Maximising Business Opportunities in Guernsey: A Panel Discussion

Join us for an interactive round table discussion packed with information on starting and sustaining your very own venture!

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The Digital Greenhouse

During Global Entrepreneurship Week we will be joined by local industry leaders to discuss the results of the survey Black Vanilla Ltd and the Digital Greenhouse Guernsey launched in September of this year, and key information for entrepreneurs.  

The survey explores Guernsey's entrepreneurial landscape and the challenges small and start-up businesses face, with up-to-date experiences told by Guernsey's entrepreneurs. In this event, we will explore the challenges and advantages for entrepreneurs setting up a business in Guernsey and key areas all founders must mind from our collection of industry experts.

We will explore areas such as handling finance, building and managing your brand, legal responsibilities and contracting, connectivity and infrastructure support systems, business support programmes and community support.


Nichole Culverwell Chart. PR, MCIPR

Director of Black Vanilla
Nichole has over 25 years’ PR experience, working in the UK, Australia and the Channel Islands. Her career has included in-house and large agency roles, working with a wide variety of clients across the health, retail and financial services sectors. 
Nichole set up her first PR business over 15 years ago in London and now runs Black Vanilla, a Channel Islands communications agency.
Nichole is a CIPR Chartered Public Relations Practitioner and has a CIPR Specialist Diploma in Crisis Communications. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Channel Islands CIPR Committee, sits on the CIPR Knowledge Panel and is a member of the Guernsey IoD Committee.

Lucy Ann Kirby

Director, Digital Greenhouse

Lucy is the Director of the Digital Greenhouse, driving the development and growth of Guernsey’s digital and entrepreneurial ecosystem through the Digital Greenhouse's range of programmes.

With a background in education, she has undertaken Masters research into future skills development, adoption and integration of technology. Lucy has also just completed postgraduate research with the University of Deakin in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Wayne Atkinson

Partner, Collas Crill

Wayne heads up Collas Crill's Guernsey Corporate, Finance & Funds team. He works with a broad range of regulated entities and local businesses on fundraising, transaction and investment structuring as well as commercial contracts and mergers and acquisitions.

As one of the leaders of Collas Crill's risk and regulatory team he also regularly advises businesses on regulatory compliance including money-laundering issues, listing rules requirements, competition law, data protection, ESG matters and Guernsey financial services regulation more generally.

Matthew Leach

News Editor at the Bailiwick Express

Matthew Leach is the News Editor at the Bailiwick Express. Matthew will be compere for the panel discussion. 

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