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Cayman Enterprise City Website Receives Global Recognition for New Design

Developed by CRO:NYX Digital SEZC and designed by Walzzy Creative SEZC, the new Cayman Enterprise City website has won the HubSpot Website Design Award for the Latin American region

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (5 May 2021) – The Cayman Enterprise City (CEC) website has received global recognition from HubSpot, a leading platform of marketing, sales, customer service, and CRM software. The website, developed by CRO:NYX Digital SEZC together with Walzzy Creative SEZC and CEC, began the project by starting with a fresh strategy — reviewing buyer personas, mapping out the customer’s journey, and designing the website’s new infrastructure.

“The goal was to deliver a website that will further advance and establish CEC’s brand globally by reflecting credibility, by clearly conveying CEC’s offerings, by showcasing CEC’s vibrant community of innovative entrepreneurs, and by reflecting CEC’s significance as a hub for global business,” said Kaitlyn Elphinstone, VP of Marketing & Public Engagement of CEC. “The challenge was to build a futureproof website that can be easily managed and updated by an internal marketing team of two.”

The submission received a score of 90.50 out of a possible 100 points and took home the HubSpot Website Design Award for the Latin American region.

“CEC is growing rapidly and adding new initiatives all the time. We knew that they needed the flexibility for their site to grow and evolve with them. Using HubSpot CMS, we built the new site using Pattern-Driven Design; a framework that allows CEC to make infinite customised templates with their stylized and on-brand modules,” explained Tanya Wigmore, Founder and Chief Growth Officer of CRO:NYX Digital SEZC, Project Advisor & Development Lead.

The new website features a clean design that has been developed to reflect the newly refreshed CEC brand. “The site now is easy to navigate, looks fresh, and it represents CEC’s modern and progressive ethos. The new look and feel is now communicating what CEC has to offer and will do a much better job at persuading decision makers to move to the jurisdiction with CEC,” said Chris Wall, Founder of Walzzy Creative SEZC, Project Advisor & Graphic Design Lead.

Since launching the redesigned website at the end of 2020, CEC has seen a significant increase in engagement. “We are delighted to be recognised for the quality of our redesigned website but more importantly, we are delighted with the increased traffic that it is driving,” said Charlie Kirkconnell, Chief Executive Officer of CEC. “Inbound leads are critical to our mission of helping to diversify Cayman’s economy by attracting new, innovative businesses to set up a physical presence in Cayman, which will in turn provide meaningful opportunities for Caymanians and future generations to come.”

 

For more information about CEC visit www.caymanenterprisecity.com.


Leadership Cayman Class learn more about Cayman’s ‘Culture & Heritage’

The sixth seminar for the 2021 Leadership Cayman Class took place April 21, as they turned their attention to local ‘Culture & Heritage.’

The objective of the seminar was to provide an overview of the arts and major arts organisations and to examine their contributions to our community as well as their impact on business and tourism.

For the seminar, the class visited The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) for a tour of the Salt Water in Their Veins (National Collection) and a brief “Cayman Culture 101” presentation by NGCI Director, Natalie Urquhart.

The class later met at the Greenlight RE offices in Camana Bay for the evening seminar, where they were joined by panellists: Ms. Rose May Ebanks, a prolific weaver of traditional functional items; Kaitlyn Elphinstone, an interdisciplinary artist; Wray Banker and Deal Ebanks, Caymanian artisans.

The session was very interactive. Class members learned how to weave silver thatch palm, played board games such as Warri and Quarto, and learned about the origins of conch horns and gigs. The panel and class also discussed the importance of Caymanian culture to everyday life, and how the culture and heritage can be preserved.  

Leadership Cayman class members, Amy Hubble and Jennifer Williams with their LC mentor Kaitlyn Elphinstone organised the seminar.

