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Island Matters

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Island Matters

  In this blog we aim to keep you up to date with events and important discussions or debates that are taking place around The Island. If you wish to feature an article on this blog or set up a forum to engage members of the community in an important discussion then please get in touch and we’ll take care of the rest. Contact...

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The world’s technologists come together to inspire younger generations

Posted by on 2-02-13 in Our Island's Voice | 0 comments

The world’s technologists come together to inspire younger generations

This is an inspiring video for all technologists, whether already there or aspiring to get there. Watch this video clip. I wrote my first commercial computer game at the age of 15, some ah…hem..31 years ago and so I can sit here and, still being a bit of a geek, I can appreciate what these technologists have to say. Turning The Island into a haven of techno-geeks isn’t the answer to The Island’s problems but we do have the skills amongst us, that the video above describes, and so it isn’t beyond the our wits to put...

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The core skills required for businesses to thrive

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The core skills required for businesses to thrive

This interesting article was found on entrepreneur.com. It details the five types of skills sets that businesses need in order to thrive. All to often small businesses rely upon the owner/manager to play all these roles and invariably this means that they can’t manage to do each role justice; not consistently because they cannot be in all places, all of the time. One of the objectives of Our Island’s Voice is to identify people with these skill sets who may have the capacity to help support businesses on The Island. Either...

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Incubating and funding businesses opportunities on The Island

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Incubating and funding businesses opportunities on The Island

  The kickstart phenomenon, also know as crowd-funding, is taking the online world by storm. With over 500 websites, the most famous being kickstarter.com, more and more entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, authors, filmmakers and other creative folk are turning to crowd-funding. The principles are simple, the project owner pitches to the online community and attempts to gain the minimum amount of cash they need to bring their product or service to market. If enough of the community pledge to buy their product or service then the cash...

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Building an eco-restaurant

Posted by on 2-02-13 in Our Island's Voice | 1 comment

Building an eco-restaurant

  First out of the blocks from the ‘Dine On Sheppey’ stable is an exciting eco-restaurant concept. Made almost entirely from re-purposed items and prominently positioned on The Island, this fine dining experience would be the envy of many communities across the whole of the UK. Using proven eco-building techniques the restaurant would boast some of the most efficient running costs in the industry and would be one of the most sustainable businesses around. It would also look to establish it’s own market garden and support...

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Manufacturing our economic recovery

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Manufacturing our economic recovery

  Economies that are good at making stuff tend to be more resilient in times of hardship and are generally the first to recover when things improve. The Made On Sheppey initiative shows how we can begin to rekindle The Island’s manufacturing heritage and it shows how we don’t need to wait for some global company to come and poor ¬£millions into The Island to get things going. Upcycling or repurposing is in vogue and continues to grow in popularity. Steps are already underway to open an upcycling centre and to create an...

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Creating eco-tourist attractions

Posted by on 2-02-13 in Our Island's Voice | 6 comments

Creating eco-tourist attractions

  Sheppey already attracts many thousands of visitors to its caravan parks but it doesn’t have much in the way of quality hotel space and with the rise in popularity of the Staycation and eco-holidays, we are well placed to develop a range of attractions to cater for a number of different markets. We are blessed with a great nature reserve over at Elmley that already attracts around 20,000 people onto The Island each year. They tend to come on and go straight off The Island without stopping to explore and spend money. This is...

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Putting locally grown produce on the table

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Putting locally grown produce on the table

  It wasn’t that long ago that The Island was self-sufficient for most of its needs,¬†including food. There are a lot more people on The Island today and most of the farmland has been turned over to rape seed, low grade wheat and hay. ‘Grown On Sheppey’ aims to get people growing and producing local food. With a little bit of effort it is possible to make significant savings whilst enjoying the best quality, organically grown, fantastic tasting local produce. Whilst it would be great if we could convince The...

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There are no shortage of opportunities for new business ideas on The Island

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There are no shortage of opportunities for new business ideas on The Island

  Whilst there are many resourceful and skilled people on The Island, there is an increasing number of younger islanders who haven’t had the opportunity to develop their working skill sets. There are just over 1000 businesses on The Island but over 80% of these are micro-businesses who employ 1-5 people. Around 70% of these are sole proprietors who in most cases don’t have scope to employ someone because they barely have enough work coming in to pay their own way. So there is little scope here to pass on their skills. If the...

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