‘Is Guernsey doing enough to sell itself to the outside world?’

GUERNSEY’S long-term future as regards health, wealth and happiness, and more immediate concerns about the way it sells itself to the outside world, will be under examination at this year’s Institute of Directors mid-term event next week.

IoD vice-chairman John Clacy

IoD vice-chairman John Clacy who will be a panellist at the seminar, said that at times the island was showing itself to be ‘its own worst enemy’.

He highlighted concerns about how Jersey was seemingly leaving the island behind with its business sales message – reflected by some within the States – and asked whether the island was doing enough on external sales and ‘presenting its best face to achieve economic prosperity’.

Although the States is investing in Locate Guernsey, Guernsey Finance, Visit Guernsey and the Digital Greenhouse, Mr Clacy said: ‘Are we all delivering the same strong, consistent message? Just how attractive is Guernsey looking and how do we compare in such competitive times?’

The mid-term event, which has become an annual fixture, follows on six months after the 2016 IoD Convention, which took its focus from Deputy Gavin St Pier’s long-term objective of health, wealth and happiness for the island and its people and was deliberately forward-looking.

That theme will continue but the discussion will also focus on the way the island is promoting itself to the outside world.

The event, sponsored by Carey Olsen and HSBC, will take place on Wednesday 5 April at St James with registration from 7.45am and a finish time of 9.45am. Tickets cost £15, including breakfast, and can be booked via Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2mHlgyN.

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Seems more like a few want to sell its soul.


More suit driven nonsense

It is worrying that many in the "business community" seem to believe that we should "sell" ourselves like Jersey.

They appear to have mistaken the word sell for the word prostitute.

It does show the complete lack of imagination at the heart of government and the business community that they can only glance at a debt ridden, badly run shambles miles away and say "we are being left behind - we need to be like them"

These people make me weep with despair - they will create a societal shambles then retreat into their gated ghettos whilst raising taxation in order to get us to pay for their ineptitude when it all goes horribly wrong.

Looks like we are being prepared for a United Channel Islands - with Jersey setting the agenda.

These drones just don't get it at all - post-Brexit and post-Fintach we will be toast - we need to look to none finance based opportunities in order to prepare for our futures.

I mean - should we really expect the clowns who got us into the 2008 mess to be our saviours ?


If indeed Guernsey is post-Finance when we're post-Brexit and post-Fintech then this will be a desperate place to live. Finance (and related industries) deliver >70% of GDP and we have no specific skills or resources to replace even a significant fraction of that.

Life after Finance (not that that will happen) would be a choice of huge class sizes, private health care, ageing infrastructure and slashed benefits....or huge taxes for the short period they could be sustained.

Guernsey has a great skills base, an almost-unmatched ability to flex quickly to suit changes in circumstance, and should be looking at the best ways to take advantage of the current situation.

Should we be looking to 'sell ourselves' internationally, in a sort of common message broadcast? Probably not.

Should each business be looking at what opportunities are arising that their clients might benefit from? Absolutely. And they probably already are, with or without prompting from the IoD and SoG.

100% Donkey


I don't agree with many of your posts - you're 'slightly' left of where I stand, but I agree 100% with you on this one.

These guys line up like a load of daleks spewing out the same dribble about this Island becoming a business park. It is first and foremost an Island Home and whilst we all want Guernsey to prosper, there are forces at work and we have zero control over them.

I might be wrong and if I am I will stand up and be counted, but I think the Brexit negotiations will very quickly highlight how vulnerable these Islands are and how removed we are from the UK Government's agenda.

All this 'Open for Business' and 'follow Jersey' cr*p will soon be shown for what it is - cheap talk.


The same clowns that brought the wealth to the Island in the first place, the same clowns that allow you to make a living, the same clowns that mean you can live in a prosperous and affluent society. In case you haven't noticed growing tomatoes and running guest houses isn't a realistic pastime anymore.


Good morning Progress and Eric

A very complacent post from Eric and very lazy reposte from Progress I am afraid.

The problem is, is that ever since finance reared its head in the early 80's our politicians have done nothing other than leap on the gravy train.

Go back to the Berry / Langlois years and ask yourself did they ever look at any alternative - no - they dived in and made themselves very comfortable.

Look at the current P&R Council and ask yourself - "where do their own personal circumstances and interests lie".

We have been led down a path that has created a monolithic economy that has pandered to a select 5,000 or so.

I myself worked in the circus for about 5 years before walking out - the amount of dysfunctional management, egotistical self-interest and blatant anti-Guernsey people taunting (racism ?) that I saw would make you cringe.

I cannot for obvious reasons tell you where I currently work but let me tell you - I am able to look into the playpen and believe you me things are not good.

Ask yourself this - why are there so many Advocates now ?

Brexit will bring huge changes and probable job migrations - Fintach will delete many of the remaining back office positions in the years to come - and, no indians no chiefs.

Where is the creative and lateral thinking that should be bringing new, non-finance related business here ?

Where is our food security ? We are a couple of cancelled boat trips or terrorist attack lock-downs away from hunger.

DJ Kev tried to expand our horizons bless him and look what happened to him - you now have millionaire Ferbrache wanting to spent YOUR taxes on vanity projects (runway extention) and apeing the debt ridden, over-populated Home County that is Jersey.

I have said this before and I will say it again - Guernsey will not be a pleasant place to grow old in.

The future is very bleak - and our sole plan is....

Copy Jersey !


you mean the clowns that sold our soul to the devil so they could reap the benefits. I suppose the stupid Guernsey people would never have thought of a different way to make a living on their own eh!


Well, Castelian,

Evidently those Guernsey folk did not come up with an alternative way of making a living!

The truth is that UK Government recognised that post WW2 and the demise of the Empire, many of the "British Overseas Territories" would find it very hard going.

For that reason, a 'blind eye' was turned to many jurisdictions, including the Channel Islands, various small Carribbean Islands, IoM, Gibralta and others, allowing them to set up off-shore businesses and financial institutions which were, effectively, tax evasion entities.

That all worked very well - there was a Revenue loss to the UK but that was small beer compared to the costs of direct subsidy.

It all went wrong when the likes of States of Guernsey amended laws to allow gross abuse of the system ( like the VAT scam which was originally for Cut Flowers but ended up distorting the whole recorded music/film distribution market).

Now, with the uncertainty of the Brexit outcome and the likes of both Guernsey and Jersey taking increasingly large bites out of HMRC's heels, we may end up with little option but to become remote parts of Hampshire!


Dick Turpin, what I meant is that necessity is the mother of all invention, if there had not been a finance industry, I am pretty sure we would have found something else. Perhaps we would have gone 'silicon valley' instead or something completely new.