Logic sponsored the seminar. Cox Lumber Ltd., Wheaton Precious Metals and RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited are the major sponsors of the Chamber of Commerce’s six-month leadership programme.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP CAYMAN: The Leadership Cayman is a signature programme of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce introduced in 2010. The six-month intensive course enables local leaders to develop new skills and to interact with some of Cayman’s top public and private sector officials and experts during bi-weekly seminars on a range of different topics. Since its launch in 2010, 263 local leaders have completed the programme. For additional information visit: https://www.leadershipcayman.ky


Share moments with Mom at Camana Bay this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is Sunday 9 May and the shops, stores and services at Camana Bay are here to help all to cherish their moms and maternal figures. With brunches, gift options, free photo sessions and the chance to win an ultimate prize pack, there’s something for every Mom at Camana Bay.

Meaningful experiences

Capture memories with Mom on Saturday, 1 May with a free Mother’s Day portrait taken by photographer Guy Waller. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. drop into the pop-up photo studio at 9 Forum Lane, across from Scotiabank. Reservations are not needed; however, families are encouraged to arrive early.

On Thursday, 6 May spend some time with Mom with a special cooking class on fermentation hosted by Saucha Conscious Living at Bon Vivant. Spaces are limited and registration is CI$125 per person. Email info@bonvivant.ky to book.

Cultivate a new skill together by dropping into 3 Girls & A Kiln, on the corner of Market Street and Forum Lane, to decorate a personally glazed or customised piece. Alternatively, stop by solo and glaze a piece as a thoughtful personalised gift for Mother’s Day. If time is short, simply select a one-of-a-kind gift from the shop’s assortment of decorated ceramics or pick up a “book one class, get one half-off” special gift card.

On Sunday, 9 May, Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar and Pani Indian Kitchen are coming together for an Asian- and Indian-inspired feast that will take Mom on a journey through the Orient. For only CI$55 per person families can enjoy all-you-can-eat Asian and Indian classics and beer, wine and well drinks. 

Continuing the global culinary tour, perhaps try a Peruvian-and-Italian-inspired Mother’s Day brunch at Agua on Sunday, 9 May from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for only CI$125 per person. This decadent brunch experience includes a full spread of seafood, grass-fed meats, organic pastas, farm-fresh produce and bottomless champagne, wine and cocktails.

Edible gifts

Looking to celebrate at home this Mother’s Day? Enjoy an easy but indulgent Mother’s Day dinner at home with Carnivore‘s Dinner-in-a-Box offering. Families can choose from two boxes offering an appetiser, choice of two mains and a whole slew of sides that are sure to satiate the whole family’s tastebuds and offer Mom a memorable meal.

Don’t forget the dessert! Sweeten the deal with macarons, cakes, tubs of her favourite gelato flavour or a speciality custom order from Gelato & Co. Be sure to place special orders at least three days before Mother’s Day to ensure availability and timely delivery.

Stop by Foster’s and pair a pre-made bouquet or custom floral arrangement from its flower market with fresh-baked cakes, macarons and pastries for a delightful surprise.

Spoiling Mom

Give the gift of relaxation, courtesy of Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa’s special Mother’s Day packages, available until Saturday, 8 May. Mom can experience the ‘She is Worth it’ treatment for CI$95, which includes a bright eyes treatment and back, neck, shoulder massage and Indian head massage. Alternatively, send Mom on a ‘Mother’s Retreat’ for $180 that includes an aromatherapy back, neck and shoulder massage and botanical brightening healthy skin facial with a bright eyes treatment.  

Put together a gift basket of Mom’s favourite things from Next Chapter. A one-stop shop for gifts, cards, books and more, the Next Chapter team is ready to assist with meaningful suggestions that are sure to surprise and delight Mom this Mother’s Day. The shop’s lowest-price guarantee and complimentary gift-wrapping service make shopping a breeze.

Make Mom sparkle at Island Jewellers and Pandora. Spend CI$50 and receive a free Mother’s Day card and an entry to win flowers delivered to your mom anywhere in the world.

Mom knows best, and for the discerning mom, offer her the gift of choice with a Camana Bay Gift Card from the Camana Bay Visitor Centre that she can use at the location of her choosing. Email info@camanaby.com to pre-order your gift card or stop by the Visitor Centre on Market Street.

