Business in brief

Cable & Wireless CEO visits LIME Cayman  

More than 100 LIME employees joined Cable & Wireless Communications CEO Phil Bentley and LIME Cayman Islands CEO Bill McCabe for the company’s “Team Talk Live” event – an interactive staff meeting to discuss the company’s vision for growth, customer service and infrastructure upgrades.  

Similar meetings are held in all 13 LIME markets. In the past year, LIME and its parent company CWC have rolled out a string of business initiatives, including a billion-dollar investment program over three years. In the Cayman Islands, more than $30 million has been invested over the last year in network improvements, which include the launch of a 4G LTE mobile service and the rollout of Superfast Broadband across the islands.  

“This is a great time for us to get valuable feedback from our colleagues,” said Mr. McCabe.  

The system upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of February, he said. 

 

Technical advisory appointed   

The Enterprise Cayman board, charged with connecting Caymanians to opportunities in Cayman’s special economic zone, has appointed a technical advisory subcommittee to advise the board as it prepares recommendations that it hopes will impact the education and training of Cayman’s next generation of technology entrepreneurs.  

The subcommittee comprises local technology experts Matt Barnett and Kevin Winton and CEC’s new technology officer, Daniel Ebanks. 

“The collective experience and expertise of the [subcommittee] members should provide us with technical advice on a range of subjects such as secondary and post-secondary courses and curricula, and institutions with a reputation for innovative and cutting-edge education and training,” said board chairman Vaughan Carter.   

 

STEP launches new branding  

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners launched a new visual identity to represent the body as a professional, international and outward-facing organization. 

George Hodgson, STEP’s deputy chief executive said rebranding is “part of a longer-term strategy to create greater clarity about what we and our members do – which is to help families plan for their futures.” 

The society, which started as a niche body for U.K.-based accountants and lawyers working with trusts, now has nearly 20,000 members across the world from a range of professional backgrounds. Trusts are just one part of the wider role our members play in advising families on their long-term wealth planning, STEP said. 

 

Second TEDx forum scheduled  

The 2015 TEDxSevenMileBeach event is scheduled for June 10 at the Marriott resort, under the theme “The Life of an Idea: Plant. Nourish. Harvest.” 

Marzeta Bodden, TEDx licensee and organizer, said the positive response from last year’s event has encouraged her to once again bring together forward-thinking and creative individuals in a bid to promote dialogue and strengthen communication among the population.  

Based on the increased interest, she said, this year’s event will be expanded to accommodate 200 people. 

Registration to attend opens on April 1; speaker applications open Feb. 4. Volunteers may apply through the website. 

 

Maples Fund Services boosts client solutions   

Maples Fund Services has hired Greg Wildes, senior vice president – Client Solutions and Relationship Management, to focus on delivering innovative client solutions to new and existing clients. Based in New York, he will be responsible for managing client relationships and expanding opportunities for continued growth of the fund services business in North America.  

Mr. Wildes will work closely with Jason Brandt, regional head of Fund Services – Americas, and Toni Pinkerton, global head of Fund Services, to continue to provide custom solutions for investment managers, institutional investors and family offices.  

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Kevin Winton, Daniel Ebanks and Vaughan Carter comprise Enterprise Cayman’s technical advisory subcommittee.

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Cable & Wireless Communications CEO Phil Bentley
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