Business in brief: Workshop held on culture/heritage policy

Rita Estevanovich, right, of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation gives facilitator Deirdre Prins-Solani and Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn a tour of Miss Lassie’s house.

Members of the committee that is leading work to create the Cayman Islands’ first National Cultural and Heritage Policy and Plan, along with other key stakeholders, took part in a workshop this month, led by visiting UNESCO-endorsed facilitator Deirdre Prins-Solani.

In addition to cultural institutions and advocates, various government agencies took part, including the Department of Tourism, the Economics and Statistics Office, and the Planning Department.

Ministerial Councilor for Culture Roy McTaggart noted, “Our three bountiful islands have evolved from what were, just 50 short years ago, referred to as ‘the islands time forgot’ to a bustling 21st century leading global financial jurisdiction and tourist destination. Against the background of this rapid growth, it is important to safeguard the practices of cultural heritage that we hold dear, while forging ahead in our islands’ sustained development. I expect that the end products will be a policy and strategic plan that will be a result of islands-wide participation ….”

Following the workshop, an open house was held on June 8 at the Government Administration Building. The public was able to review work accomplished thus far, and provide feedback on the process.

Intertrust gives US$31,900 to four charities

Intertrust Cayman raised US$31,938 for four youth and education charities through staff initiatives that combined employee wellness with corporate social responsibility, the firm said in a press release.

The firm’s Charity Committee selected Big Brothers Big Sisters, Extended After School Program, Feed Our Future and Early Intervention Program.

Employees were divided into teams and raised money for the respective charities they represented. The Intertrust Foundation matched those funds, totaling US$10,158. Another US$906 went to each charity following the distribution of money raised through staff dress-down days.

The annual initiative concluded with a game day hosted by Krav Maga. Staff, their families and friends competed in challenge activities, with $5,000 for the winning team’s charity. The team representing Feed our Future was victorious. The three other teams each earned an additional $1,000 for their charities.

Intertrust Cayman’s Managing Director Marije van der Lindt, who is also the global head of corporate social responsibility for Intertrust, said, “We are pleased to bring our global charitable foundation focus on youth and education to benefit Cayman’s future generations through ongoing collaborative staff and community engagement.”

Harneys expands corporate team

Law firm Harneys has recruited senior associate Jonathan McLean for its Cayman practice.
Mr. McLean has experience in corporate and commercial law with a focus on finance and funds.

He joins from Conyers Dill & Pearman where he was an attorney in the corporate department. Before that, he was an attorney with Kirkland & Ellis in London and Ogier in the Cayman Islands.

The firm said it plans to announce additional hires in the coming weeks and months.

Appleby shortlisted for legal team of the year

Offshore law firm Appleby has been named a finalist for “Private Client Legal Team of the Year” at the STEP Private Client Awards 2016/17.

Carlos de Serpa Pimentel, Group Head of Appleby’s Private Client and Trusts practice, said, “The STEP awards are highly regarded, so we are proud that once again we have been recognized in this way, along with a group of outstanding onshore private client firms.”

All award entries undergo a rigorous judging process with up to five finalists in each category. The presiding judges are supported by an independent panel of wealth management practitioners, Appleby said.

The panel will decide on a winner for the category and the team that wins will be announced at the black-tie dinner and awards ceremony in London on Sept. 8.

Club Save donates memberships to UCCI

Club Save, a new savings club in Cayman, has donated more than 700 memberships to the UCCI students, staff and faculty. The club says the memberships are valued at $17,750.
“Club Save truly believes in giving back. We wanted to help students save on their everyday expenses in order for them to have more to put towards their education,” said Andre Espeut, founder and managing director.

Club Save members pay a $25 fee to enroll in the program and receive discounts of up to 25 percent from more than 55 businesses on island.

“On behalf of the students at UCCI, I wish to extend my sincerest thanks to Club Save for extending this privilege to us. The savings are quite beneficial for many of us who are on a very tight budget. My peers have expressed fervent interest in the program and have indicated their support moving forward,” said Charles Lewinson Jr., president of the UCCI Student Representative Council.

The company gave memberships to faculty and staff as a reward for the good work they do for the youth of Cayman.

The membership cards donated to UCCI are effective for this year.