Enterprise Week 2016 Report



On behalf of Jersey Business, I’m delighted to share with you the summary and output from Jersey Business’s Enterprise Week 2016. I hope you find this both thought provoking and informative.

This is the third year we have hosted Enterprise Week and 2016 was bigger and better than ever, demonstrating that Jersey is truly focused on growth through sharing best practice both locally and globally.

With 10 events scheduled over six business days, involving 36 speakers of whom nine were international speakers, at eight different venues and supported by 10 partner organisations, we saw over 550 business delegates taking time out to focus on how businesses need to evolve in order to succeed in an ever changing global environment.

Of course the participation and commitment of our business community is essential to making these events such a success and so I would like to thank you for your involvement. As I am sure you will appreciate organising events such as these takes a huge amount of time and effort and my sincere thanks go out to my team, our partner organisations and speakers for creating such a stimulating Enterprise Week.

Enjoy the read!

Graeme Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Executive Summary

About Enterprise Week

Enterprise Week 2016 was held from 13 to 20 May.  The programme of events was framed by an opening seminar which discussed the unique characteristics of island communities and the opportunities these create for innovation, leadership and change in Jersey.  Further seminars throughout the rest of the week focused on specific industry sectors in order to explore the Future of Enterprise more closely.

Participants in the week-long series of seminars and events shared their views on questions such as:

About this report

This report summarises the key messages from Enterprise Week.  We could never hope to capture everything here but we hope this report serves as a reminder of the issues and discussions that were held during the week. We also hope it serves as a reference point for others who did not participate but are interested to join the discussion as part of widening engagement in the issues that matter the most to growing enterprise in Jersey.

Key Messages

Discussions during Enterprise Week were rich and varied and had some common themes in relation to the speed of change globally and locally and the opportunities for growth and innovation this can create. These themes have been used to bring together some of the main messages that have implications for the future of enterprise in Jersey and which were discussed in detail during the week.

In summarising and explaining the three key themes that emerged during the week, the comments below are those shared by participants and not necessarily those of Jersey Business, however, they reflect the debate at an island level for business and the economy and then for individuals themselves:

Innovation and change

For collaboration

For leadership

Download the Enterprise Week 2016 Report.

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