was completely focused on

nursing as a career, but sadly

I suffered an injury as a child

which meant I couldn’t follow

that path. At 18, there was a

period when I didn’t know what

I wanted to do, but I joined the

States of Guernsey as a filing

clerk at Housing and that was the

start of my career with the civil

service. I went to work at Social

Security and progressed to the

role of Personnel and Training

Manager before moving on and

joining the Health Department,

as the Deputy Director of HR.

THE AGEING

DEMOGRAPHIC AND THE

GROWTH IN DEMAND

MEAN THE SERVICE

WILL HAVE TO ADAPT

TO ADDRESS SOME

OF THOSE AGEING

POPULATION ISSUES

I joined the ambulance service

in 2006 initially with the task

of restructuring HR. I went on

to become an Assistant Chief

Officer and after promotion to

the position of Deputy Chief I

was appointed as Chief Officer

in 2018. In an indirect way, I

suppose I’m now working in

the caring profession I was so

passionate about as a child.

Has your non-clinical

background been a

disadvantage?

I don’t think so. Although I was

the first Senior Officer without a

clinical background, I’ve always

been interested in helping and

caring for people. There are a

growing number of ambulance

chief executives in the UK who

don’t have a clinical background.

First and foremost we are an

ambulance service, but we are

also a business. Sometimes not

having the clinical background

can actually be useful, when

taking a global overview of a

situation, I can ask challenging

questions that some people

with a medical background are

afraid to ask. What is important

is that you have people in your

management team who have

the clinical knowledge to advise

you. I have complete trust and

confidence in my officers and

the clinicians on the road. I

have a great team of hardworking,

caring professionals

who deliver the highest standard

of care to our community.

What makes a good leader?

I think you need to be a good

communicator and that means

listening as well as talking. It

is important to listen to what

the team are telling you. I like

to think I am open and honest

with people. You also need to be

willing to react to feedback and

able to change direction, if that

is what is needed. I’ve had some

good role models through my

career and I’m inspired by women

like Karren Brady. I think I’ve taken

the good bits from lots of my

previous bosses, but equally there

are some things I don’t think work

and I’ve been careful to learn

from other people’s mistakes.

Having a good team, with good

morale is important to me

because motivated people will do

their best and that is so important

in a caring profession like the

ambulance service. Guernsey’s

paramedics and medical

technicians deal with challenging

situations every day, every night,

all year round, often when other

people are enjoying time off

and I never lose sight of that.

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A BUSINESS

MODEL YOU

CAN TRUST

STUART PLATT-RANSOM

BY STUART PLATT-RANSOM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OAK GROUP

Spring is in the air and this year, alongside the green

shoots of new growth, there’s a sense of excitement and

renewal in the private client, corporate services and fund

administration sector with the launch of new financial

services business Oak. Chief Executive Officer Stuart Platt-

Ransom explains what this means for the trust sector.

Oak has embraced a new

way of structuring a multijurisdictional

fund, corporate

and trust business, rooted in

long-term investment from

local investors. Headquartered

in Guernsey, Oak has so far

consolidated three carefully

selected businesses, Oak Trust

Group, Consortia and Kreston

IOM, which between them have

offices in Guernsey, Jersey, the

Isle of Man, Malta and Mauritius.

Oak has ambitious growth

plans, with latest acquisition fund

administration house IAG being

added to the group, subject to

regulatory approval at the time

of writing, to take the head count

to more than 200 and extend the

firm’s presence to six jurisdictions.

Expansion in the trust sector is

nothing new, but the approach

taken by Oak is refreshingly

innovative. Rather than relying on

private equity funding which has

been the norm for the last decade,

Oak has funded its acquisitions

through investment from a local,

listed fund. This committed capital

demonstrates that investors

are planning for the long term,

expecting a 12-13% yield rather

than a quick turnaround and

the 25-30% yield that one might

expect with private equity.

What this means is that Oak can

grow steadily, placing an emphasis

on client service and retention

to create value in the business

without such a need to be overly

‘cost conscious’. What’s more,

bringing together established

businesses with strong track

records enables Oak to benefit

from the expertise and experience

of their leadership teams coming

together to work collegiately.

OAK HAS EMBRACED

A NEW WAY OF

STRUCTURING A MULTI-

JURISDICTIONAL FUND,

CORPORATE AND TRUST

BUSINESS, ROOTED IN

LONG-TERM INVESTMENT

FROM LOCAL INVESTORS

The Oak model is one that we

expect to see others adopt. We

believe it is an attractive option

for owner-managers looking for

their exit strategy as it enables

them to join a group while still

holding equity in their business as

they gradually ‘work their way out’

according to their own timetable.

For clients, the stability of an

investment fund rather than

a private equity backed trust

company is also a benefit.

Better client service is provided

by a business looking to

prioritise re-investment rather

than delivering returns.

In addition, our business model

has proved itself to regulators. In

the current economic climate the

role of fiduciaries, in reporting

and providing robust services in a

licensed environment, has never

been more complex. A business

that has set out to grow organically

can provide the resources needed

to manage complex regulations

without the pressure to reduce

costs or cut corners. Another

straightforward benefit is that

businesses coming together

within one group, with one IT

infrastructure and operational

management structure, is

simpler to regulate than a larger

group of smaller businesses.

Above all, Oak is setting out to

provide an environment for the

trust sector to prosper and we

believe that the best way to do

that is to excel at client service.

Our view is that business owners,

those with their own skin in the

game, provide the best service

to their clients and that is why

one of our goals is for everyone

who works at Oak to own a

part of our business that we are

building for the long term.

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WANT TO CHANGE

YOUR CAREER PATH?

HERE’S HOW TO START PLANTING

SEEDS FOR GROWTH

BY STEVE HUBERT, RECRUITMENT MANAGER (GUERNSEY),

ALEXANDER DANIELS OFFSHORE

Many of us will come out of

education with a rough idea of a

career path in mind, some will

start off on the right path, others

won’t and some of us won’t have

any idea at all. The common

theme, however, is that many of

the careers we start will see us

continuing down that path for

many years to come and the longer

you stay in a particular industry and

your financial responsibilities add

up, the opportunity for a change in

direction may appear less and

less likely.

Out of school, I secured a role in

insurance administration, but due

to some internal changes, when

I arrived on my first day I was told

I would now be in the Accounts

department, which led on to me

working as a Fund Accountant for

many years. Not what I had planned,

and looking back this worked out

very well for me, but it goes to show

that whichever field you start out in

will tend to be that in which you

remain for some time! Fast-forward

to 2016 and I’m in recruitment,

working alongside fantastic likeminded

individuals launching

Alexander Daniels Offshore

in Guernsey.

STARTING OFF ON THE

RIGHT PATH

If you’re starting off on your career

journey, try to put your best foot

forward, think about your strengths,

what you’re good at and what

you’re interested in and try to find an

entry-level role that can match those

attributes. It is easy to be tempted

by things such as an initial small

difference in salary, or your friend

working there, or a great sports and

social initiative. But, as clichéd as it

sounds, focus on your happiness

first and the rewards will follow,

patience is key here.

BEGIN PLANTING SEEDS FOR

LONG-TERM GROWTH

Changing career path will often

lead to a drop in pay, sometimes to a

point where it’s not affordable to do

so, which is why so many will stay

on a path that doesn’t fulfil them.

Maybe you want to change from

a long career in Fund and make a

move to HR, but the suspected

five-year timeline to get back to your

current salary is not palatable.

Start making small in-roads now,

search for jobs in your desired

industry at a similar level of

seniority and see what the required

qualifications are, see what options

there are for distance/online learning

and set yourself a target to get

qualified on your own steam. Not

only will it be a productive way to

spend your free time, but it’s also

an opportunity to get a risk-free

taste of your new industry and your

proactive approach will look great

on your CV when it comes

to applying.

Whilst professional qualifications

might be a large financial endeavour,

splitting up the cost over 12-18

months can make it less of a burden

and there are plenty of short courses

on offer from the likes of the College

of FE and the GTA.

GROW YOUR NETWORK

Look to LinkedIn for growing your

network, follow local influencers

in your space and learn from

their content, attend seminars

(have a look on Eventbrite.com

or GuernseyChamber.com for

inspiration), read industry blogs and

magazines, subscribe to thoughtleading

newsletters, reach out to

industry leaders and ask for their

advice over a coffee. The list is

endless and many will only cost

you your time.

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HIGH-FLYING APPOINTMENTS

NEW APPOINTMENTS

AT FREEDOM ASSET

MANAGEMENT LIMITED

Jody Newark has been

appointed Chief Operating

Officer of Freedom Asset

Management Limited.

Sandrine Reynaud, Freedom

Asset Management CEO said

'Jody brings with her over

15 years of financial industry

knowledge, primarily in fund

investment operations in

Guernsey and Ireland. She is

a highly qualified professional

and has a breadth of experience

in a variety of fund structures

and governance regimes across

different jurisdictions. We are very

pleased that Jody decided to join

Freedom and her appointment

is strongly supportive of our

expansion plans for Freedom.'

Assisting Jody is also Francesca

Fossey who joined from JTC as

Assistant Company Secretary in

August last year and completed

her ICSA level 4 with distinction.

'We are very proud of

Francesca’s achievement in her

first few months with Freedom.'

EXPERIENCED MARKETING

PROFESSIONAL JOINS

BABBÉ

Babbé has appointed Janice

Courtney as Marketing Manager,

bringing a wealth of experience, flair

and insight to the business.

Janice has over 13 years’ experience

in marketing and communications

and spent the last nine years with

a niche stockbroking firm, Legae

Securities, in Johannesburg.

Of her appointement she said:

'This is a very exciting time to

join Babbé, which is currently

enjoying a period of expansion

and growth. I will be looking to

build on the existing marketing

and communications activity, as

well as to bring a fresh approach

to strengthen the existing Babbé

brand. Most importantly, I'm looking

forward to building and developing

key marketing relationships.'

Babbé’s Managing Partner Andrew

Laws said: 'We are delighted that

Janice is bringing her extensive

experience and broad range of skills

to Babbé and we look forward to her

delivering exciting developments

in our marketing strategy over the

coming months.'

Kevin Semple

NEW CHEF AT THE DUKE OF RICHMOND HOTEL

The Duke of Richmond Hotel has welcomed chef Kevin

Semple to the culinary team.

Hotel General Manager Gareth Byrne explained that

Kevins flexible and approachable character is a perfect

fit for the hotel, especially as there are many new

events in the pipeline; ‘Kevin is very good at getting

involved, not only with the food side of things, but

with the organisation of events and meeting and

greeting of our guests. He is more than happy to

spend time with clients on a one-to-one basis and

he can even offer taster sessions, to ensure that

he understands their needs and personalities.’

