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April 2018

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Wherever you stand on the population debate, there is no doubt that our ageing demographic creates economic challenges for the island going forward. Guernsey’s population policy aims to support businesses to thrive. But is that the reality? Not everyone is convinced – you can read more on page 4 about the recruitment issues some small businesses are facing.

Perhaps part of a solution is a fresh approach to apprentice-style in-house training, extending it beyond the traditional trade sectors into the corporate arena. This is something that KPMG has successfully introduced as part of its recruitment strategy, taking on a young intern with key digital skills that all businesses will need, as digital technology continues to play an increasingly significant part in everything we do. Find out more on page 22.

For the bookworms amongst you, the 2018 Guernsey Literary Festival is a ‘not to be missed’ event. Some great names – including a few locally-born authors - will be visiting the island in May and if past events are anything to go by, we are all in for a treat. And as a bonus, the team is running some extra sessions to mark the long-awaited release of the Guernsey Literary & Potato Pie Society film. The tourism industry hopes that the film will be of real benefit to the sector, building awareness of and interest in the island as a visitor destination. More details in the Soul Food column on page 44.

With the arrival of spring, thoughts might turn to holiday planning. We find out on page 32 what Waves’ plans are for the future, with its aim of delivering an über- style air transport between the islands, and to northern France.

Enjoy Guernsey Connect. 

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