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December 2019/January 2020

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The end of a year is a time for both reflection and looking ahead. It’s a stereotypical and clichéd statement, but it’s also true, and without wanting to sound grandiose, Guernsey is on the cusp of something that could be really big.

5G promises a lot of opportunity for the island. Super, super fast mobile data will open the way for all sorts of technologies straight out of a Sci-Fi novel, and also a whole host of new business ideas. The best thing about it is that the one innate disadvantage Guernsey faces in business – being an island – is irrelevant for digital businesses, because the new promised connection speeds mean Hong Kong, London, or Los Angeles will be just milliseconds away. Inside, you will find an in-depth interview with Sure’s Chief Executive explaining what it all means, and where we are on the road to roll out.

While 5G is most definitely in the future, we also took a chance to stop and reflect this edition. The two directors of Aladdin’s Cave sat down with us to speak about what it was like running a true family business in 2019, especially in the run up to Christmas. The Cave – Guernsey’s most well-known department store – has just celebrated its 40th anniversary. From having started out as a camp site with a tiny shop selling related  equipment, the business grew and grew, always tackling new problems with the customer at the forefront of their mind. They are a genuine example of a Guernsey business grown from the bottom up, and I think it’s fair to say anyone running a company could learn a thing or two from their journey.

Of course, for Guernsey to be a desirable location for people to want to bring their business and businesses, the island also has to offer attractive living conditions. One of the key things people look for – especially coming from the UK with its NHS – is the health system. Everyone deals with doctors at some point, but not everyone really understands what it entails. And who better to give us the ins and outs of exactly what our health system offers than a doctor, after all? To dig into that, we sat down with Dr Mat Dorrian.

Enjoy Guernsey Connect.

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