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Get away from it all

WILD GUERNSEY

Explore the island’s habitats

WINTER

IN MANCHESTER

FREE ATTRACTIONS

IN LONDON

COMMUNITY

SPIRIT

BUSINESS

NEWS

SPORTS

SECTION

PLUS

LOTS MORE


EVENTS

AT THE GOLF CLUB

The Golf Club is the perfect venue for a private party or corporate

event. As we head towards the party season, why not take a look at

the range of entertainment options we have available.

Hire your own exclusive driving range bays and private dining area in

our all-new Premium Bays, play nine or 18 holes on the golf course, or

hire out Pirate Bay and have a meal in Nineteen Bar & Grill.

PREMIUM BAYS

DRIVING RANGE

GOLF COURSE

PIRATE BAY

Premium Bays are the ideal

location for an exclusive,

private event. With ‘sit

down’ dining for up to 14

people, or drinks and buffet

for up to 25, these private

bays are the perfect venue.

Two bays, table bar service

and unlimited balls; dining

options can be arranged

through Nineteen Bar & Grill.

Our state-of-the-art Driving

Range has 14 floodlit and

heated bays, which can be

hired out individually or as

a ‘range takeover’ on the

top level. Ball tracking and

Toptracer games add a bit

of friendly competition and

a full bar service including

range menu is available from

Nineteen Bar & Grill.

Maybe take your work

event onto the golf course.

Whether you are entertaining

clients or having a staff

day out, there is an option

for you. Play nine or 18

holes, followed by a meal in

Nineteen. Your branding can

be placed on the course for

your event.

Pirate Bay is one of

Guernsey’s premier

attractions. Our course

features 12 exciting,

interactive and challenging

holes suitable for players of

all ages. Pirate Bay can be

hired exclusively – perfect for

an afternoon or early evening

event, followed by food and

drinks in Nineteen Bar & Grill.

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.

For more information please visit thegolfclub.gg

ROHAIS DE BAS

ST PETER PORT

ROHAIS

email info@golf.gg or call 01481 727039

ROHAIS DE HAUT

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

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TRAVEL DOESN'T BECOME

ADVENTURE UNTIL YOU LEAVE

YOURSELF BEHIND

Marty Rubin

CANDIE GARDENS IN AUTUMN

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high above the English countryside before

landing at @GatwickAirport! #Aurigny

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the image in print and

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approach to Jersey Airport! #Aurigny

You can’t complain with this office

window...what a unique ‘pilot's-eye-view’

from our very own @maaikethepilot!

Thanks for this amazing snap from

@annasenkara who's perfectly matched

with our Dornier 228! #Aurigny

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North York Moors National Park

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Original content published in this magazine

cannot be copied or reproduced without

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copyright to that establishment.

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CONTRIBUTORS

What’s a magazine without wordsmiths?

En Voyage receives content from a variety of writers

and contributors in both Guernsey and further afield.

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CONTENTS

7 WELCOME ABOARD!

Message from Mark Darby,

Aurigny’s Chief Executive Officer

8 AURIGNY NEWS

14 WILD GUERNSEY

Discover the Bailiwick’s

diverse habitats

19 £1 WONDERS

Explore the island by bus

22 GUERNSEY BEACH GUIDE

Vazon Bay

26 WHAT'S ON?

Forthcoming events in the

Bailiwick and beyond

30 GOLDEN GUERNSEYS

En Voyage speaks to Golden

Guernsey Goats' Mandy Girard

35 UNCOVER VANCOUVER

Discover Vancouver and the

ease of connecting through

London with Aurigny

40 WINTER IN MANCHESTER

You’ll never be bored in

the colder months

44 FREE ATTRACTIONS IN LONDON

Enjoy the capital without the expense

48 ADVENTURES IN THE COTSWOLDS

Take in some country air in

this natural playground

52 MORE THAN MOORS

Get away from it all in the

North York Moors

59 BUSINESS NEWS

Inspiring interviews and local

business news

111 A POSITIVE PATHWAY

Guernsey Sports Commission

114 WALKING FOOTBALL

En Voyage meets the Guernsey

Walking Football Club

117 SPORTS DIARY

118 COMMUNITY SPIRIT

122 LITERARY LANDSCAPE

Meet Emma Després

124 COLOURING COMPETITION

127 IN-FLIGHT AND DUTY FREE

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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 shoulder months are a great time to visit

Guernsey with the weather often still settled

and the autumn colours and berries starting

to make an appearance. It may also be the

time you start to think about a getaway now

the summer holidays are over, and there are

plenty of destinations that offer both onward

connections and are destinations in themselves.

Our shorter hops can give you a change

of scenery on the islands of Alderney or

Jersey, where flight times are only around

15 minutes. A slightly longer trip will get you

to Southampton; a route we fly to from both

Guernsey and Alderney. Southampton really is

a great place to visit with a convenient airport

and many connecting services, but it also has

a great shopping hub as well as Portsmouth

and the New Forest on its doorstep.

If you are staying in Guernsey or visiting,

then there is much to see at this time of year.

Our local wildlife is interesting and unique

and there are many enthusiasts who will

share their knowledge of various species and

habitats. This time of year is migration season

which makes the island really interesting

from an ornithological point of view. Not

only is Guernsey a flight path for aircraft but

it is also interesting geographically for our

feathered friends. You can find out more

about Guernsey's wildlife on page 14.

If you are visiting Guernsey or Jersey in

October, look out for restaurants participating

in the ‘Tennerfest’ – where many of the

islands’ top restaurants offer value-formoney

menus throughout the month.

Guernsey has many ‘must-see’ places on the

island and whilst you can hire a car, our bus

routes are an inexpensive and convenient way

to get around the island. You can read about

discovering the island by bus on page 19.

Of course, many of you on board may be

taking the opportunity to travel to the UK

and connect to somewhere else. Gatwick

is a user-friendly airport offering many

destinations whatever your taste and budget.

In this month’s En Voyage we explore

connecting to Vancouver from Gatwick.

If you’re staying in London then don’t forget

that while some attractions can be expensive,

there are many free activities around the

capital. The National Gallery and the British

Museum are just two places you can explore

for free. Full details of these and other free

attractions can be found on page 44.

One of our other popular destinations is

Manchester and we have convenient flights to

and from Guernsey to make this a destination

of choice. There are lots of things to do and

see in Manchester and on page 40 we explore

winter in the city and all it has to offer.

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

FEMALE FIRST FOR AURIGNY

Aurigny Ground Service Agent

Hannah Lombard has become

the first female member of

staff to ever push back an

aircraft and be cleared for

headset start procedures.

Headset start procedures

involve communicating with the

pilot, giving them the checks

needed to make the aircraft safe

and to tell them when they can

start the engines. Push back

means that the agent drives the

tug and pushes the aircraft off

stand ready for departure.

All ground crew go through

a rigorous training programme

and to be able to do these two

tasks Hannah had to do both

theory and practical training

before she could be signed off.

The first scheduled aircraft she

pushed back was the GR606

Aurigny Embraer jet to London

Gatwick. Hannah said: ‘I was a little

nervous, but it felt really special

to be able to do this and I am

proud to work at an airline that

encourages women in this area

and has such a comprehensive

training programme.’

Hannah and another female

colleague will be based in

Southampton and will be the

first ever female push back

agents at that airport.

Hannah Lombard pushing the Aurigny Embraer jet back

Aurigny Ground Operations

Manager Dave Cox said: ‘We are

delighted to be expanding our

team in Southampton following

the introduction of our Guernsey

to Southampton service last

month. There is no reason why

women have not done this job

before, but none have ever applied

for the role. It is great that two

women have been successful

in their training and Hannah’s

first push back was textbook.’

Hannah will now be able to push

back and headset both Aurigny’s

ATRs and the Embraer jet.

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CENTENARIAN

TAKES FLIGHT

First officer Ed Hollinshead

recently flew a very special

passenger from Guernsey back to

Manchester. Centenarian Robert

Hollinshead was not only perhaps

Aurigny’s oldest passenger at 101

years but is also his dad.

Robert also came over to see

his son in December 2018 when

he was 100, but prior to that the

last time he came to Guernsey

was with his family for a holiday in

1978. First Officer Hollinshead was

just 18 months old at the time and

they flew on a Vickers Viscount,

perhaps this is where he got the

bug for flying.

Even at 101, Robert still goes

flying with Ed in a light aircraft and

only retired as a solicitor at 89,

although he kept his practising

certificate until he was 100!

He is a D-Day landing veteran

and this trip across the Channel

was very different to that first trip

he did from Southampton to take

his part in the Normandy landings

on 6th June 1944. Robert is still

relatively fit and recently returned

back to Normandy for the 75th

commemoration.

We were proud to welcome

Robert on board Aurigny, and it

was fabulous that he was flown by

his son!

First Officer Ed Hollinshead with dad Robert and mum Margaret

AURIGNY NEWS

NEW TECHNOLOGY TAKES OFF

Cabin Crew Trainer Max Redhead with the new EPOS machine

Aurigny has introduced new

electronic payment machines

to enable our crew to process

transactions quicker and speed

up on-board services.

The new EPOS machines will

enable contactless payments up to

the value of £30, which will enable

a faster service of Sky Snacks.

We hope this will improve our

customer experience as time is of

the essence, especially as many of

our flights are under an hour.

Duty free will also be more

efficient and we would encourage

you to look at the goods on offer

on your flight today and let your

cabin attendant know if they can

assist you.

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AURIGNY

BEHIND THE SCENES

ANDREW HOBBS

CABIN SERVICES DEPUTY MANAGER

One of the best things about

my job are the people I work

with, we are like a big family

When did you join Aurigny?

I joined Aurigny in July 2011

What is your job role and what

have you found to be the biggest

challenge?

I am the Cabin Services Deputy

Manager for Aurigny. I assist in

stock control and ordering, sorting

out rostering, managing the POS

system, and then helping my team

with the catering and cleaning side

when needs be..

Have you always wanted to work

in the airline industry?

I always had a slight interest in

aviation when I was a kid, but

never considered it as a career.

But once I joined the aviation

industry with Aurigny I couldn’t get

enough of it - I just cannot believe

that I have been working for the

company eight years now, time

does literally fly!

What do you like to do on your

days off?

When I joined Aurigny I developed

a big passion for the aviation

industry which led me to save up to

learn how to fly. Back in June 2014,

I managed to get my Personal

Pilot's Licence within 11 months.

So now, when we do have good

weather, I like to take my family and

friends for a great experience in a

small general aviation aircraft.

I also have my own boat upon

which you will see me out on the

water fishing, popping over to

Herm or Sark.

In the winter I will hibernate onto

my PC and fly on my personal

flight simulator on which I do live

streams on Twitch.

What is the best thing about

your job?

I think it could be everything, I

believe we offer a great service to

the islands and tourist community.

When I get into work there is

always something different that

happens or something to do which

makes my job interesting, but one

of the best things about my job are

the people I work with, we are like

a big family.

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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

seatbelt 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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ON BOARD

PASSENGER

AWARENESS

Welcome on board!

We hope that you will enjoy your flight and of

course allow others to enjoy theirs. All passengers

have the right to safe, secure and comfortable travel on

board our aircraft. Unruly or disruptive behaviour would ruin this

experience and could also be traumatic for passengers or crew.

UNRULY BEHAVIOUR PRIOR TO FLIGHT:

If unruly or disruptive behaviour is noticed prior to the

flight, please be aware that transport may be denied.

UNRULY BEHAVIOUR DURING

THE FLIGHT:

If such behaviour is demonstrated during the

flight, please be aware that there may be serious

consequences to these actions. The aircraft may divert

and make an unscheduled landing, authorities may

meet the flight, and the person responsible for the

unruly or disruptive behaviour may be arrested, fined,

charged and/or prosecuted.

It is for this reason that we ask all passengers to always:

1. Follow crew member instructions promptly

2. Respect crew members and fellow passengers

3. Behave in a safe and appropriate manner

4. Refrain from endangering the safety of the aircraft

or its occupants

OFFENCES AND OTHER ACTS

COMITTED ON BOARD AIRCRAFT:

Under the Air Navigation Order (A.N.O) and

Aviation & Maritime Security Act the following are

considered as unacceptable behaviours on board:

1. Assault and other acts of interference against

a crew member on board a civil aircraft

2. Assault and other acts endangering safety or

jeopardising good order and discipline on board

a civil aircraft

3. Other offences committed on board a civil aircraft

OFFENCES TO AVOID:

Assaulting, intimidating,

threatening a crew member

or passenger

Smoking anywhere on board,

including in the lavatories

Refusing to follow instructions

from the crew

Tampering with the smoke

detectors

Intoxicated or disorderly conduct

or consuming alcohol which was

not provided by crew members

Using a portable electronic device

when not permitted to do so

Engaging in or displaying any

indecent or lewd behaviour

Removing or damaging safety

or emergency equipment, the

aircraft or property on board

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GUERNSEY

WILD

GUERNSEY

The Bailiwick of Guernsey’s four islands boast towering cliffs, sandy

shores, wetlands and woodland, making them home to a dynamic array

of wildlife. If experiencing nature up close is your thing, then you’ll love

exploring the diverse habitats of Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney.

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IMAGES ©VISITGUERNSEY

Spot Atlantic grey seals basking off the

Alderney coast, explore puffin colonies

by kayak, forage for edible berries and

seaweed, and grab some binoculars and

head to one of Guernsey’s great birdwatching

spots. By boat or by foot, there

are lots of fun and fully immersive ways

to safari around the beautiful Bailiwick.

The islands are home to a unique

selection of birds, some of which aren’t

found on the British mainland. But while

gannets and gulls are splendid to watch,

nothing steals the show quite like the iconic

puffin. These famous birds visit annually

between mid-March and July and for a

good look at their breeding colonies, join

Outdoor Guernsey for a puffin-watching

kayak trip in Herm. Families will also

love Island Rib Voyages’ Herm Explorer

experience, which combines wildlife

watching around Herm’s islets and beaches

with a thrilling ride in a high-speed boat. If

you’re lucky, you may even see dolphins.

WITH A HUGE VARIETY OF

PLANT AND ANIMAL LIFE

TO EXPLORE AND TRULY

BREATHTAKING SCENERY

TO DO IT IN, A WILD TIME

AWAITS IN THE BAILIWICK

OF GUERNSEY

ISLAND RIB VOYAGES IMAGE ©VISITGUERNSEY

The easiest way to discover the Bailiwick’s

wealth of wildlife is to do so on foot. Follow

its well-trodden nature trails through bluebell

woods and protected wetlands, and along

rugged clifftops and sandy beaches. Stroll

through the narrow lanes of Guernsey’s

countryside, with its earth banks and

hedgerows, which are teeming with wildlife.

If you want to learn more about the island’s

natural environment, check out the handson

workshops run by WildGuernsey. Learn

where to find the edible produce that grows

in the wild and how to cook it over an open

fire. Discover more about permaculture,

which sits at the heart of the WildGuernsey

ethos, and enjoy a night under the stars in

one of its three eco-friendly glamping tents.

With a huge variety of plant and animal

life to explore and truly breathtaking

scenery to do it in, a wild time awaits

in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

If you prefer your feet firmly on dry land,

Guernsey offers plenty of protected spaces

for bird watching. The Ramsar site at

the L’Eree Shingle Bank is a must for any

enthusiast, with more than 150 different

species recorded there to date. The Vale

Pond and CJ McCathie Nature Reserve,

with its pond and public viewing hide, is an

idyllic spot from which to observe water

birds such as snipe and heron - why not

enjoy a picnic with the glorious view?

BLUEBELL WOODS

CLIFF WALKING AND ENJOYING VIEWS IN HERM

FORAGING AT THE BEACH

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DOLPHINS OFF THE COAST AND KAYAKING OFF ALDERNEY

IMAGES ©JAKE WOODNUTT PHOTOGRAPHY

CLIFFWALKING IN HERM IMAGE ©VISIT GUERNSEY

BLOND HEDGEHOG IMAGE ©MARTIN BATT

ENJOYING THE VIEWS IN HERM IMAGE ©VISIT GUERNSEY

WILD ALDERNEY

The third largest and

northernmost Channel Island of

Alderney has an incredible diversity

of wildlife, including species

that are rare elsewhere, like the

blond hedgehog. The Alderney

Wildlife Trust (AWT) provides a

range of activities, walks and

tours throughout the year. Kayak

around the coast with one of the

AWT’s specialist marine guides,

or take a sunset guided bat walk.

Join AWT scientists on their

monthly marine survey on a roundisland

boat trip, and keep your

eyes peeled for the seal breeding

colony on Burhou. Alternatively,

climb aboard the Sula of Braye (the

AWT’s work boat) for a seabird tour,

organised each Wednesday and

Saturday from March to October.

Flying to Alderney is easy with

Aurigny's daily and direct services

from Southampton and Guernsey.

THINGS TO DO IN

HERM AND SARK

Just a short ferry ride from

Guernsey, the island of Sark is

a rambler’s paradise blessed

with rugged cliffs and wild, leafy

woodland. With no cars allowed

and low levels of pollution, Sark is

a refuge for wildlife. Its compact

size makes it ideal for exploring on

foot or by bicycle, and the marine

life of its crystal-clear waters can

be enjoyed on a custom kayak trip

with Adventure Sark.

Leave the hard work to someone

else and opt instead for a boat tour

with local George Guille. He’s been

navigating the waters around Sark

for more than 50 years and knows

where to find the island’s wonderful

birdlife, including the resident

peregrine falcons.

The smallest island in the

Bailiwick, Herm, is blessed with

some of the most picturesque

white beaches in the Channel

Islands. Explore the island’s coast

and nearby puffin and sea colonies

by kayak with Outdoor Guernsey, or

by boat with Island Rib Voyages.

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SARK DELIGHTS

First established in 1948, La Sablonnerie retains the characteristics of an old farmhouse built

some 400 years ago and is situated on the lovely island of Sark in the Channel Islands.

ADVERTORIAL

La Sablonnerie is owned and

managed by Elizabeth Perrée.

Guests return year after year to

recapture the beauty of the island

and to enjoy the excellent cuisine,

wine, cosiness and friendliness

that is evident at the hotel.

Of course, being so close to

the sea, freshly caught fish and

famous Sark lobsters are popular

specialities of the hotel. La

Sablonnerie has been featured

by the Which? hotel guide as

'the place to stay in the Channel

Islands', and also received the

highly coveted award from Condé

Nast Johansen - Small Hotel of the

Year, as well as being nominated

as their Most Romantic Hotel

and now Les Routier’s Hotel of

the Year. Needless to say, you

have to visit to find out exactly

what everyone is talking about.

Arrive by ferry or private boat,

horse and carriage or just Shank’s

pony to enjoy the charm of

La Sablonnerie, a hotel of rare

quality situated in the southern

part of Sark, even more beautiful,

remote and romantic than the

rest. Nestled in gorgeous gardens,

a haven for lovers of peace and

tranquillity; birds, butterflies and

flowers. How could one not

enjoy this amazing paradise?

A stepping stone to heaven,

even if you just arrive for one

of their glorious cream teas or

a lobster salad in the garden.

Guests gather in the bar or

the rose and lavender scented

garden for a cocktail or a glass

of Champagne before dining.

The bar with its roaring log fire is

a convivial meeting place. After

dining, guests return to the bar to

sit and converse with each other.

Some guests take advantage of

Little Sark as the perfect place

for a moonlit walk or simply

gazing at star-studded skies. Sark

offers exceptional star-gazing

due to its lack of light pollution.

LA SABLONNERIE IS A

HOTEL OF RARE QUALITY

SITUATED IN A TIME WARP

OF SIMPLICITY ON THE

TINY, IDYLLIC CHANNEL

ISLAND OF SARK

Sark is how life used to be,

it is like stepping back into

an Enid Blyton book - what

dreams are made of, but still

having the modern luxuries.

La Sablonnerie is a hotel of rare

quality situated in a time warp

of simplicity on the tiny, idyllic

Channel Island of Sark, where

no motor cars are allowed and

life ambles along at a peaceful,

unhurried pace. The hotel has

an enviable reputation for its

superb food and wines; local

butter, fresh cream, meat, fruit

and vegetables which, where

possible, are sourced from the

hotel’s own farm and gardens.

The hotel accommodation is very

clean and comfortable and totally

geared to unhurried relaxation.

It has a strong international

clientele who visit regularly. It is

like having friends to stay, and

of course, picking up a string of

awards and accolades is terrific.

The hotel has been extended

and discreetly modernised to

provide 22 rooms, each individual

in style and décor, including a

delightful Honeymoon Suite,

with immaculate comfort, lovely

linen, fresh flowers and fruit.

You'll experience excellent food

and service, ample staff who

are courteous and a joy to be

with, creating lots of fun and

real joie de vivre for everyone.

The hotel’s motto is ‘Nothing

is impossible at La Sablonnerie

- the show must go on - and

everything must be tickety-boo’.

CONTACT:

Elizabeth Perrée at 01481 832061 | E-mail: reservations@sablonneriesark.com | sablonneriesark.com

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£1

WONDERS

As visitors arrive on island, one of the most frequently asked question is ‘Where can

I get the £1 bus?’ Indeed, Guernsey’s buses have become the conversation starter of

thousands and at just £1 per trip it's no surprise.

For an island measuring just 25 square miles, why not leave the hire cars at the airport,

reduce your carbon footprint and explore Guernsey by bus?

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93/94

TRAVEL INLAND TO

THE LITTLE CHAPEL

Situated in the rural parish of St Andrew’s is

Guernsey’s most popular visitor attraction,

the Little Chapel. A unique and delightful

chapel decorated with shards of broken

pottery and glass, this gem is arguably

the smallest chapel in the world and well

worth a visit. The number 71 bus travels

inland, through narrow roads bordered with

Guernsey granite walls, passing St Andrew’s

church along the way, and conveniently

stops just a short walk from the Little Chapel.

Situated in the picturesque Vauxbelets valley,

look out for our distinctive Guernsey cows

who can often be seen making their home

in the neighbouring field. And if time allows,

pop into the nearby jewellers and gift shop,

Martyn Guille Silversmiths, and try a pot

of luscious Guernsey Dairy ice cream.

EXPLORE GUERNSEY'S

COASTLINE

For a more coastal route, the number 91

and 92 buses take a clockwise and anticlockwise

circuitous route around the island,

passing the popular west coast beaches

of Vazon and Cobo Bay and the northern

beaches of Pembroke Bay and L’Ancresse.

Along with the 93 and 94 routes, these

buses travel out from the Town Terminus

in St Peter Port, through St Martin’s village

with its quaint shops and pretty stone

cottages, to the parish of Forest, home of

the German Occupation Museum, which

is just a short walk away from the airport.

This fascinating museum houses the largest

collection of World War II memorabilia

in the Channel Islands, and even has an

original Enigma code machine on display.

Learn about life in Guernsey under German

Occupation and reflect on those islanders

whose lives were indelibly changed by war.

As you reach the west coast of the island,

travelling through St Pierre du Bois village, a

stop at Fort Grey, a historic Martello Tower

now home to the Guernsey Shipwreck

Museum, is a must. Fondly known as

‘The Cup and Saucer’, the Fort is located

opposite the Guernsey Pearl jewellery

and gift shop, which, in addition to its

range of pearl jewellery, stocks traditional

hand-knitted ‘Guernsey’ jumpers along

with other local gifts and craft items.

THE LITTLE CHAPEL

91/92

PEMBROKE BEACH

GUERNSEY COWS

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ABOVE LEFT: FORT GREY

CASTLE CORNET AT NIGHT

IMAGES ©VISIT GUERNSEY

MEET JOEY

21 N1 N2

Oatlands Village is a family

retreat located in the parish

of St Sampson in the north of

the island, offering fun for the

whole family with mini golf, a

bowling alley, café and restaurant,

craft shop and lots more.

On display at Oaty & Joey’s

PlayBarn, a children’s paradise

of climbing ropes, ball pits and

one of the largest play frames in

Britain, is ‘Joey’ - a retired Aurigny

Trislander airplane, suspended

from the ceiling of the barn

on metal cabling. Definitely

worth a selfie moment.

Bus route 21 from the Town

Terminus stops at the Village and

route 13, just across the road.

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NIGHT OWLS

N3

For those with accommodation

outside of St Peter Port, an evening

out for a tipple or two in St Peter

Port is a quick bus ride into town.

St Peter Port comes alive at the

weekend, with colourful cocktail

bars, pubs and restaurants serving

Guernsey’s very own artisan gins,

ciders and craft beers. Eateries

serve up the freshest of seafood

caught that very morning and at

the end of the night, night bus

services are available to get you

home safely. The N1, N2 and N3

buses (travelling north, west and

east respectively) are available on

Friday and Saturday nights only,

running hourly from the Town

Terminus, between 21:45 and

midnight, and cost just £2.50.

Clean, friendly and surprisingly

social, Guernsey’s buses are a

great way to experience all the

island has to offer.

DID YOU KNOW?

• Guernsey buses are white

(look out for the few

remaining green and

yellow buses)

• These new white buses

have been custom-built for

Guernsey’s narrow roads

• Buses are wheelchair

friendly

• Drivers sell tickets on board

(cash only)

• Daytime buses cost just £1

per trip

• There is free WiFi on board

• The PuffinPass bus top-up

card reduces the trip

price to just 60p

• The Night Bus service costs

£2.50 per trip

• The ‘round the island’ 91/92

coastal routes cost £1 per

trip or £5 if completing

the full circular route.

Top tip: get off early!

JOEY AT OATLANDS

THE NEW GUERNSEY BUSES

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Beach Guide

Guernsey has a beach and bay for everyone.

GUERNSEY

Here we discover the beauty of Vazon Bay.

VAZON BAY

WEST COAST

Vazon Bay is a large expanse

of sand that is a magnet for the

island's extreme sports enthusiasts.

Whether you’re a surfer, kite

flyer or bodyboarder, Vazon is

the perfect beach for you. If you

want to get into surfing, Guernsey

Surf School is based here and

teaches all ages and abilities.

Vazon is also home to some

great places to eat. If it's a light

snack or an ice cream you want,

head to Richmond Kiosk located

towards the western end of the

bay. If you'd like a bigger selection

of food and rooftop dining with

beautiful views of the beach,

check out Vistas or Crabby Jacks

at the eastern end. Both are family

friendly and perfect for enjoying

dinner after a day out on the sand.

Twice a year, the bay plays

host to the Vazon Coast Road

Sprint as well as various weekend

sand racing meets. More

information on these can be

found on Guernsey Kart & Motor

Club’s website gmccc.co.uk.

WHETHER YOU’RE A

SURFER, KITE FLYER

OR BODYBOARDER,

VAZON IS THE

PERFECT BEACH

FOR YOU

VAZON BAY

READY TO SURF

For more information

on Guernsey beaches

go to visitguernsey.com

VAZON COAST ROAD SPRINT

BODYBOARDING

ALL IMAGES ©VISITGUERNSEY

WHAT’S THERE ?

VAZON BAY

PARKING

TOILETS

CAFÉ AND

RESTAURANT

KIOSK

SWIM

SURF

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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ORCHARD HOUSE

LOCAL MARKET £1,950,000

This impressive family property has been designed and built to a high specification in an attractive period

style, imposing in its outside appearance and made distinctive in its interior by the high ceilings and large

windows giving an abundance of natural light. All rooms enjoy attractive and open aspects over the grounds

with the top floor providing views to L’Ancresse. There is also lapsed permission to utilise the top floor of the

double garage as ancillary accommodation to the main house. The house stands on a generous, secluded

site of 1.48 acres and boasts a lovely paved seating area, which has been planted with an array of beautiful

flowers and trees to create a real oasis.

CALL THE LOCAL MARKET TEAM AT LIVINGROOM TODAY ON +44 1481 715555

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GUERNSEY OFFICE T +44 1481 715555 W WWW.LIVINGROOM.GG

JERSEY OFFICE T +44 1534 717100 W WWW.LIVINGROOM.JE


LES MARCHEZ FARM

LOCAL MARKET £1,995,000

Les Marchez Farm is a beautiful farmhouse situated in a secluded country lane within the parish of St. Pierre

du Bois. In excellent order throughout, the accommodation is very light and offers superb living space for a

family. The ground floor comprises entrance/sun room, kitchen/dining room with Aga, snug, drawing room,

bedroom five/study, utility room, plant room, shower room and family room with vaulted ceiling. Externally,

the site occupies three acres and includes a rear sunny courtyard, stables/outbuilding, swimming pool,

summer house, gardens, parking for multiple vehicles and adjoining agricultural fields. A truly stunning home

boasting the best of country living on the island.

CALL THE OPEN MARKET TEAM AT LIVINGROOM TODAY ON +44 1481 715555

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WHAT’S ON

IN THE BAILIWICK?

1, 8 & 15 September

SUNDAY CONCERTS

Candie Gardens

Relax on a Sunday afternoon and

enjoy local and visiting ensembles

perform in the beautiful setting of

Candie Gardens. In the event of bad

weather, performances will take

place in Guernsey Museum’s theatre.

