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October/November 2019

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Take a minute to reflect on how things have changed in the last 20 years. One of the biggest differences has to be the prevalence of technology. At this point it has become blindingly obvious that it is everywhere, from computers, to smartphones to cellular data keeping us connected to the internet at all times.

Revolution in the technology sector has created an exponential amount of new business opportunities. Right now, for example, 5G is on the horizon, and Guernsey is vying to have one of the first slices of the pie, looking to get its infrastructure in place just next year. Leading the way in that is the island’s biggest telecom provider, Sure. We sat down over a bite to eat (P34) with its CEO, Ian Kelly, to get the inside scoop on the future of connectivity and the ever-increasing need for cyber security services.

If Guernsey wants to be a leader online, it needs to have physical connectivity to the rest of the world. Nothing is more important in that regard than the island’s air links, and Aurigny is at the heart of it. Owned by the States to secure our link to Gatwick, the company is in turbulent times. Money is being lost faster than ever, and things are reaching breaking point. There are few people better placed to talk about Aurigny than former Chief Minister Lyndon Trott (P4). In a revealing interview, he took some time to speak to us about buying the airline was the right decision, and what he thinks needs to happen next.

Speaking at a conference put on by Julius Bär which we were able to attend  (P16), the international wealth management firm’s Global head of research, Christian Gattiker, gave his expert opinion on the world’s economy right now. He spoke about what was changing on the stock markets, and where investors and portfolio managers should be looking going forwards. The answer to that question was to look east, to China. Happening right now in the east is the Rugby World Cup, being hosted in Japan. Guernsey is home to a rugby team – the Raiders – who are right now on top of their game. While being successful is hard enough, being landlocked on a small island is only harder, so to answer the question of how it is done, Head Coach Jordan Reynolds gave us some time to talk about his role (P26).

Enjoy Guernsey Connect.

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