FERBRACHE & FARRELL GROWS TEAM WITH

EXPERIENCE IN PROBATE AND COMPLIANCE

Experienced Senior Probate Officer Barbara Lovell

has joined Ferbrache & Farrell’s Property Law

department. Lorna McKinney has also joined the firm

as an Executive Assistant, Compliance.

Lorna worked for 10 years as a legal librarian,

secretary and administrator, and has worked with the

majority of the Ferbrache & Farrell team previously.

Barbara has worked successfully with clients from

across the globe and some of her most rewarding

cases have involved overseas aspects and complex

family issues. ‘Our clients appreciate her practical

and technical advice, as well as her ability to

communicate the complexities of the Guernsey

probate system in a clear and concise way,’ said

Advocate and Managing Partner Alastair Hargreaves.

NEW APPOINTMENT AT NORMAN PIETTE

Norman Piette has appointed a new Executive Manager

to the builders’ merchant sales department. Simon Taylor

has joined the business to lead the sales team at a very

exciting time in the company’s development.

He moved to Guernsey to take up his post at Norman

Piette in February this year. ‘Guernsey was a very

attractive proposition for me,’ said Simon. ‘The

opportunity to move to a beautiful island with my wife,

make new friends, take up new hobbies and work with

Norman Piette was impossible to turn down.'

Paul Rogers, CEO of the NP Group, said Simon is an

excellent addition to the team: ‘Simon has an excellent

track record, lots of experience and knowledge that will

be a real advantage to us as we enhance and diversify our

product range. We welcome Simon to the team where we

are sure he will use his wide skillset to introduce us to new

ideas which will take our sales focus to a new level.’

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ALEXANDER DANIELS APPOINTS

NEW MARKETING MANAGER

Channel Islands recruitment agency, Alexander

Daniels Offshore has recently expanded its

Guernsey-based team with the appointment of

James Le Gallez as Marketing Manager.

James, who holds a Postgraduate Diploma in

Digital Marketing, joins Alexander Daniels Offshore

bringing with him over a decade of varied marketing

experience within the financial, FMCG, hospitality

and recruitment sectors.

Andy Partlow, Director of Alexander Daniels

Offshore, said, 'I am delighted James has become

a permanent member of our growing team. James

brings with him such enthusiasm for AD Offshore

and the recruitment industry as well as a wealth

of experience in the marketing and digital space.

He will be of paramount importance in ensuring

we remain at the forefront of the industry across

Guernsey, Jersey and further afield.'

Nadine Gavey, Jenny Mitchell and Melissa Campbell

SITUATIONS RECRUITMENT’S

NEW OWNERSHIP & BOARD

Jenny Mitchell and Melissa Campbell are now joint

owners of Situations Recruitment, having acquired

the majority shareholding of the agency’s founder,

Patrick Lynch.

'Jenny and Melissa have been managing the business

for many years now and I’m delighted to pass the

ownership onto both of them to take the business

forward.' said Patrick.

Jenny joined Situations in 2001 and Melissa the following

year. They have been Directors of the business since

2002 and are both Fellows of the REC UK, having come

from backgrounds in PR and travel in Jenny’s case and

the legal field in Melissa’s. They stated: 'We’re focused

on looking at the future of Situations whilst continuing

to run this very successful Guernsey recruitment agency

with a great team of qualified and experienced staff.'

In addition, one of their team, Nadine Gavey, has just

been promoted to Director of the company, making a

majority female board. Nadine joined Situations four

years ago from a background in HR and recruitment

gained at major players in London and Guernsey and

she holds a Master’s in HR Management. Melissa said:

'Nadine is a great addition to our board and brings a

quality HR perspective to the business.'

Situations has expanded from five to nine staff in recent

years and plans further growth.

Wing Kin Lai and Jake Le Marchant

PROMOTION AND APPOINTMENT ON

RAVENSCROFT GUERNSEY TRADING DESK

Ravenscroft's expansion to Monaco has led to changes

on the company’s trading desk. Earlier this year,

Ravenscroft, which already has offices in Guernsey,

Jersey and the UK, announced it had entered into a joint

venture and was opening an office in Monaco, which

would be led by Guernsey Head of Trading Dale Acton.

As a result Jake Le Marchant has been promoted to head

of Trading and Market Making in Guernsey and Wing Kin

Lai has joined the team, which is responsible for trading

worldwide equities, bonds, forex and derivatives for

clients across the globe as well as being a Market Maker

on The International Stock Exchange (TISE).

‘Jake was the perfect person to take over the trading

desk as he has been part of the team for 10 years and

amassed a huge amount of knowledge. He is highly

regarded by clients and well liked by his colleagues.

His energy will be vital to the continued growth of the

trading desk,’ said Mark Bousfield, Group Managing

Director of Ravenscroft.

‘Having 10 years’ experience at Ravenscroft and watching

it grow from a small local stockbroker with only a handful

of staff and clients, to a multi-jurisdictional financial

services firm offering a comprehensive range of services

with £6.5billion assets under administration, has been

amazing,’ Jake said.

‘There is a core group of staff who have been here since

the beginning, we remain independent and the majority

of our staff are shareholders and so although we have

grown dramatically, there is still very much a family feel.

No matter how big we have become, I believe our clients’

needs still come first as without them we haven’t got

a business. That may sound obvious but can often be

forgotten when a company experiences the growth that

Ravenscroft has.’

‘In my new role, I want to ensure that we continue to put

our trading clients’ needs first, that we look at ways to

improve and make their experience as easy and efficient

as possible.’

Wing Kin joins Ravenscroft with nearly eight years'

trading experience, having previously worked at

Sportingbet and Investec Private Bank.

‘No two days are the same on the trading desk and the

markets have been particularly volatile. That’s both a

challenge and something I enjoy and look forward to,’ he

said. ‘I also enjoy the company’s focus on its clients. At

Ravenscroft it’s not a one-size-fits-all mentality, we aim

to provide tailor-made services to each client, depending

on their needs and requirements.’

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SURE HIRES

MARKETING

EXPERT FROM

SONY

Sure has appointed Francesca

Vadher as Head of Marketing

across the Channel Islands

and the Isle of Man.

Francesca Vadher

Francesca brings with her a wealth of experience in

supporting international business development initiatives

and implementing marketing strategies. She has worked

in marketing communications within global blue-chip

brands for over 20 years and joins Sure from Sony Digital

Cinema where she was Head of Marketing for Europe

and the Americas.

Alistair Beak, Chief Marketing Officer at Sure, said:

'Francesca has an impressive background and has

proved that she is experienced at developing brands and

managing international marketing campaigns.

'She will be working across the islands Sure serves to

understand how Sure can support the specific needs

of our customers and developing both corporate and

consumer activity. I know she will be a real asset to the

business and to the Sure team.'

THE OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE

HOTEL WELCOMES JAPHIA ELLAYA

The Governor’s Curry Room at the Old Government

House Hotel has welcomed Japhia Ellaya to the

culinary team, as the new Chef in Charge.

Japhia’s talent and passion in the kitchen was

spotted by Executive Chef Kevin Joseph, who has

helped to prepare her for her next major career

challenge. Japhia has joined the culinary team as

the new Chef in Charge of the Indian section, in the

Governor’s Curry Room Restaurant.

Of the challenge that awaits her, Japhia said:

'Knowing that Chef Kevin has the confidence in

me to make a success, makes me very proud. He’s

entrusting me to carry on with what he started at the

Governor’s Curry Room and giving me the chance to

do something really important for my career.'

PROMOTION TO NEW COUNSEL

ROLE AT BEDELL CRISTIN

Bedell Cristin has promoted Ann Halliday to the newly

created counsel role in its Guernsey office. She is the first

person at the firm to be promoted to this position.

Ann joined the firm in 2016, having worked for eight years

as a banking lawyer with another leading offshore firm

in Guernsey. Previously, she worked for a UK firm and inhouse

with a leading financial institution. She became an

associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in 1984 and

spent a number of years in banking before qualifying as a

solicitor of England & Wales in 1997.

'We are thrilled to announce Ann’s promotion,' said

Managing Partner of Bedell Cristin Guernsey, Kate

Ovenden. 'Her appointment to counsel is recognition of

her expertise, commitment and contribution to the team.

Her technical knowledge is exceptional, her client care

is second-to-none and she is dedicated to training and

mentoring her colleagues.'

L-R: Marcel Magloire, Silvi Magloire and Jack Medhurs

RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT CELEBRATES 10-

YEAR WORK ANNIVERSARY WITH A PROMOTION

Senior Recruitment Consultant Marcel Magloire has been

promoted to Manager at Firstcall Recruitment.

The global recruitment specialists have also taken on

Associate Consultant Jack Medhurst, as the company

continues to secure growth.

‘I’m thrilled with the promotion. I’m really looking forward

to the changes ahead - building a team with a desire for

recruitment and achieving success, in a truly peopleoriented

environment,’ said Marcel.

He joined the family business in 2009 and learnt from the

ground up. Marcel said his role had changed considerably

in the last decade. ‘I’m fortunate enough to now be at a

point where I’m able to lean upon my experience,’ he said.

‘My promotion has taken a phased approach, and over

the past three or four years I’ve played a much more

involved part, not only with client services but also

operations, which has been challenging but worthwhile

and rewarding.’

SKIPTON INTERNATIONAL EXPANDS

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Skipton International is continuing to grow with

the appointment of Roger Hughes as Business

Development Manager.

With over 25 years in banking, Roger brings a wealth

of industry experience to the leading Channel Islands

bank. Since Roger joined the bank, he has led the

development of the Guernsey and UK sales teams

and the expansion of the sales broker networks.

'Skipton’s commitment to putting its customers

first and continually looking for solutions is a really

refreshing approach to banking and one which I am

thoroughly enjoying.' he said.

Nigel Pascoe, Director of Business Development,

said: 'We are receiving an increasing number of

enquiries for our services, so it was vital that we

expanded our Business Development team in order

to assert our presence in the market and to continue

to generate new leads for the bank. Roger is well

respected in offshore lending circles and has been a

valuable asset to Skipton since he joined us.'

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THE BEST OF

BOTH WORLDS

By Simon Torode, Founder, CEO, Livingroom Estate Agents

ADVERTORIAL

As the first pan-Channel Island

residential estate agent Livingroom

is gaining a reputation for offering

its clients the best of both worlds.

Its founder, CEO Simon Torode is

uniquely placed to offer insights

on the islands’ property markets

and promote the very best of the

islands to each other, the UK and

further afield. Here he looks at

what’s needed to run a successful

business across both islands.

Most people who live in the

Channel Islands can consider

themselves incredibly lucky; the

islands possess a scenic beauty

that few places in the world

can match and, what’s more,

they combine this with enviable

lifestyles, unique cultures and the

possibility of island-hopping.

