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Expanding our horizons


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HOSE OF you who regularly read our magazine – whether you pick it up from an airport or hotel, receive it personally by post or borrow it from a friend – may have noticed the subtle change in our masthead from businesslife.je to businesslife.co. While this change may not seem all that significant on the surface – you can still expect in-depth, incisive editorial content – what it does indicate is a shift to a more international focus. Not only have we broadened our outlook to examine issues that affect both Jersey and Guernsey individually and on a pan-island basis, but we’ll also be examining in even greater detail how the islands are perceived by and affected by the UK, Europe and further afield. From speaking to leading practitioners on both islands, it has become increasingly clear that there are pressures from outside that affect the Channel Islands as a whole. What’s more, the call for the islands to co-operate more – whether in having a unified postal or telecommunication system or a cohesive


Will 2011 be the year when the Channel Islands start to work more closely together in the face of external pressures?


approach when talking to, for instance, the EU – seems to be louder and is going to have to be heeded at some point soon. In this edition, we take a look at some issues that will have a direct impact on the islands and their businesses – not least the imminent introduction of the Bribery Law in the UK, which has already caused division among many business professionals. We also examine whether the islands would be open to a new method of niche banking that could help struggling smaller businesses. The islands’ relationship with the EU is a theme we will explore in detail in our next issue, where Professor Alistair Sutton will address exactly this. Alistair’s been an adviser on European law and policy for Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man since leaving the European Commission in 1989. It will be an article worth looking out for. But for now, enjoy this issue and have a great festive season and New Year. n


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