7-8 September

THE BIG GEEKEND

Guernsey Museum at Candie

Embrace your nerdy nature at this

two-day celebration of offbeat

hobbies, pastimes and collections.

Now it's in sixth year, this weekend

is a beloved feature of the Museum

calendar. Activities take place 10.00-

16.00 on both days. Discovery Pass

holders go free.

10-14 September

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.

14-29 September

AUTUMN WALKING

FESTIVAL

Various

Whether you want to take a short

sunset walk, a challenging cliff-top

ramble or discover the historic

capital, the Autumn Walking

Festival has walks to suit everyone.

Guided walks include coastal,

inland and town walks, historical,

nature and the arts; all led by

the Bailiwick of Guernsey’s gold

and silver accredited guides.

WHAT’S ON

ELSEWHERE?

BUCKINGHAM

PALACE TOUR

Until 29 September

@Buckingham Palace Tour,

London

Each summer Buckingham Palace

opens its doors to the public. Don’t

miss your chance to visit the official

London residence of the Queen,

before it closes until 2020. The year

2019 marks 200 years since Queen

Victoria's birth so a special exhibition

will tell the story of how the young

queen transformed Buckingham

Palace from a private house into a

working royal residence.

royal.uk/buckingham-palace

GOING TO

THE UK?

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AND SAVINGS AT aurigny.com


FLIGHTS HOTELS CAR HIRE

FLY TO LONDON GATWICK OR

LONDON STANSTED TO SEE THE

BUCKINGHAM PALACE TOUR

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20 September-31 December

WONDERS OF NATURE

- THE MACRO & MICRO

WORLDS

Guernsey Museum at Candie

Marvel at some of the most

extraordinary, exotic and beautiful

items from the Museum's Natural

History Collection. Selected objects

have been restored especially

for this exhibition with many not

having been seen by the public

for decades. In partnership with

these is a stunning photographic

exhibition by nationally-recognised

photomicrographer Michael

Crutchley. His photographs of the

microscopic world around us reveal

alien landscapes that few of us ever

see. In stunning colour Michael

reveals alien worlds and creatures

of exquisite beauty from both the

terrestrial and aquatic realms.

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ANNUAL ALDERNEY

AIR RACES

Alderney

Over 20 planes from around the

British Isles compete in the 100+

mile races which are part of the

Royal Aero Club’s British Air Racing

Championships. The last race in a

series of nine races staged around

Britain takes place in Alderney

27-29 September

GUERNSEY RETRO

FESTIVAL

Market Building

A three-day event taking

inspiration from the 1950s

and 1960s, featuring classic

motorcycles, cars, music and

fashion from the era. With a

variety of entertainment and a

local food festival, it will appeal to

all age groups, while also raising

money for local charities.

every year in September. The final

contestants battle it out in the air in

two 100-mile handicap races for the

title of British Air Racing Champion.

1 October-11 November

TENNERFEST

Various restaurants

Each year, restaurants, bistros,

gastro pubs and cafes all take part

in providing fixed-price, low-cost

menus showcasing the best of

their cuisine and the local produce

available in Guernsey. Over 200

restaurants took part last year across

the Channel Islands, offering a vast

range of mouth-watering dishes

including traditional local favourites

such as bean jar and gâche melée.

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HAUNTED CASTLE

Castle Cornet

Mark the forthcoming Halloween

with a day of ghostly happenings,

cosy storytelling, spooky crafts and

more. There will also be a (familyfriendly)

fancy dress competition at

3pm. Normal admission applies, so

entry is free with a Discovery Pass.

Free entry will also be awarded to

visitors dressed in full spooky attire

(if approved by the 'gatekeeper’).

HORRIBLE HISTORIES

LIVE ON STAGE!

25-28 September

@Palace Theatre,

Manchester

Using actors and amazing 3D

special effects, the astounding

Horrible History shows are

guaranteed to thrill as historical

figures and events come alive

on stage and hover at your

fingertips. Tickets for both

Awful Egyptians and Terrible

Tudors shows available.

manchestertheatres.com/palacetheatre

FLY TO MANCHESTER

TO SEE HORRIBLE HISTORIES

LIVE ON STAGE!


DRACULA

29 October-2 November

@Leeds Playhouse, Leeds

Step into the world of Dracula

– if you dare. Seducing countless

generations, Bram Stoker’s

legendary vampire lives on in this

extraordinary ballet. The dark tale

of the immortal Count is played

out through Northern Ballet’s

blend of sensuous dancing and

gripping theatre enhanced by

gothic sets and costumes. If you

think you know what to expect

from ballet, think again. This is

ballet with a dramatic bite that

will leave you thirsty for more.

leedsplayhouse.org.uk

FLY TO LEEDS BRADFORD

TO SEE DRACULA


BRISTOL CHRISTMAS

MARKET

8 November-23 December

@Broadmead, Bristol

Located in the very heart of Bristol

City Centre, the Christmas market

is home to over 50 unique stalls,

as well as entertainment from the

likes of Santa and reindeer visits

in December. Visitors can enjoy

heated seating, delicious drinks

and live music in the Jäger Barn

Bar, and also try their hand at the

much-loved sport of curling for

some competitive fun.

bristolchristmasmarket.com

FLY TO BRISTOL TO SEE

THE BRISTOL CHRISTMAS MARKET

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CONSIDER TIME

FOR YOUR PROJECT

If you are thinking of alterations to your property

for 2020, now is a good time to start planning.

The lengthy pre-construction phase can take up to

approximately ten months * and consists of the following

processes and considerations:

1. Survey production

2. Design/drawing production

3. Planning applications

4. Detailed drawing production

5. Building Control applications

6. Tender information/construction drawings

7. Contractor pricing

8. Tender analysis

9. Negotiation and contract formation

Fast tracking this process can be achieved through production

time, however, application times will be subject to project type

and complexity.

Here at JG Architecture we focus on detailed design thought,

compliance with Guernsey technical standards, structural

consideration, material selection, sustainability and fabrication

options at an early stage - vital elements to ensure your budget

is met and allow the project to be successfully taken through

the construction phase.

* Subject to project type and contractor availability.

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EXTENSIONS, CONVERSIONS & NEW BUILDS

Contact JG Architecture for your FREE initial on-site

consultation or visit jga.gg for further information.

T 245767 E INFO@JGA.GG

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Made in

GUERNSEY

MANDY GIRARD WITH THE GOLDEN GUERNSEY GOATS

IMAGE ©CLAIRE ROGERS

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GUERNSEY

GOLDEN

GUERNSEYS

In the spring of 2000, when the UK was dealing with the terrible aftermath of

foot and mouth disease, Mandy and Peter Girard decided to play their part in

preserving the dwindling Golden Guernsey goats herd.

The husband-and-wife team of

St Peter’s in Guernsey started their

own herd and well, as they say, the

rest is history. Now the pair have 30

Golden Guernsey goats – believed

to be the largest herd on the island.

At the last count, there were only

1,200 registered Golden Guernsey

goats. Mandy, 56, is very fond of

her Golden Guernsey goats. ‘We

also feel that Guernsey, being

such a small island and having its

very own breed of goat is worth

shouting about,’ said the mum of

five. Mandy and Peter have turned

their passion into a successful

business. ‘The first time someone

asked me if we sold the milk from

our goats, because their child had

some intolerance and needed

some, it got me thinking that this

would be a way for us to pay for

keeping more goats to promote

the breed. Then once we had too

much milk, I had to try cheese and

it snowballed from there on,’ she

said. ‘The fat globules in goat milk

are smaller than those in cow's

milk, which is why some people

find it easier to digest if they have

an intolerance to cow's milk. You

only have to look at our baby

goat kids on the farm to see that

goat milk is good for you, they are

full of beans and very healthy.’

The Golden Guernsey goats'

milk, cheese and meat have proven

extremely popular at local stores,

farmers' markets, and in restaurants

and hotels across the island.

‘It is very creamy, the milk has

high butter fats like cow's milk,’

said Mandy. ‘Animals grazing

in Guernsey seem to produce

such lovely creamy milk, which is

excellent for cheese making. Our

cheese has a mild goat flavour and

is very versatile as it can be used

in sweet as well as savoury dishes.’

Mandy would also encourage

people to try goat's meat. ‘It is

one of the lowest cholesterol red

meats on the planet and is widely

eaten all around the world.’

THEY ARE SMALLER

THAN MOST BREEDS

OF GOAT AND HAVE

THE DISTINCTIVE

GOLDEN HAIR LIKE OUR

BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN

GUERNSEY COWS

Mandy said Golden Guernsey

goats are very laid back, just like

Guernsey people. ‘They are very

docile and friendly, like a pet dog

they will come up to us and want

to be stroked, but also stroke

you with the side of their heads,’

she said. ‘They all have their own

personality, we know every one

of them, they have names and

pedigrees. They are smaller than

most breeds of goat and have

the distinctive golden hair like our

beautiful Golden Guernsey cows.’

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Made in

GUERNSEY

AN 8 WEEK OLD GOLDEN GUERNSEY GOAT

RIGHT: PRODUCE AVAILABLE FROM MANDY'S FARM

IMAGES ©CLAIRE ROGERS

In addition to rearing her 30

Golden Guernsey goats, Mandy

has recently taken up beekeeping.

‘I have only just started learning

about keeping bees and really

enjoying doing something else

to help another species, there’s

a great need to promote habitats

everywhere to help our bees. We

have a friend’s hive on the farm

and are hoping to start selling

honey in the future,’ she said.

If you’re visiting the island

and want to purchase Golden

Guernsey goat's milk, cheese

or meat, you can do so directly

from Mandy’s farm and you will

almost certainly get a glimpse of

the goats as you pass. ‘Guernsey

people have a delightful tradition

of selling their homegrown

produce on the hedge box outside

their properties, ours just has

to be inside the back door as it

needs to be in a fridge,’ she said.

You can also purchase Mandy’s

cheeses from several shops on

the island, including Forest Stores,

Surf & Turf, Nelio's Deli, Charlie’s

Family Butchers, Smithfield Farm

Shop and farmers' markets. ‘It’s

also being used by many of our

talented chefs on the island in

hotels and restaurants, so look out

for it on the menus,’ she added.

Peter is set to retire as a full-time

carpenter before the end of the

year, which means he will have

more time to concentrate on the

goats and free up Mandy’s time

to perfect her beekeeping skills.

The pair has also started offering

educational farm tours, which have

proved very popular. They intend to

continue to offer the tours in 2020.

Mandy said there’s nothing she’d

do differently, it’s been a wonderful

experience rearing her Golden

Guernsey goats. ‘I think we learn

by our mistakes and if you work

hard you appreciate things more,’

she said. ‘I do wish we had made

my dairy a bit bigger now though.’

If you are interested in rearing

your own Golden Guernsey goats

Mandy suggests joining the Golden

Guernsey Goat Society in England

or the Guernsey Goat Society.

‘There are always more experienced

people out there who will gladly

talk to you about goats and give

you free advice. "Goaty" people

love talking about goats,’ she said.

You can find Mandy and the

Golden Guernsey goats on

Perry's guide reference 27E1 or

contact via Facebook 'Golden

Guernsey Goats Cheese'.

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Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories extend

from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into

the Arctic Ocean, covering 3.85 million square

miles, making it the second largest country in the

world. Much of its expanse is sparsely inhabited

and the majority of the 35 million Canadians live

in its southern half. Canada’s cities are brimming

with historical and cultural treasures, but above

all the country is all about its stunningly beautiful

landscapes. These are as varied as its climate,

which ranges from arctic weather in the north,

to hot summers in the southern regions. Various

indigenous peoples inhabited the land for thousands

of years before European colonisation, and Canada

is now a spectrum of cultures. Vancouver, in British

Columbia, is one of the nation’s most alluring cities:

located on a peninsula flanked by seawater channels,

urban beaches, the North Shore Mountains and

1,001-acre Stanley Park, its easily accessible, scenic

surroundings offer plenty of active experiences.

HOW TO GET THERE

Aurigny operates regular flights to Gatwick

and both Air Transat and WestJet fly directly to

Vancouver. The flight takes around 10 hours

and Canada is eight hours behind GMT.

WHEN TO GO

Vancouver is a year-round destination but, whilst

July and August are the warmest months, they

are also the busiest. September and October

are ideal: the whale-watching season is in full

swing, and temperatures are still pleasant.

Despite being a 1960s tower, the Blue Horizon feels

modern, and corner guest rooms include a balcony

with a city view. If you’re on a budget the Buchan,

just steps from Stanley Park, has bags of charm,

and there’s a good Italian restaurant at the base of

the building.

EATING & DRINKING

From markets and food trucks to high-end

restaurants, Vancouver’s food scene is incredibly

varied. It’s one of the best places in North America for

Chinese and Japanese food, but you can find pretty

much any type of cuisine, and the availability of fresh

fish and shellfish is a plus. Breakfast is a big deal in

Canada and, with Quebec being responsible for 75%

of the world’s output of maple syrup, you won’t have

to make do with a flavoured substitute on your waffles

or pancakes. Poutine is a Canadian speciality: a mixture

of chips and cheese curds topped with gravy.

The coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons is seen

all over Canada but look out for specialist coffee shops.

London Fog is a drink that originated in Vancouver;

it’s an Early Grey tea latte with vanilla and sugar.

Mass-produced Canadian beer tends to be light and

fizzy, but Vancouver’s craft beer

scene has exploded over the last

decade. Canadian wines have a

good reputation, particularly

those from Ontario’s

Niagara- on-the-Lake

region and the

Okanagan Valley.

WHERE TO STAY

Vancouver has a large number of mid-range hotels

and many of the nicer options are in the West End,

a quiet residential area bordering Stanley Park. The

Loden is a boutique hotel that prides itself on being

a quiet oasis within the city. You can hop into the

hotel’s branded black London cab for a free drop-off

service downtown or relax in the spa. Another great

option is The Burrard, a renovated fifties motel with

colourful, retro interiors. All rooms have a Nespresso

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DINING IN GASTOWN

PRINCE OF WHALES WHALE WATCHING ORCA OCEAN TOUR

WATER STREET GASTOWN

GETTING THERE

FROM GUERNSEY

Air Transat and WestJet’s direct flights

to Vancouver depart from Gatwick at the

respectable times of 10:10 and 10:55,

so you can have breakfast at your hotel

or in the airport before you fly.

Air Transat’s return flight leaves at 14:55,

landing at 08:25, whilst WestJet leaves at

16:55, landing at 10:30. Either way, should

you arrive in time to catch an earlier

Aurigny flight home than the one you

have booked, you can enquire about our

Flight Forward service.

WHAT TO DO

Discovering Vancouver by bike is ideal: the city is

criss-crossed with cycle paths and many hotels have

bikes available to borrow, or you can rent one from

Cycle City Tours. Soak up the culture in Gastown and

Chinatown; Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest district

and is full of Victorian buildings housing boutiques,

art galleries and pubs. Entering Chinatown through

the Millennium Gate, you’ll see Chinese restaurants,

tea shops and markets lining the streets, while

traditional Chinese gardens are a peaceful oasis.

Established in 1886, Stanley Park is surrounded by

the waters of English Bay and Vancouver Harbour,

and is best explored by bicycle. Enjoy the spectacular

views and look out for wildlife such as racoons,

beavers and blue herons. To really appreciate the

scope of Vancouver’s natural beauty, take a seaplane

flight over the city and its surroundings. There are a

number of options, from 10-minute loops to 45-minute

flights over the region’s parks, beaches and coastline.

Vancouver has nine beaches – one on a freshwater

lake, the rest beside the ocean. Some beaches are

designated ‘quiet’ zones, such as Sunset Beach at

the mouth of False Creek, and Spanish Banks West,

which has picnic tables and allows barbecues. Others,

such as Kitsilano Beach and English Bay Beach, are a

hive of activity for families, featuring heated saltwater

pools, tennis courts and water sport facilities.

Lying between Vancouver and Vancouver Island,

the Strait of Georgia is home to several resident orca

pods, along with migratory grey and humpback

whales between June and October. Sea lions,

porpoises, otters, seals and bald eagles are also

frequently sighted. A boat trip out on the strait gives

you close views of the wildlife, with a professional

guide pointing out the species you encounter.

Set on Vancouver’s far western coast, the glass

walls of the University of British Columbia’s Museum

of Anthropology provide vistas of the surrounding

woodland and the Salish Sea. The museum holds

a vast collection of artefacts and exhibitions

related to world arts and cultures, specifically the

First Nations peoples native to the region.

Located 75 miles from Vancouver, Whistler frequently

ranks as one of the world’s top-five winter ski

destinations. Skiing and snowboarding are the main

activities in winter, but in summer the lifts keep running

to provide some of the world’s finest mountain biking,

highline hiking and other outdoor activities, as well as

North America’s best summer skiing. So, you might

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the city – or maybe save Whistler for your next

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THE POWER

OF CHANGE?

ADVERTORIAL

Fossil-fuels like gas and

oil won’t last forever,

and without action our

environment will struggle

to sustain the comfortable

lifestyles we’re used to.

Guernsey Electricity have

been making positive

changes to reduce harmful

emissions by sourcing

lower-carbon electricity.

IMPROVE PROPERTY VALUE

Electricity offers many great

opportunities to make valuable

improvements to our homes.

From straightforward energysaving

thermostats that learn

our habits and save us money,

to Air Source Heat Pumps that

absorb heat from the outside

air to release indoors, there are

many ways of making our homes

cleaner and more efficient.

By partnering our homes with

a lower-carbon electric future,

we have the power to enjoy

a 100%-efficient living space,

and the latest in technological

advances. For example, electric

home heating systems where

we’re almost guaranteed to save

money against the installation

and running cost of a gas heating

system over a boiler’s lifetime.

Before you sign up to a

10-year gas boiler offer,

enquire how much it will cost

long-term, including running

costs and standing charges.

CLEANER, GREENER LIVING THAT

DOESN’T COST THE EARTH

We all need to use energy

more consciously. Reducing

electricity bills and our impact

on the environment as a homeowner

or property tenant may

require some lifestyle changes

– some costing nothing at all.

The power station has generated

two-thirds of Guernsey’s

electricity following the cable

fault in October 2018. We’ll

be returning to lower-carbon

energy toward the end of the

year following the replacement

of sub-sea cable GJ1, linking

Guernsey to France (via Jersey).

Enjoy peace of mind knowing

homes are powered from

lower-carbon sources including

tidal, nuclear and solar power.

Sustainable lifestyle changes and

lower-carbon electricity support a

cleaner, greener future. We’re the

first generation to feel the effects

of climate change, and the last

who can do something about it.

Reducing our carbon footprint

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power sockets, to switching our

heating systems to 100%-efficient

modern alternatives to gas and oil.

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WE ALL NEED TO USE ENERGY MORE CONSCIOUSLY.

REDUCING ELECTRICITY BILLS AND OUR IMPACT ON

THE ENVIRONMENT AS A HOME-OWNER OR PROPERTY

TENANT MAY REQUIRE SOME LIFESTYLE CHANGES

– SOME COSTING NOTHING AT ALL

WHAT DOES 100%

EFFICIENT MEAN?

Energy cannot be created or

destroyed, it can only change

form. This means when we heat

our homes with electric heating,

100% of the energy is converted to

heat, and for every £1 spent,

we receive £1 worth of heat.

An old fossil-fuel boiler at 60%

efficiency emits only 60p worth of

heat per £1 spent, meaning over

time we’d need to spend more

money to enjoy the same level

of heat. Even when new, these

boilers will always be less than

100% efficient thanks to internal

combustion.

Money-hungry

gas heating may

cost the earth

in many ways.

Gas heating in Guernsey is more

expensive than electric and spent

energy leaves homes via flues in

a similar way to emissions leaving

a car exhaust. Those who’ve

switched to 100%-efficient electric

heating find they can lower their

energy bills, reduce maintenance

costs, remove unsightly flues, and

eliminate carbon monoxide risk.

HOME ENERGY MONITORS

It’s time to put money back

in your pocket. An energy

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We’re all responsible

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MANCHESTER

WINTER IN

MANCHESTER

You’ll never be bored in Manchester. There’s so much to see and do, especially

in winter! So, to get you started, we've compiled a list of places to explore,

attractions to visit and exciting activities to experience together, with friends,

or as a family.

MANCHESTER ART GALLERY

Manchester Art Gallery houses one of

the UK’s finest art collections presented

to visitors in imaginative new ways,

thanks to a £35 million transformation.

Highlights include outstanding pre-

Raphaelite paintings, craft, design and

early 20th-century British art. There’s

also a wide range of events, from talks

and tours to hands-on activities for

children and adults. If you’re hungry

there are two cafes to choose from.

For those with children aged three to

six make sure you try one of the gallery’s

explorer tool belts to help you explore.

Belts include binoculars, magnifying

glasses, spot cards and much more.

On the top floor, the gallery of

craft and design was specifically

created for touching, with ceramics,

glass, metal and wood objects.

Manchester Art Gallery is located on

Mosley Street and is free to visit.

THE CITY OF MANCHESTER

GIN EXPERIENCE

This one’s for the grown-ups. Tour the

City of Manchester Distillery, learn about

the often illustrious, sometimes dark

and intriguing history of gin, and gain an

understanding of how gin’s diverse flavours

are concocted during the City of Manchester

Gin Experience. In this purpose-built space,

in the heart of the resurgent Green Quarter,

you’ll enjoy plenty of complimentary drinks;

from the perfect serve gin and tonics to

classic cocktails. Finally, let loose on the mini

copper pot stills and create your very own

personalised bottle of gin to take home.

The City of Manchester Distillery is located

at Manchester Three Rivers and the Gin

Experience costs £95 per person.

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CHINATOWN

Did you know that Manchester’s

Chinatown is the second largest

in the UK? Well, it is so you’re

pretty much guaranteed a great

choice of restaurants, bakeries,

and shops to choose from and

explore. Situated on Faulkner

Street, the traditional Paifang

(architectural gateway structure)

was built in China and shipped

over to Manchester as a gift from

Manchester City Council to the

Chinese community. If you happen

to be visiting in February, the annual

Chinese New Year Festival includes

stalls and dancing dragons!

INTU TRAFFORD

CENTRE

Ok, now for some shopping.

Featuring everybody’s favourite

brands, the intu Trafford Centre

is the place to go. Here you’ll

find Selfridges, Stradivarius, Pull

& Bear, Victoria’s Secret, Primark,

and Zara, to name but a few.

Situated at Regent Crescent

there’s plenty to eat once you’ve

shopped and dropped, from

Five Guys to Wagamama.

SEA LIFE CENTRE

Located on Barton Square at

the intu Trafford Centre, Sea Life

Centre boasts more than 5,000

sea creatures in 30 displays.

Hold a crab or touch a starfish

at the interactive rockpool

experience and observe creatures

including sharks, seahorses,

octopus, jellyfish and rays.

If that's not enough, the Legoland

Discovery Centre is just next door.

Prices vary, with Sea Life Centre

and Legoland Discovery Centre

combo tickets also available,

so it’s a good idea to check

online before you arrive.

MANCHESTER CRAFT

AND DESIGN CENTRE

If you prefer a more artisanal

shopping experience, the

Manchester Craft and Design

Centre is located at 17 Oak Street

in the Northern Quarter and

comprises 16 retail or studio

spaces, a café and a rolling

programme of exhibitions

from leading national and

international makers.

Formerly the Smithfield Victorian

fish market, and crowned with

a large glass roof, the centre

now houses two floors of shops

ranging from jewellery, ceramics,

and textiles to furniture and

clothing design. Manchester

Craft and Design Centre is one

of the few places in the UK

where contemporary goods

are both individually produced

and sold on the premises.

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CASTLEFIELD BASIN

LEGO DISCOVERY CENTRE

INTU TRAFFORD CENTRE

PLAY FACTORE

Play Factore is the perfect place

to go on a rainy day. Not only

does it boast the tallest standing

slide in Europe, but also a full

indoor laser tag arena, go-kart

track, and zip wire. Whether

your six months or 16 years old,

there’s something for everyone.

No doubt you’ll get hungry, so

don’t miss the Italian coffee shop

and pizzeria with fresh and locally

sourced ingredients for pizzas,

pasta dishes, salads, and a wide

selection of side sharing plates.

Play Factore is situated next to

the intu Trafford Centre. Check

the website because prices vary

depending upon the age of

the child and the season.

SEA LIFE CENTRE

CHINATOWN

PLAY FACTORE

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LONDON

FREE

ATTRACTIONS

IN LONDON

KENSINGTON GARDENS

IMAGE ©VISITBRITAINIMAGES/HISTORICROYALPALACES

Notoriously one of the most expensive cities in the world for visitors, London can be a daunting prospect

for those travelling on a tight budget. But did you know there are plenty of free things to do in London

whatever your age? In addition to world-class museums – almost all of which have free admission

– the city is home to picturesque parks, buzzing markets, stunning churches and phenomenal viewpoints.

Here are just 10 of the hundreds of free attractions in Britain’s capital.

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1. BRITISH MUSEUM

The British Museum is one of London's top

attractions and is absolutely free. It is bursting at

the seams with fascinating artefacts from all over

the world, from Anglo-Saxon burial treasures

to Egyptian mummies and samurai armour.

Remarkably, the 80,000 objects on display at any

one time only make up 1% of the eight million

objects in the museum’s possession.

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BRITISH MUSEUM

IMAGE ©VISITBRITAIN/ JASON HAWKES

4. TATE MODERN

Located in what was once Bankside Power

Station on the south bank of the Thames, Tate

Modern is one of the city's most loved attractions.

You can enjoy the permanent collection, which

includes works by Pollock, Warhol, Matisse

and Picasso, all for free. The upstairs cafe has

wonderful views of the Thames, and the building

itself is pretty spectacular.

2. HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

Built in the mid-19th century, the Houses of

Parliament is a neo-Gothic wonder and home

to the world’s most famous clock, Big Ben. It is

made up of two houses – the Commons and the

Lords – and if you reserve ahead (or just try your

luck on the day) you can go inside to watch British

democracy in action.

3. GREENWICH PARK

Head to the top of the hill in the centre of

Greenwich Park and you’ll be treated to a breathtaking

free view of the city: the skyscrapers of

Canary Wharf emerge behind the 17th-century

Queen’s House, and beyond, the Thames

meanders its way into the heart of London.

It’s a perfect spot for a picnic in the capital on

a summer’s day.

BOROUGH MARKET

IMAGE ©VISITBRITAIN/ CRAIG EASTON

GREENWICH PARK

IMAGE ©THE ROYAL PARKS

5. BOROUGH MARKET

Having celebrated its 1,000th birthday in 2014,

Borough Market is arguably one of London’s more

established spots to visit. Located under Victorian

railway arches and open Monday to Saturday,

Borough Market is filled with scrumptious food

and food-lovers, featuring cuisine from all areas

of the world. It offers everything you need for a

delicious grab-and-go breakfast or lunch but is

also a great place for a simple wander – just keep

an eye out for free samples.

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ABOVE: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, BLUE WHALE SKELETON

RIGHT: CHILDREN PLAYING IN PATTERN POD

IMAGE ©BENJAMIN EALOVEGA, SCIENCE MUSEUM GROUP

BELOW: CHANGING OF THE GUARD

IMAGE ©VISITBRITAIN/ANDREW PICKETT

BELOW RIGHT: MATHEMATICS THE WINTON GALLERY AT THE

SCIENCE MUSEUM ©JODY KINGZETT, SCIENCE MUSEUM GROUP

6. CHANGING OF THE GUARD

One of the best ceremonies in the city, the

Changing of the Guard takes place every Monday,

Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10.30am outside

Buckingham Palace. Dressed in bearskin hats and

red tunics, the Queen’s Guard marches around

in time to music in a display of grand pageantry,

as they switch responsibilities with one another.

8. KENSINGTON GARDENS

The beautiful Kensington Gardens are home

to a trove of treasures, including the Albert

Memorial, the Peter Pan Statue, the Serpentine

Gallery, the Round Pond and the Diana Memorial

Playground. All are free to visit and when you’re

done with the sights, you can wander along

the tree-lined paths which crisscross the whole

park. East and north of the gardens are a variety

of Royal Parks, all free to enter: Regent's Park,

Hyde Park, Green Park and St James's Park.

9. NATIONAL GALLERY

Home to one of the world’s most impressive

art collections and with more than six million

visitors every year, the National Gallery houses

masterpieces by painters including van Gogh,

Renoir, da Vinci and Michelangelo. Avoid the

hordes by visiting on weekday mornings or

Friday evenings. But whenever you go, the

permanent collections are always free.

10. SCIENCE MUSEUM

The fascinating and captivating Science

Museum fills seven floors with interactive

exhibits. The Energy Hall highlights the first

steam locomotives, which date from the early

19th century, while the third-floor exhibits,

which include old gliders, hot-air balloons

and flight simulators, are popular with kids.

7. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Those Victorians sure liked to collect and

catalogue. This is one of the most compelling

results: the Natural History Museum owns an

outrageously large collection (around 80 million

items) of all things nature in a lovely Gothic

Revival building, which opened in the late

19th century. A wildlife garden is open March

to November, and the main hall is dominated

by an enormous blue whale skeleton.

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THE COTSWOLDS

ADVENTURES IN

THE COTSWOLDS

The Cotswolds are one

of the loveliest spots in

the UK to lace up your

walking boots and take

in some country air.

Designated an Area of

Outstanding Natural

Beauty, this picturesque

region of nearly 800

square miles is a natural

playground for anyone

who loves getting active

in the great outdoors.

Spanning over six counties,

the Cotswolds takes in

Gloucestershire, Worcestershire,

Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and

parts of Wiltshire, Bath, Somerset

and Bristol. Planning a break to

the region couldn’t be easier,

with Aurigny’s daily direct flights

between Bristol and Guernsey.

With miles upon miles of

public pathways and bridleways

to explore, plus stately homes,

immaculate National Trust

Gardens, dovecotes, thatched

cottages, picture-perfect villages

and quintessential country pubs,

the Cotswolds is a hiker’s paradise.

Whether you’re a seasoned

walker keen to explore longer

routes, or more of a novice,

simply interested in rambling to

the nearest watering hole, the

area has trails for all abilities.

The Cotswolds is not only the

perfect place for walking but a

fantastic destination for cycling

holidays, with its quiet country

lanes, rolling hills and chocolate

box villages, ideal for foodie

pitstops. Most routes will include

a short stretch on a main road

or an uphill burst, but you’ll be

rewarded with outstanding views.

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ABOVE: CIRENCESTER IN THE SUMMER

BELOW: ALBINGTON IN SUMMER, KAYAKING AND WAKE BOARDING

AT THE COTSWOLD WATER PARK ALL IMAGES ©COTSWOLDS TOURISM

SPANNING OVER SIX COUNTIES, THE COTSWOLDS

TAKES IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE, WORCESTERSHIRE,

OXFORDSHIRE, WARWICKSHIRE AND PARTS OF

WILTSHIRE, BATH, SOMERSET AND BRISTOL

Whether walking or cycling,

either base yourself in a single

village and do a series of circular

routes or stay in a variety of

locations, riding or hiking between

accommodations. Specialist tour

operators can arrange overnight

stays and luggage transfers

between lodgings, so all you

have to do is enjoy the journey.

The Cotswolds also offers

adventures on water. Experience

kayaking, windsurfing, swimming,

sailing, waterskiing, wake boarding

and more at the Cotswold Water

Park, an area of 40 square miles

covering more than 150 lakes.

It’s home to the UK’s largest

inland bathing beach, where

you can hire a pedalo, or fire up

a barbecue, for some muchneeded

chill-out time.

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ABOVE: WHATLEY MANOR RIGHT: NIALL KEATING AT WHATLEY MANOR

MIDDLE RIGHT: THE WILD RABBIT, KINGHAM

BELOW: A SELECTION OF DISHES FROM THE WILD RABBIT

From four-star hotels to homely

B&Bs, campsites and selfcatering

holiday homes, various

accommodation is offered within

the park, making it a good base

for any action-packed adventure

holiday in the area. There is a

variety of accommodation on

offer throughout the Cotswolds,

from camping to luxury spa

resorts - not forgetting all of the

charming village B&Bs that are

ideal for mid-range budgets.

Refuelling after a hard day’s

exercise is also something to

get excited about, as the area is

famed for its produce, including

local lamb, Gloucestershire Old

Spot pork, seasonal fruit and

veg, and Gloucester cheeses.

For traditional afternoon tea, try

Huffkins, a Cotswold-wide family

of bakeries and tearooms, or for a

rustic country pub lunch head to

The Lamb Inn in Burford, or The

Wild Rabbit in Kingham - you’ll

be spoilt for choice whichever

village or town you wind up in.

Fine dining is also on the menu

and for a truly refined experience

treat yourself to Michelin-starred

supper at The Dining Room at

Whatley Manor, Malmesbury.

For travellers looking to

discover a beautiful slice of rural

England, the Cotswolds has it all

- fabulous walking trails, scenic

cycle routes, activities galore

and food to write home about.

Your next adventure awaits.

THERE IS A VARIETY OF

ACCOMMODATION ON

OFFER THROUGHOUT

THE COTSWOLDS,

FROM CAMPING TO

LUXURY SPA RESORTS

- NOT FORGETTING

ALL OF THE CHARMING

VILLAGE B&BS THAT

ARE IDEAL FOR MID-

RANGE BUDGETS

GETTING THERE...

Aurigny operates regular flights between Guernsey and Bristol.

The easiest way of getting to and exploring the Cotswolds is by rental

car, although it is possible to travel the area by bus and train. Visit the

Cotswolds Conservation Board website to download the free Explore

the Cotswolds by Public Transport Guide, an invaluable information

resource that also includes recommended walking and cycle routes.

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JOIN US FOR A

Guernsey’s famous fixed-price food festival

runs from 1st October to 11th November

every year and is a great time to eat out.

We’ll be joining in with a special Tennerfest

menu as well as offering our usual à la carte,

and Sunday lunches.

AL FRESCO DINING

AS IT SHOULD BE

Make the most of any late summer sun in the

Olive Grove, a sheltered garden, right in the

heart of St Peter Port. Enjoy a chilled glass of

wine, freshly-made pizza, delicious sandwiches,

or something from the à la carte menu, whilst

looking out across the sea

to the islands beyond.

Reservations

T 01481 738604

E fandb@theoghhotel.com

W www.theoghhotel.com

Reservations

T 01481 738604

E fandb@theoghhotel.com

W www.theoghhotel.com

AUTHENTIC

INDIAN

CUISINE

Chef Japhia Ellaya invites you to experience

contemporary Indian dishes prepared with

meticulously balanced spices for a dining

experience like no other. Relax in convivial

surroundings, adorned with pictures and

memorabilia of the island’s past Governors.

Reservations

T 01481 724921

E fandb@theoghhotel.com

W www.theoghhotel.com

Ann’s Place, St Peter Port,

Guernsey GY1 2NU

Aprés Ski...

Alpine Lodge at the OGH

Now a firm fixture in Guernsey’s festive

celebrations, the Alpine Lodge is back for 2019.

Be sure to book early for the authentic après ski

experience and enjoy mulled wine, beer in steins,

schnapps and platters of delicious, warming

comfort food in an alpine setting with

rustic wooden walls, barrel tables,

skis and sledges.

Reservations

AT THE OGH

T 01481 724921

E meetingsandevents@theoghhotel.com

W www.theoghhotel.com

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MORE

THAN

MOORS

ROSEBERRY

TOPPING IN THE NORTH YORK MOORS

NATIONAL PARK IMAGE ©EBOR IMAGES/NYMNPA

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GOING TO THE NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS?

If ever there was a place to get away from it

all, whether you’re looking for rolling dales,

magnificent moors or a panoramic and

rugged coastline, the North York Moors is

the real deal. And, with Aurigny’s flights from

Guernsey to Leeds Bradford or Manchester,

getting there has never been easier.

The moors themselves, covering more than

500 square miles, are one of the most expansive

stretches of heather moorland in the United

Kingdom - a sweeping domain of fresh air

and sense of escape that will put you back in

touch with all Mother Nature has to offer.

The moors were designated a National Park

back in 1952, stretching from the Cleveland Hills

in the north and west to Vale of Pickering in

the south, encompassing some of the region’s

most beautiful historical towns including

Helmsley, Guisborough and Malton.

If you’re an ambitious outdoor adventurer there’s

no shortage of things to do, from a hike up fell

and down dale to a mountain bike ride through

ever-changing landscape so vast you’ll feel

you’re the king or queen of your own world.

But if your plan is to take things at a

much slower pace, this really is the place

to take it all in one step at a time.

The moors themselves include forests and

ancient woodlands that are home to roe deer,

badgers, owls, turtle doves and more, while once

you reach the raw cliffs and coast you may spot

seals, dolphins and even whales out to sea.

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FLIGHTS HOTELS CAR HIRE

LOOK AHEAD, BOOK AHEAD

Planning pays off. Did you know passengers who booked

flights 30 days or more in advance over the past year saved

25% on average compared to the average fare?

THE MOORS THEMSELVES,

COVERING MORE THAN 500

SQUARE MILES, ARE ONE OF THE

MOST EXPANSIVE STRETCHES OF

HEATHER MOORLAND IN THE

UNITED KINGDOM

While, come nightfall, the lack of light pollution

means it’s all eyes to the skies as a celestial

light show puts you at one with the universe

as you contemplate your day’s achievements

and the possibilities tomorrow has in store.

If all that sounds a bit ethereal, worry not, you’ll be

grounded by how much there is to do in each of the

small urban centres, including arguably the epitome

of a picture-postcard English town: Helmsley.

From the thriving market square to the ruins of

the ancient castle, you’ll have lots to see and do,

and plenty of excuses to stop and reflect as you

work your way through cake or afternoon tea in

one of the town’s traditional tea rooms where

service is delivered with old-school charm.

CYCLING ON THE OLD RAILWAY LINE ABOVE FARNDALE

IMAGE ©RUSSELL BURTON/NYMNP

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MOST OF ALL, THE

REGION IS ABOUT

DISCOVERING THE

JOY OF FREEDOM,

THE PLEASURE IN

SIMPLY BEING, AND

THE SERENDIPITY OF

STUMBLING ACROSS

THE UNEXPECTED

If shopping is part of your plan, the Moors

National Park Centre is home to an ever

changing selection of pop-up boutiques and

galleries, though the work of the region’s

creatives is in abundance wherever you

go, with Stathes Studio Gallery, the Gilles

Jones glassmakers in Rosedale Abbey,

and the sculpture work at Bils & Rye in

Kirkbymooreside all highly recommended.

But the North Yorkshire

Moors are also about family

time. Where else could you

set out on an adventure

to discover the mythical

dragon believed to reside on

the banks of the River Esk?

Then there’s the Jurassic

fossils trail and a challenge

to walk in the footsteps

of dinosaurs or even seek

out the pirates of Robin

Hood’s Bay. A chance to

feed your imagination and

play in the great outdoors.

If play time is something of a more adult

occasion, we recommend the Yorkshire

Distillery Tour at Sutton-on-the-Forest

where you can work your way around

England’s only self-built whisky and gin

distillery… and, of course, enjoy some

of the produce while you’re there.

Most of all, the region is about discovering

the joy of freedom, the pleasure in simply

being, and the serendipity of stumbling

across the unexpected. There are 1,400

miles of right-of-way walking routes to take

on, visitor centres to absorb to make sense

of all you see, and if certain sights seem a

little familiar, you may just have happened

across landscape that’s made prime-time TV

on Heartbeat, or even global silver screen

scenery in the Harry Potter movie series.

After all of this, and despite that earlier

afternoon tea, it’s likely you’ll have worked

up a hearty appetite after all this fresh air.

Thankfully, the North Yorkshire Moors are

home to an incredible menu of field-tofork

dining options, from a cosy pub grub

meal to some altogether finer dining.

The Black Swan in Helmsley is

renowned for its distinct menus, using

ingredients all found within 30 miles

of where you sit down to eat. It’s why

it’s rightly proud of its 3 AA rosettes.

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LEFT: STAITHES EVENING LIGHT IMAGE ©EBOR IMAGES/NYMPA

ABOVE AND RIGHT:

- NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY IMAGE ©GRAHAM STAPLES/NYMR

- BYLAND ABBEY AND THE MILKY WAY IMAGE ©STEVE BELL/NYMNPA

- CHILDREN IN A SIGNAL BOX ON THE NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY

IMAGE ©JIM VARNEY/NYMR

For something more eccentric,

a visit to Staddlebridge means

a stop off at The Cleveland

Tontine where this award-winning

bistro’s idiosyncratic and eclectic

approach to satisfying diners

means visitors and locals make

a point of booking a table to

enjoy the best in local produce.

Or you could eat on the go,

and we’re not talking a fast-food

takeaway. Climb aboard the North

Yorkshire Moors Railway’s own

Pullman for a magical setting

for a meal, whether a special

occasion or ‘just because’. The

period carriages, lavish decoration

and first-class service will give

you a chance to take in an everchanging

view from your seat

and a meal on the moors you

really will remember forever.

Walking, biking, star-gazing,

dinosaur hunting, shopping, eating

and more. Much more. Much

moor. It all awaits you on a visit

to the North Yorkshire Moors.

THE NORTH

YORKSHIRE

MOORS ARE

HOME TO AN

INCREDIBLE MENU

OF FIELD TO FORK

DINING OPTIONS,

FROM A COSY

PUB GRUB MEAL

TO SOMETHING

ALTOGETHER

FINER DINING

RIGHT: THE BAY HOTEL, ROBIN HOOD'S BAY

IMAGE ©TONY BARTHOLOMEW/NYMNP

GROUP OF WALKERS ON CLEVELAND WAY IMAGE ©EBOR IMAGES

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DA NELLO

Today’s restaurant industry is awash with those that undergo frequent revamps, with new

contemporary décor installed and menus that change to reflect the trends in ‘food fashions.’

While these evolving restaurants have their own appeal, it can be reassuring and comforting

to find a restaurant that doesn’t need to keep up with fashions but retains its popularity by

doing what it does incredibly well for many, many years. These restaurants are a rare breed, but

Guernsey is lucky enough to have one right at the heart of St Peter Port in the form of Da Nello.

The restaurant was opened

in 1978 by the original owner

Nello Ciotti. Although Nello has

now retired, many of his early

members of staff are still working

at the restaurant, including the

current owners Manuel Teixeira

as Restaurant Manager and

Tim Vidamour as Head Chef.

Combine this with the fact that

the simple rustic décor and the

menu have remained largely

unchanged over the years, yet

the restaurant’s popularity seems

to grow year on year, it’s clear

to see that they have a winning

formula and are quite right not

to mess with it unnecessarily.

Da Nello’s location in central

St Peter Port makes it popular

with shoppers and professionals

alike at lunch, and groups of

family, friends, couples and

business diners in the evening.

The restaurant’s street-side

façade looks small but step inside

and you’re greeted by a beautiful

mix of Italian décor in the form

of several different dining areas,

each with their own unique style

and ambience. Customers enter

into the bar area with its cosy nook

seating, pot plants, an abundance

of wine racks, exposed granite

walls with beautiful up-lighting,

lanterns and a very well-stocked

bar. Diners then have a choice of

rooms in which to be seated.

‘La Saletta’ is the dining room

with its more formal décor;

Wooden floors, white-washed

walls adorned with beautiful Italian

artwork, cast-iron chandeliers

and wall-mounted lighting.

Windows with box plants in La

Saletta overlook the other main

dining area, ‘Il Cortile’, meaning

the courtyard. This is a stunning

and slightly more casual dining

area with a glass atrium which

provides a fantastic al fresco feel,

complete with terracotta roof

tiles, hanging plants, windows

with shutters and a tiled floor.

It’s hard to imagine the building

actually dates back to 1450

when it was the northern most

defensive gateway to St Peter

Port. Many of the timber beams

in the restaurant were originally

salvaged from shipwrecks of the

time. Careful restoration of the

building has retained and restored

as much as possible including

the fireplace and granite work.

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Reviews

‘Beautiful restaurant'

‘Beautiful restaurant, fantastic service

and most importantly, wonderful

food. Will certainly return.’

‘Good location’

‘After reading good reviews for this

restaurant, we were not disappointed.

Excellent lobster linguine, their

specialty and excellent service.

‘Amazing meal'

‘Wow, wow, wow!! Had an amazing

meal here whilst on holiday, we used

to live in Guernsey about 20 years ago

and went here all the time, so thought

we would go back to see if it had

changed, and it hadn't, the staff were

still just as friendly, the food amazing

and the whole atmosphere great!’

THE RESTAURANT’S STREET SIDE

FAÇADE LOOKS SMALL BUT STEP

INSIDE AND YOU’RE GREETED BY A

BEAUTIFUL MIX OF ITALIAN DÉCOR IN

THE FORM OF SEVERAL DIFFERENT

DINING AREAS, EACH WITH THEIR

OWN UNIQUE STYLE AND AMBIENCE.

Regardless of how beautiful the building is, it’s the

food that keeps customers returning year after year.

The menu features Italian and Mediterranean food

and is extensive and packed full of Italian classics.

Their signature dish is Lobster Linguine which is

available as a starter or main. A quick glance through

their TripAdvisor and Facebook reviews and you’ll

see just how popular this dish is! Other favourites

include Carpaccio of Beef, Fettucine with Guernsey

Crab, Risotto Mare e Monti, Local Sea Scallops,

and Medallions of Beef with Barolo Sauce.

Unsurprisingly Da Nello is a very popular

restaurant so reservations are recommended.

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danello.gg

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BUSINESS NEWS

60 NEWS BULLETIN

The latest business news from

the Bailiwick of Guernsey

66 LOCATE GUERNSEY

Life is better in Guernsey

74 WE ARE GUERNSEY

Meeting the opportunities and

challenges of climate change

77 HURT

By Mark Bousfield Group

Managing Director at Ravenscroft

78 BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Meet Olly and Steve,

co-founders of Resolution IT

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY REPORTS 81

What can the Channel Islands

learn from the UK?

TAXING DEMANDS 82

Why the new economic substance

tests could be trickier than you think

HIGH-FLYING 88

The latest appointments from

leading Guernsey businesses

AIRBNB AND GUERNSEY

PROPERTY LAW 95

What homeowners and

tenants need to know

BUSINESS INTERRUPTION

INSURANCE 96

The importance of getting it right

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BUSINESS NEWS

Page 63

Is your

business ready

for AI?

Page 69

Dealing with

unmanageable

workloads

Page 73

How did IT

make it from

the basement

to the

boardroom?

Cristin Bouchet, Lloyd Sawyer and David Wilson

DELTA EVENTS CELEBRATES 25

YEARS OF BUSINESS SUCCESS

Local event production company Delta Events has

celebrated its 25th birthday and reflected on its

phenomenal success from humble beginnings supplying

sound and lighting equipment from a chicken shed

operation in Jersey’s Trinity parish.

The business officially launched in Jersey back in 1994 with

a team of three, comprising founders Cristin Bouchet and

Lloyd Sawyer and Dave Wilson, who sadly passed away

in 2001. Ten years ago Delta set up its Guernsey branch

to meet a client demand that continues to flourish and

today boasts a 20-strong team across both islands and

occupies four vast warehouses to house the latest technical

equipment, staging, decorations and props.

Simon Gasston, Managing Director at Delta Events, said:

'It’s incredible to be celebrating such a milestone in Delta’s

history. From very modest beginnings in Jersey, the

business has gone from strength to strength and we’re so

proud of the reputation we’ve garnered as a leading events

production specialist across both Jersey and Guernsey.'

BEDELL CRISTIN ADVISES

ON THE ACQUISITION OF

NORDBEN LIFE

Bedell Cristin has acted as

counsel to Monument Re on its

acquisition of Nordben Life and

Pension Insurance from BenCo

Insurance Holding, following

receipt of regulatory approval

from the Guernsey Financial

Services Commission.

Monument Re Limited is a

Bermuda-based reinsurer

established to operate as an

asset-intensive reinsurer and

acquirer in Europe.

Bedell Cristin's Guernsey team,

led by Partner Richard Sharp and

assisted by Managing Associate

Lee Osborne and Legal Assistant,

Jenny Mills, provided corporate

and regulatory advice. The Bedell

team worked alongside lead

counsel for Monument Re, Travers

Smith LLP.

On the involvement of

Bedell Cristin, Richard Sharp

commented: 'Bedell Cristin is

pleased to have assisted with this

transaction.

'Our depth of experience

of insurance and regulatory

issues enabled us to provide

pragmatic commercial advice

on the Guernsey aspects of this

transaction. We have once again

demonstrated why we are ranked

as one of the top firms across the

Channel Islands.'

GUERNSEY LOCAL MARKET

ACTIVITY OFF TO A POSITIVE

START IN FIRST HALF OF 2019

Sales activity in the Guernsey

Local Market is up more than

20% compared to the same time

last year, according to the latest

conveyancing statistics compiled

by Unusualities of Guernsey, an

independent compiler of local

conveyancing statistics.

For the six months to the end of

June 2019 there were 414 Local

Market houses and flats sold

compared to 341 for the same

period last year.

Of those 414 Local Market

transactions, the median price

(realty only) for the 337 houses sold

so far this year currently stands at

£463,125, up from £429,000 for the

same period last year. The median

price (realty only) of the 77 Local

Market flats sold in the first six

months of 2019 currently stands at

£236,437, marginally up from the

£235,500 recorded for last year.*

For the Guernsey Open Market,

the 33 transactions recorded by

Unusualities of Guernsey in the first

six months of 2019 is one more than

during the same period last year.

Of those 33 sales, the median price

(realty only) of the 30 Open Market

houses sold this year is £877,500,

which is down from the £910,000

for the same period last year. The

three Open Market flats sold so far

this year have a median price (realty

only) of £849,999.*

Jason Morgan, Head of Carey

Olsen's Property Group in Guernsey,

said: 'It is encouraging to see activity

levels in Guernsey's Local Market get

off to such a positive start in 2019,

particularly when you consider that

2018 as a whole saw the highest

number of Local Market transactions

completed since 2011. Similarly,

the sustained interest in the island's

Open Market, carrying over from

Jason Morgan

last year into 2019, bodes well for

the future and could be a precursor

to an increase in sales and prices

going forward.'

*None of the total sales numbers quoted

include inter-family or inter-company

sales, transactions which are typically

completed for a nominal consideration.

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APPLEBY HIGHLY

COMMENDED AS

OFFSHORE LAW FIRM OF

THE YEAR

SURE CHOOSES FEMALE STEM BURSARY WINNER

Lucy Pratt, a student from the

Ladies' College, has been selected

as the first recipient of Sure’s female

STEM bursary.

Sure introduced the bursary, the

first of its kind in Guernsey, at the

end of January for a female student

interested in studying a science,

technology, engineering or maths

(STEM) related degree at university.

Lucy was one of many local

students to apply and plans to study

Sports Technology Engineering at

Loughborough University. She was

chosen for her genuine interest in

engineering and finding out how

and why things work, alongside her

active interest in how technology

can enhance our daily lives.

Lucienne De La Mare, HR Director at

Sure, said: 'We were blown away with

Lucy’s application for the bursary

and can’t wait to see her take her first

steps towards what we expect to be

a very successful career.

L-R: Charlotte Dunsterville, Lucienne De La Mare,

Lucy Pratt and Chris Durnell

'At Sure we’re committed to

supporting and developing local

talent and this bursary aims to do that

as well as diversify the local telecoms

and technology sectors. This is just

one way that we’re supporting the

island’s economy as it gears up for an

increasingly digital future.'

Lucy will receive £1,500 a year to

support her studies. Additionally,

she’ll undertake six weeks’ paid

work experience at Sure every year

throughout the bursary as well as

receiving ongoing support from

female mentors in senior positions

at Sure.

Lucy said: 'I feel so lucky to be given

an opportunity to gain such valuable

work experience that can contribute

to my future career aspirations. To be

able to gain mentors from within the

company will be such a great help

moving forwards with my goals.'

FIRST LOCALLY QUALIFIED DENTAL NURSES

A group of 11 students has

completed the first year of a twoyear

Level 3 Diploma in Principles

& Practice of Dental Nursing. This

is the first time that the College of

FE has run this course which was

introduced in direct response to

feedback from the sector. It is aimed

at individuals already working in

the profession who wish to gain a

formal qualification in the field.

The two-year programme is delivered

by Catherine Rowberry, who

qualified as a registered dental nurse

in 1987 after two years studying at

Manchester University. Catherine

also holds the National Examining

Board for Dental Nurses and has a

distinction in Oral Health Education.

College Principal Louise Misselke

said: 'The College offers a

responsive provision of professional

qualifications, working in

partnership with the island’s various

industry sectors to ensure that our

training provision correlates with

their needs. I am delighted that this

course is proving such a success.'

Lorraine Barker, College Faculty

Director, added: 'We have had

extremely positive feedback from

this first group of students who

have welcomed the opportunity of

gaining a formal qualification on the

island within their chosen sector.'

Appleby was recognised with

a Highly Commended status in

the Offshore Law Firm of the

Year category at this year’s The

Lawyer Awards, in relation to

their expertise, legal innovation

and market-leading strategy.

The annual awards reward best

practice and celebrate excellence

across the entire industry.

The shortlist was decided by a

panel of over 60 judges from

across the industry who debated

entries from law firms, companies

and barristers chambers.

Michael O’Connell, Group

Managing Partner at Appleby,

commented: 'This recognition

from The Lawyer is a testament

to our highly experienced, expert

teams across our local and global

network of practices. We pride

ourselves on our professionalism,

integrity and excellent client

service, and are delighted that this

has been acknowledged at this

prestigious event.'

SAFFERY CHAMPNESS

REGISTERED FIDUCIARIES

LISTED AS A TOP

INDEPENDENT TRUST

COMPANY

Saffery Champness Registered

Fiduciaries has once again been listed

as a tier-one firm in Eprivateclient’s

Top Trust Companies.

Eprivateclient, an online

publication for leading private

client professionals, introduced the

Top Trust Companies rankings ten

years ago in order to celebrate the

largest and most successful private

client-centric advisory businesses.

They survey over 100 trust

companies and the rankings are

based on data received on areas

such as number of client-facing

directors, number of client-facing

trust officers/managers, total

number of staff and fee income.

Figures for Saffery Champness’s

submission were compiled from

their Guernsey and Swiss offices.

Managing Director of Saffery

Champness in Guernsey, Nick

Batiste, said: 'It is fantastic to once

again be named as a top trust

company, our continued inclusion

in these rankings can be attributed

to the tailored service we deliver

and the quality of the staff that we

employ.'

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BUSINESS NEWS

CHANNEL ISLANDS

GAIN THEIR FIFTH

CIPR FELLOW

The Channel Islands are now home

to five Fellows of the Charted

Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)

after the professional body’s

highest accolade was awarded to

Mark Oliphant.

Mark is Head of Communications at

The International Stock Exchange

(TISE) and sits on the Marketing

Committee of the Guernsey

Investment and Funds Association

(GIFA). He is a Chartered PR

practitioner and a former Secretary,

Vice Chair and Chair of the Channel

Islands Group of the CIPR.

Mark said: 'I am delighted and

honoured to have been awarded

a Fellowship by the CIPR and

join the ranks of many of the

industry’s leading practitioners. I

would like to thank all those who

have supported me along my

path. I hope that by continuing to

represent both the CIPR and the

broader industry, I can contribute

towards securing a strong future

for public relations and those who

work in the profession, including

in the Channel Islands.'

Fellowship is awarded to

members for their outstanding

contribution to the CIPR and the

public relations profession. There

are fewer than 300 Fellows of the

CIPR across the world.

Emma Leech, CIPR President,

said: 'Congratulations to Mark.

Your professional achievements

and commitment to life-long

learning embody the CIPR’s core

values. Our community of Fellows

act as ambassadors for the CIPR,

promoting professionalism and

demonstrating best practice

across the industry.'

The other Fellows currently based

in the Channel Islands are Steve

Falla, Mike Sunier, Adam Riddell

and William Church.

William Church, Chair of CIPR

Channel Islands, said: 'Mark has

made a significant contribution

to CIPR Channel Islands,

including coordinating our tenth

anniversary celebrations last

year, as well as representing the

profession more broadly in the

islands. It is fantastic that Mark has

been rewarded with this accolade.

This further demonstrates the

communications expertise we

have available in the Channel

Islands, where we also have the

largest proportion of Chartered

practitioners of any CIPR

regional group.'

ROSSBOROUGH

STAFF CHALK UP

50 YEARS’ SERVICE

Three of Rossborough Insurance’s

local staff have been the recipients

of long service awards after

reaching up to a quarter of a century

with the company.

Broker Jorden Toms, Accounts

Assistant Rosie Murgatroyd and

Accounts and Premises Supervisor

Kay Leigh, have recently celebrated

10, 15 and 25 years respectively. All are

based at the local insurance broker’s

Bulwer Avenue offices, fulfilling critical

back office and customer-facing

roles. John Nicholls, who retired

from Rossborough after 25 years,

also received a long service award.

Director, Richard Clarke, said: ‘I

believe it is quite unusual now to

BURSARY SCHEME

OFFERS INSIGHT INTO

FINANCIAL SERVICES

University students from Guernsey

can now apply for this year’s PraxisIFM

Bursary Award. It’s the third year the

global financial services company has

provided a bursary, which provides

an annual sum of £2,500 and a

chance to experience a variety of

work across a range of areas. The

PraxisIFM Bursary forms part of the

Group’s commitment to training

and development. Group Head of

Human Resources, Sharon Coburn,

said the scheme had been popular

since launch. ‘Over the past two years

we’ve had some great applications

from students interested in a variety of

degrees,’ she said.

