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Healthspan and Blue Islands Founder dies

Healthspan and Blue Islands Founder dies

Wednesday 05 August 2020

Healthspan and Blue Islands Founder dies

Tributes have started to pour in for Healthspan and Blue Islands Founder Derek Coates, who has died aged 72.

The influential businessman passed away peacefully at his home.


Mr Coates was educated at Elizabeth College before heading to university, where he studied psychology and then did a post-graduate course in business administration and marketing, a field in which he forged a highly successful career in the UK. 

Following a brief "retirement" in his late 30s, Mr Coates moved back to Guernsey, where he founded Healthspan, which he turned into a leading vitamin supplier. 

He then set up Vista Hotels Ltd with the Fermain Valley Hotel and Braye Beach Hotel in Alderney. 

Mr Coates went on to purchase the 'Rockhopper' airline in 2004, which was renamed and rebranded as Blue Islands in 2006.

He remained heavily involved with the Channel Islands-based airline for over a decade, during which time there was an attempt to purchase Aurigny in 2011. The airline has recently rebranded itself again, with the backing of a £10m loan from the States of Jersey, following the collapse of its long-time franchise partner Flybe. 

Pictured top: Healthspan and Blue Islands Founder Derek Coates has died. 

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