Our experience is that it isn’t the

agent or the house that chooses

which island a prospective resident

lives in, it is the island. There is

very rarely an either/or situation

- people coming in will naturally

gravitate to a specific island.

A STRONG ETHOS

The first route to running a united

company is to know who you

are and who you want to be and

making sure your employees know

it too. Livingroom’s growth story

has been an organic one right since

I started the company in 2006 at

my kitchen table. Livingroom was

founded because there was a gap in

a staid and traditional marketplace

which represented a great

opportunity. The same principle

drove our expansion into Jersey in

2018 and we’re already providing

an alternative and doing things

differently on the sister island.

We have always strived to provide

exceptional customer service; we

recognise that buying a house

is the single largest purchase

anyone is likely to make and that

experience should be a positive

one. Finding, buying and moving

into a new house is stressful so

our team is there every step of the

way to make it as easy as possible.

That level of service is achieved

via two key factors: knowledgeable

people and market-leading

technology. Our staff has more

than 150 years of collective

experience in the islands’ property

sectors meaning that they can

offer advice and guidance on

everything from development

opportunities and the right parish

for you to catchment areas for

schools and the best nearby

beach for a summer barbecue.

The team is supported by our

award-winning online presence,

with a website that lists properties in

an easy-to-search and easy-to-view

format that prioritises professionalstandard

imagery. We are the only

estate agent in the islands to have a

full in-house creative team and that

emphasis on design remains part of

our identity today. The website also

houses revolutionary technology

including our Transparent Vendor

Management (TVM) platform,

which we built ourselves to keep

our vendors up to date at every step

of the process of selling a property.

PAN-ISLAND SUCCESS

As the only pan-island

agency, our unique offering

is true understanding of the

Channel Islands. Livingroom is

not a multinational, nor is it an

international firm with a local

offering. Livingroom was born of

the islands and you couldn't get any

more intrinsically linked if you tried.

Our 25-strong team are at the

heart of what we do and simply

provide the facts from a clear and

unbiased perspective, no matter

which island they work in.

However, the islands are different

and it’s part of our daily working

lives to respect those differences

and allow them to stand out. As

someone who lives and works

pan-island I can see the differences

clearly and this sense of perspective

enables me to step back and

consider how Livingroom can best

highlight the benefits of Guernsey

and Jersey life to wider audiences.

We pride ourselves on

marketing some of the islands’

best homes into the UK and

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PROACTIVE OR

REACTIVE IT:

WHICH IS RIGHT

FOR YOU?

BY OLLY DUQUEMIN, CEO RESOLUTION IT

How do you view IT support in relation to your business?

Do you just view it as one big computer repair industry and

only get in touch when something goes wrong? Or are

you one of the 59% of businesses who have moved to the

outsourced managed IT services model? Resolution IT’s

CEO Olly Duquemin takes a look.

Whilst you may say, ‘Well he

would say that’, there are clear

and compelling reasons for

outsourcing your IT and, more

specifically, opting for a flexible

fixed-price support package

whether using on-premise or

cloud systems.

Taking the ‘break-fix’ pay by the

hour, or pre-paid hours option, is

the short-sighted quick-win but

it’s genuinely not sustainable for

today’s growing and successful

SMEs. It may look like you can

reduce your operational costs

by only paying for specific IT

fix issues but in the long term

it’s going to be far costlier.

You’re paying an open-ended

amount for a problem to be

fixed, that had your IT systems

been properly monitored in the

first place, may not even have

got to the problem stage. You’d

never buy a car and continuously

drive it around without ever

checking the oil level and tyre

pressure, so why would you

switch on your IT systems and

never maintain them again? A

fixed-price IT support package

makes sure your IT systems can

motor along in cruise control.

The monthly fee is based on

configuration of equipment and

the number of users and the

package will do far more than fix a

problem – it’s driven by proactive,

rather than reactive, support.

Systems maintenance is critical to

the safe and smooth running

of your IT systems and ultimately

your business. It should include

antivirus and firewall updates and

monitoring, backup monitoring

and test restores, spam filter

installation and updates, spyware

detection and regular, if not daily,

critical security and third-party

patching. Plus, the monitoring of

disk space on workstations and

servers and the monitoring of

hardware health. An IT support

package is designed to make

sure that issues don’t become

problems which could impact

the wellbeng of your business.

A FIXED-PRICE IT

SUPPORT PACKAGE

MAKES SURE YOUR IT

SYSTEMS CAN MOTOR

ALONG IN CRUISE

CONTROL

When there is a problem, it’s in

the best interests of the support

package for the job to be sorted

first time – after all, it’s a fixed-cost

retainer. Where’s the incentive for

a break-fix company to work in

the same way? And remember,

an hour of IT downtime costs

a UK business anywhere

between £4,300-£258,000.

A fixed-price IT support contract

is so much more than monitoring

and updating your IT systems. Your

support contract should include

regular on-site meetings and

reports which clearly and simply

illustrate the overall health of your

IT network. New technologies

that can improve operations and

efficiencies should be discussed

– your IT needs to help your

business grow, not inhibit it.

So, if you want to switch to

a fixed-price support contact,

what should you look for in the

IT service provider themselves?

Transparency is key. Your

prospective provider should be

clear in their intentions and their

documentation with what is

and isn’t covered in any support

contract you sign. Ask about

qualifications: the world of IT is

changing so rapidly; you need

to have the confidence that

your systems are being looked

after by those who have the very

latest professional qualifications.

And don’t just look at the staff,

look at the business as a whole.

Does it deal with the latest

vendors? Are they recognised

and respected names? Arguably

the hottest topic in IT right now

is cyber security - Are they able

to offer you industry-recognised

cyber-security certifications and

train your staff to make sure

they are not the weakest link?

And wouldn’t the icing on the IT

cake be if they have won awards or

been recognised by industry peers

for the high standards of their

work? Finally, check references:

don’t just look at the testimonials

on their website – ask other IT

decision makers for their thoughts

on who they use. Above all, you

should be looking for a trusted

advisor; people and a package

that can allow you to get on with

running your business, safe in

the knowledge your IT systems

are in the best possible hands.

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WE NEED TO

TALK ABOUT

TECHNOLOGY

Technological development

has the potential to build

a future that is prosperous

and equitable. PEA's

Managing Director James

Orrick takes a look.

In an ideal scenario, advancements

in disruptive technology

can dramatically transform

healthcare, finance, commerce,

globalisation, legal systems,

taxation, privacy and security

in ways that offer convenience

and safety across the broader

spectrum of societal structures.

On the surface, the future looks

bright. But do we really know

what the future will look like?

Computerisation is a dominant

and essential tool across

numerous industries and disruptive

technologies are undoubtedly

helping firms to progress beyond

the limitations imposed by

outdated IT infrastructures.

Automation and AI will be

commonplace in the next five

years and a robotic workforce

that simultaneously undertakes

dangerous and uninspiring work

will fuel profits and efficiency.

The impact of computerisation

in the 21st century enables

companies to focus on improving

human-to-human interactions.

Digitalisation also accelerates

globalisation and provides a

platform to further impact societal

development in established and

emerging economies. There is

no question that technological

solutions have the potential

to deliver untold benefits for

companies - but at what cost

to a global human workforce

with a longer lifespan?

SCALABLE

Whilst disruptive technologies

are accelerating dynamic markets,

the speed at which innovation is

evolving the commercial landscape

poses a threat to large businesses

that are not agile enough to

adopt revised business models.

Credit Suisse forecast the average

lifespan of SP 500 companies will

be a mere 15 years in 2025 - down

from 67 years 100 years ago and

from 60 years in the 1950s.

To avoid capitulation, private

equity investors are challenged

with implementing business

models that are digitally-enabled

to enter new markets, support

scalable financial performance

and deliver value to stakeholders.

There is no doubt that technology

can provide profitable solutions.

However, for private equity funds,

new markets are not necessarily

better markets. Business models

have to be flexible enough to

establish a diverse range of

products that create sustainable

revenue streams. Those revenue

streams include providing

sustainable jobs for workers

who are also consumers.

THE DISRUPTIVE FORCE OF TECH

The World Bank has described

the digital revolution as the fourth

stage in the evolution of industry.

Technological breakthroughs such

as automation, artificial intelligence

(AI), robotics, the blockchain and the

Internet of Things will transform the

workplace and the wider spectrum

of the world as we know it.

AI and automation are advancing

at a phenomenal rate. AI can

even generate its own AI and

automation of knowledge removes

the risk of human error and

significantly improves efficiency.

Businesses will undoubtedly

benefit from the advances in

computerisation. Individuals also

have the potential to improve their

experience at work. Automated

processes eliminate tedious

admin tasks and free up time

for more important matters.

Disruptive technology will have an

effect on almost every industry all

over the world. Its impact will be farreaching.

However, executives and

fund managers have to decide just

how far they are prepared to allow

technology to reach. Changing

business models and operating

paradigm may mean replacing

manpower with technology.

In a time when consumers

demand corporate responsibility

and jobs are needed to avoid

economic downturn, how

disruptive will technology be in

the near and long-term future?

Disruptive technology has the

power to render companies and

their employees irrelevant. This

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Business

UK TAX ON THE SALE

OF UK PROPERTIES

OWNED BY NON-UK

RESIDENTS

BY NATALIE CHAMBERLAIN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, LTS TAX LIMITED

HM Revenue and Customs

('HMRC') are implementing

significant changes which

will subject gains realised

on the disposal of all UK real

property made by non-UK

residents to UK tax. This will

include commercial property;

retail, offices, factories and

agricultural land.

Prior to April 2019, only gains

arising on the disposal of UK

residential property made

by non-UK residents were

subject to UK tax, with gains

arising upon the disposal of UK

commercial property falling

outside the UK tax charge.

Under the new regime, non-

UK residents disposing of any

UK property will be subject to

UK Capital Gains Tax ('CGT')

on any gain arising. Non-

UK resident companies will

be liable to Corporation Tax

('CT') on any gains arising.

THE RATES OF TAX

For individuals the applicable

CGT rates will be the same as

for UK residents and will depend

on the level of other UK taxable

income and whether the disposal

is of commercial property

(currently 10% or 20%) or of

residential property (currently

18% or 28%). Non-residents

will be entitled to the normal

CGT reliefs and exemptions i.e.

the annual exemption which

will be £12,000 for 2019-20.

Non-resident companies,

which were previously subject

to non-resident Capital Gains

Tax ('NRCGT') at 20% in respect

of gains arising on the disposal

of residential property, will from

April 2019 be subject to CT on

the disposal of all UK property.

The applicable CT rate will be

the same as for UK resident

companies which is currently 19%

but falling to 17% in April 2020.