The recipient of the inaugural bursary

awarded in 2017 was Psychology

undergraduate Tilly Ayres who has

just returned to the island, and

PraxisIFM, for her second summer

working across various departments.

L-R: Jorden Toms, Rosie Murgatroyd, John Nicholls,

Kay Leigh and Director Richard Clarke

see staff remain with one company

for so long and I am genuinely

delighted by the loyalty shown.

They have built up such a wealth of

knowledge of not only the company

and the industry but also of our

customers, which is invaluable.’

The three employees all stated

that changes in technology, in

particular within the insurance

broking industry, had been the most

dramatic over the period.

‘Online trading in the personal lines

market, including motor, house

and travel insurance, has been a

key change over the past 20 years,’

commented Kay. ‘We are also seeing

many more requests for travel

insurance from older islanders due

to the ageing population.’

Each staff member was presented

with champagne, flowers and

vouchers in recognition of the time

spent with Rossborough.

‘I’ve really gained a deeper

understanding of the wide range of

work that is done at PraxisIFM,’ said

Miss Ayres, who has returned to the

funds’ new business team. ‘This has

been really interesting as I am able

to get involved with more as I’m here

for longer and see how projects have

developed while I have been away.

‘The financial support from the

bursary and paid summer work

has been really helpful throughout

my course,’ said Miss Ayres.

‘It has allowed me to be a bit less

dependent on my parents and

PraxisIFM has been extremely

flexible with when I can work.'

Last year’s recipient, Isabel Ives, will

start her first paid work experience

in the Group’s Private Client &

Corporate team on Monday 8 July.

The former Grammar School student

is now a Criminology undergraduate

at Sussex University.

The scheme is open to Guernsey

residents and offers the £2,500

annual bursary over any three-year

degree and paid work each summer.

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IS YOUR

BUSINESS

READY FOR AI?

Guernsey businesses,

entrepreneurs and students

gathered at the Digital

Greenhouse recently to

hear from IBM at the Barclays

Eagle Labs' AI Frenzy event.

Barclays Eagle Lab Eco-System

Manager, Gez Overstall,

explains more.

The Barclays Eagle Labs’ AI

Frenzy events are open to

anyone interested in learning

how their business can benefit

from artificial intelligence.

Adoption of AI has tripled in

the past 12 months and the new

technology is continuing to create

new possibilities for businesses

large and small. AI is past the

hype stage now and we want to

make sure that businesses are able

to use this expertise to support

their growth and innovation.

At our recent AI Frenzy event

James Cruickshank, Power

Systems Technical Architect at

IBM, opened the session with

a fun exercise demonstrating

how AI could be used to track

down a wanted criminal (in this

case Professor Moriarty), before

exploring the various uses that

AI could be put to by businesses

and other organisations.

He also traced the evolution of

AI, through ‘artificial intelligence’

where machines mimic human

behaviour, ‘machine learning’,

where those machines learn with

experience, to the current concept

of ‘deep learning’ neural networks

that have the capacity to learn by

themselves by consuming data.

'Businesses can get a lot out of

AI,' he said. 'If your business has

lots of data, and you think you

could use it to make predictions

about behaviours or trends,

then those are two big green

flags to say that you could use

AI to improve your work.'

AI is today’s most important

enabling technology which

can be used to reimagine

consumer experiences and

business processes. Whether

your organisation has a budget

of £500 or £5m, AI can unveil

revenue growth and cost saving.

'Attending events such as AI

Frenzy would be a good starting

point for anyone interested in

using AI in their business, and

there are also many resources

available from IBM', according

to Kathryn Waller, a manager

in IBM’s Barclays client team.

'We have a worldwide developer

community that supports each

other, and many resources that

can be accessed. While you still

need some coding skills and

knowledge, many code patterns

are available as plug-ins from

our community site, so if your

business is interested in chatbots,

for example, there are options

to experiment with rather than

starting from scratch,' she said.

What do businesses need

to consider when exploring

the potential uses for AI?

At Barclays we consider the

following as starting points:

1. Finding trends can be

made simple. General

analytical tasks, including

finding patterns in data,

can be performed more

efficiently using AI.

2. Don’t look to use AI for

the sake of doing so.

Instead identify processes

within your business that

could be improved and

ensure AI is included in the

possible list of solutions.

3. AI isn’t an overnight solution.

Timescales for creating AI

are less certain than for

traditional software and

typically extend non-linearly.

A prototype with limited

accuracy can be developed

within three months.

4. Recognise AI’s potential

for profit creation. AI

entrepreneurship is becoming

mainstream with one in 12

European start-ups now

putting AI at the heart of

their value proposition.

5. Expect non-traditional security

considerations. Protect

yourself and your business

against malicious activity

via thorough system testing

and exception handling.

Barclays Eagle Labs are spaces

set up to help businesses create,

innovate and grow. They also

operate as community resources

supporting digital empowerment

for all. Their focus is to drive

digital skills development,

productivity and economic

growth, and support job creation.

Join us at our Barclays Eagle

Labs' AI Frenzy events in

Guernsey, Jersey, the Isle of Man

and the UK to discover, network

and collaborate with other

forward-thinking individuals.

Find more information here:

https://labs.uk.barclays/ai#frenzy

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BUSINESS NEWS

CAREY OLSEN

AND PEA SUPPORT

CREANDUM'S LATEST

GUERNSEY FUND

LAUNCH

Carey Olsen's investment funds

team in Guernsey, together with

fund administration specialist

Private Equity Administrators

Limited (PEA), have assisted

Creandum on the establishment

of Creandum V, a €265 million

venture fund focusing on earlystage

opportunities across Europe.

Following strong demand

from existing and new

investors, Creandum V was

heavily oversubscribed and

enjoyed re-commitments

from all institutional investors

in Creandum IV, while also

attracting several new investors

primarily from the US. The fund

will follow the same strategy as

previous Creandum funds and

provide early stage investment for

European technology companies.

The Carey Olsen team advising on

all Guernsey aspects of Creandum

V's structuring, establishment and

closing was led by partner David

Crosland with assistance from

Senior Associate Chris Hutley-Hurst.

David said: 'Creandum has a

stellar reputation in the European

venture capital space and it was

no surprise to us to see Creandum

V enjoy such a smooth and

significant fundraising. Carey

Olsen has been privileged to

work with Creandum for some

time and it was pleasing to see its

latest Guernsey fund garner such

positive attention from investors.'

PEA, Creandum's long-term

administrator, has once again

been appointed to provide

administration services to the new

fund. James Orrick, Managing

Director of PEA, said: 'Working

with Creandum and the investors

in the fund to support this hugely

successful launch highlights

PEA's expertise as a boutique

venture capital service provider,

and our awareness of investor

requirements.

'Meeting the deadlines that are

often involved in such launch

projects is entirely a team effort

and is made all the more possible

through Guernsey's agility as

a specialist fund jurisdiction.

Congratulations to Creandum

on this remarkable fundraising of

their fifth fund.'

SILVER SUCCESS FOR INNOVATIVE LOCAL APP

JT’s free My Account customer

app, the only one of its kind in the

Channel Islands, has been awarded

the silver award in the Best App

category at the recent UK Digital

Experience Awards 2019 (UKDXA)

– coming second to BT’s entry

and ahead of Manchester United’s

football app.

Dominic Vye, Head of Commercial

Development, said, 'The team were

already so pleased to have been

shortlisted but being awarded silver

in such a competitive category which

included national household names

is a really fantastic achievement for

both the team and our customers,

who have helped us to build it.'

Now in its fifth year, (UKDXA)

celebrate the ways in which

today’s digital technology is used

to enhance customer experience.

The awards provide a platform for

organisations and individuals to

celebrate the partnerships they have

formed and be rewarded for their

digital innovation and customercentric

culture.

The JT My Account app was built

locally, in-house, by JT’s team

of software developers working

together with Hollis Consulting.

The app‘s success is thanks to

a collaboration with JT’s own

customers who provided the

feedback that initiated the idea

and continued to help via research

panels and surveys throughout the

TOP TIER FOR TRUST CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL

Trust Corporation International

has been named as one of the top

independent trust companies in the

2019 list issued by eprivateclient, the

online publication for private client

professionals, after a two-tier climb

from the previous year.

The 2019 eprivateclient Top Trust

Companies list is split into two

categories of independent trust

companies and non-independent

trust companies. The tiers are based

on reputation, quality of service and

development process. The result

of working together with JT’s own

customers is an app which provides

a way for them to manage their

services and view their bills on

mobile devices, giving them the

freedom and flexibility to monitor

and control their account, when and

where they need to. JT’s app has

now been downloaded over 40,000

times with over 32% of JT customers

now actively using it daily.

JT customers continue to play a

leading role in the evolution and

improvement of the app design and

functionality, ensuring new trends

and needs are considered. The app

now includes live chat which allows

customers to interact directly with

the JT team and contact them to

resolve queries faster than ever

before. The simple and easy-to-use

app has resulted in customer bill

queries reducing by over 50% and

has also had a positive contribution

to JT’s commitment to the

environment by reducing the need

for paper bills by 62%.

'The interaction we have with

our customers remains hugely

important to the success of the JT

My Account app, without them this

would not have been possible. Being

recognised by UKDXA is a testament

to the relationship our teams have

developed with our customers, so

a big thank you to them for their

continued support,' said Dominic.

how the firms have fared in the past

12 months.

CEO of Trust Corporation Mort

Mirghavameddin said 'We are

extremely pleased to follow up our

nomination for a STEP Private Client

Award with a two-tier climb to the

top tier of the top independent trust

companies listing. The recognition

by eprivateclient for all our hard

work in the past 12 months is a

testament to our team’s drive to

achieve excellence.'

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IT'S ONLY THE START FOR

GUERNSEY FUNDS

BY ANDREW MAIDEN, DIRECTOR FUND SERVICES AT INTERTRUST

Guernsey’s strength in the funds sector has been built on the back of a flexible and responsive legal,

regulatory and business environment for fund managers and sophisticated investors, complemented

by having specialist providers of legal, tax, audit and administration services. Service providers in

Guernsey have experienced the lifecycle of alternative asset classes many times so are familiar with

the unique challenges faced during each stage.

A FLEXIBLE FUNDS OFFERING

Guernsey offers managers both regulated funds and

unregulated supporting investment vehicles. While

in most cases the 'top fund' will be regulated by the

Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC),

the underlying investment holding structure, or the

supporting managed account or co-investment

structure, will likely not need to be regulated. As

an unregulated entity it wouldn’t be a collective

investment scheme and subsequently it wouldn’t be

directly regulated by the GFSC, allowing for a greater

amount of flexibility for both investors and managers.

Guernsey’s level of success in fund services

provision has resulted in the creation of a huge

number of supporting and underlying investment,

managed account and co-investment structures.

With over 140 regulated funds in Guernsey, there are

thousands of supporting entities that form part of

these regulated fund structures. In some instances,

the amount of capital invested via managed accounts

or co-investment structures can exceed what’s

being invested by the related regulated fund.

The level of flexibility in setting up Guernsey

entities - including limited companies, limited

partnerships, unit trust and protected cell

companies - means that there’s a suitable entity

for all investment strategies and structures.

PRIVATE CAPITAL DRIVING BUSINESS TO GUERNSEY

In the decade following the global financial crisis

private wealth has doubled in nominal terms and

private capital has become a significant source

of investment for fund managers, particularly in

Guernsey’s specialist sector of alternative asset funds.

Private capital as a source of funds for alternative

asset classes, and the trend of increasingly complex

private capital structuring arrangements, are driving

factors for locational preference and this plays to

Guernsey’s strengths. The island’s leadership in

private equity, real estate, infrastructure, private

wealth and private funds, allied to a dedication to

quality service, is well recognised in the sector.

In recent research carried out by Guernsey Finance

it was noted that 'managers are increasingly being

viewed as a source of deal flow as much as for their

investment management expertise. Private capital now

can amount to as much as 75-100% of assets under

management, particularly for first-time managers.'

New structures and solutions are becoming

increasingly common to meet the particular

demands of this market. Guernsey has the ability

and track record to develop bespoke structures

such as its popular and lightly-regulated Private

Investment Fund (PIF). PIFs offer enhanced

sophistication, diligence and co-investment

opportunities which are particularly appealing to

smaller managers and private family offices.

LOCAL EXPERTISE FOR INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS

As fund structures become more complex and

the demand on managers to provide bespoke

solutions and structures for individual investors

becomes ever greater, Guernsey is well placed

to assist managers with the set-up and servicing

of a variety of different fund structures within a

well-regarded, regulated and stable jurisdiction.

Intertrust is a global leader in providing tech-enabled

corporate and fund solutions to clients operating and

investing in the international business environment.

With over 3,200 employees across 30 key

financial markets, we’re experts in all private

capital asset classes. We leverage marketleading

technology to help clients manage risk,

improve quality of reporting and deliver value

to investors. Our client list includes some of the

largest and most experienced fund managers in

the world, as well as emerging fund managers.

Get in touch with Andrew at Andrew.Maiden@

intertrustgroup.com or 01481 211301 to find out more.

Information correct as of print date Aug 2019.

For disclaimer and legal messages, please visit the

Intertrust Group website – intertrustgroup.com/legalnotice

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LIFE IS BETTER

IN GUERNSEY

Is now the ideal time to consider what living in the Island

could mean to you? Are you happy living where you do

now? Do you always feel safe and secure? Is your work-life

balance perfect? Do you feel ‘in control’ or are things more

complicated and less convenient than they used to be?

So how about living somewhere which is safe and beautiful,

enjoys close community spirit, makes its own laws, has one

level of income tax and no corporation tax. Continually

adapting to ensure its economy is prosperous, Guernsey is

welcoming people who are attracted to a safe, secure and

convenient way of life.

Guernsey has quietly evolved

into a formidable economic

powerhouse with strong

commercial ties across the UK

and Europe, largely unaffected

by Brexit yet working with the

UK Government to ensure

any implications of Brexit are

managed positively. But there

is much more to a decision to

relocate to Guernsey; we have

looked at ten advantages to

living in Guernsey compared

to a large UK town or city:

1. HOUSE PRICES

While property in the island

has always been attractive to

the rich and famous, homes

are, when compared to

London prices, on average

£75,000 cheaper according

to the UK House Price Index.

You are also more likely to

secure sea views and be able

to relish some peace and quiet

around you. Properties within

Guernsey’s unique Open

Market offer ample choice

and values continue to rise.

2. COMMUTING

In the UK a commute could

take over an hour, possibly

without daylight let alone

some attractive scenery; by

comparison in Guernsey, it

can be 15 minutes and in fresh

air! Many chose to walk, cycle

or scooter the short distance

along stunning coastal paths;

it is beautifully convenient.

3. WORKING LUNCH

Although London, for example,

enjoys an astonishing array

of dining options, most

establishments will be

packed when lunchtime

should be relaxing, so often

lunch becomes a desktop

sandwich. Conversely,

Guernsey’s seafood offerings

are mouth-watering and can

be enjoyed on a restaurant

veranda overlooking one of the

island’s 27 bays; there is rarely

a queue and if lunch runs over,

well, it’s only a few minutes

back to the office or home!

4. FAMILY

Commuting in the UK can

be time-consuming and

emotionally and physically

draining. It’s no surprise that

the lack of quality family time

is one of the most common

laments heard among city

commuters. Even when time

permits, activities are often

heavily subscribed and public

spaces crowded. Guernsey, on

the other hand, does quality

time really well. With 29 miles

of beautiful coastline there

is an almost inexhaustible

list of water sports that can

be enjoyed by the whole

family including kayaking,

surfing, diving, jet-skiing,

windsurfing, kite-boarding,

sailing, coasteering, fishing and

paddleboarding to name a few.

With a tidal range of 33 feet

(one of the largest in the world)

the shores are transformed

every six hours. It is perfect

for swimming and rock

pooling. The island’s beaches

all have their own character,

many being dog-friendly.

5. CROWDS

Wave goodbye to masses

of commuters and hordes

of city tourists! In London,

for example, the population

density is an average of 4,900

people per square kilometre.

Guernsey has only 962 people

per square kilometre! If you

desire more tranquillity then

take a trip to the nearby carfree

island of Herm, home to

just 60 people; this increases

as visitors take the 25-minute

ferry ride to relish its fabulous

scenery and hospitality.

6. WEATHER

Warmer temperatures mean

many sub-tropical

plants thrive in Guernsey.

The island’s wild orchid fields,

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IT’S THE BOLD AND BRAVE

WHO MOVE TO SECURE

A BETTER LIFE. SO WITH

CONTINUED UNCERTAINTY

IN THE UK RELOCATING TO

GUERNSEY OUGHT TO BE

A SERIOUS CONSIDERATION

A better life for you

gorse-carpeted cliff paths,

parks and stunning stately

home gardens come alive

with colour throughout spring

and the summer months. The

island also basks in an average

of two hours more sunshine

per day in July than London.

7. SHOPPING

There is no VAT. In the summer

months the ‘Sea Front Sundays’

provide an extra opportunity

to enjoy local produce from

the varied quay-side stalls in

a truly delightful setting.

8. EMPLOYMENT

Guernsey’s unemployment

rate is enviably low at just

over 2%, a consequence of

a thriving economy, where

the island’s specialist finance

sector is the largest employer.

Island employers invest heavily

in their employees who are

some of the most skilled and

qualified in Europe. There

are a notable number of

over 65s who chose to work,

perhaps also a reflection of

the general well-being and

longevity of island residents.

According to the OECD Better

Life Index Guernsey ranks

ninth in the world for longest

life expectancy at 82.3, only

just beaten by Sweden.

9. SAFETY

Where else can you leave the

roof down on your car or your

helmet on your motorcycle

knowing it will still be there

when you return? In fact, two

of the Locate team recently

witnessed staff at a local

coffee shop turn the ignition

off in a car that had been left

unlocked and running! We

don’t recommend this but it

certainly demonstrates our

kind and caring society!

10. LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

Given the ongoing uncertainty

in the UK, Guernsey is also

appealing to those who

hedge their bets and leave

their options open. The island

remains a self-governing

British Crown Dependency,

so as a British or EEA member

country passport holder

you can simply relocate;

Guernsey’s unique Open

Market category of properties

makes this possible.

If you purchase an Open

Market Part A home for

£1.32m or more within the

first 12 months of residence

you can enjoy a tax cap of

£50k for up to four years*.

There are no inheritance,

capital gains, wealth, gift and

estate taxes or VAT. Personal

income is taxed at a flat rate of

20%. These are all important

factors, but it is perhaps how

you feel in yourself that will

be the biggest benefit - this

is what people who have

made the move tell us.

It’s the bold and brave who move

to secure a better life. So with

continued uncertainty in the UK,

relocating to Guernsey ought to

be a serious consideration; we

believe it may well be the best

decision you will ever make.

If you would like to find

out more, we will be

hosting a lunch at

The Leadenhall Building,

London on 10 October.

Find out why keynote speaker

and part-time Guernsey

resident, Lord Digby Jones,

chose to make a home on

the island.

A limited number of guest

spaces are available. For more

information please contact:

Paul Kilminster

paul@locateguernsey.com

To start your journey,

call the Locate Guernsey team

on +44 (0)1481 743834

email enquiries@locateguernsey.com

or visit locateguernsey.com

This feature has been prepared for general guidance and interest only, and does not constitute

professional advice. No liability is accepted for any direct, indirect or consequential loss arising

from the use of the content and the same is specifically excluded.

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DEALING WITH

UNMANAGEABLE WORKLOADS

BY CHRISTINE

BANGOR-

JONES, SENIOR

RECRUITMENT

CONSULTANT

AT ALEXANDER

DANIELS

OFFSHORE

For the majority of us, our

daily working lives go on within

their allocated hours and, come

the end of our working day, we

can switch off, feet up and (for

some and family commitments

willing) get some ‘me time’.

However, there are many

occasions where our workload can

grow and grow until it’s no longer

possible to carry out our duties

within working hours. It could be

a shrinking workforce with your

employer trying to cram in more

productivity from fewer people,

it could be a rapid evolution of

your role or maybe inefficiencies

within your department. More

importantly, you need to ensure that

your mental health and wellbeing

is intact and when your workload

is overwhelming, for some, stress

and anxiety can kick in and it’s

therefore important to nip this in

the bud as soon as possible.

Whatever is causing it, if you’re

seeing your responsibilities

grow beyond what you’re

capable of doing, sitting quietly

and complaining to friends or

partners when you arrive home

isn’t going to cut it in the long

term, you need to confront this

at the source before it gets too

much so that you can continue

to perform in your role, appease

the powers that be and maintain

that proper work-life balance.

But before raising your hand

exclaiming this is all too much, do

your best to analyse the situation

first; take a deep breath or put time

aside, stop what you are doing and

observe the situation. When did

your workload start becoming too

much, how has it progressed over

time and what do you believe are

the contributing factors to this?

Once you’ve understood the

causes behind your situation, ask

yourself, given the authority, how

would you solve this in a realistic

manner and what are the pros and

cons to this suggested solution?

When you feel you have analysed

the situation rationally and have a

practical and carefully thought out

option for solving this, you’ll be

ready for a discussion. It’s always

best to go to your direct report

in the first instance, book in a

meeting and explain how you’re

struggling with your workload, but

you have some ideas to make this

more manageable and you’d like to

discuss this further. It will be a much

more productive meeting if you can

come to the table ready for an open

discussion and be willing to provide

proactive solutions to the problem

at hand. Communication and

listening are so important after all.

If you’re experiencing difficulties at

work and you’d like a confidential

and unbiased discussion about

how to overcome issues

before approaching them

head-on, feel free to email me

directly: christine@ado.gg.

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and Private

Wealth practice

Carey Olsen has one of the largest trusts and private wealth legal

practices in the Channel Islands along with strong practices in

Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.

We have the scale and experience to resource the most demanding

and complex matters as well as the day-to-day instructions.

Our trusts and private wealth team represents professional trustees,

private individuals and families, banks, financial institutions and

charities from all over the world.

We understand the longevity of trusts work, which is why we focus on

building long-term connections with our clients and their advisers.

To find out more, please contact one of the lawyers listed.

“ Its trusts and fiduciary group is in a class

of its own.”

Chambers and Partners

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Partner, Guernsey

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Partner, Guernsey

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Partner, Guernsey

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GUERNSEY

FOCUSING ON

FAMILY OFFICES

BY RUSSELL CLARK, PARTNER AT CAREY OLSEN

Guernsey’s Financial Services Policy

Framework makes clear that Guernsey will

do all that it can to attract family offices and

the business they generate to the island.

With recent research suggesting family offices

currently hold global assets in excess of $4 trillion

this appears a wise strategy – even if defining

the term 'family office' can be considered one of

art rather than science. No two families are the

same and it follows that no two family offices are

the same, at least towards the high end of the

sophistication spectrum of clients that Guernsey

aims to service. For some families, their office

provides concierge services, managing domestic

staff, ensuring that everything is ready to welcome

them at their properties, that aircraft or yachts

are fuelled and ready to go when required. Other

family offices focus instead upon the management

of family wealth either with a team of investment

managers in-house or monitoring the performance

of external investment professionals. Some families

have offices which do both and much more.

WHY GUERNSEY?

The use of Guernsey trustees, Guernsey

corporate structures, Guernsey-based banks or

investment managers and Guernsey fund managers

amongst family offices established in London,

Geneva and elsewhere is commonplace.

Encouragingly, we have also recently seen more

families choosing to establish their own family

offices in the island. Just as families are diverse,

the drivers for this are just as diverse too. For some

families, inadequate service levels from providers

in other jurisdictions are cited as a reason. With

others it is Guernsey’s good international reputation,

white-listed status, rule of law, substance and

professional infrastructure that attracts them.

Of course, some Guernsey service providers will

work with families over the course of several years,

sometimes in times of difficulty. Relationships

become strong and the management and staff

of the service providers become trusted family

advisers. We have worked with a number of

families who will wish to personally secure

the full-time services of those individuals and

establish local family offices with them.

For some high-net worth families with complex

demands the cost of employing their own staff to

provide key services is less than it would be to use

the services of a licensed third-party provider. Again,

we have worked with a number of families who,

as a result of being in this position, establish their

own family offices to take advantage of Guernsey's

highly qualified and talented professional workforce.

In some cases, those family offices become fully

regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services

Commission (GFSC) to provide services to other

families in order to defray the cost, which in turn

results in new fiduciary businesses being established.

Other family offices are being established because

key family office staff members or even family

members are relocating to Guernsey. In a world that is

becoming increasingly transparent as far as wealth is

concerned, it is becoming difficult for wealthy families

to remain below the radar. In some parts of the world

living incognito is not just a matter of preference but

a matter of personal safety. Guernsey is a politically

secure, low-crime, low-tax jurisdiction in the same

time zone as the UK with good connectivity and a

unique concentration of well-qualified professionals.

The island is also beautiful with a unique history. All

are reasons cited by wealthy families for relocating.

LOOKING AHEAD

The Policy Framework now makes clear Guernsey’s

goal to become forefront of mind amongst the

global financial community for the provision of

specialist family office services and that it is willing

to hone its legal and regulatory approach to provide

the most supportive global environment and

ecosystem for servicing private capital and wealth.

This has already been in evidence with the GFSC

publishing revised guidance on the way private

trust companies (PTCs) can be controlled and

administered by licensed fiduciaries. The changes,

which have been welcomed by local industry,

simplify arrangements around a PTC's ownership

and control and offer clients greater certainty.

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HOW DID IT MOVE

FROM THE BASEMENT

TO THE BOARDROOM?

BY OLLY DUQUEMIN, CEO RESOLUTION IT

When Resolution IT started 12 years ago, it was with a

mission to do things differently. It was 2007, the global

financial recession had started, so possibly not the best

time to start a business. However, we felt there was a

definite gap in the market for doing things differently,

offering affordable, customer-centric IT support and

advice. Launching with two full-time members of staff

(myself and Managing Director Steve Brehaut), our aim

was to ‘design, install and support server-based networks

using Microsoft Windows, workstations and server

platforms’. Looking back, that was a very specific aim.

We knew IT had the power to

change businesses but neither

of us could have foreseen the

rapidity with which technology

has transformed not only business

processes but also the people who

work in them, including us and our

own business at Resolution IT.

From historically being viewed

as a ‘break-fix’ department,

shut away in an inaccessible

corner of the office, IT has and

continues to impact all areas;

from customer service, to sales,

to informing real-time business

strategies. It is increasingly

seen as the driving force of the

company and the prime innovator

of new ideas and processes.

Released from its basement

shackles, its power is permeating

throughout businesses,

culminating in a seat on the

Board for the CTO – Chief

Technology Officer. Who could

have predicted that someone

from the IT department would

reach those levels? With the

insurmountable rise in cyber

risk, increasing digitisation of

business and technological

innovations appearing almost

weekly, it’s clear to see why.

On our own journey, we’ve

transformed both our services

and what our people are doing.

We continue to offer managed

IT services but as the business

has grown, both in knowledge

and technical capability, we‘ve

taken on increasingly larger

and more complex projects.

We’ve expanded the cyber

security side of the business to

combat increasingly frequent

and more sophisticated threats.

As we continue to reap the

benefits of digitalisation, so are

cyber criminals, with cyber crime

becoming a full-scale industry

worth hundreds of billions of

pounds. New buzzwords are

appearing all the time; spearphishing

and watering hole attacks

weren’t even IT terms when we

started Resolution IT. And let’s

not forget as the IoT (Internet of

Things) continues to connect

our daily activities, so will cyber

attacks. With the increase in cyber

crime has come an increase

in awareness by businesses

and as the first Guernsey IT

provider to offer Cyber Essentials

certification, we’ve noticed a rise

in businesses becoming certified.

Digital transformation continues

to impact the way we do

business and we’ve seen firsthand

through ourselves and our

clients how, by using the right

solutions, we’ve all been able

to become more competitive,

agile and collaborative. Cloud

technology is breaking down

physical borders, allowing us all

to compete on the world stage

with much bigger players.

However, we know you can’t

just digitally transform a company

with the right solutions, you

have to take your people along

with you. Many businesses are

still operating with cumbersome

legacy IT systems, as old as

some of their loyal staff. It’s

those companies that have

bought into the realisation that

it’s as much a cultural shift as it

is a technological one, that are

reaping the most benefits from

it. So we’re also starting to offer

change management as a service.

Through our own experience of

understanding how important it

is to reskill your staff, we know

you can only have a successful

marriage of technology and

people with a training pre-nup!

IT IS INCREASINGLY SEEN

AS THE DRIVING FORCE

OF THE COMPANY AND

THE PRIME INNOVATOR

OF NEW IDEAS AND

PROCESSES

And with a move into over

10,000 sq ft of new purposedesigned

office space for our

30-strong team, we’re able to put

what we preach into practice with

an amazing space showcasing

what the modern way of working

looks like, including over 90 desks,

as part of our business continuity

and training suites. Spread out

across the expansive top floor, it’s

a physical testament, if one were

needed, of how far traditional

basement-based IT has come.

