Key Innovation Stakeholders in the Falkland Islands
The progress made with the Falkland Islands Innovation Strategy and the Pilot Project can be attributed to the support it has received from the local business community. Throughout the life of the project, from the assembly of the Advisory Board to the organisation of the Innovation Workshop, business owners and business managers have committed time and effort to help move the project forward. The level of support is exemplified in the number of entrepreneurs and managers who attended the Falkland Islands Innovation Workshop on the 16th October 2015.
The Falkland Islands Innovation Strategy and the Pilot Project were wholly inspired by the comments and feedback provided by the 40 workshop attendees. Once Government approval had been received for the strategy, the first task was seek the official buy-in from the business community. The Falkland Islands Chamber of Commerce, the Rural Business Association, the Falkland Islands Fishing Companies Association, the Falkland Islands Tourist Board and the Falkland Islands Petroleum Licensees Association represent a large percentage of the businesses in the Falklands. Each organisation was approached to provide official support for the strategy and each agreed. The Chamber of Commerce replied enthusiastically with “whatever you need Michael!”. The Innovation project had introduced a new period of cross-sectorial collaboration.