For disposals by non-UK resident

individuals or trustees of nonresidential

property, there will be

a rebasing option so that only

gains that accrue post 6 April

2019 will be exposed to CGT. For

companies subject to CT on their

property gains, the rebasing date

is 1 April 2019. There will also be

an option to calculate the gain or

loss using the original acquisition

cost of the asset if this is beneficial.

For companies that become

UK resident post April 2019,

the uplifted base cost will

continue to apply, so as to

not prevent non-UK resident

companies from “on-shoring”.

INDIRECT INTERESTS

Indirect interests in UK property

will also fall within the new

regime. The indirect interest rules

will apply where an individual

makes a disposal of an entity

that derives 75% or more of its

gross asset value from UK land.

There is an exemption for any

investor who owns less than a 25%

interest. A disposal of an indirect

interest will most commonly

occur when shares in a company

holding UK property are disposed

of. However, interests held in

partnerships, trusts or UK Real

Estate Investment Trusts by way

of options or other rights over

property will also be taxed.

There will be a trading exemption

for entities that are trading before

and after the disposal where

the land is used in the trade.

LOSSES

Losses arising to non-UK resident

companies under the new rules

can be offset against any other

company gains. Losses arising

to non-resident individuals

and trustees can be offset

against other property gains.

REPORTING A DISPOSAL

TO HMRC

For companies, the disposal

needs to be reported in the annual

CT return and tax paid within

nine months of the end of the

accounting period. For individuals

and trustees, disposals will need

to be reported to HMRC within

30 days of completion, with a tax

payment on account also being

due on that date in most cases.

However, if the investor

is already within the self

assessment regime, the disposal

can instead be reported on

their annual UK tax return.

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EMPLOYMENT

LAW

If you’re working in the UK,

employment law will affect

you at some point.

Ed Smethurst, Managing

Partner, Prosperity Law,

explains.

WHAT IS IT?

Employment law sets out what

the company expects from the

employee and what they can

ask you to do; and what your

rights are as an employee.

When you start a new job, or when

a company is employing a new team

member, there’s normally a contract

which you both sign which sets

out these expectations and rights.

With any luck that’s as

complicated as it gets, and everyone

will work within the terms of the

contract. However, if you’re an

employer, how do you make sure

you’re on top of constantly evolving

employment legislation when

handling your staff relationships?

And, if you’re an employee and

things go wrong, what are your

rights and what can you do?

EMPLOYERS - GET YOUR

HOUSE IN ORDER

Whether you employ one person

or 1000 people, as an employer you

need to make sure you abide by

employment legislation: it sets out

people’s rights when they’re working

for you, lays down guidelines to

ensure there is no discrimination and

highlights health and safety rules

which your business needs to adopt.

Regularly review your contracts

of employment to make sure

they’re still compliant with

current legislation, and ensure

you have properly documented

all the terms and conditions

of someone’s employment.

Equally importantly, also, keep

proper written records of any

pay reviews, annual performance

assessments and any issues or

disputes that may have arisen over

their time working with you.

For larger organisations, it’s

likely you’ll have a management

structure in place of some sort,

with staff reporting in to a number

of managers, who in turn report

in to senior staff. Do your staff

and managers all know what your

procedures are, are they aware

of how they need to conduct

themselves in their everyday

interactions with staff to make sure

they don’t overstep the line and

breach employment legislation?

Regular training can help protect

your company from ending up

with a disgruntled employee.

EMPLOYEES - YOU’RE NOT ALONE

When you first get an employment

contract to sign, make sure you

read it. You would be amazed

at the proportion of people

who don’t read their contracts

thoroughly. Better still, show it to

an employment solicitor to check

that you’re not signing up to any

unreasonable terms. Ask to see

any other policies referred to in the

contract so you know what they say.

If you have a regular performance

review, take time to make a note

of the key points discussed.

Hopefully you’ll never need them,

but it’s incredibly helpful to have

a record so you can prove what

was said if things go south.

Despite this, sometimes things go

wrong. If you’ve had a disagreement

in the workplace, been discriminated

against or been unfairly dismissed,

then an employment lawyer can

assist. Difficulties in the workplace

can leave you feeling stressed and

needing to resolve issues so you can

get on with your life again quickly.

WHEN IT GOES WRONG

Prosperity law can provide you

with accurate guidance on current

employment laws and regulations

and how they apply to both you

and your business. We work with

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FACES OF BUSINESS

EDWARD

SMETHURST

Edward Smethurst, Managing Partner, at Prosperity Law

LLP is a senior litigation solicitor with 28 years’ experience

How do you start off your

working day?

Do you travel much in

your role?

Where is your favourite

place in the world?

At 6.30 am I take my black labrador

Lottie for a walk to give me a chance

to think about the day ahead, then

I have a coffee and catch up with

my wife and children before they

leave for the school run. On the

way into the office, I check in with

my wonderful PA who I couldn’t

be without (she has written this!),

go through my diary for the day

ahead and clear as many emails

as I can to give me a head start!

How would you describe

your leadership style?

I try to be as supportive and

loyal as possible and listen to

everyone’s opinions and ideas

which I do always appreciate. I

am a natural completer/finisher in

life and encourage this from the

rest of my team as this achieves

positive results. I like momentum

and a fast-moving environment

and staff who take the initiative.

What single achievement

are you most proud of?

Founding and building our business.

We are a highly entrepreneurial

and innovative law firm with a

very business-focused approach.

That makes us unusual. Starting

our own firm up was a big leap

but thankfully a great success.

I do travel sometimes in my role

but this is mainly in the UK and

Channel Islands and, on occasions,

Europe. I also spend a fair amount

of time in London. In my previous

job I travelled very extensively visiting

America 57 times in five years which

was far too much. I would like to

think that I have a better balance

in my life now in terms of travel.

How would you

quantify success?

Happy clients who come back

to you and stay with you.

What’s the best piece of

advice you were ever given?

Being a good lawyer is not

necessarily about knowing every

aspect of the law, it is about

knowing where to find the answer

and, most importantly, how to

apply the answer to achieve the

best business outcome. Highly

academic lawyers who know

the law but miss the commercial

solution fail to best serve their client.

You always have to maintain a clear

business and commercial focus.

Cape Town – a wonderful climate,

scenery and fantastic vineyards

only a short distance away.

How do you maintain a

healthy work/life balance?

I definitely need to improve in this

department. Our new puppy is a

big part of this and she forces me

to put my phone down and walk

every morning and every night!

As a child, what did you want

to be when you grew up?

A businessman. When I went to

university I studied Economics

before moving to a Law degree.

Throughout my career I have always

effectively been half businessman

and half lawyer and my first roles

involved working in-house in

commercial organisations.

What is the last thing

you think about at the

end of the day?

Where I am tomorrow and

what time I have to be there!

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GUERNSEY'S

SUBSTANCE

LEGISLATION

AFTER THE WHITE LIST,

WHAT COMES NEXT?

BY TIM CLIPSTONE

GROUP PARTNER, OGIER

This Q&A by Ogier Group Partner Tim Clipstone sets out an overview of substance legislation

in Guernsey, how it works, and what comes next.

The agreement of EU finance

ministers that Guernsey's new

substance legislation meets their

requirements has placed the island

on a 'white list' of cooperative

jurisdictions, and is the perfect

message to take with us into

the flagship Guernsey Funds

Forum event in London in May.

WHY HAS GUERNSEY

IMPLEMENTED THESE CHANGES?

Following a review by the EU's

Code of Conduct Group in 2017 to

assess standards of tax transparency,

fair tax and compliance with

measures to prevent base erosion

and profit shifting, Guernsey (along

with other jurisdictions), made

a commitment to the European

Commission to address their

concerns by the end of 2018.

The resulting rules require

Guernsey tax resident companies

that are generating income from

their engagement in certain

geographically mobile financial and

other services activities to confirm

each year that they meet minimum

economic substance requirements

in Guernsey with effect from

financial years beginning in 2019.

WHAT WAS THE RESULT OF

THE ECOFIN REVIEW?

European Commission civil

servants reviewed the legislation and

EU Member States' Economic and

Financial Affairs Council decided on

12 March to remove Guernsey from

the action "grey list" and confirm

Guernsey is a fully compliant

jurisdiction for the purposes of tax

transparency and tax co-operation.

DO THE NEW RULES APPLY

TO ALL COMPANIES?

The substance rules apply to

Guernsey domiciled and tax

resident companies carrying on

relevant activities. These are:

• Banking

• Insurance

• Fund Management

• Finance and Leasing

• Shipping

• Headquarters Activities

• Distribution and Service

Centre Activities

In addition, specific rules apply to:

• pure equity holding

companies; and

• intellectual property asset

holding companies.

DO THE RULES ONLY APPLY

TO COMPANIES?

In Guernsey, the rules only apply

directly to companies, albeit

corporate general partners of

Limited Partnerships are in scope.

ARE CERTAIN ACTIVITIES

OUT OF SCOPE?

The EU, in its initial report,

specifically excluded certain

categories of economically mobile

activity from the scope of the

requirements, including the activities

involved in being a collective

investment scheme. Guernsey's

Guidance Notes are expected to

clarify the scope of this exclusion.

IF A COMPANY IS CARRYING

ON RELEVANT ACTIVITIES,

WHAT DOES IT NEED TO DO?

Each category of relevant activity

has a list of core income generating

activities that are expected to be

carried on by that entity in the

jurisdiction in which they are tax

resident and all companies that are

in scope are expected to have board

meetings held in that jurisdiction, as

well as keep certain records there

and be otherwise directed and

managed from that jurisdiction.

Companies carrying on relevant

activities are also expected to have

an adequate level of Guernsey

tax-resident staff, premises

and expenditure in Guernsey,

proportionate to the activities

carried out in Guernsey.

WHAT IF MY COMPANY DOES NOT

HAVE ANY INCOME IN A TAX YEAR?

Generally, for a company to be in

scope of the Guernsey legislation, it

will need to have received income

from the relevant activity during

the relevant tax year. However, fact

specific advice should be taken

in this regard.

WHAT ARE THE SANCTIONS

FOR NON-COMPLIANCE?

The sanctions allow the tax

authorities to report the offence

to other relevant tax authorities,

including those of the company's

parent (where it is situated

in an EU jurisdiction) and, in

addition, follow a pattern of

progressively punitive sanctions,

ranging from fines to requiring

the company to be struck off.

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ARE WE THERE YET?

BY MARK BOUSFIELD,

GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR,

RAVENSCROFT

BABY, EVEN THE LOSERS

GET LUCKY SOMETIMES

EVEN THE LOSERS

KEEP A LITTLE BIT OF PRIDE

THEY GET LUCKY SOMETIMES

Tom Petty, 1979.