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Business

MEETING THE OPPORTUNITIES AND

CHALLENGES OF

CLIMATE CHANGE

Guernsey’s progress in green and

sustainable finance has been praised by a

leading international figure in the sector.

Stephen Nolan, Managing Director of the

international network of Financial Centres

for Sustainability (FC4S), a United Nations

initiative, spoke at a conference organised

by Guernsey Finance in association with

BPP Channel Islands and also met senior

politicians, regulators from the Guernsey

Financial Services Commission, and industry

members involved in green finance.

Guernsey joined FC4S last year. The

network includes leading finance

centres such as London, Paris, Dublin,

New York and Hong Kong, and most

recently Tokyo, Beijing and Lagos.

Mr Nolan highlighted the progress financial

centres are making in the development of

climate finance. Paris and London are leading

the field – Guernsey has an agreement to

work with the London Green Finance Initiative

– while others are still at 'ground zero'.

Guernsey, he added, was making good

progress. Below, he explains more about

green finance and Guernsey’s role.

WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND OF FC4S?

In 2017, the G7 nations requested that UN

Environment develop an initiative to further

mobilise financial centres in support of green

and sustainable finance initiatives. FC4S was

established in May 2017 and is delighted that

Guernsey became a member in mid-2018.

WHAT IS GREEN FINANCE?

In order for us to meet climate agenda

between now and 2030, which is to ensure

that global temperatures don’t increase more

than 1.5C, we have to invest nearly $90 trillion

around the world in green and sustainable

infrastructure. Within that, we’re trying to

establish the role of the financial centre

ecosystem. If we don’t mobilise this capital,

we won’t meet our climate targets, and we

all know what will happen if that’s the case.

HOW BIG A PART CAN GUERNSEY

PLAY AS A FINANCIAL CENTRE?

At European level, £2 trillion is required

to meet Europe’s de-carbonisation targets.

Guernsey itself must invest maybe hundreds

of millions at local level and unlock private

capital along with state capital to meet its

targets. First, it’s about financing the Guernsey

transition so the island can create an enabling

environment where public and private capital

can invest and, by doing so, get a good return

and make Guernsey a better place to live.

Secondly, Guernsey as a financial services

centre can develop more green products

and services, tapping into demand

for capital side supply and products

that can flow capital into projects and

unlock further capital in this space.

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REPORTING GLOBAL

DEVELOPMENTS

Guernsey Finance is publishing a research

series this year and has so far studied Family

Offices, Green Finance and Private Capital.

IS GUERNSEY DOING WHAT IT SHOULD

BE TO ENABLE GREEN INVESTMENT?

As a member of our network through Guernsey

Green Finance, Guernsey has handled this process

very strategically and created a public-private initiative

to determine what is needed to make Guernsey as

attractive as possible. Guernsey is delivering on its

plan and moving towards alignment with the Paris

agreement but it is going to take many years.

YOUR AGENCY IS HERE TO FACILITATE THAT

GROWTH – HOW CAN YOU HELP GUERNSEY?

FC4S works with Guernsey via an annual assessment

and works with the island on an advisory basis on

the back of that data, helping develop capacity,

catalysing action at a local level and setting

priorities for achieving green finance initiatives.

Guernsey Green Finance is an example of

what’s possible when people come together

around the table. It doesn’t matter what size the

financial centre is, it’s assessing what it actually

means in terms of risk and opportunity.

Guernsey enjoys stability in its financial services

system and is a hub for several funds domiciled,

serviced or managed here, and you have billions in

low carbon funds and there’s a lot happening.

Guernsey also needs to transition to a lower carbon

future and will need to develop environmental

policies conducive to private capital being

made available to support public funds.

Address PO Box 655, Somers House,

St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3PN

Phone +44 (0) 1481 720071

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PE MANAGERS STILL UNDERESTIMATE

THE IMPACT OF GREEN FINANCE

Guernsey Finance’s findings into private equity

and green finance suggested the political

backdrop is encouraging private equity managers

to consider more investment in green and

sustainable finance – but they also want to see

more transparency in those funds.

Research revealed rising interest in green

investment from managers, but also an

underestimation in the funding requirements

and commercial opportunity for limiting

global warming.

Three-quarters had increased exposure in

sustainable finance and everyone planned

to do so in the future.

They also agreed that transparent verification

and certification, such as that offered by

Guernsey’s world-leading Guernsey Green

Fund, will catalyse investor demand.

PRIVATE CAPITAL TAKES BIGGER STAKE

IN PRIVATE EQUITY MARKET

Private capital is growing in significance

as a source of funds for private equity funds.

The PE industry – particularly smaller, boutique

and specialist managers – is taking advantage

of this growth over the decade since the global

financial crisis.

Research showed that managers are

increasingly being viewed as a source of

deal flow as much as for their investment

management expertise.

There is also a trend developing as the growing

complexity of private capital arrangements

requires bespoke arrangements, particularly

among family offices. These issues are driving

factors for the selection of jurisdiction for

administration and domicile.

SUBSTANCE KEY FOR FAMILY OFFICES

Substance requirements are becoming so

significant that they are now influencing where

high-net-worth individuals are basing family

office arrangements.

Having satisfied the EU’s substance

requirements, Guernsey is increasingly being

considered as a jurisdiction of choice for global

family offices to manage their wealth structures

in a safe, secure and stable environment.

To view the conclusions of all our research,

go to: weareguernsey.com/literature/.

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HURT

BY MARK BOUSFIELD,

GROUP MANAGING DIRECTOR,

RAVENSCROFT

AND YOU COULD HAVE IT ALL

MY EMPIRE OF DIRT

I WILL LET YOU DOWN

I WILL MAKE YOU HURT

Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, 1995

Well, here we are again: the end of the world is nigh,

and we have another new prime minister. How many

times have we written this in the last 12 or so years?

The only thing we do know is that the usual media

hype about the first 100 days is not overblown. If the

blonde bombshell doesn’t hack it before the end of

October, then we can safely assume further change.

Instead of prognosticating about the likely length

of Boris’s tenure in Number 10 – something about

which I have absolutely no insight – I’ve opted to

muse upon a modern phenomenon, the taking of

offence insofar as it is connected to the rise of social

media influence. You might ask what this has to

do with investing. Stick with me, we’ll get there…

Unless you live under a rock, you will have at least a

passing acquaintance with what could be considered

the bane of modern existence, social media. From

innocuous (but ever-so-slightly-irritating) updates

as to what your ‘friends’ are doing/thinking/eating/

drinking to infinitely more chilling livestreams of

suicide, and attendant cyberbullying, we are now

constantly immersed in a competition for our everdecreasing

attention spans. Why? Well, mainly

because the purveyors get paid through clicks,

adverts or simply aggregating (and then selling on)

personal information pertaining to you, the viewer.

One of the interesting by-products of our new world

is the division of society into intersectional groups –

the attempt to identify what makes us individually and

collectively different from our fellow humans, and then

to advertise or pander to those differences. It’s a more

sophisticated version of the old ABC1/C2DE, middle

class/working class, National Readership Survey social

grade proxies that have been used by the advertising

community for the last 50 years. Both processes make

sweeping assumptions about their subjects; but, with

the addition of clever tracking tools – like the ones that

keep (not so) magically advertising stuff you were just

Googling – they can be refined over time. To the point

where, for example, you can be specifically identified

as a swing voter by a particular political party.

It follows that if your proclivities and affiliations can

be suitably categorised, your service providers can

helpfully curate your news and social life in order to

connect you with others of (supposedly) like mind.

And thus, your life is enhanced and enriched. Not.

So, in addition to identifying, advertising and

selling you anything from toilet rolls to cars, I can

also provoke your sense of joy/affection or outrage/

condemnation by pushing your intersectional

buttons. Moreover, if I link you to your fellow

travellers and then declare to you that sense of

joy/outrage, you may feel obliged to signal your

affection/condemnation back to the community

in order to validate your status within it.

Bear in mind that none of this is new – it is simply

enhanced community and social organising through

technology. You have always been able to do all

these things, but a lack of connectedness meant that

it took a long time for others to read or hear your

message. By which time it had often either lost its

impact or the audience lost interest. Now you can

achieve it all in real time. Witness the speed with which

politicians, enterprises and the media react to tweets,

Instagram posts and YouTube videos, especially

the hostile ones. Hesitation, even if appropriate, is

seen as weakness and, often, insensitivity; either

can be fatal in a 24/7 news environment.

The squeaky wheel gets most grease is perhaps

the best way to think of this. Any activist worthy of

the name understands that you can easily provoke

and then amplify outrage simply by appealing to

the hive. The fact that in days gone by virtually

no one would have known (or cared) about your

grievance is perhaps a pity but irrelevant.

Are things likely to change? Maybe. Politicians around

the world are beginning to look at anti-trust legislation

for the tech titans, so stand by for appeals to your

sense of tribal hurt from Facebook, Apple, Amazon,

Netflix, Google et al. We invest with our heads not

our hearts but will be watching closely all the same.

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MEET

OLLY AND STEVE

Olly Duquemin and Steve Brehaut are the co-founders of

Resolution IT, specialist outsource providers of innovative IT

solutions, support and managed services. With technology

evolving at a bewildering rate, how does this Guernsey firm

stay ahead of the curve?

When Olly and Steve, together with

Phil Duquemin, established Resolution

IT in 2007 they had a clear goal: ‘We set

up the business to do things differently

and focus on being much more than a

traditional reactive IT support company,’

says Olly. ‘We wanted to be an extension

to our clients’ business, rather than them

just phoning us up when things went

wrong.’ Twelve years on, Resolution IT

has over 30 staff and offers a range of

services, from managed IT support and

digital transformation to cyber security

and print services, as well as moving into

data analytics and change management.

‘We’ve always been flexible in the type of

solutions we provide and it’s 100% about

what’s right for the client, so we take time

to understand what’s best for them,’ says

Steve. As Olly explains: ‘We work very much

as our clients’ trusted adviser, and their

success is our success. What’s important

is that we add value, whether through IT

support and solutions, or by helping them

digitally transform so they can work as

efficiently and securely as possible and be

competitive within their own industry.’

Technology is complex and there’s plenty

of jargon within the industry, but Steve

assures, ‘One of our strengths is not talking

IT mumbo jumbo that the client won’t

understand. It’s about speaking plain English

and showcasing what we can do.’ The

company supports organisations of all sizes

in numerous sectors, even those with inhouse

IT staff. ‘If they have specific specialist

project work that we’re doing day in day out

but they’re doing as a one-off, we take care

of that, so their team isn’t having to learn

something completely new – and we’ll do it

within their budget and timescale,’ says Olly.

In response to the increasing need for

cyber security, Resolution IT’s security team

continues to expand. As Steve observes:

‘Our role is to inform all our clients of the

risks out there and come up with ways

to help them protect their data and their

networks. Large enterprises can spend

hundreds of thousands of pounds whereas

typical Channel Island businesses don’t

always have that luxury, so it’s about getting

the right technology and doing the right

training with our clients’ staff, helping them

stay as safe and protected as they can be.’

Olly adds, ‘It’s about putting in place layers

of defence to protect you - but ultimately

it’s a moving target so cyber security

is very much a continuous journey.’

‘WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN FLEXIBLE

IN THE TYPE OF SOLUTIONS

WE PROVIDE AND IT’S 100%

ABOUT WHAT’S RIGHT FOR THE

CLIENT, SO WE TAKE TIME TO

UNDERSTAND WHAT’S BEST

FOR THEM.’

A proactive approach is key, so the team

advises and can certify organisations

on Cyber Essentials and IASME security

standards. ‘It doesn’t necessarily mean that

you’re immune from a cyber attack, but it

does demonstrate to our clients’ clients,

their board and their regulators that they’re

taking the issue seriously,’ says Olly. ‘There

used to be a bit of a mindset of 'we’re

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‘THE WAY TECHNOLOGY IS CHANGING AND EVOLVING IS

EXCITING, BUT WHAT DRIVES ME IS WORKING WITH THE TEAM

WE HAVE AND THE CULTURE WE HAVE HERE, AS WELL AS THE

CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS WE’VE BUILT OVER THE 12 YEARS.’

Guernsey and why would people

attack us?' but the reality is that

with an internet connection,

you’re as much at risk here as you

are in a major city,’ adds Steve.

Keeping up with a rapidly

changing industry is a challenge,

but having the right staff

certainly helps. ‘The whole team

has a hunger and a passion

for personal and professional

development - that’s what

keeps us ahead,’ says Steve.

Olly reveals that trainees and

existing staff will be able to

benefit from the Resolution

Academy, a work in progress that

arose from a Dragons’ Den-style

contest within the company. ‘Our

Academy is all about upskilling

our staff, not only around their

professional qualifications but

their soft skills as well. There’s a

skills shortage here so we have to

develop our home-grown talent.

Some of our top consultants

came in as trainees, and it gives us

a real buzz that people who join

us are inspired to develop and are

very committed to the company.’

Resolution IT recently won

the YBG Bill Green Award for

Entrepreneurial Spirit, and was

ranked amongst the world’s 501

most strategic and innovative

managed service providers

in Channel Futures’ annual

rankings, a unique accolade

for a locally run, locally owned

business. The growing company

will be moving into 10,000 sq

ft of new purpose-designed

offices later this year, which

includes 90+ business continuity

desks and training facilities;

confidence in the future is high.

It’s hard to predict how the

industry will evolve. ‘It’s like

looking in a crystal ball when it

comes to technology for the next

10 years but what we do know is

that it’s changing at a faster rate

than it was in 2007,’ says Olly.

‘That’s why we’re spending a lot

of time with our clients on digital

transformation so that they’re not

left behind.’ Steve adds, ‘It’s about

working smarter, and enabling

staff to innovate in other areas

because they’re not bogged

down with manual, tedious tasks

that nobody wants to do.’

‘It’s not just about technology,

it’s working with people,

building those relationships and

helping them reach their full

potential within technology,’

says Olly. Steve sums up, ‘The

way technology is changing

and evolving is exciting, but

what drives me is working

with the team we have and

the culture we have here, as

well as the client relationships

we’ve built over the 12 years.’

OLLY DUQUEMIN (LEFT) AND STEVE BREHAUT

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SUSPICIOUS

ACTIVITY REPORTS

– WHAT CAN THE CHANNEL

ISLANDS LEARN FROM THE UK?

£

£

£

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BY DAVID CADIN,

MANAGING

PARTNER OF

BEDELL CRISTIN

The Law Commission of England

and Wales has just produced

a report on suspicious activity

reports (SARs) filed under the

anti-money laundering regime.

Although there are some

fundamental differences between

the English regime and those

applicable in the Channel Islands,

the broad approach is similar.

Financial services businesses

must file SARs whenever they

‘think that there was a possibility,

which was more than fanciful’,

that a person is engaged in money

laundering or have objective

grounds for so suspecting.

In the UK, some 463,938

SARs were submitted between

April 2017 and March 2018.

The Law Commission carried

out an independent analysis of

a sample of those reports.

The main conclusions were that:

• there was a substantial variance

in the quality of SARs filed;

• there was clear evidence that

some reporters misunderstood

their legal obligations under the

Proceeds of Crime regime;

• around 15% of SARs did

not meet the threshold of

suspicion (i.e. there was no

‘possibility, which was more

than fanciful’), and that would

equate to approximately 4,121

SARs having been submitted

unnecessarily between October

2015 and March 2017;

• this corroborates the view

that the threat of individual

criminal liability for the relevant

officials working in the reporting

sector for a failure to make

a disclosure encourages

defensive reporting; and

• in addition to this, reporters

only articulated reasonable

objective grounds to suspect

in 52.4% of the SARs analysed.

The Law Commission made a

number of recommendations,

including a fundamental one

requiring additional guidance to

be provided as to what exactly

amounts to a suspicion.

ALTHOUGH THERE ARE

SOME FUNDAMENTAL

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN

THE ENGLISH REGIME

AND THOSE APPLICABLE

IN THE CHANNEL

ISLANDS, THE BROAD

APPROACH IS SIMILAR

However, possibly the most

interesting recommendation is

the last, which deals with the

suggestion of thematic reporting

or ‘Geographical Targeting Orders’.

These remove the reporter’s

discretion to assess suspicion

and instead require them to make

reports if certain specified criteria

are met (for example, an obligation

to report may be triggered if a

transaction occurs in or across a

prescribed geographical location,

or certain financial or other

thresholds are met). The Law

Commission thought that thematic

reporting might have a role to

play in addressing problems of

underreporting by certain sectors

but recommended that a costbenefit

analysis should be done

to ensure proportionality within

the reporting regime, before any

such changes were made.

The report provides independent,

publicly-available analysis of the

SAR regime in England and Wales

and can be used by businesses

to benchmark and indeed, to

challenge their own behaviour. It

is a really useful document and

one which the Channel Islands

would do well to emulate.

Indeed, although Jersey usually

prides itself on being the vanguard

of regulatory developments, the

latest ‘quarterly report’ published

by the Joint Financial Crime Unit

is for September 2016 (which

noted that there were 2,317 SARs

in 2015 and disclosures were

slightly higher in 2016). Similarly

in Guernsey, the latest information

available is for 2015. Current

figures and typologies for the last

quarter in both jurisdictions would

be a real benefit to industry.

Suspicious Activity Reporting

is also a crucial focus for the

international community (indeed,

the Cayman regime came in for

significant scrutiny in the recent

FATF report). With a further

evaluation of Jersey's AML regime

by MONEYVAL in a couple of years,

we clearly need to do better!

That is even more important given

that resources are tight in both

islands. If the trends identified in

England by the Law Commission

were to be repeated in the Channel

Islands, many of the SARs filed will

not be properly justified, institutions

will have been reporting customers

and clients inappropriately, and

the authorities will have had to

deal with a significant number

of unnecessary reports.

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TAXING DEMANDS:

WHY THE NEW ECONOMIC SUBSTANCE TESTS

COULD BE TRICKIER THAN YOU THINK

BY ALEXANDRA MCINNES AND DAVID WALDRON, PWC CHANNEL ISLANDS

Certain Guernsey businesses must now have the ‘economic substance’

needed to show that the income they are taxed on is generated here on

the island rather than being diverted from abroad. The big challenge is

gathering together all the evidence needed to prove that. If your business

can’t, it could find itself mired in costly and disruptive investigations.

Worldwide, tax is at the top

of the legislative agenda as

governments collectively and

individually seek to secure what

they see as their fair share.

Last year, the Government of

Guernsey announced that the

island had earned the highest

OECD rating for the quality of its

tax transparency and international

information exchange 1 . This was

followed by confirmation from

the OECD that Guernsey's tax

regime was not harmful to the

global economy. Commenting

on the OECD decision, Gavin St

Pier, President of the Policy &

Resources Committee, said: 'The

affirmation that our tax regime is

not harmful in the global economy

is an important decision to help

challenge misconceptions about

Guernsey. Guernsey has a long

track record as a transparent

and cooperative jurisdiction that

meets international standards as

they emerge. The maintenance

of this track record remains one

of the priorities in the island's

Future Guernsey Plan. The OECD's

review published this week

provides further independent

confirmation of this. It will be

no surprise to anyone who

has knowledge of Guernsey's

exemplary standards in this field.' 2

SUBSTANCE TESTS

The Government of Guernsey

sees its commitment to

transparency and international

co-operation as being further

reflected in its agreement to

introduce tests to confirm

economic substance, the next

stage of compliance with the

EU’s code of conduct on tax 3 .

These are also being introduced

in Jersey and the Isle of Man

as well as other jurisdictions.

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The tests are designed

to prevent taxable income

being diverted to ‘nameplate’

companies, which are registered

in a jurisdiction but perform

little or no economic activities

there. The three criteria are:

1. The company is managed

and directed in Guernsey

2. The company’s core income

generating activities (CIGA)

are undertaken in Guernsey

3. The company maintains

adequate physical

premises, people and

expenditure in Guernsey

EASIER SAID THAN DONE

There may be some misplaced

complacency over the rules

as companies presume that

this substance is what they

already have and therefore

demonstrating this in the

redesigned tax return will be a

quick and painless exercise.

Unfortunately, filing is unlikely

to be straightforward. Companies

should speak to their advisors and

begin to collate the necessary

data and make preparations for

reporting now rather than the last

minute. For example, you know

that your company is managed

and directed here, but do you

have the records of board meeting

frequency, minutes of what was

discussed and who was there to

demonstrate this? Just having

a meeting isn’t enough, it must

also take the strategic decisions

governing the company’s future.

Similarly, your CIGA could

include outsourced activities as

well as in-house operations, as

long as the outsourcing is in the

island. Outsourced activities can

be included in your return. But you

need to be able to demonstrate

adequate supervision over them.

The resources of the service

provider may also be taken into

account, but that in turn is likely

to require a high level of clarity

in service level agreements

and co-ordination over filing.

CALLED TO ACCOUNT

Without this evidence in place,

you may find filing very difficult

or even fail an audit. Lack of

preparedness for a tax audit

will end up taking up more

management time than proactive

preparation. It’s therefore

important to look at what data

you need and how this can

be generated, along with the

necessary governance procedures

and agreements with outsourcers

needed to underpin this.

THE BIG PICTURE

The other big reason that

economic substance isn’t just

a tick-the-box compliance

exercise is that it isn’t a one-off.

Rather it’s part of a global push,

with a lot more related moves

coming up on the horizon.

Key developments include the

OECD’s roadmap for resolving

the 'tax challenges arising from

the digitalisation of the economy',

which despite the name would

apply to virtually every company

with international operations,

digital or otherwise. And with

proposals that include minimum

taxation and allocation of profits

according to fixed formulae, this

could severely disrupt intra-group

transfer pricing arrangements.

Our best recommendation would

therefore be to look at economic

substance as part of a big picture

that encompasses multiple

strands of tax reform. Are your

operating structures, including

where you pay tax, still viable?

How will economic substance

compliance in Guernsey and other

crown dependencies impact on

the transfer pricing arrangements

in your group as a whole?

With attention now, all

this can be managed. The

Government of Guernsey has

said that a clear demonstration

of the economic substance that

underpins businesses on the

island would enable Guernsey

to emerge stronger and more

competitively positioned 4 . But

everyone needs to comply first.

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To find out how our Advisory team in Guernsey

can help you, contact alexandra.mcinnes@pwc.com

1

States of Guernsey media release, 23 July 2018 (https://www.gov.gg/article/166371/Guernsey-receives-top-marks-for-transparency-from-OECDs-Global-Forum

2

States of Guernsey media release, 25 July 2019 (https://www.gov.gg/article/172736/OECD-review-concludes-that-Guernseys-tax-regime-is-not-harmful)

3

‘Economic substance’, States of Guernsey (https://www.gov.gg/economicsubstance)

4

We are Guernsey, 29 April 2019 (https://www.weareguernsey.com/news/2019/guidance-on-guernseys-economic-substance-requirements-published/)

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OAK GROUP

ENHANCES FUND

EXPERTISE

BY MARK WOODALL, MANAGING DIRECTOR, OAK FUND SERVICES (GUERNSEY) LIMITED

A MATURING INDUSTRY

As the financial services industry

matures, the Channel Islands

continue to see an increase

in consolidations resulting in

integrated, multi-jurisdictional

service providers covering fund,

fiduciary, trust and corporate

services. While the majority

of mergers and acquisitions

have been facilitated through

private equity investment, Oak

Group ('Oak'), a private client,

corporate services and fund

administration business, has

taken a fresh approach.

THE OAK BUSINESS MODEL

Oak has completed a number of

acquisitions backed by investment

from a local, listed fund whose

investors are based in the

Channel Islands. With long-term

committed capital, Oak intends to

grow steadily, placing an emphasis

on client service and retention

to create value in the business

without the internal financial

pressure that is typical of most

M&A transactions. This innovative

approach offers the opportunity

for the continued involvement

of the original principals from

each of the companies acquired

and for employees to obtain

an interest in the business.

ACQUISITION OF IAG

In May 2019, Oak completed the

acquisition of Guernsey-based

fund administrator, International

Administration Group ('IAG'). IAG

is a specialist provider of fund

administration and depositary

services to private equity,

open-ended, listed and alternative

asset fund structures. IAG has

nearly 20 years of expertise in

fund administration and provides

a full suite of services including

financial reporting, company

secretarial and corporate

governance, cash management,

investor services, listed fund

services, compliance and

regulatory applications. IAG has

given Oak its first substantial

fund administration operation

and is now the centre of fund

expertise within the Oak business.

THE FUTURE OF FUNDS

The alternative asset industry has

seen significant growth over the

last decade with corresponding

growth in assets under

administration across every asset

class. Both new and established

managers continue to recognise

outsourcing as an essential

component of structuring and

managing their funds. Similarly,

investors increasingly expect to

see evidence that fund managers

have commissioned the services

of an experienced third-party

administrator to provide process

transparency, credibility and

professionalism to the operations.

The increased need for asset

managers to be flexible and

deliver more detailed reporting

to investors demonstrates the

growing complexity of fund

administration and the need

to have the best people using

best-in-class technology to

deliver a quality service. As part

of Oak, we have strengthened

our jurisdictional and asset class

coverage. We look forward to

giving clients the opportunity to

leverage our reputation, resources

and expertise as an established

fund administrator and offer

them access to a specialist team

of professionals supported by

leading industry technology.

COLLABORATION

We are very excited to have

joined Oak to become the

centre of its fund administration

services. We agree on the

fundamental importance

of a personal, director-led

approach to client service

and Oak made the continued

involvement of IAG’s shareholders

a condition of the deal.

In order to capitalise fully on our

growing reputation in the market,

we sought a partner who could

provide a larger platform and

complementary skills to help us

achieve our goals. Recognising

the needs of clients and staff,

we concluded that Oak provided

the most attractive option.

Stuart Platt-Ransom, Chief

Executive Officer of Oak,

said: 'IAG has significant

experience within the funds

industry - they are specialists

in delivering a tailored and

professional fund administration

service, so I’m pleased that

their highly knowledgeable

team is joining Oak.'

Guernsey will remain the

centre of operations for IAG’s

fund administration services

and IAG will be able to offer

its clients a broader range

of services and solutions in

Guernsey and elsewhere.

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ASSET

ALLOCATION MATTERS

ADVERTORIAL

Investors are taking a keener

interest than ever before in their

investments, preferring to, at least,

have an understanding of how

their money is being invested

and what it’s being invested in.

Many take this a step further and

want to play an active role in the

composition of their portfolios,

something that the modern

investment manager is only too

happy to help with.

Increased engagement in money

management is, on the whole, a

positive thing. However, one of

the challenges when it comes

to investing money on financial

markets is that it is easy to get

lost. As we strive to optimise our

portfolios, we are exposed to a

constant cascade of news which

influences our thought processes

and investment decisions. As a

result, our portfolios may end up

reflecting a rather uncoordinated

compilation of investments rather

than a well-diversified portfolio

that was originally constructed

with the goal of delivering the

income or growth actually

required to meet our needs. At

the heart of this issue is asset

allocation – how a portfolio is

divided among different types and

classes of investment to maximise

returns and meet the client’s

objectives.

WHERE TO START?

The first important step in the investment process is to determine what

our personal financial goals are. Before thinking about the investment

strategy, we need to think about the target return – by how much we

need our portfolio to grow in order to meet our future financial goals.

At the same time, we also need to determine our risk tolerance – how

much risk are we willing and able to take in exchange for potentially

achieving higher returns? The answer to these questions is partly

given by our individual investment horizon. An investor with a longer

investment horizon is generally willing and able to tolerate a higher

level of risk because cycles where returns are lower than desired can be

endured while waiting for better times to come. In contrast, investors

with a shorter time horizon tend to favour a lower risk portfolio as they

would generally be less willing and able to withstand a bad spell.

BUILD AN OPTIMAL PORTFOLIO

Investors are well advised to build a portfolio which achieves either

the maximum return possible for a given level of risk, or which takes

the minimum level of risk for a given target return. A portfolio which

does this is known as an optimal or efficient portfolio. The concept

of constructing an optimal portfolio is a cornerstone of modern

portfolio theory and was introduced by the Nobel Laureate Harry

Markowitz in 1952. All optimal portfolios strive for the so-called

‘efficient frontier’. In essence, an investor should aim to construct a

portfolio of different asset classes which lies on this efficient frontier.

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FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY, BASED ON THEORETICAL DATA

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WHY IS THE ASSET ALLOCATION DECISION SO IMPORTANT?

Having clearly defined a target return and the willingness and ability to

tolerate risk, what now? While the exact figure is debatable, it is widely

believed that at least 80% of portfolio returns may be attributed to the

portfolio’s asset allocation. Hence, determining what weight is allocated

to each asset class is crucial. The dominance of the asset allocation

decision relative to individual stock selection comes from the fact that

different asset classes are not perfectly correlated i.e. their performance

does not move up or down by the same amount and at the same time.