Key dates:

  • Saturday, 1 May – Free Mother’s Day portraits at 9 Forum Lane, across from Scotiabank
  • Wednesday, 5 May – First Wednesdays offers late-night shopping, featuring special offers on jewellery, make-up, shoes, books, home décor from participating retailers. Looking for something locally made? A special artisans market will be taking place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, 6 May – Saucha cooking class at Bon Vivant
  • Sunday, 9 May – Mother’s Day brunches and lunches at Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar and Agua

Follow @CamanaBay on Facebook and @camana_bay on Instagram to find out more and for the opportunity to enter to win a gift package. Visit camanabay.com for all things Mother’s Day.


Cayman Turtle Centre celebrates Earth Month

This year’s theme for Earth Month in the Cayman Islands is ‘Renew the Earth…Renew Cayman.” Since conservation is at the heart of Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (CTCEC), the Centre has been celebrating all month long with a range of activities and initiatives not only to celebrate Earth Month, but to actively help protect Cayman’s beautiful natural environment for future generations to enjoy.

The celebrations kicked off on Sunday 11th April with the Centre’s first annual Turtle Crawl 5k Walk Run. Over 130 people, including Deputy Governor Mr. Franz Manderson, got up early in the morning to make their way, whether jogging, running, or walking, all the way from the Centre along North West Point Road to the turn-around point at West Bay Dock and back again. All funds raised will go towards programmes that support the conservation of Green sea turtles in the Cayman Islands.

On Monday 19th April, the Centre organised a mangrove tree-planting at Barkers National Park that was streamed live on Facebook to educate the community on the importance of mangroves to our ecosystem. Mangroves are hugely important to the shoreline and the integrity of our natural environment and have been under attack from development in many areas of the world. Their root network acts as a nursery for many species of juvenile fish.

Geddes Hislop, Curator of Terrestrial Exhibits and Education Programs at CTCEC said: “One of the ways we can renew the planet is by planting more greenery. Our marine department at Cayman Turtle Centre has put together a mangrove propagation project and this was its first planting of the mangroves. Each one was planted in a specially prepared hole, to help get the baby mangroves off to a good start, because where they are there is a lot of wave action, and mangroves are our natural sea-wall.”

On Thursday 22nd April, the Centre hosted a special Earth Day turtle release at Governor’s Beach. A small group of spectators, including some young students from Hope Academy and their teachers, came to see the three yearling Green sea turtles being released. These turtles are part of the Cayman Turtle Centre’s “Head Start” release program, which gives turtles a ‘head-start’ in life by being hatched and raised to between one and three years old in the safety of the Centre, before being released into the wild at a size that greatly increases their chances of survival.

“These are a keystone species, and a keystone species benefits the environment in many ways. Green Sea Turtles are large marine herbivores, and control the algae on our reefs,” Mr. Hislop said, “They also mow down the seagrass beds. Fish, lobster, conch, and turtles depend on that environment. And here’s the cool thing – we don’t have to pay them!”

As part of an ongoing public education initiative, CTCEC also held two Animal Conservation Talk (ACT) Lunch & Learn sessions for civil servants this week, as part of the Earth Month schedule. The talks focus on what the Centre is doing to help conserve the marine environment and its successful captive breeding programmes.

Early on Saturday morning, 24th April, CTCEC crew members will be busy cleaning up West Bay’s Garvin Park as part of their annual commitment to keeping our community and natural environment clean by participating in the Chamber of Commerce Earth Day Clean-Up. CTCEC is a proud sponsor of the event and will be thanking participating individuals and companies by offering a 50% discount on admission and 20% off everything in the Splash retail store to anyone that arrives at the Centre wearing their 2021 Earth Day Clean-Up t-shirt on Saturday 24th April.


YCLA finalist Kimberley Conolly inspires Mentoring Cayman class at annual luncheon

The 2021 Mentoring Cayman class gathered for the annual luncheon on Tuesday, April 20 at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Sixty-eight (68) mentors and mentees were in attendance.