You, dear reader, have the advantage of me, since,

at the time of writing – certainly in the run-up to

delivering this article – I made the classic mistake of

thinking that politicians could keep their collective

promise on the one thing they were all elected to

deliver (if you don’t believe me, go back and read

both parties’ manifestos) following the calamitous UK

general election in 2017. But here we are, none the

wiser and with a 12 April extension for Theresa May

to somehow win over all those MPs she so recently

roundly berated for failing to vote for her (dismal)

deal. You may also have the advantage over me as I

believed (at least hoped) that we had reached peak

Brexit in terms of dominating column inches. Sadly

not, and it looks like there is no escape from Brexit

dominating our news flow for weeks, months (years?)

to come – I promise to try and move on!

Brexit is often compared to a divorce, taking much

longer and costing a lot more than anyone expected

– all true so far! It can also, as historian, author and

broadcaster Niall Ferguson has pointed out, result in

the realisation that 'not all the problems were really the

fault of their ex-wife'.

Be that is as it may, whether your outlook is remain

or exit, UK politics has hit a low. William Hague said

recently this has been the worst failure of government

and parliament in two or three hundred years. While

he may well be right, it is both sad and extraordinary

that such comparisons are being made. After all,

it’s not as if both of the major political parties went

into the process on opposite sides of the argument

– following the Brexit referendum result, both were

clear that they accepted the result. What the process

has exposed, however, is the gulf between voters

and their elected representatives. Far from the usual

vote-seeking platitudes about being elected to serve,

it has become apparent that the majority of MPs think

their constituents are not only wrong on the merits of

the argument, but, despite the aforesaid manifestos,

in need of having their minds changed through that

classic EU manoeuvre, the re-vote.

It is quite amusing to see British politicians adopting

one of the tactics that most infuriates voters of all

European complexions (ask the Irish, the French, the

Dutch, the Danes and the Greeks – all of whom have

been made to vote again following a 'wrong' answer)

about the institution in the first place. But no matter,

it is clear that the Establishment is appalled by the

population’s failure to understand its duty and is thus

deploying any and all means necessary to correct it.

It will be interesting to see whether this last-minute

fiasco will finally have the economic effect that so

many have forecast since the vote on 23 June 2016.

As you know, we at Ravenscroft place very little store

by forecasting or politics, preferring to invest in sound

businesses that know their market and continue

to manage their resources to exploit competitive

advantage. What is certainly true is that doommongering

has been the order of the day since the

vote was cast. Yet, as often happens in these cases,

the fundamentals have been ignored in favour of the

narrative. Recent employment figures continue to

defy the economic Cassandras and the UK persists

in outperforming its EU rivals 'despite Brexit'. None

of this is to say that the situation won’t change, if, for

example, the UK eventually leaves without a deal. But

businesses took the pessimistic route a long time ago

(oddly enough, businesses did not trust politicians to

negotiate properly) with the vast majority, 80 per cent

according to recent reports, having prepared for the

worst case.

It is this foresight and careful management that

we vote to invest in and that gives us our cause for

optimism – deal or no deal!

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INVESTING

FOR THE

LONG TERM

CRAIG ALLEN

BY CRAIG ALLEN, HEAD OF INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT, JULIUS BAER GUERNSEY

We wrote an article in a previous

edition of En Voyage about Warren

Buffett’s approach to investment:

holding for the long term and

buying on dips if cash becomes

available. Now that the markets

have recovered from their dip in

Q4 18 and Mr Buffett has made his

purchases, investors who are still

in cash are often asking for advice

about what to do from here.

The investment opportunity set

for Sterling-based investors hasn’t

changed materially over the last

year, nor indeed has it changed

materially over the last 10 years.

UK interest rates and UK bond

yields remain at rock bottom

levels, having declined sharply

back in early 2009. Importantly,

the expected returns from these

core asset classes continue to be

well below the level of inflation.

In broad terms, UK interest rates

are just 0.5%, 10-year UK bond

yields are 1% and inflation is

running at around 2%. This means

that investors into these low-risk

asset classes have actually seen

their savings decline in value by

between 10% and 15% in real terms

over the last 10 years. Of course,

these losses cannot be seen on a

valuation: they mount up gradually

over time in an environment where

basic living costs such as housing,

fuel and food are rising. Spending

power therefore declines on a

gradual, year-on-year basis.

There is a simple way of avoiding

this trap and that is to invest into

assets that have the potential to

match or beat inflation over time.

These assets include equities, real

estate, hedge funds and higher

yielding bonds. Unfortunately,

all of these assets display higher

levels of volatility, but this is a price

well worth paying in our view.

By way of example, the last 12

months are generally accepted

as having been a very tough

period for investors. However, a

typical Sterling Balanced portfolio

within the industry will probably

be up slightly over the 12-month

period ending in March 2019.

THE INVESTMENT

OPPORTUNITY SET

FOR STERLING-BASED

INVESTORS HASN'T

CHANGED MATERIALLY

OVER THE LAST YEAR,

NOR INDEED HAS IT

CHANGED MATERIALLY

OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS

Performances will vary across the

industry, but most clients should

have seen their investments beat

cash deposits over this one-year

period. Admittedly, beating cash

over this period may have involved

a 'V-shaped recovery' and a few

tough weeks during October

and December, but long-term

investors need to look through

these periods and remain calm.

Only those investors who elect

to sell during periods of market

weakness experience the so

called 'L-shaped recovery'.

Concentrating on the long

term is crucial. If an investor is still

in employment and is focusing

on providing for themselves

in retirement in 20 years’ time,

they can afford to take on more

volatility and aim to beat inflation

by a material margin. In this

example, they would have a

high 'risk-ability' and a long-term

time horizon. For those investors

who are retired, a mix of capital

protection and capital growth

may be more appropriate, leading

them to a more balanced portfolio

of assets.

Buy-to-let property has also

proved to be a very good way

of saving for the long term.

Stable income streams and a

potential for capital appreciation

in line with inflation is generally

attractive. An additional benefit is

that Bloomberg will not remind

you of the value of this property

on a minute-by-minute basis

when markets take a turn for the

worse. Property definitely has its

merits, though a well-diversified

investment portfolio tends not to

contact you for a new boiler at

7am on a cold January morning!

In summary therefore, the

fundamental investment backdrop

has not changed materially

over the last 10 years, despite

the geo-political environment

and the market dip in Q4 18.

Investors need to focus on assets

that can match or beat inflation,

hold these assets for the long

term and continue to reinvest

the coupons, dividends and any

other excess income over time.

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A REMOTE SETTING

FOR A GLOBAL

WORKFORCE?

Improvements in technology mean companies have the

ability to set up global teams that work closely together but

rarely physically meet. Carey Olsen counsel Carly Parrott, a

specialist in employment law, considers the pros and cons for

individuals and employers using technology to work remotely.

Like it or not, technology is

revolutionising the way not only

that we do business, but the

way we service that business.

Technology is an enabler – its

constant development fosters

and supports remote and flexible

working focused on output and

productivity. Teams can now be

virtual; employers can radically

increase their talent pool by

recruiting globally and ensuring

their teams have the right skilled

people in the right jobs, irrespective

of location. This is particularly

relevant to Guernsey where local

skills can be restricted and the ability

to recruit and critically to retain

skilled workers can be difficult.

Recent studies suggest that

flexibility is more highly sought

after than any other factor,

including salary – it is all about

freedom of choice. Choice leads

to empowerment and that in turn

leads to engagement. Retention

levels are higher and morale is

more positive. Declines in stress

levels have also been shown, and

in turn a dramatic drop in mental

health issues and absenteeism.

Overheads for both employers and

employees can also come down

with a remote work force – less

physical office space needed and

less time and money spent on

travel and on the other associated

costs of working in a central office

environment. It’s a win-win.

However, remote and flexible

working is only effective if an

organisation has three key

ingredients – trust, mutual purpose

and connectivity. It takes effort to

ensure that those three components

exist and that everyone invests

and buys into them. Firstly, there

must be appropriate systems

in place. That’s a simple one.

Secondly, and more of an unknown

quantity, remote working is not

for everyone; some need human

interaction and the accountability

that follows. Some flourish in the

ability to 'bounce' ideas around the

water cooler and engage with their

colleagues. Employees who work

remotely must take charge of their

own productivity and in turn their

employer needs to trust them to

get the job done, and support them

by setting meaningful and realistic

KPIs tailored for them. Fail in one of

those cornerstones and a remote

workforce enabled by technology

is unlikely to be successful.

KEY CONSIDERATIONS

Of course, technology can be

a double-edged sword. It can

connect people from around the

world in an instant, with virtual

communication tools allowing them

the freedom to work as and when,

but it can also be very isolating

working alone without physical

interaction or support. It can lead

to employees being 'on' 24/7 and

never able to properly switch off.

The human element of operative

management and leadership should

not be underestimated – the ease by

which written communications can

be misinterpreted is a constant risk

for remote working. However, with

a bit of thought, and a lot of buy-in,

effective operative management

can be achieved thanks to

developments in technology.

There are legal and personnel

management implications too.

Appropriate clauses in the contract

of employment and having

appropriate policies in place are

fundamental in not only defining

rights and obligations (including

in respect of cybersecurity and

data protection) but in having

clear remote and flexible working

policies and ensuring there is a

system to facilitate personalised

KPIs and periodic performance

reviews. These are critical in

ensuring expectations are set

and managed, and everyone is

working from the same page.

Indeed, the atypical worker brings

about a number of prevalent issues

for employers to consider, including:

• Where do an employee's

employment rights subsist

• How do those rights correlate

with an employee’s statutory

rights in their place of residence?

• Which rights are more relevant

and can you apply global

policies to local employees?

• What health and safety risks

arise from remote working?

• How do you manage sickness

and absenteeism or discipline

an absent employee?

• What happens in a

redundancy situation?

Turning your mind to these issues

in advance of implementing or

supporting remote and flexible

working will enable employers to

draft appropriate contracts and

policies and ensure that the key

risks are mitigated (as much as it is

possible to do so in the employment

arena – where certain statutory

rights cannot be contracted out of).

CONCLUSION

Remote and flexible working is

often credited with fostering a

positive and creative environment

that allows employees to prosper

and to perform their work at a

time and place that suits them.

Guernsey currently trails behind

other jurisdictions when it comes

to this area of employment mainly

because, in the author's view, of our

great work-life balance and quick

commute times, but with the island's

world-renowned digital capabilities

and need to attract skilled workers

it might not stay that way for long.

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SUBSTANCE LAWS

ENHANCE CHANNEL ISLANDS’

COMPLIANCE CREDENTIALS

BY AMIT TAYLOR, HEAD OF CORPORATE SERVICES,

INTERTRUST GUERNSEY

The Channel Islands have

recently brought in new

economic substance laws that

meet requirements set out by

the EU’s Code of Conduct Group

(Business Taxation) (COCG).