Consequently, a portfolio benefits from investing across different asset

classes and, through diversification within asset classes, an investor can

optimise the portfolio’s risk-adjusted returns.

PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

– REBALANCE REGULARLY

TO STAY ON TRACK

Having decided on and

implemented the appropriate asset

allocation given one’s risk and

return targets, market movements

will naturally cause the actual

allocation to stray from the target

allocation over time. Allowing

the asset allocation to wander

too far from the initial allocation

decided upon would likely mean

that the risk level and expected

return of the portfolio are likewise

drifting and no longer reflect those

desired by the investor. Unless

target return and/or risk tolerance

changes, the logical course of

action would be to bring the

portfolio back in line regularly with

the target allocation. This practice

is referred to as rebalancing and

should be considered frequently,

at least once a year.

ADVERTORIAL

SOURCE: THOMSON REUTERS DATASTREAM, JULIUS BAER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

THE COST OF UNDERINVESTING IN THE LONG-TERM

Underinvesting hurts, even more so in a negative rate environment like

the one we have today where cash has become a negative contributor to

performance. Building an efficient portfolio (minimising the risk for a given

expected return) is very important, but so is being invested sufficiently in

risky assets because, if the time horizon is long enough, then taking risk

should pay off.

ASSET ALLOCATION MATTERS

The aim of proper asset

allocation is to select a

combination of investments that

has the highest likelihood of

enabling us to meet our financial

goals, while not exceeding

the level of risk that we feel

comfortable with. Investors

should also be very mindful of

the cost of underinvesting. While

diversification is key, it is also vital

to remain disciplined and regularly

rebalance the portfolio in order

to ensure that the asset allocation

serves the investment objectives.

Julius Baer has had a presence

in Guernsey for 30 years and

our local team has experience

in building bespoke investment

mandates for clients that

factor in their goals to allocate

their assets accordingly.

SOURCE: THOMSON REUTERS DATASTREAM, JULIUS BAER INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

If you’re interested in learning

more about investing with

Julius Baer get in touch with

Craig Allen on

+44 (0) 1481 746461

or craig.allen@juliusbaer.com

Bank Julius Baer & Co Ltd, Guernsey Branch is licensed in Guernsey to provide banking and investment services and is regulated by the

Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

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HIGH-FLYING APPOINTMENTS

Commercial litigation lawyer,

Kirthi Kalyan, has joined the

dispute resolution team at Babbé

as an associate.

She brings with her more than five

years’ experience advising clients on

various aspects of large scale, crossjurisdictional

corporate investigations

and expertise in corporate litigation,

business ethics, anti-money

laundering and anti-corruption.

In her previous role with Norton

Rose Fulbright in South Africa, Kirthi

advised multi-national companies on

matters relating to corruption, fraud

and corporate espionage involving,

among other regulators, the UK

Serious Fraud Office.

A graduate of the University

of California, Berkeley, Kirthi

completed her Master of Laws

with a specialisation certificate

in Environmental Law from the

American institution and has been

admitted as an Attorney of the High

Court of South Africa.

Kirthi said: 'I am thrilled to be

joining such a well-respected

team at one of Guernsey’s

leading law firms during this

exciting period of growth.'

Kirthi Kaylan

BABBÉ’S LITIGATION

TEAM CONTINUES

TO GROW

Babbé’s Managing Partner, Andrew

Laws, said: 'Our dispute resolution

team is one of the largest in

Guernsey representing international

clients in the most complex and

high value cases. The appointment

of Kirthi has strengthened

our offering even further. Her

international experience and

expertise in anti-money laundering

is especially relevant following the

introduction of Guernsey’s new AML

Handbook earlier this year.'

SENIOR APPOINTMENT

AT RESOLUTION IT

Resolution IT has appointed

Dan Brown as Senior Systems

Consultant. Originally from

the UK, Dan joins the business

with extensive experience in

outsourced managed IT services

and project management.

Dan said: ‘It’s really refreshing to

see how technology has been

embraced here in entrepreneurial

Dan Brown

and innovative businesses. In the short time I’ve been

here, I’ve experienced a real sense of clients being

open to new technological ideas, offering new ways

of working and that’s really exciting to see. People

are taking measured and informed decisions, yet are

receptive to change – something you don’t always see in

the SME marketplace in the UK.'

Olly Duquemin, Resolution IT’s CEO, said: ‘We’re really

lucky that someone of Dan’s calibre decided to make

the move to Guernsey. With his wide understanding

of delivering complex infrastructures with exceptional

customer service, he’s already made a positive mark for

both clients and colleagues alike.'

COLLAS CRILL JERSEY APPOINTS

HEAD OF CONVEYANCING

Collas Crill has appointed Gavin Renault as Head of

Conveyancing within its Jersey office.

Martin Le Boutillier, Partner and Head of the

Jersey property team, said: ‘Gavin's appointment

at Collas Crill helps cements the firm's position as

the go-to property team in Jersey. He joins a team

of three dedicated property partners and a strong

conveyancing team and will add to the wealth of

experience within the property department. Gavin is

very well known locally and will help the department

grow in its core strategic areas.’

Gavin said: ‘I’m delighted to be joining the property

team. Collas Crill already has an established reputation

as a leading player within the property sector and I’m

looking forward to applying my experience to build on

that success and drive the team forward.'

NEW HEAD OF NETWORKS

AND SECURITY AT C5 ALLIANCE

Stafford Slater has been appointed Head of Networks and

Security. He has more than 18 years’ experience working

in enterprise environments and a proven track record

providing services to Channel Island and global firms to

support and optimise their security,

In his new role he will be building a renewed focus on

security strategy across C5 Alliance, developing the security

and networking practice and supporting the existing

managed services team with the design and onboarding of

innovative managed security and networking solutions.

CEO of C5 Alliance, Scott Workman, said: 'We are very

pleased to welcome Stafford to our team. He brings

technical knowledge and extensive experience working

with clients to deliver technological solutions to help

them achieve their business goals.'

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TISE ANNOUNCES NEW

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

OF REGULATORY ARM

The International Stock Exchange (TISE) has

announced Adrienne Muir as a new Non-Executive

Director of its regulatory arm, The International

Stock Exchange Authority Limited (TISEA).

Adrienne was appointed to the Board of TISEA on

26 June and will combine this position with her role

as Chief Operating Officer of VoxSmart Limited,

a provider of mobile surveillance technology in

financial services.

Mark Tubby, Chairman of TISEA, said: 'I am

delighted to welcome Adrienne to the Board

of TISEA. She brings significant experience

in financial markets infrastructure, change

management and organisational development,

which will be hugely valuable in further

developing the company as an operator and

regulator of a leading international exchange.'

Adrienne said: 'I am delighted to be joining TISEA at

a time of successful development and growth for

the company and significant technological changes

in the wider markets. Exchanges have been a large

part of my career and I look forward to working

with my fellow Board members and our teams,

our members and all our stakeholders to further

enhance the offering of TISE.'

OAK APPOINTS NEW MANAGING

DIRECTOR IN GUERNSEY

Paul Schreibke has been appointed Managing Director

of Oak Group’s private client and corpo-rate services

business in Guernsey subject to regulatory approval.

Previously Managing Director at Intertrust, he joins the

business with more than 30 years’ experience in the

taxation, trust and corporate sectors.

In his new role, Paul will provide input into the

company’s strategy as Oak continues to grow both

organically and by further acquisitions. He will be

involved in integrating new teams as the business

evolves and will specifically work with employees

in Guernsey to support their development.

'Oak is a locally-owned business with global ambitions

and I’m excited to be joining the group at such a critical

phase of its development,' said Paul.

'The team at Oak put relationships first which enables

them to understand and anticipate client needs and they

continually exceed expectations by providing a high level

of efficiency and service. The group is aiming to become

the trusted provider of financial services to institutional

and private clients in the markets it operates in and I will

be working with the team to realise this goal.'

Oak group’s Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Platt-Ransom,

said: 'Our clients are our focus and the relationships we

build with them underpin everything we do. We’re proud

of our people-led culture and commitment to ensure

our clients receive a quality, personal and cost-effective

service. With Paul’s expertise we will continue delivering

on this as we grow the business internationally and

clients can benefit from our global reach in the future.'

Megan Thoume and Emily Lord

ORCHARD EXPANDS

EXPERTISE IN DIGITAL

Orchard PR has promoted Megan Thoume to the new

role of Digital Content Executive and appointed Emily

Lord, an experienced influencer relations practitioner, to

the position of Senior Account Executive.

Emily has joined the PR agency from MAC Cosmetics,

part of the Esteé Lauder group. She brings experience

in event management and social media, particularly

working with influencers, and will work with the

Orchard senior team to develop and implement

creative campaigns.

A graduate of the Delamar Academy at Middlesex

University, Emily has returned to Guernsey after spending

six years in London. At MAC she project managed the

brand’s involvement at large scale events such as the

Laurence Olivier Awards, the British Independent Film

Awards and the Capital FM Summertime Ball and built

collaborative relationships with established social media

influencers.

Megan joined Orchard three years ago as an intern on

the Creative Industries Guernsey Placement Scheme

and soon became a permanent member of the team.

Megan regularly uses her skills in media production to

create innovative digital content including video and

has responsibility for supporting colleagues on a

range of clients in the finance, technology, retail

and charity sectors.

Megan is a graduate from the University of Winchester

where she received a first Bachelor of Arts (BA) Hons

in Media Production. In 2018 she achieved the CIPR

Professional Certificate and became a member of the CIPR.

Brooke Kenyon, Managing Director (Client Services)

at Orchard, said: 'We would like to congratulate Megan

on her promotion and welcome Emily to our team.

Megan has an excellent range of skills which have

enhanced our digital offering immensely in line with

the latest industry innovations.

'Emily brings something new to Orchard with her

experience building relationships with high profile

social influencers, when used in the right way they can

now play a fundamental role in PR strategy. Her event

management skills also make her a great fit for our team.'

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THIRD TERM AS

JERSEY BÂTONNIER

FOR BEDELL

CRISTIN PARTNER

Bedell Cristin Managing

Partner David Cadin has

been elected Bâtonnier by

the Advocates of the Jersey

Bar for a third term.

David has been Bâtonnier since

2013, serving two three-year

terms. His re-election to serve

a third term, of one year, is

unprecedented in recent years.

The Bâtonnier is head of the Jersey

David Cadin

Bar, responsible for legal aid in Jersey, acts as the link

between the legal profession and the court and has the

privilege of making speeches on behalf of the whole

profession at notable occasions such as the Assise

d'Héritage and the appointment of a new Bailiff (as will

happen later this year when the Deputy Bailiff succeeds

Sir William Bailhache).

An additional responsibility this term will be to sit on

the new Legal Aid Guidelines Committee, which will be

responsible for delivering a legal aid scheme that works

and is fit for purpose.

David said: 'There are significant changes on the horizon

in terms of legal aid, so the next year will represent a

challenge as we strive to achieve a set of guidelines that

work for everyone.

'Serving as Bâtonnier is, and has been, a great honour,

and I look forward to continuing the work that I have

done on a broad range of issues over the next year.'

NEW DIRECTOR

OF PRIVATE

WEALTH AT

INTERTRUST IN

JERSEY

Intertrust in Jersey has

appointed a new Director to

further develop its private

wealth business.

Steve Carr, who previously

worked at a local fiduciary

Steve Carr

firm, has over 20 years’ experience in

private client services and has excellent knowledge of the

market. He specialises in working with entrepreneurial

and high-net-worth clients from a wide range of

industries and sectors.

Steve joins the growing Intertrust private wealth team

which has offices in all the major finance centres around

the world.

Ian Rumens, Global Head of Private Wealth at Intertrust,

welcomed the appointment, saying: 'Steve brings with

him significant expertise and joins us at a confident

time for our private wealth business which we expect to

continue to grow and develop in the years to come.'

Steve said: 'Intertrust has a reputation for putting people

first and offering a superb client service and I am looking

forward to contributing to the firm’s ongoing success

and forging new relationships on behalf of the marketleading

private wealth team.'

L-R: David Salisbury, John Bridge and Marcel Le Claire

CYBER SUPPORT BOOST

FOR JERSEY CHARITIES

Three of JT’s senior security team have become the

latest recruits to the Jersey Charitable Skills Pool (JCSP)

and are calling on their industry colleagues in cyber

security to join the growing number of expert volunteers

offering their knowledge and advice to local charities.

The JCSP was set up earlier this year in response to the

increasing need for charities, like businesses, to protect

their systems and information against cyber attacks and

potential data breaches.

JT’s Group Security Officer Marcel Le Claire, Security

Product Manager David Salisbury, and Security

Consultant John Bridge, will be donating 30 hours

of professional advice to local charities on a range of

issues including cyber security policy, procedures, risk

assessment and testing.

Marcel said: 'Charities are just as vulnerable as larger

companies but very often don’t have the resources, time

or finances to make the right investment to safeguard their

systems and the data they hold. It can be difficult to know

where to turn and hopefully by pooling our skills in this

way from people across the industry, it will mean that our

local charities are able to get some free expert advice that

they so desperately need. We’re truly delighted to be in a

position to be able to offer something back to our island.'

JCSP chairman Dave Cartwright said that he was

delighted with the addition of qualified and experienced

volunteers from JT: 'Jersey has more than its fair

share of world-class expertise in cybersecurity and

communications, and we’re really encouraged by

the calibre of the people who have made a time

commitment to the JCSP and our community.

'Incidentally, the time commitment doesn’t have to be

onerous. Any time that someone with the right skill set

and knowledge can provide will make a real difference

to a charity or NFP that would otherwise be struggling

to find the right advice on a limited budget. The more

experts and companies that commit just a few hours per

year, the more resources the charities and other not-forprofits

that support our community will have to draw on.'

The JCSP was founded by the Channel Islands Information

Security Forum with the primary purpose of providing

cybersecurity consultancy to charities, but it is hoped that

the group will broaden its remit to other business areas and

across the Channel Islands as a whole if the cybersecurity

pilot is a success. Charities and not-for-profits can apply for

time from the pool at jerseycsp.org.uk

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Business

LTS TAX...

NOT JUST TAX

BY ERICA HARRISSON, ASSISTANT MANAGER, AND DANIELLE EMERY, CLIENT ACCOUNTANT, LTS TAX LIMITED

As the largest independent taxation services company in Guernsey, LTS not only

provides UK and Guernsey taxation services to companies, individuals and trustees,

but also offers tailored accounting services.

With a broad client base, we

prepare accounts for small

locally owned and managed

trading companies to large

investment portfolio and property

holding companies owned by

Guernsey resident clients.

We offer a full accounting

service depending on the client’s

individual needs, whether it

be regular bookkeeping from

source records or preparing

financial statements from

software such as QuickBooks,

Xero, Sage and other such

accounting software packages.

LTS Tax Limited employs

qualified accountants as well

as Chartered Tax Advisors and

is registered with Chartered

Institute of Taxation, resulting

in an integrated approach to

your business needs utilising

the expertise and knowledge

of both accountancy and

tax professionals.

Two of the firms qualified and

experienced accountants, Erica

Harrisson and Danielle Emery, lead

this service and have an excellent

knowledge of Guernsey company

requirements and vast experience

of many industry sectors.

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year. In 2018, Erica also achieved

her Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA)

qualification, enabling her to

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After completing her

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ISLANDHEALTH PARTNERS PAST AND PRESENT

ADVERTORIAL

ISLANDHEALTH

- STILL GOING STRONG 125 YEARS ON

There aren’t many organisations anywhere that began life in the 19th century and are still

going strong today. But Guernsey Medical Practice IslandHealth, which this year celebrates

a notable anniversary, is one that’s in excellent health 125 years after its origin in 1894.

FIRST PARTNER, DR VALENTINE GIBSON

In medicine, many things have

changed beyond recognition

in that period but some of the

fundamentals have remained

constant. At the heart of good

clinical practice is the patient

describing their circumstances

to their doctor and the GP then

drawing on expert medical

knowledge, years of training and

a good understanding of their

patient to deliver treatments

that help. That trusted doctor/

patient relationship was vital

in the 1890s and remains

vital at IslandHealth today.

IslandHealth didn’t start out

under that name, (more recently

many islanders will be more

familiar with the ‘L’Aumone and

St Sampson’s surgery’ name), but

an unbroken line of partners can

be traced back to Dr Valentine

Gibson who started it all from

number 16 Hauteville in St

Peter Port in August 1894.

In addition to its L’Aumone and

St Sampson’s sites, IslandHealth

also has a Town surgery at Frances

House in La Plaiderie and has

a headcount of more than 80

people including 19 doctors,

12 nurses and a large support

team that makes sure the patient

experience is as good as it can

be. In addition, physiotherapy,

osteopathy, hearing services,

podiatry and psychological

therapy are also offered at

IslandHealth premises. L’Aumone

and St Sampson’s have busy

pharmacies on their sites too.

The current Chairman, Dr Paul

Williams, has spent more than

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25 years with the surgery and,

with his fellow partners, oversees

a busy practice with a patient

list of about 20,000 people.

‘125 years is a wonderful

achievement,’ said Dr Williams,

‘there can only be a handful of

other Guernsey institutions dating

back that far that are still going in

2019 so today’s doctors and staff

owe a debt of thanks to all those

who went before us. We’re also

proud that working at IslandHealth

is something that’s crossed the

generations and still does now.

In the early days the founder was

joined by his nephew and over

the years that followed, on four

occasions we’ve had a doctor

follow their parent’s footsteps and

also become a partner. Many of

our staff can count their service

in decades not years. I think

those are revealing characteristics

about working at IslandHealth.’

Looking ahead, Dr Williams finds

it easy to be optimistic about the

future. ‘The model of delivering

healthcare in Guernsey is one that

is popular with patients. Being

able to see a doctor, often your

own doctor, on the same day that

you call for an appointment is

common in Guernsey, but I think

very unusual in the UK. We keep

in close touch with our patients

and they tell us it’s important.’

‘General practitioners are

well-qualified generalists which

means this dovetails perfectly into

Guernsey’s model of delivering

primary care effectively. But

many IslandHealth doctors also

have areas of special interest

from allergies to cardiology,

dermatology to paediatrics,

rheumatology to women’s

health to name but a few.’

‘It’s also very exciting that plans

are being considered for the

redevelopment of our L’Aumone

surgery. This is a very significant

milestone for IslandHealth as we

hope to hear soon that planning

approval will be forthcoming for

what will be the most modern

health centre in Guernsey. It’ll

transform the location and

improve the patient experience.’

‘Medicine will change as

scientific research continues to

make diagnosis and treatment

more effective, but the human

element can’t be replicated, and

we hold great store in the precious

and trusting relationship between

our patients and the doctors they

look to for help. For the next 125

years IslandHealth will continue

to provide an expert, friendly and

caring service to our patients,

just as Dr Valentine Gibson did

when he began it all in 1894.’

ARCHITECT’S DRAWING OF THE PROPOSED NEW L’AUMONE SURGERY

‘125 YEARS IS A WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENT,’

SAID DR WILLIAMS, ‘THERE CAN ONLY BE A HANDFUL

OF OTHER GUERNSEY INSTITUTIONS DATING BACK

THAT FAR THAT ARE STILL GOING IN 2019 SO TODAY'S

DOCTORS AND STAFF OWE A DEBT OF THANKS TO

ALL THOSE WHO WENT BEFORE US'

LIST OF PARTNERS

1894 TO PRESENT:

1894 Dr Valentine Gibson

1919 Dr Dick Gibson

1923 Dr Bill Fox

1925 Dr Maurice Fox

1936 Dr Alistair Rose

1938 Dr Peter Heyworth

1955 Dr Jim Dickson

1956 Dr Micky Fox

1959 Dr Tony Fox

1966 Dr Tom Parsons

1967 Dr John Toynton

1970 Dr George Eddie

1971 Dr David Swainston

1972 Dr Stephen Heyworth

1977 Dr Bob Haskins

1979 Dr Steve Rebstein

1983 Dr Stephen Brennand Roper

1983 Dr Nick Paluch

1985 Dr Nigel Allen

1986 Dr Sue Hollwey

1988 Dr John Longan

1989 Dr John Curran

1989 Dr Peter Richards

1991 Dr Robbie Hanna

1991 Dr Jonny Pearce

1993 Dr Graham Reilly

1995 Dr Tim Sinnerton

1998 Dr Liz Norris

1998 Dr Paul Williams

2001 Dr Nick Fazakerley

2001 Dr Jo Le Noury

2002 Dr Beverley Workman

2005 Dr Ruth Jones

2005 Dr Louise Brook

2006 Dr Stella Richards

2006 Dr Ian Baxendale

2013 Dr Julia Rebstein

2013 Dr Tom Littlefair

2016 Dr Mike Long

2017 Dr Lyndon Griffiths

2018 Dr Rachel Heath

2018 Dr Abi Griffiths

2018 Dr Duncan Watt

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Business

AIRBNB AND

GUERNSEY

PROPERTY LAW:

WHAT HOMEOWNERS AND

TENANTS NEED TO KNOW

Reports in the media suggest there has been an increase of

some 500% in the past four years in the number of Guernsey

properties registered with online agents like Airbnb that allow

people to offer short-term lodgings or home stays for a fee.

The number of Guernsey homes listed with online agents

is in the hundreds, from luxury modern villas to private

rooms in a house.

While this is fantastic news for tourism it is essential that any

homeowners wishing to register with an online agent to offer

short-term lodgings comply with applicable restrictions.

TOURISM RESTRICTIONS

Restrictions are in place for those

intending to make accommodation

available to visitors to the island.

In Guernsey, anyone providing

sleeping accommodation, board,

lodging, or board and lodging for

reward for a period of three weeks

or less must have a boarding permit,

obtained from the Committee

for Economic Development by

contacting Marketing & Tourism.

TITLE RESTRICTIONS

For apartments it is necessary to

ensure the relevant estate schedule

and any regulations have no

restrictions on this type of letting.

With online agents becoming more

popular, these restrictions are

likely to be increasingly common.

LENDING RESTRICTIONS

Homeowners should consider

whether any mortgage or loan in

place over the property contains

restrictions on any form of letting

or sharing occupation of the

property. These restrictions are very

commonplace where a homebuyer's

mortgage has been entered

into (rather than a buy to let).

Failure to comply with the

terms of the mortgage and

obtain the lender's consent risks

triggering an event of default.

LEASE RESTRICTIONS

Often residential leases in

Guernsey contain restrictions

over subletting.

Listing your rented property

with an online agent in breach of

the terms of your lease may have

serious consequences which could

potentially lead to the landlord

seeking a court order for early

termination of the lease, recovering

possession of the property and a

claim for damages to compensate

for any loss they have suffered.

PLANNING RESTRICTIONS

If the use of your property changes

from residential use class to tourist

accommodation, otherwise known

as 'visitor economy’ use, then

you may need to seek planning

permission for a change of use.

Planning has issued guidance on

what would constitute a change of

use - for example, one bedroom in

a three-bedroom dwelling could

be used for bed and breakfast

accommodation without resulting

in a material change of use, but use

of two bedrooms and a separate

sitting/dining room for bed and

breakfast accommodation would

amount to a material change of use.

Your home can be used as a

holiday let for up to a maximum

of ten weeks over the course

of a single year, on the proviso

BY ADVOCATE MARTYN BAUDAINS,

PARTNER AT OGIER

that no individual letting shall

exceed 28 days’ duration.

You should also ensure the

building complies with local

building regulations and the

Guernsey Fire Service Law.

INSURANCE CONSIDERATIONS

Failure to seek prior consent

of your contents insurer before

registering with an online agent

may risk them refusing to pay

out if the property is being used

against the terms of the insurance

policy. You should also seek advice

about Public Liability Insurance

cover as this may be required

under health & safety legislation.

YOUR HOME CAN BE

USED AS A HOLIDAY LET

FOR UP TO A MAXIMUM

OF TEN WEEKS OVER THE

COURSE OF A SINGLE

YEAR, ON THE PROVISO

THAT NO INDIVIDUAL

LETTING SHALL EXCEED

28 DAYS’ DURATION

FOOD HYGIENE

If you are providing food

with the accommodation you

should also seek advice from

Environmental Health - you may

be required to engage with their

hygiene star rating system.

If you are looking to register with

an online agent, we recommend you

review any relevant contracts and

legal documents before doing so.

Where no restrictions prevent you

from hosting guests through Airbnb,

it is important to remember that any

money you earn as a host is taxable

income and should be declared.

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BUSINESS

INTERRUPTION

INSURANCE

– THE IMPORTANCE

OF GETTING IT RIGHT

OLIVER GOATER, NETWORK INSURANCE, DISCUSSES THE COMPLEX

AREA OF INSURANCE THAT IS BUSINESS INTERRUPTION

Business Interruption (BI) is

a complex area of insurance,

which requires a good level of

understanding to achieve the

right outcome for customers,

but mistakes are common

and evidence suggests that

around 40% of policies are

thought to be underinsured.

BI insurance is designed to help

businessess recover to the position

they were in prior to a loss. This

does not simply mean supporting

a business while it reinstates

damaged property, such as

repairing buildings or machinery.

BI policies are designed to provide

the continued financial support

a business needs to return it to

its previous status. Even after a

property has been reinstated, it

can take a significant amount of

time for a business to win back

lost customers, train new staff

or integrate new equipment.

There are three main types

of BI cover, each operating in

different ways and it is crucial that

the correct and most suitable BI

cover is in place. They are: loss of

gross profit, loss of gross revenue

and increased cost of working.

Each of these covers operates

in a different way and there are

several reasons why they might

be best suited to a customer’s

particular circumstances.

Business Interruption policies

are also unique in that they

are limited by both a sum

insured and a maximum

indemnity period. Getting either

wrong could mean you are

underinsured and you suffer an

even greater financial loss.

LOSS OF GROSS PROFIT

A gross profit basis is the most

common choice of business

interruption cover in the UK.

This covers the loss of net profit

following a reduction in turnover,

standing charges and also any

increased cost of working.

Gross profit's key distinguishing

feature is that customers can

specify certain costs to deduct

in order to arrive at their final

sum insured. These deductions

are known as variable costs or

uninsured working expenses

(UWEs) and vary in direct

proportion to the reduction in

turnover. The intention is to enable

customers not to insure these

costs, thus reducing the exposure

base to which a premium rate

is applied, which means a

customer’s premium is likely to

be less. However, incorrectly

specifying UWEs is a common

source of underinsurance, which

can lead to further financial loss

for the business and guidance

can be provided by your broker

to ensure you identify them and

adequately insure your exposure.

Gross profit policies were

developed for customers with

directly variable costs, such

as those in the manufacturing

and retail sectors; however as

business models have changed

it may not be the case that this

type of cover is best suited.

LOSS OF GROSS REVENUE

If, having carefully considered

loss scenarios and there are few

directly variable costs, then a

different basis of cover, such as

loss of gross revenue, may be

more suitable. A gross revenue

basis covers the reduction in

turnover following a loss and also

any increased cost of working.

This basis can help customers

avoid some inherent difficulties

when calculating a gross profit

sum insured and reduce the risk

of underinsurance. To calculate

the gross revenue sum insured,

customers simply need to know

the total turnover of their business

and the length of indemnity

period. Traditionally gross revenue

has been considered most suitable

for the service industry, including

business such as accountants,

solicitors and hotels as the

majority of their costs such as

staff and IT will not reduce in

direct proportion to turnover.

Generalising should however

be avoided and each customer

should be assessed according to

their own particular circumstances.

INCREASED COST OF WORKING

Increased cost of working

is essentially the bare bones

of BI cover and it provides a

customer with cash to cover

reasonable additional expenses

that will help the business

recover following a loss.

This basis of cover on its own is

really only suitable for customers

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whose business continuity

planning and management is such

that they will be very resilient to

a loss. For example, business that

are able to easily minimise the

impact to their business and might

simply require some additional

cash to put an established

recovery plan into action.

These costs may include staff

overtime, hiring temporary staff,

renting alternative premises and

advertising. No calculation is

required and the customer can

set their own sum insured based

on their assessment of the risks.

THE IMPORTANCE OF

INDEMNITY PERIODS

The indemnity period is the

period of insurance protection.

It normally commences from

the date of the event or damage

and normally ends when your

business is fully operational

again or when the specified

indemnity period has expired,

whichever occurs first. Indemnity

periods commonly start at 12

months and may be increased

to 18, 24, 36 or 60 months.

When setting an indemnity

period you must take into account

worst-case scenarios, which

includes taking into account a

vast range of circumstances that

can add significant time to an

organisation's recovery. Examples

may include, but are not limited

to; planning permissions and

associated applications and

objections, environmental issues,

lead times for replacing plant and

machinery, discovery of hazardous

material such as asbestos,

potential Health and Safety

enquiries, recruiting and re-training

staff and seasonality, meaning you

miss important trading periods.

