"I do not favour Party Politics, I favour TEAM Politics - working together for Jersey"
"I am not a very political politician - I prefer to use common sense, reason and emotion" ...
"I like to help people and the office of Senator offers a great capacity to do that"
"My politics are not about left vs right or socialism vs capitalism, my politics are about hope, health, vigour, vitality and opportunity for all"
"States Members should realise that Politics is about serving their Island and not themselves ... "
I was very pleased to help launch the JeCC awards this morning in Jersey. The awards ceremony will take place in October 2016. Full details can be obtained from JeCC Awards 2016 – Nominations and Toolkit I attach a copy of my speech: Launch of the 2016 Jersey Construction Awards Good morning – Thank you for […]
The latest set of econmic indicators for Jersey have been released. The results show that, not withstanding the worlds economic challenges, Jersey’s economy continues to perform steadily. Real-Term GDP per head grew by 3% Inflation was at 0.9% in December 2015 Real-Term Average Earnings grew by 0.8% in 2015 Retail Sales grew by 2% in […]
I will not be supporting the proposition (P3/2016) of the Constable of St Helier at this stage as I would like all of the shortlisted sites to be subject to full public consultation and scrutiny. Please do not misinterpret my position as being in favour of the People’s Park. I would like to make it […]
The rural economy has a major impact on the landscape and environment of the Island providing a real sense of place and purpose. It is essential that our vision for the countryside provides rural businesses with stability and certainty. Our vision must recognise the economic, environmental and social importance of the sector whilst encouraging businesses […]
Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or […]
In the 12 months since taking office, in addition to business as usual across the whole portfolio, the Economic Development Department has delivered a number of projects. In March, Visit Jersey opened for business and assumed responsibility for marketing the Island and has since delivered the first Tourism Strategy for over ten years. In July […]
I am pleased to be able announce that thanks to the support and efforts of Jersey Business Limited Jersey will be participating for the first time in ‘Small Business Saturday’. ‘Small Business Saturday’ is a highly successful global campaign that originated in the USA in 2010 and in the UK in 2013 and is focussed […]
Event-led tourism is seen by many jurisdictions as an important part of their tourism strategy. For some time the further development of event-led tourism has been cited as an important element of the renaissance of Jersey’s visitor economy. In this context, “events” include a broad range of sporting, cultural and more traditional tourist events such […]
PFCO October 2015 – Latest Inflation figures published by Stats office of +0.1% is lower than expected. Underlying inflation as measured by RPIX is the lowest on record (since 2000). This is encouraging. Fuel bills, fares/travel, motoring, household goods, clothing and food prices all lower than in June and all (except fares and travel) below […]
The Jersey International Air Display. The Economic Development Department (EDD) provides the air display grant of 90k to the Ports of Jersey (POJ) who organise the event in partnership with Jersey International Air Display Limited (JIAD). Full and detailed accounts of the JIAD are published annually. I agreed to utilise Tourism Development fund (TDF) funds […]
Islanders will be aware of operational problems that have arisen again with the Condor Liberation in recent days. Whilst delays and cancellations earlier in the week were weather-related, today’s cancellations are as a result of technical problems with the vessel. I have included below an update from Condor Ferries received on Saturday 19th September 2015 […]
And so the 2015 Nat West Island games draw to a close with a vibrant closing ceremony where thousands of new friends partied together and said au revoir until we all reconvene on the special island of Gotland in 2017. Congratulations of the highest order have to go to everybody, yes everybody on Jersey because […]
I was delighted to have been given the opportunity to talk to the Jersey Chamber of Commerce outlining my policy and position on growing Jersey’s economy and attach my speech (below). I would like to thank the Jersey Chamber of Commerce and all who attended. Draft Speech to the Jersey Chamber of Commerce – 11th […]
As many of us know, on 9th May every year Jersey celebrates the anniversary of the Liberation of the Island from the German occupation forces of World War II. Considered as Jersey’s very own ‘National Day’, Liberation Day 70 will be celebrated on Saturday 9th May 2015 and will commence with a Freedom march – […]
Bermuda, Jersey and other British offshore finance centres would have six months to open their books or face international blacklisting if Labour wins the general election, Labour Leader Ed Miliband has declared. He obviously does not know that: 1. Jersey has been providing law enforcement & tax authorities around the world with information on beneficial ownership for many […]
By Geoff Cook – The JEP Thursday 29 January front page carries the headline, “Finance job losses are expected”, based on the latest Business Tendency Survey results, and the paper goes on to suggest that the survey contradicts comments regarding employment prospects made at the Jersey Finance annual review on the 28 January. It could […]
Jersey’s Council of Ministers has set out their strategic priorities for 2015 – 2018. The four key areas are: Health and Wellbeing, Education, Economic Growth and Jobs and St Helier: Click here to view a short video introduction to the strategic priorities
Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, The British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, went to Washington with his chiefs of staff to meet President Roosevelt and the American military leaders and coordinate plans for the defeat of the common enemy. On Christmas Eve Churchill broadcast to the world from the […]
The value of small businesses to the development of the economy is often overlooked or under estimated. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is a UK and British Isles wide initiative which exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses on the 6th December 2014 and beyond. “Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns […]
I am pleased to have been appointed to the post of Minister for Economic Development by the States of Jersey on Friday 7th November 2014 – thank you to all who have placed their confidence in me. The new Economic Development Department will bring together responsibility for tourism, retail, sport, culture, gambling and the lottery, […]