Pioneer runners get St Helena on the move

The things people will do to get a free T-shirt – like run 15 or more kilometres around Jamestown, for instance (not all at once). Or maybe they were running because actually, it’s healthy and quite fun and afterwards, you feel somehow better. Thirty eight people lined up on the wharf, all smiling for the […]

£75k economy chief ‘needs to get people talking’

Whoever gets the job of leading St Helena’s economic transformation will have to improve links with the island’s decision-makers – and its business people. Concerns about dialogue between the government and its arms-length enterprise agency were pointed out at the end of the annual visit of UK aid negotiators. Their final report said: “A closer […]

Robert drives his way to top business prize

Robert Peters has won St Helena’s Business of the Year prize, by capitalising on the heritage that has been seen as one of the island’s great attractions for future tourists. He received £250 for his History on Wheels business at the awards night, hosted by Enterprise St Helena at the Consulate Hotel on Saturday, 23 November 2013. […]

‘Threats’ blamed as family quits island (amended text)

(This story has been amended in the light of emerging information that suggests that the unspecified threats against Mark Brumbill may well not relate to his work with the fishing industry) The expert brought in to build up St Helena’s fishery has left the island abruptly after allegedly receiving “serious personal threats”, including to his […]

Trawler visit is first step to buying island boats, says Rob

St Helena could build up its own fleet of off-shore trawlers if exploratory fishing off the island’s sea mounts is successful, according to enterprise chief Rob Midwinter. He said investors would demand proof that there were enough fish to catch before they would help island fishermen buy their own vessels – and visiting trawler Southern Star […]

Stop grumbling and embrace the future, say Merrill and Kirsty

Gloomy attitudes to tourist growth on St Helena have been criticised by development staff Kirsty Yon and Merrill Joshua, after a visit to South Africa. The Enterprise St Helena pair express their frustration in a report on a trip as guests of the Mantis Collection, the group planning to turn Ladder Hill Fort into a […]

Sporty goings-on in the governor’s office?

Simon Pipe writes: In the rush of news production, mistakes happen from time to time, and as long as no-one’s reputation has been harmed then it’s best to enjoy a good laugh about it. So I’m happy to encourage people to admire The Sentinel’s picture of what looks like a lively press conference at the end of […]

Driver flips airport truck – and escapes with bang on the head

An airport worker escaped with only minor harm when the dump truck he was driving rolled over on the construction site at Prosperous Bay Plain. A fellow driver pulled him from the vehicle, suffering cuts to his hands in the process. Both were assessed by a paramedic on the scene and then taken to the hospital in Jamestown, […]

More UK cash for Enterprise St Helena tourism drive

Extra public funding may be needed to turn St Helena’s tourism plans into reality, aid advisers have acknowledged. The new Enterprise St Helena organisation has made encouraging progress, says the report on the February 2013 Development Assistance Planning Mission (DAPM). More finance from the UK is being considered for the agency when existing funding ends […]

Castle Plaza? Tourist chiefs get twenty-twenty vision

Possible changes to Jamestown’s historic centre are to be put to the public as St Helena prepares for the advent of air travel. Ideas such as a plaza outside The Castle for open-air dining have been set out in a paper called “Jamestown – a vision for 2020.” Executive councillors have agreed to a two-stage public […]