Issues can easily arise that add

time to a business’s recovery and

it is not uncommon for a business

to start reinstating damaged

property six months after a loss.

In addition, people are often

overly optimistic about how

quickly their business will

recover to pre-loss levels and we

frequently see customers who

have chosen a shorter indemnity

period of, say, 12 months. In our

experience setting an indemnity

period of less than 24 months

is difficult to justify, although

there may be certain businesses

for which it is appropriate.

BI claims can span several years

and claim payments will cease

at the end of the indemnity

period, even if the sum insured

has not been exhausted, so

it is important the indemnity

period is set correctly.

SETTING THE SUM INSURED

Misunderstandings over how

to calculate gross profit are

one of the leading causes of

BI underinsurance. Confusion

over insurance terms and what

elements to include frequently

result in sums insured being set at

inadequate levels. As an example,

a BI gross profit figure is not the

same as an accounting gross profit

figure, which can lead to some

policyholders not insuring for

the correct amount. You should

therefore not just take the figure

from your annual accounts.

The insurable gross profit

figure is the net profit plus the

costs that continue when the

business is not operating and

the most common calculation

for insurance purposes is:-

Insurance Gross Profit =

(Turnover + Closing Stock +

Work in Progress) – (Uninsured

Working Expenses + Opening

Stock + Work in Progress).

An accountant’s gross profit

calculation will subtract any

cost that varies in proportion to

production; but for insurance

purposes they may vary in

direct proportion. This is a key

distinction and a source of

much underinsurance. Examples

include key staff wages, fixed

price materials under contract,

and other consumables.

You therefore need to ensure

that any costs that will continue

after a loss (partial or total) are

met under the policy and it is

therefore crucial to never exclude

an expense unless you are certain

it will cease in the event of a loss.

Consideration should also be

given to future business trends

and the gross profit sum insured

will need to be adjusted for that

length of time. For example, if the

business is predicted to grow by

20% over the next 24 months, then

the gross profit sum insured should

be increased to reflect this growth.

CONCLUSION

Whilst BI insurance provides

much needed cash flow to assist

a recovery, it is a complex area of

insurance and one that should not

be overlooked when purchasing

or renewing your insurance policy.

BI insurance should form part of

a wider business continuity plan,

which identifies the exposures

to the business and how you

would respond to a loss. Every

customer's resilience and postloss

actions will be different so it

is important that you liaise with

your insurance broker and spend

time with them to explain this and

you can work together to ensure

that the cover is adequate to meet

your needs should a loss occur.

At Network we have a team of

experienced professionals who

are able to meet with you at your

premises, or at our office on the

South Esplanade to understand

your requirements and build an

insurance solution unique to

you. Please contact us on 01481

701400 or pop into our offices

on the South Esplanade to find

out how we can help you.

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Business

FACES OF BUSINESS

ROBIN

NEWBOULD

Robin is the Managing Director of BullionRock which specialises in the

dealing in and storage of gold, silver, platinum and palladium. In December

2017, BullionRock was acquired by Ravenscroft, a company which Robin

helped establish when it began. Since rejoining Ravenscroft, Robin has also

been appointed as the Group Head of Execution & Advisory.

How do you start off your

working day?

Do you travel much in

your role?

How would you

quantify success?

I always wake up before my alarm goes

off at 6.45am. I don’t eat breakfast but

do have a hot water with lemon; a

habit inherited from my grandfather!

Then, it’s any combination of cycling,

walking the dog or coercing my two

sons out of their beds, before checking

my diary to see what lies ahead. I

usually manage the boys’ school drop

off, a real privilege that I am delighted

Ravenscroft understands: it remains

a business with strong family values.

How would you describe

your leadership style?

I like to be able to understand, do

and demonstrate everything! My

approach is invent, test, do the work

and then find the right people to pass

it on to. I’ve been involved in the setup

of two businesses – Ravenscroft in

2005 and then BullionRock in 2012.

You have to be a doer to try and

make any start-up business a success.

How do you maintain a

healthy work/life balance?

It can be a struggle! Whilst I start a bit

later, I often stay late, but thankfully

not “London late!” One of the many

advantages of living in Guernsey is

that I am almost always home in

time for dinner with my family.

BullionRock didn’t require me to travel

a great deal, apart from the occasional

visit to the refinery. Since rejoining

Ravenscroft, I go regularly to Jersey to

see the growing team over there and

have been across to Peterborough

where we have our Vartan Ravenscroft

office. I haven’t made it down to

our office in Monaco….. yet!

Where is your favourite

place in the world?

Anywhere on holiday – usually a

French gite - the boys in the swimming

pool, Mrs N sat next to me and,

hopefully, a blue sky above. I also

love L’Etacq in Jersey – controversial

for someone living in Guernsey I

know! We lived near there when I

was running Ravenscroft’s Jersey

office, before BullionRock, and so,

as well as being absolutely stunning,

it has a lot of fond memories.

What single achievement

are you most proud of?

Typically, but not to be underestimated,

being the best husband and father that

I can be. Whilst nothing sensational, I

did manage to cycle up Mont Ventoux

in Provence: 21km at a 7.5% average

incline to an altitude of over 6,200ft!

Unknowingly, my wife had booked

a family holiday and mentioned the

villa had a view of a mountain from

the garden. In the cycling world,

Ventoux is on the “must-do” list.

It’s subjective, but I do think that for

a business to be successful, every

person involved must feel like an

integral component part of the whole,

need to do their job well and enjoy it.

What’s the best piece of

advice you were ever given?

To tell the truth. I have been taught

to consider, always, what I am

saying, who I am saying it to, and the

probable, or possible, outcome.

As a child, what did you want

to be when you grew up?

My mum still has a piece of

schoolwork that I’d written in crayon

when I was about seven years old

which said I wanted to be a soldier

or a stockbroker. I made it to the

last 50 of 2,000 applicants for an

Army scholarship, but no further,

and the rest, as they say, is history!

What is the last thing

you think about at the

end of the day?

I write lists incessantly so try and

get the latest version ready before

I go to bed. My phone will be on

charge in a different room whilst I

read until the lights go out and I’ll

be asleep within five minutes.

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Business

HOW CAN GUERNSEY

MANAGE THE TRANSITION

TO A LOW CARBON FUTURE?

BY ALAN BATES, GUERNSEY ELECTRICITY CEO

As Guernsey

Electricity

looks to

replace the

undersea

cable which

connects

Guernsey to

France this

year and return the island to lowcost,

low-carbon and renewable

imported electricity, Alan Bates,

the company’s CEO, explores

how optimising new ideas for

electricity generation could be

ideal for small jurisdictions.

When the inter-island electricity

cable failed in October 2018,

Guernsey lost access to the

French electricity grid and its

supply of low-carbon energy.

This immediately highlighted

again the core energy needs

of small, island communities –

security of supply, reduction in

carbon emissions to meet climate

change aims, and for consumers,

the affordability of energy.

So what possible solutions are

there for Guernsey as a small

community going forward? To

meet these core needs, we believe

having resilient connections to

the European electricity market

are key to securing low-carbon

and low-cost energy. It also

allows us to manage the gradual

transition to more locally sourced

energy, as renewable technologies

develop and present opportunities

for Guernsey to become more

self-sufficient. A move towards

local renewable energy is not a

steep change but a transition that

requires careful management and

a resilient grid as a foundation,

hence our continued investment

in connectivity with Europe.

As a small, self-governing

jurisdiction, Guernsey is well

placed to manage the energy

transition journey. We have the

autonomy to set ambitious goals

that could lead to radical change,

and the ability to control and

coordinate how we get there. As

a small energy economy, we’ll

feel the effects of change more

acutely and must therefore ensure

we maximise the opportunities of

new technology whilst minimising

the risks along the journey, all

the while balancing energy

affordability with security of

supply and environmental impact.

Reconnecting the link with

France via Jersey this autumn

is an important starting point

and will immediately return the

island to 85% to 95% low-carbon,

low-cost energy. A key part of

our future plan is a second cable

link installed directly to France

which would further reduce

Guernsey’s dependence on fossil

fuels and provide supply resilience

for the imported electricity.

This secure connectivity to

Europe is also becoming more

essential as in Guernsey we are

seeing larger, solar electricity

generation projects come to

fruition, including the installation

of a large solar array at Guernsey

Electricity’s headquarters, and

in the coming months a similar

investment at Guernsey Post.

Local consumers are also

starting to invest in new energy

technology and smarter homes,

which will begin to play a part

in the island’s level of selfsufficiency.

What is critical for our

island now is how we manage the

adoption of renewables into the

island’s electricity generation mix.

WE HAVE THE

AUTONOMY TO SET

AMBITIOUS GOALS

THAT COULD LEAD TO

RADICAL CHANGE,

AND THE ABILITY TO

CONTROL AND

COORDINATE HOW

WE GET THERE

As a community we need to

build our energy independence

in a way that does not disrupt

our local energy economy to the

unfair detriment (or advantage) of

some customers. To optimise our

electricity provision today and in

the future, we will need to ensure

that we maximise the value of the

local renewable generation to

the island, which may also mean

the ability to store it. We need to

plan for not only when there is

insufficient sun and wind, but also

when there is too much.

The potential for energy to flow

and be stored between renewable

generation sources, the island's

power grid, our electric vehicles

and our home storage provides

great opportunity for us to reduce

our reliance on fossil fuels.

Whilst these changes will

happen over the next generation,

Guernsey needs to manage the

changes step by step. We need

to make sure our energy journey

meets not only our environmental

aspirations but also works for

our island today, and tomorrow.

To meet these aspirations, we

need to set our own pathway,

and not follow the path set by

much larger jurisdictions.

This all makes for an exciting

future, with electricity and

the Guernsey community

at the heart of it.

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Together

we thrive

with HSBC

Leading Channel Island creative and digital marketing agency, Oi, has won

the advertising and marketing account for HSBC following a pitch process.

The agency has been appointed as HSBC’s

full-service advertising, design and

digital marketing agency for its services

dedicated to customers in the Channel

Islands and Isle of Man, as well as its expat

business which provides specialist support

to people living and working abroad.

“Oi’s pitch to HSBC, which embraced the

very latest digital marketing techniques and

technology, was really exciting to work on,

and even better to win,” said Peter Grange,

Chief Executive Officer at Oi, which is

celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

“We are looking forward to working

together with the team at HSBC to

produce highly effective marketing activity

and campaigns locally, nationally and

internationally, over the coming years.”

For more information visit

www.oi-you.com

www.ciiom.hsbc.com

www.expat.hsbc.com

Kara Lisik, Head of Marketing at HSBC, said,

“Oi’s considerable experience,

locally and internationally, makes

them the ideal agency for HSBC

and we’re very excited to be

working with them.”

Oi is the largest full-service creative and

digital marketing agency in the Channel

Islands. A team of 33 experts provide the

full range of advertising, branding, digital

and marketing services to clients locally,

nationally and internationally. It recently

appointed Chris Atkinson, former VP of

Sales and Marketing at Microsoft Asia

Pacific, as its new Executive Chairman.

HSBC is well established in Jersey, Guernsey

and the Isle of Man, employing over 1,000

people across the islands. They provide

retail customers across the islands with

an extensive range of banking and wealth

management services. While the Expat

business provide specialist services,

expert support and connections to help

expats build fulfilling and successful lives

abroad for themselves and their families.

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Business

ARE PRIVATE EQUITY

FUND MANAGERS

UNDER PRESSURE?

BY JAMES ORRICK, PEA MANAGING DIRECTOR

The upward

trajectory of

private equity

markets is

not expected

to end any time soon. Analysts

predict private capital will dominate

markets for decades to come.

Research demonstrates the upturn

in returns on B2B investments is due

to companies using a commercial

acceleration programme rather than

the traditional cost-cutting strategy.

Reports reveal the median

return on investment when

using value-creation strategies

is between 20% and 30% higher

than simply improving costs.

Whilst the focus on value-creation

significantly improves ROI and offers

a broader range of strategic options,

managing portfolio companies

becomes much more complex.

Furthermore, there is a growing

trend to invest long-term capital

in order to allow fund managers

more opportunity to implement

transformational change that drive

returns on investment. Typical time

frames are five, seven or 10 years.

MANAGING GROWTH

The requirement to boost revenue

puts immense pressure on fund

managers. With private equity

funding having such a significant

impact on the global economy,

market failures are likely to result

in the shortfall of pension funds.

Growth in the European private equity market has hit unprecedented targets

over the last couple of years. 2018 was a record year - €80.6 billion invested

in 7,800 companies. PEA's Managing Director James Orrick takes a look.

Identifying growth opportunities

earlier than your competitors

inevitably helps to generate more

value and achieve greater potential.

However, private equity investments

not only involve having access to

capital but span the company’s

entire development cycle.

The value chain must comprise

a wider network of resources.

Product innovation goes hand

in hand with the adoption of

process innovation which requires

fund managers to adopt a

dynamic administrative model.

Then there’s the issue of inflated

acquisition prices. According to

reports, the average buyout price

has increased by almost 2.5% in

the last decade. The uptick in

takeover costs makes it difficult for

fund managers to identify lucrative

opportunities that are capable

of successfully navigating the

traditional eight percent hurdle rate.

PEA QUALITY CONTROLS

EU directives have changed

the way private equity funds are

administered. Fund structures are

now subject to higher standards

of quality control and investors

demand greater transparency.

As the demands become heavier,

fund managers are focused on

procuring partnerships with

private equity administrators

who possess specialist skills and

the technology to install quality

controls that mitigate risk.

PEA focus on delivering a valueadded

service that continuously

exceeds expectations. Our

technology and resources are

aligned to ensure our team receives

continuous training and achieves

benchmarks that result in delivering

consistently high standards.

While there is an emphasis

on technology and innovation

in the pursuit of an agile fund

administration service, at PEA,

our service offering has additional

benefits, such as our qualified

and detail-driven staff who set

themselves apart from other fund

administrators through their focus

and dedication to client service.

Their knowledge enables PEA

to offer a truly boutique service,

helping fund managers to place

reliance on their administrative

team and thus alleviating some

of the pressures they are facing

in this fast-moving market.

With offices in Guernsey,

Sweden and Denmark, we have

the capacity to manage onshore

and offshore pan-European funds.

And our team of highly-highlyqualified

professionals provide

bespoke administration solutions

that include reporting, assistance

in transparency demands and

provide assistance with identifying

funding opportunities from an

administrative perspective.

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From mediation to trial advocacy, we seek

to resolve matters quickly and effectively,

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Our dispute resolution team is widely

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We provide our clients with an integrated and

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Business

GUERNSEY LAW

PUT TO THE TEST

IN US COURT

ADVERTORIAL

BY TODD MCGUFFIN AND CHRIS DYE AT BABBÉ LLP

The international nature of Guernsey’s financial services

sector was highlighted once again in a high-profile legal

hearing held before the United States Bankruptcy Court

in Dallas, Texas where the Bankruptcy trustee was

seeking confirmation by that court of a sophisticated

cross-border reorganisation plan for two insolvent

financial services firms.

Babbé LLP, Partner Advocate Todd McGuffin was instructed

by the trustee to provide expert opinion and testimony on

various aspects of Guernsey law in relation to this complex

multi-party application – he explains further:

Todd McGuffin

Partner

Babbé LLP

Chris Dye

Senior Associate

Babbé LLP

Guernsey’s international reputation as a wellregulated

international finance centre with a

sophisticated, fit-for-purpose legislative environment

was put to the test in recent hearings held in the USA,

dealing with the reorganisation plans for two financial

services firms with links to the island.

The insolvent firms in question provided highly

specialised financial advisory services to a Guernsey

investment fund with respect to its investments in $4

billion collateralised debt structures domiciled in the

Cayman Islands.

Babbé was instructed by the Trustee due to our

extensive multi-jurisdictional experience in crossborder

dispute resolution, corporate insolvency law

and financial services regulation. In particular his

opinion and testimony before the court covered a

number of areas including:

• The recognition of foreign corporate insolvency

office holders (liquidators, administrators,

receivers) in Guernsey and the extent of assistance

the Royal Court of Guernsey may provide in

response to judicial requests for assistance from

foreign courts

• The recognition and enforcement of foreign

judgments in Guernsey law including with respect

to the extent of the public policy prohibition

on the enforcement of foreign penal laws as an

infringement of state sovereignty;

• The enforcement of foreign arbitral awards

under the Convention on the Recognition and

Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards adopted

by the United Nations Conference on International

Commercial Arbitration 1958 (known as the

New York Convention) and under the Arbitration

(Guernsey) Law, 2016;

• The availability of various equitable remedies

before the Royal Court of Guernsey including

remedies with respect to accessorial lability for

breach of trust, equitable tracing of cross-border

assets, retrospective rectification of corporate

records and registers to mitigate against the

consequences of fraudulent acts by directors and

the declaration of constructive trusteeships;

• The extent of the Guernsey Financial Services

Commission’s discretionary powers to regulate and

supervise investment funds under the Protection of

Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1987 and the

Registered Collective Investment Scheme Rules;

and

• The law relating to the duties of directors of

Guernsey companies as derived from the muchcelebrated

$2 billion Guernsey case of Carlyle

Capital Corporation (in which Babbé LLP acted for

the successful lead defendants before the Royal

Court of Guernsey and Guernsey Court of Appeal).

After an exhaustive and highly contested hearing,

the United States Bankruptcy Court confirmed the

reorganisation plan as proposed by the trustee. In

doing so, the Court acknowledged and accepted

Babbé’s expert opinion and evidence and our

significant assistance to the Court in determining the

issues before it was noted. The United States District

Court very recently dismissed a subsequent appeal

to the plan confirmation order of the United States

Bankruptcy Court.

As this case demonstrates the Tier 1 Dispute

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Business

CHANNEL ISLANDS ARE

BEACONS OF STABILITY

IN TURBULENT TIMES

By Simon Torode, Founder, CEO, Livingroom Estate Agents

ADVERTORIAL

Uncertainty continues to be

the watchword for the global

economy but the Channel Islands

have proved to be resilient in the

face of the shifting global sands.

Fortunately our own sands remain

firm (not to mention golden!) and

the islands offer evidence that

stable systems of government,

economies and societies are the

key ingredients for building a

healthy and successful lifestyle.

Livingroom Founder, CEO, Simon

Torode takes a look at how the

islands are weathering the global

storms and how their property

markets are thriving as a result.

In economic circles there is a wellknown

and accepted theory called

the ‘Financial Instability Hypothesis’

which states that, contrary to what

one might think, a stable economy

actually breeds instability.

Unfortunately, it took the 2008

subprime mortgage crisis to

hit the US and ricochet around

the world for this theory to be

accepted, by which time the

American economist behind it -

Hyman Minsky – had long since

passed away. Minsky claimed

that where there is a stable

economy people are more likely

to take risks and this in turn causes

financial instability and potentially

leads to economic crisis.

Looking at the UK’s post-war

boom-and-bust cycle, this theory

certainly makes sense and our

Channel Islands can never claim

to be immune to recession or

financial crisis. However, we have

survived the financial storms of the

last century better than a number

of our counterparts. Why is that

the case and what are the trends

we are seeing in each island?

HEALTHY PROPERTY MARKETS

As the only pan-Channel Island

estate agency that was founded

in the islands, we’re uniquely

placed to offer a view not just

about our local property markets

but also island life as a whole and

what makes the islands tick.

UNCERTAINTY CONTINUES

TO BE THE WATCHWORD

FOR THE GLOBAL

ECONOMY BUT THE

CHANNEL ISLANDS HAVE

PROVED TO BE RESILIENT

IN THE FACE OF THE

SHIFTING GLOBAL SANDS

Of course we in the islands aren’t

isolated from the wider world and

no-one can claim to escape from

the daily headlines dominated by

Brexit. What the United Kingdom’s

departure from the EU is eventually

going to look like is (still!) up in the

air at the time of writing. However,

what has become increasingly

apparent over the course of 2019

is that the Channel Islands are

effectively weathering the storm

of uncertainty to stand as beacons

of stability in turbulent times.

Positivity is impacting the islands’

property markets and affecting

prices. Even where we may not have

seen significant price increases,

the Channel Islands’ markets have

firmly held their value and the

market has remained buoyant and

active, which is much more than

can be said for swathes of the UK.

STABILITY HELPS BUILD

FOR THE FUTURE

Despite the UK’s lack of clarity,

the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and

Jersey continue to maintain

good relationships with the UK

Government and its European

counterparts. We continue to

facilitate work into the UK and into

Europe. We continue to attract new

residents from around the world.

We continue to be seen as centres

of excellence for financial services.

As those of us who live here know

so well, the islands represent a

stable option for building a fulfilling,

safe and secure future. More and

more people are realising that

and we’re delighted to share the

islands’ success with the world by

marketing them to prospective

new islanders around the globe.

Think a more stable lifestyle

might be for you?

Get in touch with the Livingroom

team in Guernsey

on +44 1481 715555 or at

livingroom.gg or in Jersey

on +44 1534 717100 or at

livingroom.je.

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Oi gives

birth to

Junior

A specialist branding and marketing agency

team for startups in the South West of England.

Leading Channel Island creative and digital

marketing agency Oi has given birth to a specialist

startup branding and marketing agency team

servicing the South West of the UK.

Junior is a team within the full-service

agency focused on making startups

successful with ‘New brand thinking’.

A team, experienced in integrated

marketing, advertising, branding,

design, video production, website

and app development, digital and

social media marketing, will help

ambitious new brands looking to be

disruptive in their sectors.

“There is signicant signicant clustering of startups in the

South West of the UK, with places like Bristol

leading the way as centres of excellence for digital

innovation, including articial intelligence and tech

brands. Many want a full-service oering

without going to big agencies.”

Torti Algate, New Business Director

at Junior, who has over 14 years‘

agency experience including a

signicant time in the Middle East

and most recently South West of

the UK, said the new agency team

oering was already in high demand.

The full-service oering is for clients with

budgets between £25,000 and £75,000 in an early

startup stage of their lifecycle. Once Junior clients

exceed that budget they can choose to work with

Oi for bigger, ongoing projects and campaigns

from a 30+ strong team.

“Many startups initially use branding

agencies, but often cannot aord a larger,

full-service creative and digital marketing agency

service. Junior gives them the best of both worlds

in a cost-eective way during their early stages of

growth,’ she said.

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“Oi has a track record of making bigger brands

more successful. We felt the time was right to

launch Junior to service ambitious startups and

strategically it also fuels future growth for Oi.”

Pictured: Torti Algate, New Business Director at

Junior, and Peter Grange, Chief Executive Ocer

of Oi. The agency has launched Junior, a specialist

branding and marketing agency team servicing the

rapidly expanding startup sector in the South

West of England.

“We are passionate

about business

innovation and see

a great opportunity

in the startup space”

Peter Grange, Oi Chief Executive Ocer.

Meet Junior

Startup a conversation at

www.oi-junior.com

Meet Oi

Visit www.oi-you.com

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Sport

SPECSAVERS YOUTH GAMES BRIEFING

IMAGE ©SPECSAVERS

A POSITIVE

PATHWAY

We all know that

exercise is good for our

minds and our bodies,

and the Guernsey Sports

Commission is working

in the island’s primary

schools to encourage

children to enjoy sport

and physical activity

from an early age.

En Voyage spoke to

Jeremy Frith, a Director

of the GSC, to find

out more.

Everyone remembers PE at

school, but not all of us have

fond memories of our lessons.

Jeremy Frith of the Guernsey

Sports Commission agrees: ‘A

lot of people’s views of what

PE looks like are influenced by

their own experiences, but how

sport and physical activity are

designed to be delivered now

is hugely different, and much

more inclusive than it ever

was.’ The Primary School Sport

Partnership organised by the

Commission provides Guernsey’s

primary schools with a range

of opportunities through PE

lessons, lunchtime and afterschool

clubs and festivals. And

whilst the programme was

previously funded through

sponsorship, it now has the

financial backing of the States

of Guernsey’s Committee for

Education, Sport & Culture.

‘Deputy Fallaize, our

political representative on the

Commission, has been really

supportive, and we’ve also had

Jon Ravenscroft come in as Chair,’

says Jeremy. ‘That leadership

and support from the top is

fundamental, and it’s important

for the taxpayer to understand

that the funding goes straight

into face-to-face delivery in

schools.’ The Commission’s staff

are multi-skilled sports coaches

who actually work in the schools.

‘Part of their role is to support

curriculum time in PE and games

lessons, but they also work with

the teachers to target and support

particularly vulnerable children

who don’t access sport outside

of school,’ explains Jeremy.

Being based in the schools allows

coaches to tailor the programme

for each teacher and cohort of

pupils, rather than offering a

one-size-fits-all solution.

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Sport

CHILDREN TAKING PART IN VARIOUS SPORTING

ACTIVITIES FOR THE SPECSAVERS YOUTH GAMES 2019

ALL IMAGES ©SPECSAVERS

The Commission’s work ties

in with the Bailiwick Big Picture

Curriculum, which was developed

to provide ‘joyous and purposeful’

learning opportunities. As Jeremy

outlines: ‘We’re trying to avoid

specialising in sports too early,

because we know that children

who specialise early are more

at risk of dropping out. So we’re

very much focusing on the

fundamental movement skills

- running, jumping, throwing,

catching, striking and so on.

We’ll introduce a theme like

stabilisation, jumping or balance

and help make that relevant

to each sport. And then when

the children get to years 5 and

6, the Sports Development

Officers will step in and that’s

when the introduction to

more sport-specific content

RESEARCH SHOWS

THAT EXPOSURE TO

A VARIETY OF SPORTS

AT AN EARLY AGE

HELPS PEOPLE TO

RETURN TO AN

ACTIVITY LATER IN LIFE

comes in, but there’s still a

strong reference back to those

fundamental movement skills.’

Research shows that exposure

to a variety of sports at an early

age helps people to return to an

activity later in life. ‘What we want

to do is make sure the children

have a broad experience of lots

of sports, so even if they don’t

take it up now they understand

what’s out there.’ For example,

nationally 96% of boys who play

football at the age of 11 won’t be

playing when they are 18. ‘I’ve

got friends who work in a variety

of different professional sporting

academies, and their challenge

sometimes with children who

have only done one sport is that

they’ve built all these fantastic

sport-specific skills, but they lack

the actual movement skills to

make them dynamic and effective

within the game,’ says Jeremy.

The Specsavers Youth Games,

a biennial festival organised by

the Commission, broadens the

experience of children in years 5

and 6 by getting them to choose

a sport they haven’t tried before,

and to compete in that sport and

represent their parish district.

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Inclusion is a big part of the

GSC’s five-year action plan. ‘We’ve

got to make sure that everyone

can access sport and physical

activity, regardless of their socioeconomic

status, disability, gender

or sexual orientation – and sport’s

made a massive shift but there’s

still a long way to go.’ That doesn’t

just mean accessing sport within

school, but to support the pathway

of each child from enjoying PE

lessons to finding an activity they

want to pursue outside of school,

so they can access the wider

benefits that physical activity

provides throughout life. Part

of this remit is to identify young

people who may need support,

as well as those with physical

or learning impairments that

might enable them to get para

classification, ‘But equally there’s

a big job to be done in terms

of destigmatising Paralympic

sport for some people. We know

there are people that could get

a classification but don’t want to

pursue it. The para sport pathway

provides massive opportunities, so

why not take advantage of that?’

The GSC works with secondary

schools, and with all its member

sports to make sure that the

inclusion message is carried

through. ‘There’s no point in

children taking the brave step of

wanting to go to a community

club and not feeling welcomed

or finding that the coaches don’t

have the skills or experience to

understand their needs,’ says

Jeremy. ‘We want to make

sure that when we have those

sorts of successes they can be

sustained in the long term and

aren’t just a flash in the pan.’

What’s clear from talking to

Jeremy is that physical activity is

about much more than keeping

fit. Take team sports, for example:

‘It’s the whole thing of working

with a group of people - winning

together, losing together, the

communication and support

that’s required. When you get

into a game it’s much like the

work environment where you’re

under pressure and you need to

get information from one person

to another, and then at the end

there’s the opportunity to reflect

on what you’ve done and what you

could have done better, but not to

throw blame around. Being part of

a team teaches you all those skills.

‘Sport’s also great way to learn

about failure and how to come

back and develop resilience, which

is a reason why competition,

introduced at the right age and

stage, is really important for our

young people,’ adds Jeremy.

It’s good to know that future

generations will look back on their

primary school PE lessons as the

first step on a lifelong journey.

'WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT

EVERYONE CAN ACCESS SPORT AND

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, REGARDLESS OF

THEIR SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS,

DISABILITY, GENDER OR SEXUAL

ORIENTATION – AND SPORT’S MADE

A MASSIVE SHIFT BUT THERE’S STILL

A LONG WAY TO GO'

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Sport

WALKING

FOOTBALL

Walking football is a sport and activity for everyone and anyone. Whether you’re

male, female, a teenager or retired, if you’ve been injured or you have a health

condition there’s no turning you away. The Guernsey Walking Football Club isn’t

just about a sport, it’s about a community of men and women playing sociably

– and competitively – all with a common interest and love of keeping active.

