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Globally, we seem to be on the cusp of something huge, as I am writing this. A virus has suddenly swept across the planet, and people are either panicking, or trying not to. But as usual, business must go on, even if the stock markets are having a less than ideal time. All I can say at this point is that I hope by the time people are reading this, there is a clear light at the end of the tunnel; but if not, it is essential that business goes on, and so we have assembled a group of interviews to give you some inspiration, and a look at a few of the steps Guernsey’s business world takes to make sure it is top class, no matter what is happening around the world.

One of those steps has come in the form of a relatively new intellectual property law. We sat down with one of the key people who worked on it, and took the time to create a bespoke system for the island. Now in 2020, the time John Ogier and colleagues put into the law is about to pay off. It means Guernsey is in pole position to reap the rewards of any trade deals the UK is able to strike in a post-Brexit world. It means Guernsey will be able to have WTO membership.

On the same front, we thought it might be a good chance to disseminate some business advice as well, because in reality, you might be sitting on a treasure trove when it comes to the IP your business has – Mr Ogier spoke to us about how you might be able to unlock that.

Down in the south, this edition saw us have the unique opportunity to speak to the man doing one of Guernsey’s most famous jobs. When the Wardenship of Lihou became available, it drew attention from all over the world. “The sole resident of a tiny island.” While that isn’t strictly true – if you have ever wondered what life is like for Steve Sarre, this is the magazine for you.

Beyond local laws and local jobs, Guernsey is often visited by truly inspirational people. On this front, the latest Unplugged really delivers. We spoke to Poorna Bell, who had some poignant advice for businesses’ on how they manage their staff’s mental health. A journalist, Ms Bell was speaking at a Guernsey Mind event, and caught up with us beforehand.

You will find much more in this edition as well. Among many other things, we also had the chance to sit down and take a breather with business top dogs Andy Finch and Jane Niles, so that they could share some of their secrets to success.

Enjoy Guernsey Connect.

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