New CGi chairman prefers quiet diplomacy approach

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THE new chairman of the Confederation of Guernsey Industry has said he wants to spend his first few months in office getting to know the membership.

Clive McMinn has taken on the senior role at the industry representative body after retiring from a career in accountancy and marine management.

He has stepped straight into the ongoing dispute over the effectiveness of the island's new population management regime, where the CGi has taken a lead role in opposing the proposals, particularly with concerns about the future for short-term licence holders.

'Many businesses have established a stable workforce of staff whose repeated returns over many years have enabled them to become skilled and valued workers,' Mr McMinn said, in defence particularly of businesses as wide-ranging as care homes, transport providers, hospitality and horticulture.

It has been a rapid introduction into the front line of business relations with government.

But Mr McMinn, who has been in Guernsey for nearly 40 years, having moved to the island from Manchester as a recently-qualified accountant in the 1970s, said he favoured 'quiet diplomacy' rather than 'banner waving'.

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