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Guernsey Walking Football has gained in popularity

since it was introduced to the island by Paul Wheatly

and friends in 2014. The now Guernsey Walking

Football Club has around 75 members and attracts

about 50 participants every week – year-round.

‘We’re just now coming up to five years,’ said Paul,

71, retired. ‘I went to the UK to watch it in 2012 and

in 2014, with the help of colleagues, set up the

Guernsey Walking Football Club. Now we’ve got 50

active members with players aged 18 to 70-plus. It’s

the perfect sport for anyone coming back from an

injury or wanting to improve their health,’ said Paul.

The rules in walking football are pretty similar

to regular football and you can play with

anywhere from five to eight players on each

side. Walking football is a non-contact sport

so safe for youngsters to play too. ‘We would

love to see more families out there playing

together on the pitch. It’s no different to a

family game of rounders or cricket on the beach

and that’s why I love it so much,’ said Paul.

Guernsey Walking Football Club attracts all

levels, capabilities, and experience,

and men and women play on

the same team. ‘It’s a great

sport to play if you’ve got a

knee injury, say, or you’re

recovering from most

health conditions. We

are looking to do some

teambuilding work with

a few local companies

and also working

with some health

professionals to provide

additional support to

our players. We want

everyone who plays to

be healthy,’ said Paul.

GUERNSEY WALKING FOOTBALL CLUB IN ACTION AT KGV

ALL IMAGES ©CLAIRE ROGERS

GUERNSEY WALKING

FOOTBALL CLUB

ATTRACTS ALL LEVELS,

CAPABILITIES, AND

EXPERIENCE, AND MEN

AND WOMEN PLAY ON

THE SAME TEAM

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GUERNSEY WALKING FOOTBALL CLUB IN ACTION AT KGV

ALL IMAGES ©CLAIRE ROGERS

For those that wanting to take

the sport seriously, the club

organised for two top walking

football referees from the UK to

visit as well as England’s Walking

Football Manager of the over

60s who coached players over

a weekend. ‘It was brilliant,’ said

Paul. ‘I don’t think any other

walking football club has brought

in the England Manager before.’

When En Voyage spoke to

Paul, the club was in the throes

of organising the first ever

Guernsey Walking Football Festival,

sponsored by The Taste of India,

with teams visiting from the UK

and Jersey. ‘We’re trying to get

a bit more joined up with Jersey

and so one of the things we’re

looking at is a Channel Islands

walking football team to play

in the European games. We’ve

also been invited to play in the

Walking Football Super Masters

World Cup, but we’ve got a little

way to go before that,’ he said.

For those that want to improve

and participate in competitions

Paul is looking to cater to that,

but he also wants to retain the

friendly and social atmosphere of

the club. ‘We’re like most clubs,

very sociable and welcoming,’

he said. He also said it was very

much a pay-and-play club with

no full membership. ‘Basically,

you just pay to play and if you

take a break for a few weeks

that’s ok you just come back

when you want to play again.’

Guernsey Walking Football Club

would like to see walking football

introduced into mainstream

football at some point. ‘It fits with

joining as a "mini" and progressing

all the way through to senior vets

and finishing up with walking

football to complete your football

pathway through life,’ said Paul.

Currently, sessions are on

Tuesdays from 6-7pm

and Sundays 8:45-

10am at the KGV

Memorial Playing

Fields. Games

are played on

3G pitches,

a synthetic

turf. If you’re

interested

in giving the

sport a go your

first session

is free.

BASICALLY YOU JUST

PAY TO PLAY AND IF

YOU TAKE A BREAK FOR

A FEW WEEKS THAT'S

OK YOU JUST COME

BACK WHEN YOU

WANT TO PLAY AGAIN

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SPORTS DIARY

SEPTEMBER 2019 EVENT DATE TIME ABOUT

ATHLETICS

RUGBY

CRIMESTOPPERS

RUNWAY RUN

CLIFF PATH SERIES -

RACE 3

GUERNSEY RAIDERS 1st

V BRIGHTON

Saturday 14 Sept 21:00

Open to athletes, fun runners and

corporate teams

Sunday 22 Sept 09:00 10 miles from the Imperial

Saturday 14 Sept TBC Footes Lane

MOTOR

SPORT

TRIATHLON

HILL CLIMB Saturday 21 Sept 09:00 Val des Terres

SAND RACING Sunday 28 Sept 11:45 Vazon Bay

AUTOCROSS Sunday 29 Sept 12:00 Chouet beach

GUERNSEY GRANITE

MAN TRIATHLON

Sunday 1 Sept 07:00

½ Iron Distance Triathlon

Supporting sprint distance race

starting at the same time

X-TRI GSY Sunday 15 Sept 09:00 Portlet/Pleinmont

off-road Triathlon

FUN/

SPECTATOR

RUNNING - INVESTEC

GUERNSEY MIND 10K

Sunday 8 Sept 08:30 10km fun run starts from KGV

OCTOBER 2019 EVENT DATE TIME ABOUT

ATHLETICS

FOOTBALL

RUGBY

FUN/

SPECTATOR

CLIFF PATH SERIES -

RACE 4

GUERNSEY FC

v VCV ATHLETIC

GUERNSEY RAIDERS 1st

v TUNBRIDGE WELLS

GUERNSEY RAIDERS

LADIES v READING

SKIPTON

SWIMARATHON

Sunday 13 October 09:00 15 miles from Havelet

Saturday 19 October 14:00 Footes Lane

Saturday 5 October TBC Footes Lane

Monday 28 October 13:00 Footes Lane

2-6 October TBC Beau Sejour

TRIATHLON

SWIM/RUN ADVENTURE

RACE 2

Sunday 6 October 12:00

Various bays.

New and challenging course

(with half distance option).

FISHING

THE ALDERNEY

ANGLING FESTIVAL

Saturday 19 October

TBC

150 competitors from the UK and Channel

Islands hope to land the biggest fish, or the

one that got away last year and break another

British record.

SAVE THE DATE EVENT DATE TIME ABOUT

Pembroke Bay. 5km run/jog or walk.

FUN/

SPECTATOR PARKRUN GUERNSEY Every Saturday 09:00

Pre-register to have your time recorded

and sent to you Please register in advance at

parkrun.org.uk

FOR GROUP BOOKINGS


EMAIL group@aurigny.com GROUPS

FLIGHTS HOTELS CAR HIRE

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Community

COMMUNITY SPIRIT

BUTTERFIELD RECEIVES SILVER

KEEP GUERNSEY GREEN AWARD

Butterfield has received the silver Keep Guernsey Green Award from the

States of Guernsey for its commitment to the environment by ensuring

best practice in energy conservation and waste management.

The Keep Guernsey Green Award, which is administered by the Agriculture,

Countryside and Land Management Service, allows local organisations

to share their success and commitment to the environment. The

Award demonstrates to customers, staff and business partners that the

organisation actively plans its energy conservation and waste management,

raises staff awareness of the importance of environmental issues and seeks

improved ways of managing the

organisation’s energy and waste.

Butterfield has demonstrated its

commitment to the environment

by putting in place various initiatives

which reduce the use of single-use

plastic, encourages sustainable

living, creates energy conservation

solutions and tackles the global

plastic pollution problem.

BUTTERFIELD HAS

DEMONSTRATED ITS

COMMITMENT TO

THE ENVIRONMENT

BY PUTTING IN PLACE

VARIOUS INITIATIVES

The Bank stopped buying plastic cups for the water machines and instead

gave all employees a reusable water bottle, saving more than 150,000 cups

per year. Staff also received reusable, stainless steel coffee cups following

Butterfield’s partnership with local coffee shop Muse, which included a 10%

discount on orders for employees who brought in their reusable coffee cup.

To reduce energy usage, Butterfield changed its office lighting from

fluorescent to LED and they now switch off automatically through a

sensor system. Meters were also installed to monitor the consumption of

gas, electricity and water, aiding the business in regularly reviewing figures

and considering improvements to save more energy.

Butterfield also has an annual community day, which is celebrated with

either a team beach clean or another environmentally focused activity in

the 10 jurisdictions in which it operates.

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

Limited, said: ‘We are committed to protecting the environment in the

communities which we call home. We’re delighted to receive the silver Keep

Guernsey Green Award, which acknowledges our ongoing efforts.

At Butterfield, we are continuously looking at ways to improve our

sustainable operations and reduce our impact on the environment.

We hope that these small changes across the business will make a big

difference in the island for the long term.’

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30/30 CYCLE TAKES TOTAL RAISED FOR

LES BOURGS TO OVER £740,000

This year’s Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop’s

30 Rides in 30 Days, supported

by Julius Baer, the leading Swiss

wealth management group, raised

£75,000 for Les Bourgs Hospice.

30 Rides in 30 Days set islanders a

challenge to ride their bicycle for

at least one hour per day, every

day from 27 April–26 May.

This year Julius Baer celebrates its

30th anniversary in Guernsey and

to mark the occasion the bank

elected to sponsor the challenge

and 15 members of its staff took

part. Employees are also taking part

in other ’30/30’ related events such

as walks, bay swims, runs and yoga

(see right) with all money raised

going to Les Bourgs Hospice.

Stehen Burt, Branch Manager

of Julius Baer in Guernsey, said:

‘Guernsey has a fantastic community

focus and we’re proud to have been

a part of that for 30 years.’

‘The Julius Baer team felt that

taking part and giving back to

the community was much more

meaningful than just holding a

celebration for ourselves. I’d like to

thank everyone for taking part in

this year’s event and to Ian Brown

for organising a great initiative

once again.’ he added.

This year marks the 12th edition

of the challenge which has now

raised more than £740,000 for Les

Bourgs Hospice.

Ian Brown, Managing Director

of Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop, who

created the challenge, said: ‘Thank

you to everyone who participated

in, supported and donated to this

year’s challenge. Les Bourgs is

a fantastic charity that supports

hundreds of locals every year

and we hope to come back next

year even stronger to continue to

benefit the charity.’

112 people took part in this year’s

challenge ranging from novices

to avid cyclists with the youngest

participant being six years old.

Trish De Carteret, Fundraising

Administrator at Les Bourgs

Hospice, said: ‘Each year when I

see the amount that the public has

raised for us I’m blown away. The

generosity of the Guernsey public

will never fail to amaze me.

‘Thanks to Ian, the team at Julius

Baer and everyone who was

involved, your efforts will make a

real difference.’

The final amount was announced

at the challenge’s ‘final word’ event

on 13 June at Les Rocquettes

Hotel. The event was organised as

a thank you to riders, to announce

the amount raised and to hand out

participation plaques.

Ian Brown’s 30 Rides in 30 Days

challenge was created in 2008 to

revive interest in cycling in Guernsey

and raise funds for charity.

GUERNSEY MIND

NOMINATED FOR

NATIONAL AWARDS

Guernsey Mind has been nominated

in two categories of the Mind

Network Excellence Awards 2019.

The awards recognise and celebrate

excellent work and practice within

the local branches of Mind across

England and Wales. Each branch of

Mind is an independent charity, run

by local people, for local people.

Guernsey Mind has been nominated

in the categories of ‘Tackling Stigma

and Discrimination’ and ‘Partnership

and Profile’ following its recent Mind

Quality Mark review.

Emily Litten, Executive Director of

Guernsey Mind, said, ‘We have an

excellent team and I am delighted

for everyone here that our work

has been noticed and recognised

at national level. This is an

achievement, so whether we win

the titles in October or not, I am

feeling very proud.’

30KM CLIFF RUN IS

NEXT CHALLENGE FOR

JULIUS BAER

To mark Julius Baer’s 30th

anniversary in Guernsey, staff have

taken part in a range of events

to raise money for Les Bourgs

Hospice, the latest of which

saw seven members of staff and

31 friends of Julius Baer take

part in a reverse version of the

30km cliff run challenge known

locally as the ‘dogbreaker.’

The challenge began at the Mallard

Cinema and headed west towards

The Imperial. The group headed

up onto the cliffs at the Fairy Ring,

followed the south coast cliff paths

to Jerbourg and on to the finish at

the bottom of Le Val des Terres.

Stephen Burt, Branch Manager

at Julius Baer in Guernsey and

participant in the cliff run, said:

“The conditions certainly added to

what was already a tough event,

with blistering heat to contend with

as well as the terrain. Keeping cool

was as important as keeping going.

“However it was all worth it to raise

money for Les Bourgs Hospice. In

our year of celebration we have

taken part and sponsored many

events and so far raised thousands

for this fantastic local charity."

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CHILDREN

TAKE PART IN A

SCHOOLS’ LOVE

TENNIS FESTIVAL

Hundreds of primary school

children in Jersey took part in the

Schools’ Love Tennis Festival on

5 July, organised by the Tennis

Hub – St Clements and sponsored

by Oak.

The festival was the culmination of

a four-week programme to teach

tennis skills to year two students in

schools across the island.

The initiative aimed to inspire

children to take up tennis as a

sport and grow tennis participation

on the island. It also provided

an opportunity for teachers to

observe ideas to bring tennis into

the P.E curriculum.

The newly acquired skills were put

to the test at the Schools’ Love

Tennis Festival where students had

a go at a series of fun challenges

and games, coincidentally during

the first week of Wimbledon.

SKIPTON HELP

BOXING CLUB

IMPROVE THEIR

HOME

The Skipton Community Fund

has lent its support to the

Guernsey Amalgamated Boxing

Club, providing the club with a

financial contribution towards the

renovation of its gym.

The donation of £1,500 comes

following the boxing club’s appeal

to raise £500k to make vital

improvements needed at its gym.

Funds will be put towards renovation

works and expanding the footprint

of the club. In addition to this

contribution, Skipton’s staff members

also donated their free time to giving

the gym a much needed deep-clean.

Mandy Hobart, Coach and

Fundraising Co-ordinator of

Guernsey Amalgamated Boxing

Club, said: ‘We still have a lot of

work to do to reach our goal, but

we have had a lot of support to

date and we are really grateful to

the Skipton Community Fund for

‘Witnessing hundreds of children

pick up a tennis racket and learn

the rules of the game, working

together and having fun while

exercising was a joy to see,’ said

Managing Director of Oak in

Jersey, Nicola Gott.

‘It was also fantastic to see that

the festival received a positive

endorsement from famous tennis

coach Judy Murray, who tweeted

her support.

‘Oak is proud to support initiatives

which encourage physical activity

and sponsoring the Tennis Hub

aligns with our commitment to the

local community.’

their generous contribution. We’ve

had lots of interest in joining the

club, particularly from youngsters,

so it’s vital that the club is able to

accommodate them and their

families to keep the sport at the high

level it is currently at on the island.’

The club, which produced

commonwealth boxer Billy Le

Poullain, has tripled the number of

carded boxers at the club over the

last three years as boxing becomes

an increasingly popular sport.

‘It’s been fantastic teaming up with

Oak to deliver this programme,’

added coach Mark Gilmour. ‘The

blocks of sessions at the schools

were great opportunities to

collaborate with teachers to deliver

fun and physical literacy lessons

based around tennis for the children.

‘The tennis festival was a fun way

to round up the programme by

introducing the children to the

Hub and hopefully it will inspire

some of them to take up tennis or

at the very least take away the skills

they learnt to other aspects of

what they choose to pursue.’

Aaron Walden, Commercial

Manager of Skipton International,

said: ‘The Skipton Community

Fund is all about offering clubs and

community organisations access

to funding where there are limited

options available to them. The

boxing club provides a great service

to the community on the island

and is producing some fantastic

sportsmen. We are proud to be able

to support them in this small way

and be part of their journey onto

bigger and better things.’

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RAVENSCROFT TAKES TO THE STREETS

FOR WEEK-LONG LITTER PICK

A sombrero and a car registration

plate were the most unusual items

found by Ravenscroft staff during a

week-long litter pick.

The investment services company

was the first to sign up this summer

to Pick It Up Guernsey’s Womble52

initiative which encourages local

business to choose a week of

the year and go out and pick up

rubbish from around the island.

‘The aim of Womble 52 is for us as

a community to come together

and do our bit to keep Guernsey

as litter free as possible. Pick It

Up Guernsey’s recent cigarette

collection was a huge success and

that has led to a growing interest

from people wanting to be involved.

I’m delighted that Ravenscroft,

which has been a great supporter,

has now signed up to Womble 52,’

said Andrew Munro, founder and

trustee of Pick It Up Guernsey.

‘Ravenscroft also purchased from us

litter pickers for their staff to borrow

when wombling as well as pocket

ashtrays which they are giving

out free to their staff. I hope more

companies will follow their lead.’

Ravenscroft sent out teams for 30

minutes every day for five days

and cleaned the streets around its

office in New Street. As well as the

NEW EVENT AIMS

TO REVIVE THE

ISLAND’S HISTORY

A new community event to

celebrate and bring to life the

island’s post-war culture will take

place from 27-29 September.

Created by Jeff Fox and Dennis

Le Prevost, the Guernsey Retro

Festival is a three-day event taking

inspiration from the 50s and 60s,

featuring classic motorcycles, cars,

music and fashion from the era.

With a variety of entertainment and

a local food festival, it is hoped the

event will attract all age groups, as

well as visitors, while also raising

money for local charities Mind,

Mug and Men’s Shed .

Jeff and Dennis came up with

the idea as part of the Guernsey

sombrero and registration plate,

glass and plastic bottles, takeaway

containers, tin cans, cigarette

packets, wrappers and hundreds of

cigarette butts were also collected.

‘It was surprising just how much

was collected over the week.

Places that had been cleaned one

day then had litter in them the next

day. It was an eye opener for all

the Ravenscroft staff who went out

during the week and we had some

great feedback from people who

saw us out and about and thanked

us for taking the time to keep

St Peter Port clean,’ said Sophie

Gordon, head of Ravenscroft’s

sports and social club.

Katrina Bray and Shannon Lancaster are

pictured with Pick It Up’s mascot Daisy

Tourism Ideathon where they won

the ‘Pure Innovation’ category.

The weekend will be a celebration

of the end of austerity with

dancing, motorcycles, cars, music

and dressing up – it was a real

golden period of our heritage and

we are looking forward to bringing

that back to life.

The Festival is being supported by

Specsavers. Jeff said: ‘Specsavers

epitomises everything we want

in a partner. They are extremely

professional with a big heart when

it comes to local projects.’

Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder

of Specsavers, said: ‘At Specsavers

we value the community and are

always looking for ways to support

those around us. This will be a

fantastic event for Guernsey which

we hope will be enjoyed by many

islanders and visitors alike.’

ST SAMPSON’S HIGH

SCHOOL WINS FIRST

CENTRAL’S ROBOT

OLYMPICS

To mark Women in Technology Day,

16 students from Ladies’ College and

St Sampson’s High School teamed

up to hold an Olympic-style event

with EV3 Lego robots.

The programme, co-constructed by

First Central Group, saw four teams

of year nine students' compete to

code their robots to complete three

different sporting events; lacrosse,

shot put, dressage, and for the grand

finale – a synchronised dance.

The aim of the session was to

develop the student’s creative

problem solving, engineering

and coding skills. The winning

team was from St Sampson’s High

School, but all the teams' robots

who competed managed to throw

some excellent shapes on the

digital dance floor.

Digital Greenhouse held the event

as part of the Digital Innovators

Programme, which they devised

with First Central as a way of

developing opportunities for

young people to engage with

digital technologies.

Lucy Kirby, Head of Digital at the

Digital Greenhouse, said: ‘The

Digital Innovators Programme has

shown that there is a really high level

of innovation and digital creativity

on the island. It’s great to be able

to work with companies, like First

Central, to help young people build

and develop these essential critical

thinking, problem solving and

collaborative skills for their futures.’

Two representatives from First

Central were also on hand to offer

their technical expertise. Lisa Le

Huray, Quality Assurance Analyst

from First Central, said: ‘I would

have loved the opportunity to

attend an event like this when I was

a student. I always knew I wanted

to work in technology, so this

would have been a great initiative

to take part in.

‘It’s inspiring to see that there are

lots of bright young women who

are interested in a digital career. It

was incredible to see how quickly

they all picked up coding the

robots and I hope some of them

decide on an exciting career in

technology!’

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En Voyage

LITERARY

LANDSCAPE

En Voyage dives in to the literary world with authors,

themes and stories linked to the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

DANCING WITH THE MOON

BY EMMA DESPRÉS

Dancing with the Moon is author Emma

Després’ journey, her way of incorporating

elements of the spiritual and the holistic

into such a clinical process.

Dancing with the Moon by Emma Després

is published by I AM Self-Publishing and is

out now.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a yoga teacher and Reiki master, local mum Emma is very much in

tune with energies and connected to all things holistic. At 36, after a year

of trying (and failing) to conceive, her fears were confirmed: she and

her husband were told they may never have children. Humbled by this

sobering truth, she realised she’d have to throw herself into the world of

science, hook, line and sinker, if there was any chance of motherhood.

It was against all of her instincts and everything she believes in, but it was

the only way. Emma doesn’t normally take any medicines and suddenly

was injecting herself with synthetic hormones, having the most invasive

of examinations, and manipulating her hormonal system with drugs.

Of the book Emma says that, 'Although different for each couple, IVF is an

incredibly challenging and exhausting process, both physically, mentally

and emotionally. I hope that in sharing how I navigated my way through

the process, I can help other women feel more at ease and, crucially, able

to maintain a positive mindset on their own IVF journeys.'

EMMA

DESPRÉS

Did you always hope to a write?

Yes, from childhood I had

always hoped to write a book.

If not, what did you want to

be when you grew up?

I also wanted to be a teacher.

Who are your favourite

three authors?

Tricky question! I love the books

rather than the authors. So, three

of the most impactful books I have

read in recent years might include

Dawna Markova’s 'I Will Not Die

an Unlived Life', Paul Kalanithi’s

‘When Breath Becomes Air’,

and Sharon Blackie’s ‘If Women

Rose Rooted’. I’m partial to the

poetry of Lalla, Hafiz and Rumi

too. And Pema Chodron makes

Buddhism very accessible.

What genre do you most

enjoy reading and why?

Biography. I love reading about

other people’s lives, there is

always something to learn

from them, wisdom to gain.

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What time of day is best

for you as a writer?

Early morning, the earlier the

better, when the sun is rising,

the energy is light, and the only

sound is the birds singing.

How do you overcome the

proverbial ‘writer’s block’?

Yoga helps to let the grip of my

mind go a bit, so that there might

be some space for insight - the

insight generally arrives later when

I’m cycling, swimming or walking.

What made you decide to write

Dancing with the Moon?

Well I was pregnant at the time,

with my youngest son, Eben, and

I was aware that an increasing

number of Reiki and yoga students

were approaching me who were

experiencing fertility issues, and

I was often repeating my story to

them. I decided to blog about it so

that I could direct women there

instead. These blog postings took

on their own energy, and before

too long I had a sense that perhaps

I could put the postings together

for a book, but at that point I

didn’t have a conclusion. Then

Eben was born, and the manner in

which this unfolded gave me the

perfect conclusion. I realised soon

after his birth that I had a book – I

just needed to finish writing it!

Have you heard form

people who have read

Dancing with the Moon?

Yes, I have. One Saturday

afternoon I popped into Forest

Stores and as I was waiting to be

served, a lady rushed over to me

to ask if I was Emma Després. I

confirmed that I was she and the

lady excitedly told me that she was

THIS OVERWHELMING

NEED TO WRITE A BOOK

DOESN’T JUST STOP

WHEN YOU’VE WRITTEN

THE FIRST BOOK, THIS

JUST FURTHER FUELS

THE PASSION

pregnant from IVF and that my

book had really helped navigate

her IVF journey. I was rather taken

aback as I had no idea who she

was, and how she might have

worked out who I was either! I was

delighted for her, and chuffed to

bits that the book had helped her.

A couple of other ladies have been

kind enough to share with me how

much my book has helped them

too, and there are a number of

positive reviews on Amazon that

support this. I’m really grateful for

the positive feedback, it makes

all the hard work worth it!

What was the most challenging

aspect of this book?

The seemingly endless editing

and re-reading. I was sick

to death of reading and rereading

through it by the end!

Where is your favourite place in

Guernsey and why?

Until about ten years ago, having

grown up on the West Coast,

it was, without doubt, high tide

Vazon on a summer’s evening,

with the sun setting. However

since moving to St Andrew's,

my other favourite place is Petit

Bot; nothing beats a high tide

early morning swim here - we’ve

usually got the beach to ourselves,

especially in winter, so there is

a real sense of freedom and of

belonging, we almost know the

Petit Bot ducks by name!

What’s your fondest memory of

Guernsey as a youngster?

Endless summer days spent on

Richmond beach with my brother,

Ross, and our cousins, Katherine,

Julian and Mark. We were like

the famous five at least in our

minds! We had so much fun!

What do you wish you’d known

before becoming a writer?

That this overwhelming need to

write a book doesn’t just stop

when you’ve written the first book,

this just further fuels the passion.

What advice would you give to

any budding authors?

Write. I know that’s not original

advice but if you don’t start writing,

then you will never publish a book.

Don’t worry about how you might

write a best seller, and how you

might get the book published,

because then you’ll never start.

Just write what is in your heart,

the words that have to be written

and the rest will take care of itself.

Have you any other projects in

the pipeline?

Well I published another book,

'Namaste’, about nine months

ago. I’d been working on that

book for 11 long years. It details

my trek to Everest Base Camp

with an organised group, little

did I realise when I signed

up however that I would be

accompanied by two other

Guernsey folk. Even up Everest

I couldn’t achieve anonymity

and I’m sure the other people

in our group got sick of hearing

us three talk about Guernsey!

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THE ALADDINS CAVE

KIDS’ COLOURING COMPETITION

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And The Home of Wheadon’s Gin

Guernsey’s Bella Luce is the Gin Hotel, and the

perfect destination for a spirited stay. Located in

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Join the Wheadon’s Gin team for a distillery

experience ranging from twice-weekly “gin-troductory”

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Dine evenings, and let them take you on a gin journey.

Wheadon’s Gin is available to purchase duty-free

onboard all Aurigny flights.

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In-Flight

SkySnacks

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

Yogurt

Crunch

SWEETS

£2

EACH

Dairy Milk Duo, Maltesers Big Bag,

or 4 Finger Kit Kat

BAR DRINKS

Echo Falls

£4.50

White or Rosé 18.75cl

Live for the Journey

£4.50

Red 18.75cl

Lunetta Prosecco

£6 200ml

Magners Cider or

Carlsberg Lager

£4.50 330ml

2 FOR

£7

2 FOR

£7

2 FOR

£10

SOFT DRINKS

150ml

Coca Cola or Diet Coke

£1

EACH

150ml

Britvic Orange or Tomato Juice

150ml

Schweppes Lemonade or

Canada Dry Ginger Ale

150ml

Slimline Tonic Water

or Tonic Water

200ml

Robinsons Fruit Shoot £1.50

500ml

Still Spring Water £1.50

SNACKS

£1.50

EACH

Pringles

Original or

Sour Cream & Chive

Mini Cheddars

Sea Salted

Pretzels

McVities

Shortbread

£1

EACH

£2

EACH

2 FOR

£7

Spirits 50ml £5

Bacardi, Courvoisier,

Gordon’s, Jack Daniel's,

Smirnoff Red,

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Pimm's

£4.50

250ml

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AND

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Hot drink and

Kit Kat OR

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Shortbread AND Beer, Cider, AND

OR Dairy Milk

Wine OR Pimm's a soft drink

£4 £3 £6 £2.50 £3.50 £2

Soft drink

AND Kit Kat

OR Maltesers

OR Dairy Milk

ALLERGENS

Please be aware that some of our products may contain allergens and some of our customers may bring onboard their own products containing allergens.

If you are susceptible to serious complications arising from allergens it is your responsibility to make our cabin crew aware of this immediately.

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Duty-Free

On board

DUTY FREE

£16

EACH

or 2 FOR

£26

SPIRITS 1 Litre

Gordon’s London Dry Gin

£10 each or 2 FOR £18

The Famous Grouse Whisky

£10 each or 2 FOR £18

MIX & MATCH

Famous Grouse

Whisky or

Gordon's Dry Gin

for

£18

£10

EACH

or 2 FOR

£18

Bombay Sapphire Gin

£16 each or 2 FOR £26

Smirnoff Blue Vodka

£12 each or 2 FOR £20

£12

EACH

or 2 FOR

£20

CIGARETTES & TOBACCO

Golden Virginia Tobacco 5 x 50g £35

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

WHEADON'S

GIN 70cl

A premium artisan

gin distilled in very small

batches handcrafted

in Guernsey

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

PLEASE NOTE:

Items will not be exchanged/refunded,

please check your duty free purchases

before departing the aircraft.

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