As one of the largest financial

services firms in the Channel

Islands, Intertrust is ideally

placed to guide clients through

these changes and help them to

comply with the new legislation.

The substance laws that have

come into force in each island

represent significant pieces of

legislation that will require certain

tax-resident companies to meet a

series of economic substance tests

to prove their compliance. This

could involve significant changes

in how those companies operate.

POSITIVE REAFFIRMATION

The introduction of the laws

has contributed to Guernsey

and Jersey being reaffirmed as

cooperative jurisdictions with

respect to good governance

by the Economic and Financial

Affairs Council of the European

Union (ECOFIN); a positive

endorsement but one that the

islands’ governments have always

maintained was inevitable.

Ciara Smith, Head of Regulatory

and Compliance Services for

the Intertrust Group, welcomes

both ECOFIN’s declaration

and the substance laws: 'The

Channel Islands continue to be

key jurisdictions for Intertrust.

They have always operated to the

highest standards of regulation

and transparency so we as a

Group were always confident

that ECOFIN would provide

this positive reaffirmation.

'The substance laws not

only enable the islands to

continue to meet international

transparency standards, but

mean that they stand out as

having an exemplary approach to

compliance and transparency.'

EVOLUTION NOT REVOLUTION

As a listed company with a long

established presence and over

500 experts across the two islands

Intertrust has developed its existing

client proposition to help clients

to meet the new requirements.

Boards have to respond

appropriately and quickly to the

new laws so to help them do this

we’ve developed a 'substance

checker' app to make the initial

assessment as easy as possible.

At Intertrust we have experienced

and established corporate, funds

and private wealth teams who are

already working with clients to

provide everything they to need to

establish a local presence for their

operations, including provision of

high quality turn-key workplace

solution, independent directors

and governance solutions which

sit alongside our established

corporate administration services.

We can also draw on our

global resources such as Ciara’s

business solutions team who

monitor regulatory and legislative

developments to ensure that

Intertrust has the expertise and

can evolve our service offering

so that our clients remain

complaint with all laws and

regulations in the complex and

fast-changing global environment

in which our clients operate.

THE NEXT STEPS

The first thing for companies who

are tax-resident in the Channel

Islands to do is to determine

which of their client entities

could be affected. Proactive and

informed corporate and fund

service providers will already

be talking to clients to explain

the changes and to guide them

through initial impact assessments.

Chris Bowden, a Client Director

in corporate services at Intertrust

in Jersey, said that this process

is well underway: 'At Intertrust

our purpose is to support our

clients to enable their businesses

to grow sustainably. In order to

do this we have to be proactive

and fully informed as to all

the latest legislative changes;

substance laws have been on

the horizon for a while and

now the hard work begins.

'We already provide many of

the services clients will require

to ensure they are compliant

with these new laws.'

The islands’ substance laws are

the latest in a long line of legislative

steps to address transparency and

compliance and further strengthen

the jurisdictions’ hand when it

comes to competing on the world

stage as centres of excellence.

If you would like further

information on Intertrust’s

substance offering or any Intertrust

services, please contact us at

cisubstance@intertrustgroup.com.

Information correct as of print date

of 27 March 2019. For disclaimer and

legal messages, please visit the Intertrust

Group website – intertrustgroup.

com/legalnotice

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O i NEWS

Oi ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIPS WITH WORLD-LEADING

IMMERSIVE MEDIA, DATA AND VOICE COMPANIES

Channel Island creative and

digital marketing agency Oi has

announced partnerships with

two of the leading virtual and

augmented reality, voice and

data companies in the world.

The agency has teamed up

with immersive media company

Hammerhead to provide the

latest in virtual and augmented

reality production services, and

digital human creation through

their London studio, Dimension.

Hammerhead launched in

2014 to focus on creating

virtual worlds and augmented

reality content. Dimension is

a state-of-the-art volumetric

capture studio in London that

creates digital humans for use in

immersive and traditional media.

Oi has also partnered with Say

It Now - a specialist enterprise,

natural language understanding

consultancy (chat and voice bots)

- to offer clients the latest data

and voice marketing services,

particularly in the financial,

travel and energy sectors.

Say It Now Co-Founder, Charles

Cadbury, is a serial technology

business builder and previously

founded the multi-award winning

conversational platform, Dazzle.

Image above: ABE VR is a cinematic VR

experience based on the multi-award

winning short film, by Rob McLellan,

and is the first ever virtual reality

experience to be officially certified by

the British Board of Film Classification.

It has also been selected for the BAFTA

VR showcase.

'IT’S BEEN GOOD TO GET TO KNOW THE TEAM AT

OI. THEY HAVE SOME GREAT IDEAS FOR EXISTING

AND NEW CLIENTS WHICH WE LOOK FORWARD TO

DELIVERING TOGETHER'

Yush Kalia, Director of Sales and Marketing, Hammerhead.

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Bullet-time capture - Dimension

pioneered the technique behind the

epic Matrix bullet-time shots.

Environment capture - Dimension are

masters at creating virtual environments.

His Co-Founder, Sander Siezen,

VP of Product at Say It Now,

has 25 years' enterprise digital

product development experience

in highly regulated and highgrowth

industries, and was

previously Head of Mobile at RBS.

'Oi is a dynamic agency that

took the initiative to approach us

and Hammerhead. I’m confident

our partnerships are going to lead

to great things,' said Mr Cadbury,

Chief Executive Officer of Say It

Now, whose executive team have

a proven record of delivering

digital services to brands such as

RBS, Nectar, Marriott and Samsung

and are currently providing voice

experience services to brands

under the Diageo umbrella.

'Technology is constantly

evolving and we see these specific

areas growing exponentially in the

near future,' said Peter Grange,

Chief Executive Officer of Oi.

'The teams at both Hammerhead

and Say It Now are some of

the world’s leading experts in

their respective fields. We’re

excited and looking forward to

working closely with them.'

Oi is a full-service creative

and digital marketing agency

helping businesses become more

successful all over the world with

its brand new thinking. From

Guernsey and Jersey, a team of

33 experts provide the full range of

advertising, digital and marketing

services to clients locally,

nationally and internationally.

The agency recently appointed

Chris Atkinson, former VP

of Sales and Marketing at

Microsoft Asia Pacific, as its

new Executive Chairman.

For more information visit

Oi

oi-you.com/partners

Hammerhead

hammerheadvr.com

Say It Now

sayitnow.ai

Hammerhead and HSBC - An interactive journey into Asia

to learn about China’s growth, the Belt & Road initiative,

and HSBC’s involvement.

Performance capture - Dimension's volumetric video studio

enables you to record actors, performers, and animals to

create virtual and mixed reality experiences that feel more real.

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THE

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ONE

PATRICK OGIER

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En Voyage spoke to

Guernsey tennis star Patrick

Ogier to find out where his

passion for playing began.

Patrick Ogier hadn’t even started

primary school when the tennis

bug hit. The Guernseyman, who’s

since represented his island at the

Commonwealth Games and Island

Games, had discovered a couple

of video tapes of old Wimbledon

matches and was at risk of

wearing them out by watching

them ‘religiously’ on repeat.

The 31 year old is still a star

of Guernsey’s sporting scene,

and though currently working

through a knee and elbow injury,

is a regular on the European

tournament scene, and hopes to

be back flying the Sarnia flag at

the Island Games in Gibraltar this

summer, and certainly when the

event returns to Guernsey in 2021.

'The Island Games are some

of my best tennis experiences

and memories of my life,' Patrick

says I. 'The first one i did was

in Gibraltar in 2005 when they

did some of the sports there

and the rest in Shetland, so I got

the better end of the deal.

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Sport

That was fantastic. It was me

and Dom McCluskey. He was 15

and I was 17. I ended up sitting

my A Level English in Gibraltar

in an empty classroom with one

examiner between matches.'

Since then, Patrick has

represented his home at the

Island Games, known as the

friendly games, in Rhodes,

Aland and Bermuda. The

latter, back in 2011, is the one

he considers his favourite.

'Dom and I played the team

event stuff and we’d managed

to get gold in Rhodes and Aland.

They were both brilliant moments

in tennis life but Bermuda was

the best. In Bermuda it was the

toughest in terms of competition,

and the conditions were incredibly

hot and humid. The final was

over 40 degrees on court. We

were almost fainting. Winning

gold in the team there was one

of my best wins, though it was

against Jersey’s Scott Clayton

who’s a good friend of mine.'

Those Island Games

appearances, and a chance

to represent Guernsey at the

Commonwealth Games in 2011,

are a far cry from that child

watching those videos. But there

were early clues that

the sport would

come to

dominate

his life.

'I remember, being three or

four years old, and I would play

tennis against the kitchen door.

If now I know how annoying it

must have been for my parents.

I’d go out and play swingball

and pretend to be a top player. I

just remember getting hooked

on tennis. The more I played,

the more enthusiasm I had for it.

I’d spend every waking minute

working on it in some way, but

from the age of 10 it got trickier.'

While Patrick had some chance

of going to England to play in

tournaments, a decision many

face ahead of starting secondary

school is whether to leave the

island and attend a full-time

tennis facility, often in Europe

or North America, and leave

behind the life they know.

'You need to take that decision

when you’re quite young to drop

everything to do that fully, or do

you stay for your schooling and

to be with your friends? It’s a big

decision. The conversation did

happen a couple of times when

my parents asked if I wanted

to leave to do the tennis full

time, but, apparently, I always

said I wanted to be with my

friends and stay here.'

Patrick went to

Beechwood

and then

Elizabeth

College,

but

still

had

the

chance to play occasionally in

England and France, with support

from his parents. And, while he

was getting less tournament

experience than his peers

in England, his passion only

grew, meaning tennis would

continue to dominate his life,

both playing and coaching.

'I’ve been so lucky to go on

so many incredible trips. I’ve

managed a couple of the youth

players with Commonwealth

Games trips to Samoa and the

Bahamas. I’ve been able to train

with Rafa Nadal and play exhibition

matches with Pat Cash. There’s

been the chance to play in the

Island Games and Commonwealth

Games. I’m really fortunate.'

And it’s that sense of genuine

gratitude that shines through

as one of Guernsey’s tennis

greats talks about the sport he

loves. And, while this season

has been hampered by injury,

his determination is clear.

'This year’s been tough as I’ve

been injured for a lot of the year.

Earlier this season I played in some

French club matches as well as

tournaments there. I’ve also played

in Sardinia and in Egypt which was

a great experience. I’m playing a bit

less now, but I want to sort these

injuries out and get back playing

some team matches in France.'

And with the return of the

Island Games to Guernsey

in just two years, he’s every

reason to be back on top form

before long, emulating those

performances in those old

Wimbledon videos that inspired

a life-long love of tennis.