Introduced by the Chamber of Commerce in 2002 in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Mentoring Cayman is a six-month programme that pairs high-achieving year 10 and 11 students from the public and private schools selected by their school principals with an influential and motivated mentor from the business community or government. Over 1,000 students have benefited, acquiring new personal and professional skills since the launch of the programme.

Young Caymanian Leadership Award (YCLA) finalist Kimberley Conolly delivered an inspiring keynote address on the importance of mentorship. “Mentorship is vital to success and succession of our nation and at times can make the difference between life and death,” she said.

She shared her personal mentoring experience with her mentor and believes it is important to mentor while being mentored to ensure that good cycles exist. She encouraged all mentors to never give up because so many people depend on their expertise.

“Mentors help their protégés believe that anything can be achieved no matter how impossible it may seem… I stand successful [today] because of the endless efforts of my mentor, Annette,” she said.

Mentees have attended four workplace visits thus far, which has involved full days of interaction with their mentors, learning about their day-to-day operations, receiving guidance about career choices, and getting to know each other on a personal level.

The luncheon gave mentees the opportunity to socialize and discuss their experiences of the programme and to catch up with their respective mentors. Mentors were also able to meet each other and share experiences about their mentoring relationships.

For the remainder of the programme, students will attend a final workplace visit and a social activity. Students and mentors will then be recognized at the closing reception to be held at the Governor’s residence on Thursday, June 3, 2021.  

The Chamber would like to thank Ms. Conolly for delivering the keynote address and inspiring the mentees and mentors with her powerful message. The Chamber would also like to thank the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture & Lands for supporting the programme.

CaribbeanMGT was the luncheon sponsor. We also thank our other corporate sponsors: Cayman Water, Cox Lumber Ltd., Knighthead Annuity & Life Assurance Company, Rocky’s Diamond Gallery and KPMG. Special thanks to the Cayman Turtle Centre for letting the Chamber host its annual Mentoring Cayman luncheon at their restaurant.  


Leadership Cayman seminar focuses on education standards and training

Education was the area of focus at the Leadership Cayman seminar held in early April at the KPMG offices.

The Education seminar began with an afternoon presentation by Michael Myles, Owner and Director and Andrew Ritter, Instructor at Inspire Cayman Training, a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) accredited training centre offering several Technical Vocation Education and Training (TVET) courses. Inspire Cayman Training’s mission is to prepare and support trainees through a rigorous curriculum that will enable them to achieve individual career and learning goals.

The LC class learned about the challenges in our public education curriculum and how introducing and valuing TVET learning from a young age such as Year 7 can be beneficial for students who don’t seek to obtain tertiary education and struggle with the current curriculum.

The breakout sessions and panel discussion components of the seminar concentrated on the criteria used by the Office of Education Standards (OES) to inspect both public and private schools and the consequences faced if improvement recommendations from OES are not actioned; the positive changes that have been introduced at UCCI in the past two years including the transition into more online/hybrid courses due the pandemic, the introduction of more TVET courses, and goal to seek accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Panelists also shared information about the Sunrise Adult Training Centre which provides training, support and services for the empowerment, employment, and independence of adults with disabilities. The need for an adequate facility for clients and proper policies/laws to protect persons with disabilities were some of the issues also discussed.   

Althea Edwards-Boothe, Senior Inspector of the Office of Education Standards; Dr. Stacy R. McAfee, President and CEO of UCCI; and Kimberly Voaden, Director at the Sunrise Adult Training Centre facilitated the breakout sessions and panel discussions.

Leadership Cayman class members, Kelsey Halley, and Deirdre Billes with their LC mentor Stephanie Rattan organised the seminar.

KPMG sponsored the seminar.  Cox Lumber Ltd., Wheaton Precious Metals and RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited are the major sponsors of the Chamber of Commerce’s six-month leadership programme.

For more information about Leadership Cayman, please visit our website at www.leadershipcayman.ky


Leadership Cayman 2021 Partners with ARK for Class Project

The Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Cayman 2021 class partnered with Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) in late March to repair the interior and exterior of Mr. C’s home in West Bay. 

