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August 2019

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Climate change has become the hot topic for governments and policy makers, with global warming already leading to potentially irreversible changes to our environment and landscape. Whilst addressing the problem requires a global response, international policy measures, protocols and accords must both benefit and influence the national energy policies, if we are to have any influence on reducing the impact of global warming, and the accompanied rise in sea levels.

Guernsey Green Finance is already putting us on the international stage, and is sending a message to the world about our approach to climate change, and other environmental issues. We talk to the Chairman of the IoD Guernsey Branch, John Clacy about this year’s conference topic, which asks ‘How can Guernsey help in the Global Climate Change Crisis?’

Change is imperative if businesses are to continue to grow and thrive. Mergers and acquisitions as a growth strategy are becoming commonplace within the local finance sector, with some major takeover deals going through in recent months. Find out more about why Butterfield is following an aggressive acquisition path on page 4.

We are lucky in Guernsey to be able to pick up the phone and secure a GP appointment within 24 hours – unlike patients in the UK who seem to face weeks of waiting for a nonurgent consultation at their local surgery. We have all read or heard some of the alleged crisis stories of primary care in the UK. A new company in Guernsey aims to alleviate some of that pressure within a sector of the healthcare industry, by creating an alternative primary care ‘on the high street’ facility.

Based on the Specsavers’ joint venture partnership model, First Contact Health hopes to be opening its first UK clinics in 2020. We spoke to its co-founder Ranjan Vhadra. See more on page 26.

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