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A Christmas list

A Christmas list

and seasonal message to the new Chief Minister and Council of Ministers

Dear Santa Senator Gorst,

Congratulations on your re-election.  As we reach the end of another year, here are five small things
I would like to find in my Christmas stocking…

  1. Urgent review of controls over employment of non-locals. Businesses need people who have relevant skills, expertise, ideas and ambitions, and this needs to be balanced against concerns over the impact of immigration.  Think creatively about how to approach this, for example short term entrepreneurial visas.
  2. Greater investment in targeted incentives to attract and support new start-ups and early stage businesses.
  3. A framework for a coherent tax policy; avoid piecemeal tax measures that increase complexity and erode Jersey’s attractiveness as a place to do business.
  4. Urgent action to match the skills of islanders with the requirements of businesses, in particular focusing on secondary education. It would be great if measures to explore enhanced cooperation between schools and business were explored jointly between government and business leaders.
  5. The announcement of measures in the States sector to enhance efficiencies, affordability and modernisation and carry these through to urgent action.

With some signs of economic recovery, the time is right for bold and decisive action to help businesses at each stage of the life cycle to prosper and grow.  My wish list is well aligned with the priorities you set out in your post-election statement, and much is being done already, but there is no room for complacency and I would urge you not to let budgetary constraints blow us off course. Economic growth is the only sustainable answer for long term quality of life in Jersey, particularly with an aging population.

Merry Christmas to all!

Wendy Dorman
Chair, IoD Jersey