Mr. C was involved in a car accident and suffered extensive injuries. While he was recovering, squatters entered his West Bay home and left in an unlivable condition which prevented him from returning until repairs were completed.

“The LC Class of 2021 collectively voted to work alongside ARK to assist with their CASA home improvement project.  Hearing about Mr. C’s situation and being able to contribute to a tangible result that would allow Mr. C to return to his home and improve his quality of life made this project an easy choice for the class planners and the group as a whole,” explained Steve Bull, a LC 2021 class member and one of the organisers for the project.

On Saturday, March 27, the class began the first of a two-day project to paint the interior and exterior of the house.

“Around 15 members of the LC 2021 class spent 4 hours priming and painting the walls and ceiling of the renovated house in a colour chosen by Mr. C. The intention was for Mr. C to return to the property the following day. In the coming weeks, the class will return to the property to complete the job by repainting the exterior.”

“Mr. C is back home and super happy,” expressed Tara Nielsen, Director at Cayman’s Ark Foundation.

The Class Project was organised by class members Jodie Hooper, Rolna DaCosta and Steve Bull with their mentor, Wes Heistand.

The project was sponsored by Cayman National Bank.

Cox Lumber Ltd., Wheaton Precious Metals and RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited are the major sponsors of the Chamber of Commerce’s six-month leadership programme.

Leadership Cayman is an intensive six-month programme, introduced by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, that enables class members to develop new skills and learn vital information about the Cayman Islands’ community and business sector.  The class attend bi-weekly seminars on a range of different topics, learning from expert and local leaders, government officials and keynote speakers as well as carryout a community project.

To date, 263 persons have completed the programme since its launch in 2010.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2022 class in June. For more information, please visit www.leadershipcayman.ky or contact Nina Robinson-Downs at nina.robinson-downs@caymanchamber.ky or call (345) 743-9121.


Leadership Cayman Explores the Criminal Justice System

The 2021 Leadership Cayman class explored the pros and the cons of the Cayman Islands criminal justice system on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

The Criminal Justice seminar commenced with tours of HMP Northward Prison, HMP Fairbanks Prison and the Enhanced Reintegration Unit, a facility which accommodates inmates being prepared for reintegration into society.

Re-entry Clerk/Examination Centre Officer, Keehon Moore, and two other prison officers, Khalil Mejia and Steve Miller, led the class around the facility and introduced them to key members of staff, including the shift commander, cell block warden, and various persons from the vocational training programme. During the tour, the LC class learned about the rehabilitation strategy designed to enhance inmates’ employability and reduce their likelihood to re-offend such as their vocational training programme, agriculture work, art therapy, etc.

The day’s event culminated with breakout sessions and a panel discussion at the courthouse in George Town. The aim of the seminar was to provide an overview of the Criminal Justice system in the Cayman Islands; identify challenges faced by each sector of the system and increase awareness of the current and proposed strategies to resolve challenges in the system. The breakout sessions and panel discussions were led by Hon. Kirsty-Ann Gunn, Magistrate; Steven Barrett, Director of Prisons, HMCIPS; and Derek Byrne, Commissioner of Police, RCIPS.

Some of the topics discussed were the systems in place to deal with children who commit offences, the prevalence of repeat offenders, the work and compensation programme administered by the prisons, continued support for inmates once they have re-entered society as well as the need for a proper prison facility.

The Criminal Justice seminar was organised by Leadership Cayman class members Diksha Sahni and Kate Bosman with their mentor, Dana Boardsen.

Wheaton Precious Metals was seminar sponsor as well as one of the major sponsors for the six-month long programme. The other two major sponsors for Leadership Cayman 2021 are Cox Lumber Ltd. and RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited.

For more information about Leadership Cayman, please visit www.leadershipcayman.ky/.


Financial Services takes spotlight at Leadership Cayman seminar

Leadership Cayman 2021 held its third seminar on Wednesday, March 10, at the Deloitte Building at One Capital Place in George Town, with the Cayman Islands financial services sector taking the spotlight.

