Deputy Gavin St Pier, the former chief minister of Guernsey, writes candidly on the challenges of Covid-19 and lockdown in the April edition of Business Brief – which can be read online at www.briefci.com.
He explores the role of the Civil Contingencies Authority, which has spearheaded the Bailiwick’s response to the pandemic.
From Jersey, Deputy Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham gives his perspectives. Describing it as a ‘huge shock’, he talks about how every decision taken was made carefully and always based on the best information and available at the time.
The two articles offer thoughtful insights on how Guernsey and Jersey each went about dealing with Covid-19 and a timely read a year on from the first lockdowns.
Mourant partner John Rochester takes an in-depth look at the real estate winners and losers of Covid-19.
The death of the office is greatly exaggerated, he says, but notes the way we use office space will change.
The future means some time in the office and some time remotely for those able to work flexibly. Some companies will look to downsize, although this is not a new phenomenon. He also talks about the ‘next normal’ after the pandemic as the high street and residential property are areas that come under the spotlight.
Research from D2 Real Estate is another essential read, emphasising that the office is far from dead. Polygon Serviced Offices managing director Alex Belcher offers his insights on how flexibility is key.
Flexible working is a theme that has consistently weaved through the past 12 months. It is fascinating to hear how Equiom, which is one of the biggest finance sector companies in the Channel Islands, has taken this agenda forward. The Guernsey Chamber of Commerce also gives its analysis on flexible working.
Human capital expert Susie Crowder offers her takeaways, including the importance of upskilling. Articles from the bosses of KPMG in Crown Dependencies and Skipton International are must-reads as they reflect on the pandemic. The edition also features contributions from experts at Ravenscroft, JT, Resolution IT and Sure.
Meanwhile, PwC Channel Islands offer a detailed run-through of the recent UK budget from Chancellor Rishi Sunak and what it could mean for Guernsey and Jersey.
Business Brief features the latest news from the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce, the Digital Greenhouse, leadership with Phil Eyre, focuses on entrepreneurship and has a regular round-up of news and business appointments from across the islands.
n You can read it at www.briefci.com.