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December/January 2023/24

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January 2024 marks six years since Bailiwick Express launched its Guernsey news service, with Connect magazine being published in the island for the first time in February of 2018 too.

Our existence in Guernsey - having originally launched in Jersey with a pan island magazine - was down to two entrepreneurs in the media sphere. One from a journalistic background and one bringing the creative talents. Now, six years after expanding into Guernsey, our company has merged with the Jersey Evening Post and All Island Media has been launched to bring all of our different facets together. It’s a very exciting time for all of us as plans are made for the future, while remaining true to what we have always set out to do.

Much like the Connect and Express story is down to two entrepreneurs, the story of Core Fund Services is down to two men. They first met to discuss their plans over a beer at the Rocky and are now experiencing the growth of their business. We met Dave Davison to find out how year one in business went, and the smile on his face spoke for itself.

Entrepreneurship comes in different guises and we’ve also spent some more time with Sophie Marquis, who as well as being an expert gemmologist is a yoga teacher. Her story is full of sparkles for the festive season.

It might not be beach weather for most of us, but you may see Naomi or Ben Tustin out on the shoreline gathering vraic for their business during these wintry months. With a book out explaining all the different uses of seaweed it was a pleasure to meet with them to learn more about their industry.

In building businesses, one must look to the future and that includes training the next generation of super stars. In that, work experience is a key component and I was pleased to take George Crawford with me on some interviews when he spent some time with us recently. He joined me for a taster session with Mike Meinke of Machine Like Me fitness. Read George’s take on that, along with mine, and if you get the chance to work out with Mike we can both guarantee you’ll enjoy it too!

Kevin Harris, Director at Close Finance, spoke with us about borrowing and lending and with that being something all entrepreneurs need to consider he’s got some sage advice to share whatever your business may be.

Entrepreneurship often extends beyond the board room, and that’s clear when we met with John and Julia Singer to find out more about their life in Herm. We’ve also helped the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation celebrate its 20th anniversary - a charity which has exceeded all expectations and has a strong foundation to carry on well in to the future to help many more babies and children.

With the festive period upon us, many people will be out socialising more than normal. Our Community Champion for this issue is Poppy Murray - who has made it her life’s mission to improve safety for everyone. She deserves our thanks as well as our praise for all she’s done to create slogans, build campaigns and raise awareness of these important issues affecting all of us.

There’s much more sparkle in this issue too - with a lookback over the Diwali celebrations in Guernsey. Something our photographer, Milly Mallender thoroughly enjoyed.

If you’d like to share an idea, a thought or an event with us, drop us an email (addresses to the left of here!) and we’d be delighted to meet you in the new year.

2024 is going to be good for all of us, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

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