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PATRICK OGIER ©GUERNSEY PRESS

'I’VE BEEN SO LUCKY TO GO ON SO MANY

INCREDIBLE TRIPS. I’VE MANAGED A COUPLE OF THE

YOUTH PLAYERS WITH COMMONWEALTH GAMES

TRIPS TO SAMOA AND THE BAHAMAS.

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Sport

GET

FRESH!

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The popularity of open water

swimming has soared in recent

years, and you couldn’t ask for a

better place than Guernsey to do it.

By all accounts, open water swimming is addictive.

Aficionados report feeling physically and mentally

alive, healthier and at one with themselves and nature.

Jacqui Hunt and Jennifer Roussel were inspired to

start Guernsey Swimming Adventures by a desire to

share the joy of open water swimming with others.

Beginning with six pilot swims in 2016, these days

they are almost overwhelmed by the demand for

their group events. In conjunction with Butterfield

Bank GSA does offer some distance swim events

that are open to everyone, however and Jacqui

and Jennifer are hoping to run an open water swim

break to showcase Guernsey’s beautiful coastline.

There are a large number of clubs and groups on

the island, from Guernsey Swimming Club, which

has been organising sea swims since 1886, and

Sarnia Sea Lions, to Facebook groups such as

Guernsey Open Water Swimming and more

informal gatherings at locations including

Rousse Pier and La Valette Bathing Pools.

Whether you’d like to meet up for a quick

morning or lunchtime dip or you’re serious

about training to cross the Channel, with

a little research you’ll soon find your tribe.

Although you could simply get in the sea

and go, being part of a group isn’t just

about sociability. ‘Due to Guernsey’s strong

currents and large tidal range it’s important

that swimmers understand the tidal flow and

the effects of swell when swimming outside of

the bay,’ explains Jacqui. ‘Making sure that you are

visible is key and it’s preferable to either swim with

company or have somebody walking the cliff path or

next to you in a kayak.’ GSA organise pool sessions

to help swimmers understand pacing for distance, as

well as focusing on technique for speed and injury

prevention. In the sea, tow buoys are advisable to

increase your visibility, and on GSA swims to Herm

everyone is accompanied by a support kayaker.

BY ALL ACCOUNTS, OPEN WATER

SWIMMING IS ADDICTIVE. AFICIONADOS

REPORT FEELING PHYSICALLY AND

MENTALLY ALIVE, HEALTHIER AND AT ONE

WITH THEMSELVES AND NATURE

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GSA WELCOME WETSUIT SWIMMERS,

IN FACT WETSUITS ARE GOOD FOR SAFETY

AS THEY MAKE YOU MORE BUOYANT AND

KEEP YOU WARM, ALLOWING FOR AN

EXTENDED OPEN WATER SEASON

The seas around Guernsey are

cold, so you might choose to

wear a wetsuit. As Jacqui says:

‘GSA welcome wetsuit swimmers,

in fact wetsuits are good for

safety as they make you more

buoyant and keep you warm,

allowing for an extended open

water season. Wetsuits have

certainly encouraged broader

participation and many swimmers

might not attempt longer swims

without them.’ Despite this, Jacqui

prefers the feeling of water on

skin: ‘People who wear a wetsuit

still get that feeling of euphoria

but there’s something about the

cold when you swim without

one, it gets the endorphins

going and you feel free and

connected to the environment.’

DUE TO GUERNSEY’S STRONG

CURRENTS AND LARGE TIDAL

RANGE IT’S IMPORTANT THAT

SWIMMERS UNDERSTAND THE

TIDAL FLOW AND THE EFFECTS

OF SWELL WHEN SWIMMING

OUTSIDE OF THE BAY

The sense of mental wellbeing

that open water swimming gives

isn’t just down to the bracing

temperature; being able to

get away from it all is another

bonus. ‘Once your head’s in

the water there’s something

so peaceful because there’s

nothing to disturb you. For

those moments your worries

are washed away, it’s just you

and nature.’ And what nature we

are blessed with in the Bailiwick:

GSA swimmers have had the

company of seals, dolphins and

(harmless) sharks in our waters.

Once you’ve consulted the tide

tables, formulated a plan and told

someone about it, you can make

the most of the sheer variety of

swimming opportunities available

in the sea around Guernsey. On

a longer swim there’s time to

stop for a chat and appreciate the

scenery, and around the south

coast in particular you can swim

through gullies and archways and

even into caves. The west coast is

easier to access, particularly Cobo,

which is a safe bay. Pembroke

is also good for beginners, as is

the swim from Portelet to the

Cup and Saucer. ‘You can go

to the same bay on a high tide

and it has a completely

different feel than going

on a low tide – that’s

what makes swimming

in Guernsey waters so

unique,’ says Jacqui.

General safety advice

is to stay in the bay if

you’re not confident in

your understanding of

the tides and swells, and

comprehensive information about

individual bays can be found

in the Guernsey Beach Guide.

Looking at the Outdoor Swimming

Society’s website is also a good

idea, as it’s full of resources and

safety information. And, of course,

there’s safety in numbers, so do

seek out like-minded people

and take some time out to

enjoy a little bit of blue space.

outdoorswimmingsociety.com

guernseybeachguide.com

SWIMMING AROUND

THE BAILIWICK

SARK

The Venus Pool is a natural

rock pool in Little Sark that’s big

and deep enough for a good

swim. It’s accessible two hours

either side of low water, and it

has some lovely flat rocks for

sunbathing but they’re covered

by the tide from half tide up to

half tide down.

HERM

Hotel Beach and Shell Beach

are ideal for open water

swimming. Hotel Beach is

often overlooked by visitors

but its harbour wall acts as

a natural windbreak, and the

views of Guernsey and Jethou

are stunning.

LIHOU

The uniqueness of the closing

causeway and the very popular

tidal Venus Pool make this

little island a lovely destination

for a swim.

BUTTERFIELD

DISTANCE EVENTS

FOR 2019

7 JUNE – Butterfield West

Coast Chip Shop Swim Event

(choice of 1 & 3km)

30 JUNE – Butterfield Saints

Bay & Beyond Distance

Event (choice of 2 & 4km)

To enter, go to Guernsey

Swimming Adventures’

Facebook page.

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SPORTS DIARY

MAY 2019 EVENT DATE TIME ABOUT

ATHLETICS

LIBERATION DAY RUN Thursday 9 May 11:00 7 miles

RACE FOR LIFE Saturday 25 May 11:00 L'Ancresse Common. 5km

CYCLING ROCK TO ROCQUE Sunday 26 May 08:45

Top of the Val Des Terres. Three

starting points for all abilities

MOTOR

SPORT

TWISTY SPRINT Sunday 5 May 10:00 The Track, Victoria Avenue

TRIATHLON GO TRI GUERNSEY Sunday 19 May 08:00

St Sampson's High. 300m swim,

22km bike, 2.5km run/jog

JUNE 2019 EVENT DATE TIME ABOUT

THE SAFFERY

ROTARY WALK

Saturday 15 June 04:30

The Weighbridge, St Peter Port.

39 miles.

ATHLETICS

SPECSAVERS YOUTH

GAMES 2019

GUERNSEY DAIRY

HALF MARATHON

SARK 10 MILE TRAIL

RACE AND 5K

Saturday 15 June TBC

Sunday 16 June 09:00 L'Eree. 13.1 miles

Saturday 29 June 09:00 Sark. 10 miles and 5km

TRIATHLON

SUNSET TRI Friday 21 June TBC

THE HELVETICA

CHALLENGE

Thursday 27 June

TBC

Pembroke Bay. 5km run/jog or

walk. Pre-register to have your

FUN/

SPECTATOR PARKRUN Every Saturday 09:00

time recorded and sent to you

Please register in advance at

parkrun.org.uk

SAVE THE DATE EVENT DATE TIME ABOUT

SWIMMING 30 BAYS IN 30 DAYS July

TRIATHLON KIDS TRI Saturday 24 August TBC

Month-long event raising

money for Les Bourgs Hospice

30bays.org

St Sampsons High. 300m swim,

22km bike, 2.5km run/jog

FOR GROUP BOOKINGS


EMAIL group@aurigny.com GROUPS

FLIGHTS HOTELS CAR HIRE

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Community

COMMUNITY SPIRIT

BUTTERFIELD SUPPORTS

INITIATIVES TO EDUCATE YOUNG

ISLANDERS ABOUT DISABILITIES

Butterfield has demonstrated its commitment to supporting the

community by sponsoring two initiatives as part of a campaign

coordinated by ‘We All Matter Eh?’, which aims to raise awareness and

change young people's attitudes around disability through its new

Accessible Activities programme.

The campaign, which will run until

July 2019 in partnership with the

GDA, Access for All and Association

of Guernsey Charities (AGC), involves

children partaking in activities with

disabled islanders on two projects

around sport and the arts.

School of Popular Music (SOPM) will

run a new project giving children

‘WE HOPE THE

CAMPAIGN IS A

SUCCESS AND WILL

BRING US CLOSER TO

CHANGING ATTITUDES

AROUND DISABILITY

AMONG ISLANDERS’

aged 3-6 years with disabilities and additional needs new opportunities to

take part in weekly, all inclusive, music sessions. It also hopes to use drama

to highlight equality and develop a greater understanding of disabilities.

‘Guernsey Mobility Let’s Go’ is a weekly sporting session with disabled

islanders, inviting primary school children to meet and volunteer with their

members at the sessions, in a fun, inclusive, and supportive environment.

Lindsay Ozanne, Deputy Managing Director at Butterfield Trust (Guernsey)

Limited, said ‘We are delighted to support We All Matter Eh? and its

Accessible Activities programme with SOPM and Guernsey Mobility

Let’s Go. The projects are part of an excellent initiative to educate

young islanders and raise their awareness about disabilities. We hope

the campaign is a success and will bring us closer to changing attitudes

around disability among islanders’.

Karen Blanchford, Director at We All Matter, Eh? said: ‘We’re extremely

grateful to Butterfield for once again supporting us on our most recent

campaign. We aim to raise awareness about people with disabilities

among primary schoolchildren through a range of activities in sport and

the arts, using interactive and fun sessions rather than traditional means.’

To find out more about We All Matter Eh?, please go to matter.gg.

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Employees at Guernsey

Electricity have committed to

minimising their impact on the

local environment by reducing

waste and increasing recycling

throughout the company.

Recent initiatives include providing

reusable 500ml water bottles to

all 211 employees, centralising

recycling in-house and replacing

all single-use kitchen items.

Alex Herschel, Environmental

Sustainability Manager at Guernsey

Electricity, confirmed progress

has been made recently and the

company is looking at introducing

other eco-friendly ideas.

‘We are committed not only to

reducing the impact of power

station operations but also to

supporting the States’ initiative of

‘reduce, reuse and recycle’. Like

many other businesses, we accept

there is a way to go to achieve this,

but we are making great strides.