The seminar began with a presentation by Brandon Caruana, Co-founder of Cartan Group, on Blockchain, a shared, immutable ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking assets in a business network.

Leading the discussions were panelists Melissa Lim, Partner at Walkers Global, Brandon Caruana, Co-founder of Cartan Group, and Dan Scott, EY Market Segment Leader at EY Cayman Ltd.

The class and speakers engaged in an insightful discussion about the financial services industry as the primary driver of Cayman’s economy. Other topics discussed included the ramifications of being on the FATF’s grey list and the role technology is playing in the financial services sector and how it can improve services such as retail banking. Promoting the Cayman Islands as a well-regulated, quality international financial centre was also one of the main focuses of the discussions.

The Financial Services seminar was organised by Leadership Cayman 2021 class members, Emma-Jane Fisher and Nicole Ebanks with support from their mentor, Candice Czeremuskin.

This seminar was sponsored by Deloitte. The Major sponsors for the six-month Leadership Cayman 2021 programme are Cox Lumber Ltd., Wheaton Precious Metals and RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Limited.

For further information, please visit www.leadershipcayman.ky/.


Dart Real Estate announces pre-leasing for new 10-storey commercial building

Dart Real Estate is now pre-leasing an additional 100,000 square feet of Class-A commercial space in Camana Bay, thanks to the proposed increase in height of its newest planned development at 60 Nexus Way. Subject to planning approval, this increase to 10 storeys will make 60 Nexus Way Grand Cayman’s tallest commercial office building, offering sea-to-sound water views and 200,000 square feet of office and retail space.

The revised planning application was submitted by Dart following an amendment to the Development and Planning Law approved by legislators on 2 November 2020. Previously, only resort and residential buildings could be built to 10 storeys. Discussing the proposed legislation changes to building heights in the George Town area last year, Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure Joey Hew said increased height buildings, parking adjustments and mixed-use buildings are important components of maximising space, encouraging innovation and attracting investment (source).

First announced in October 2019 and approved by the Central Planning Authority in December 2019, 60 Nexus Way was designed to provide flexibility for future growth from the outset.

“With Dart’s multi-decade approach to development, future-proofing buildings to more easily facilitate structural changes allows us to maximise their lifetime and functionality,” said Justin Howe, Dart’s President Real Estate Asset Management. “Building up instead of out has a positive environmental impact by reducing sprawl, increasing energy savings and conserving resources. Taller buildings and increased density in the Seven Mile Beach corridor, where demand is high and land is scarce, is an efficient and effective use of land.”

Dart’s President of Business Development Jackie Doak said that Camana Bay’s Class A office space is driven by client demand. “We continue to see interest from large commercial tenants looking to relocate to Camana Bay, and from existing tenants wanting to expand.”

“Companies are gravitating towards walkable neighbourhoods like Camana Bay thanks to the conveniences and benefits it offers their business and employees,” continued Doak. “Business partners and employees benefit from Camana Bay’s amenity-rich town, with other professional services providers, schools, homes, shops, restaurants, green spaces and sports and medical facilities all within easy access.”

In keeping with the ethos of Camana Bay, 60 Nexus Way will be built to LEED® standards. LEED is a third-party green building certification programme that promotes a ‘whole building’ approach to sustainability in design and construction. It includes water savings, energy efficiency, sustainable materials selection, waste reduction and indoor environmental quality.

The move to 10 storeys demonstrates not only Dart’s confidence in the economy, but also its commitment to the Cayman Islands. Projects such 60 Nexus Way and the recently announced Kapok, a new for-lease residential apartment building, will not only support local businesses but will also provide local jobs in the Cayman Islands. These projects are estimated to employ approximately 350 construction personnel and inject an estimated US$130 million into the local economy.

60 Nexus Way will feature 9,000 square feet of street-level retail space and 20,000 square feet of office space per floor. The building is scheduled for completion in mid-2022.

More information about 60 Nexus Way can be found at 60nexusway.ky.