Enterprise St Helena annual report 2016/17
Enterprise St Helena (ESH) launched its second annual report at the Princess Royal Community Care Complex at Ladder Hill on 21st June 2017. The official launch to mark this occasion was presented by Her Excellency the Governor, Lisa Phillips, in the presence of the organisations Board and subcommittee members, the team and other stakeholders who have contributed to the positive performance of the organisation. The event included a presentation on the benefits of being represented at international travel and trade shows earlier this year. Awards and certificates were also presented, and various speeches and announcements were made.
Since 2013, ESH has delivered Phase One of the Department for International Development (DFID) Project. This project supported economic development activities and capital investment relating to developing the private sector. Within the project timeframe, ESH has delivered crucial outcomes which demonstrate the improvement made and the ultimate impact on economic development.
Hon. Lawson Henry, Chairman of the Board of Directors commented on progress and performance, “Despite the many challenges, Enterprise St Helena (ESH) has remained focused and has delivered a solid overall performance not only for the financial year 2016/17 but also over the first phase of the ESH project which commenced in 2013. Looking back, it has been a year of steady progress and achievement. We now look to 2017 with confidence, there is, however, no room for complacency as we approach the eve of air access with weekly commercial flights, it is critical that we continue to receive support from our partners during the transitional period.”
Lawson declared, “I am pleased to announce today that following endorsement from elected members, that St Helena Government and ESH in collaboration with the National Amateur Sports Association, (NASAS), a new project to develop a multi purpose Sports Ground and associated facilities at Bottom Woods which will commence shortly.”
Dr Niall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of Economic Development stated, “At Enterprise St Helena we continue to challenge ourselves about how best we can support St Helena. In partnership with DFID and SHG, we constantly strive to reach out and offer support, whether advisory or financial, to the various sectors on the island and we continue to increase our promotion of St Helena as a Tourism and Investment opportunity. There are many good examples of our work outlined in this publication and evidence of our impact on the island but for us economic development can only be deemed successful when it benefits greater numbers and the quality of life has been enhanced for all in our community.”
Governor Lisa Phillips announced, “A consortium of St. Helena partners (Enterprise St Helena, St Helena Government, St Helena Community College & St Helena National Trust) in collaboration with the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) are organising the islands first environmental conference, ‘Our natural Capital: what is the value of St. Helena’s natural environment?’ it is envisaged that the event will take place at the end of January 2018.
The report includes case studies of two partners in development, SHAPE and St Kebabee’s respectively. Key highlights for 2016/17 can be seen in the opposite schematic.
A copy of the 2016/17 Annual Report can be collected from either the ESH Head Office at Ladder Hill or the Tourist Office in Jamestown. The report can also be found on the organisations website www.investinsthelena.com.
ESH Press Release
21 June 2017