‘There is a real sense of

community within the company,

with employees being encouraged

to cycle to work and join in

with environmental initiatives. If

every employee used a plastic

bottle on each working day of

L-R: Lloyd Le Page, Laure Abeille-Brown,

Joe Robilliard, Alex Herschel and John Tostevin

GUERNSEY ELECTRICITY PLEDGES

TO REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE

2019 that would be more than

53,000 bottles used in one

year, so we are sure we can

make a big difference through

the reusable water bottles.’

Guernsey Electricity recognises its

role in environmental protection

and implements an Environmental

Management System (EMS) of

an internationally recognised

standard. The key elements of the

EMS are to help everyone do their

part to increase compliance with

legal standards, reduce the risk

of an environmental incident and

reduce waste.

‘Equally important is ensuring all

employees understand and are

engaged with what the business is

trying to achieve. To help facilitate

this Guernsey Electricity has set up

an Environmental Working Group,

which consists of volunteers who

are actively looking to improve

the environmental impact of the

business,’ added Mr Herschel.

The company has installed

additional recycling points in the

power station and offices along

with food waste collections and is

looking into ways to work with the

local community.

CAREY ANNOUNCES 2019

CHARITIES OF THE YEAR

Corporate, fund and private

wealth specialist Carey has

appointed the Teenage Cancer

Trust Guernsey Appeal and the

Guernsey Disability Alliance as its

charities of the year as part of the

company’s new CSR programme.

Each year Carey nominates two

Guernsey-registered charities to

benefit from funding and from time

committed by employees, either

through giving hands-on practical

support or by offering time and

personal skills or experience.

Human Resources Manager Hayley

Bradshaw, who is also chair of

the company’s CSR committee,

explained the process surrounding

this year’s nominations.

‘Carey’s CSR approach involves

developing open and creative

partnerships with those causes

that support life-limiting or

debilitating conditions. Each year

our employees nominate causes

that are close to their hearts and

our committee selects the final

two charities. From there we work

together to identify the right blend

of funding and volunteering.’

SKIPTON SWIMARATHON

WELCOME NEW

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

The Skipton Swimarathon has

welcomed three new members to

its committee for this year’s event.

John McLoughlin, Mike Ozanne

and Rob Holder will join the

committee of the island’s largest

community fundraiser, bringing

with them a wealth of experience

in charitable organisation and

fundraising. John McLoughlin

as the Fundraising Chairman for

Guernsey Lions will be tasked

with coordinating this year’s

Swimarathon event alongside

Gary Naftel.

Mike Ozanne as President of

the Guernsey Round Table

and Rob Holder who is to be

appointed President of the

Guernsey Lions in June will

also be providing input into the

direction of this year’s event,

including selection of the main

beneficiary and the all-important

Swimarathon ambassador.

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BEAU SEJOUR BARRACUDAS BACKED BY OAK

Oak is the new sponsor of

the Beau Sejour Barracudas

Swimming Club in Guernsey and

is also proud to be supporting

the Beau Sejour Swim School.

Oak’s support ensures that

Barracudas members can

continue to compete at all levels

in the sport including club,

county, regional, national and

international competitions.

The Barracudas are the Beau Sejour

Swim School’s flagship competitive

squad. The Barracudas receive

their training under the banner

of the Beau Sejour Swim School,

while all aspects of competition

and social activities are undertaken

on a voluntary basis. There are

currently 160 swimmers in the

squad from eight years old to

Masters and more than 2,000

swimmers attend lessons at

the Swim School each week.

As part of the sponsorship, Oak’s

branding has been included in

a full revamp of the Barracudas

and the Swim School’s kit -

strengthening their identities.

‘Swimming is a core life skill,

particularly living on an island, and

the Barracudas and Swim School

do an excellent job promoting

swimming to the Guernsey

community and coaching

individuals from basic ability right

through to competitive sporting

standard,’ said Stuart Platt-Ransom,

Oak Chief Executive Officer.

‘We’re looking forward

to supporting the Club

Championships Series, to be known

as the Oak Series, and encouraging

a new generatio of swimmers

to reach their full potential.’

Directors of the Barracudas, Alison

Frankland and Debbie Le Noury,

Oak CEO Stuart Platt-Ransom and Chairman

Mark Chasey with swim school members.

added: ‘We are extremely grateful

for Oak’s support. The club

relies heavily on its solid team of

volunteers and Oak’s involvement

means that our swimmers can

continue to compete at the

highest level both on and

off island.

GREEN LIONS BENEFIT FROM BEDELL CRISTIN SUPPORT

Bedell Cristin has become the

new official community and

travel partner for Guernsey

FC, furthering the law firm’s

commitment to supporting

the Green Lions. Bedell Cristin

already sponsors the team’s

consultant coach and technical

analyst Steve Sharman.

The firm has provided

Guernsey FC with tracksuits for

community and off-island events,

strengthening the team’s identity

when representing the island.

‘We are proud to support Guernsey

FC and to become the team’s

community and travel partner,’

said Managing Partner for Bedell

Cristin in Guernsey, Kate Ovenden.

‘The club is an integral part

of Guernsey culture and we

look forward to supporting the

Green Lions in their sporting

and community endeavours.’

Guernsey FC Director and

Communications Manager, Nic

Legg, added: ‘We’re grateful for

Bedell Cristin’s support. We feel

that the sponsorship is a great

fit as both Bedell Cristin and

Guernsey FC have a core belief of

excellence through teamwork.

‘For the team to travel collectively

with a unified kit provides an

added sense of identity and pride

as they represent not just the

club, but the island as a whole.’


L-R: Tom de la Mare, Tony Vance

and Frank Tobin

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Paws for Support, the therapy and

assistance dog charity dedicated

to using highly trained dogs to

improve people’s lives in the

Bailiwick of Guernsey, has received

new uniforms for all its trainers

funded by private bank ABN AMRO.

Paws for Support helps to

bring happiness into people’s

lives by using their dogs as

therapeutic and educational

aids for children in both primary

and secondary schools, and

even helped one student

return to full-time education.

Through their interaction with

the dogs the children are learning

about empathy and kindness. The

dogs also help calm children who

may be going through a difficult

period in their lives.

Paws for Support also supports

the elderly through visits to care

homes and some dogs are trained

to assist people with disabilities.

Consisting of polo shirts, body

warmers and waterproof jackets,

the new uniforms are proving

very popular with the trainers as

Back row: ABN AMRO CSR Committee members.

Front row: Sharon Bunce and Beki Le Cheminant

from Paws for Support and ABN AMRO Donna Allan

ABN AMRO PROVIDES UNIFORMS

FOR PAWS FOR SUPPORT

they are extremely practical and

durable in all weathers. Specific to

the trainers’ needs they are one of

the larger expenses for the charity.

Sharon Bunce, Vice Chairperson

and trainer at Paws for Support,

said: ‘Not only are they extremely

comfortable, they have also

made us more visible within the

community. People are more

willing to strike up a conversation

with us and are keen to find out

what we do.’

Assistant Manager in Treasury

Control, Donna Allan, who

sits on the ABN AMRO CSR

committee, said: ‘We decided

to help with the uniforms for

Paws for Support because the

charity continues to make such

an impact on the lives of so many

people within the community.’

‘The charity supplied testimonials

about the work they had started

on the island including very

personal reasons for being

involved in training future therapy

dogs. The decision to provide

them with funding was unanimous

among the bank’s committee.’

SEARCH BEGINS

FOR NEXT SKIPTON

SWIMARATHON

BENEFICIARY

Applications have been

submitted for projects to

benefit from Guernsey’s largest

community fundraising event,

the Skipton Swimarathon.

The Guernsey Round Table and

Lions Club of Guernsey sought a

worthy beneficiary for this year in

the hopes that it will motivate as

many swimmers as possible to take

to the pool when the Swimarathon

takes place in October.

Last year the event raised over

£53,000 for local charitable

causes, including the main

beneficiary of the Village Project

at Le Murier School. Previous

recipients of funds from the

Swimarathon have included

Channel Island Air Search, Autism

Guernsey, Grow Limited and the

Guernsey Cheshire Home.

Skipton Swimarathon Chairman,,

Nick Guillemette said: ‘Last year’s

event was one of the largest we

have ever hosted. I attribute a lot of

its success to the worthiness of the

Village Project as our beneficiary

as it was a cause that touched

many people on the island.

‘This year we will again be

looking to support a project

that will benefit the Bailiwick for

generations to come and inspire

the public to get involved with

various fundraising opportunities

which the Swimarathon presents.’

Aaron Walden, Commercial

Manager, Skipton International

said: ‘This is the 10th year Skipton

International has supported the

Swimarathon and it has been

incredible to witness all the hard

work that charities do for islanders

and also the benefit that funding

from the Swimarathon is able to

offer their organisations.

‘It has been wonderful to watch

the event grow in size over the

years and continue to have

such a positive and uniting

effect on our community.’

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Join the Wheadon’s Gin team for a distillery

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In-Flight

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Enjoy refreshing drinks and snacks

at great prices, plus make the most

of Aurigny’s excellent duty-free offers.

Products listed may be subject to change due to availability.

HOT DRINKS

Black Coffee

White Coffee

Cappuccino

Latte

Hot Chocolate

Tetley English Breakfast Tea

£2.50

EACH

WARNING:

These drinks are hot, please handle

with care in order to protect

yourself and fellow passengers.

BREAKFAST BITES

Muffins

Double Chocolate

or Blueberry & Toffee

Belvita

Breakfast

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SWEETS

£1.50

EACH

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£4

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£6 200ml

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£4 330ml

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150ml

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150ml

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150ml

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£12

EACH

or 2 FOR

£20

CIGARETTES & TOBACCO

Golden Virginia Tobacco 5 x 50g £35

WHEADON'S

GIN 70cl

A premium artisan

gin distilled in very small

batches handcrafted

in Guernsey

Benson & Hedges

Silk Cut

Lambert & Butler

Marlboro Gold

EACH

400 PACK

£54

400 pack equivalent

to £2.70 per 20 pack

EACH

200 PACK

£42

200 pack equivalent

to £4.20 per 20 pack

On flights between the Channel Islands and the UK, the

allowance includes 200 cigarettes and one litre of spirits.

A duty free service is only available on the Embraer and ATR

aircraft. You must be 18 or over to purchase tobacco or

alcohol. Credit cards, debit cards or cash accepted.

£28

Rock samphire

and pink grapefruit

or

Yuzu, Lemongrass

and Green Tea

70cl

£28

GIFTS

Model

Aurigny

Aircraft

PLEASE NOTE:

Items will not be exchanged/refunded,

please check your duty free purchases

before departing the aircraft

ONLY

£7.50

EACH

OR TWO

FOR

£12

Embraer E-195

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