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Consell offers on-the-job training course for island’s aspiring youth leisure supervisors

The Formentera Department of Entrepreneurism reports that open enrolment has begun for an on-the-job training course designed to give local 16- to 29-year-olds the foundations to work as leisure supervisors.

Participants, referred to as “students/employees” and entering into training and apprenticeship contracts, will work as recreation supervisors at the Consell de Formentera’s assorted leisure centres. The six-month programme is scheduled to start in November.

The course is funded by the training and employment arm of the Balearic Islands Employment Service (SOIB) as part of a programme designed to enhance the dynamism of youth and adolescent recreational programmes. The cross-cutting brand of instruction employed in the course means participants will also receive English-language accreditation at the A2 level.

Interested parties must enrol by 25 October on the Mixed Training and Employment Programmes section of the SOIB website.

20 October 2020
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell to shape plan to reinvigorate local business and intensify Christmas-time boost to local commerce

foto 2020 reunio comercantsAna Juan sits down with roughly fifty local merchants to tee up new initiatives stimulating economic dynamism

Deputy Consell de Formentera premiere and commerce chief Ana Juan met with a group of local business owners to discuss areas the island’s commerce department can direct its efforts and to shape new commercial strategies for winter 2020 and summer 2021. The talk at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema) in Sant Francesc was attended by roughly fifty local retailers and representatives of Formentera’s craft markets.

Consellera Juan, who was joined at the encounter by staffer Amalia Mora, held up the strong turnout as proof of “the will of local business owners to work with the Consell and other groups to make improvements to a sector that is essential to Formentera society”. Juan and Mora took note of shopkeepers’ suggestions and concerns and detailed efforts under way within the Department of Commerce as well as “present and future strategies to turbocharge local commerce”. The consellera also called on business owners to share ideas and initiatives of their own.

Strengthening local business
Among the range of measures on the horizon, Juan opened up about one in particular aiming to boost local business which won cross-party backing at the recent “debate on the state of the island”: “The days ahead will come with activation of a plan for training courses so local tradespeople can increase their competitiveness and improve their business”, she said.

Christmas campaign
The commerce chief said the ongoing pandemic meant islanders could expect this year’s Christmas holiday celebrations to be different, and she pointed to efforts to make sure small business were at the forefront. “For starters, we’ll be re-energising the Christmas version of our buy-local push, Compra a Casa”, she said, telling the island’s shop owners to “count on bigger prizes and a greater emphasis on sidewalk shopping”. “We’ll be promoting made-on-Formentera products and encouraging islanders to support neighbourhood establishments”, quipped Juan, who indicated additional talk at the gathering had focused on possibilities for brand-new initiatives as well as Christmas light decorations. Some of the new initiatives will be funded with money from Cel Obert, a pact that was struck recently with the Govern balear.

Juan described steps taken to offset costs faced by Formentera retailers during the invocation of emergency orders and similar tax rebates for the year ahead that the Consell is studying as well.

Formentera’s commerce chief went on to enumerate initiatives —brokered by the Consell in association with the local small business association (Pimef), the Chamber of Commerce, the Balearic office of commerce and other island councils— to bolster small business and locally-produced goods during the pandemic, such as the launch of the new ‘Compra a Casa’ website.

16 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Shop-local campaign ‘Compra a Casa’ concludes summer push to boost small business

foto 2020 compra a casa finalAfter drawings in July, August and September, the Formentera Department of Commerce announces the momentary end of Compra a Casa a l’estiu (“Shop locally in summer”), a joint effort which saw the Consell de Formentera and the island’s small- and medium-sized business group, Pimef, teaming up to reward islanders for supporting local small business amidst the pandemic.

Commerce chief Ana Juan highlighted the warm welcome received by the initiative during “what has been a tough year for everyone—local business owners too”. “Local commerce is part of our identity as islanders”, asserted the consellera, who said, “For Formentera businesses, ‘quality’ and ‘locally-sourced’ are pilars. Locally-owned establishments form the bedrock of our society here on Formentera, which is exactly why we’re encouraging people to get out there and see for themselves”.

September winner
This September the €100 gift card went home with Lourdes Costa Ramon, who went shopping at Carniceria San Francisco, a recent addition to the Compra a Casa’s list of partner businesses.

Compra a Casa did better this July than last, with spending rising to €176,366 from €160,982.28, while figures were comparatively worse in August and September, when they dropped from €168,225.67 to €151,347.82 and €144,860.74 to €161,505.51.

Consellera Juan underscored a host of initiatives steered by the Consell this summer in association with Pimef, the Balearic Office of Commerce and other island administrations to support mom-and-pop operations and locally sourced products. And she told islanders to watch out for new and improved bids to promote small business this autum and winter.

Among other Compra a Casa news this year was the launch of a website, www.compraacasa.com, “a way for islanders to connect with locally-run businesses, see which establishments are taking part and find out about available discounts”.

7 October 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera gears up for Formentera 2.0 and Formentera Fotogràfica

foto 2020 f.20 3The Formentera Department of Tourism reports that from tomorrow, Thursday 1 October to Sunday 4 October, the island will play host to Formentera 2.0 and Formentera Fotogràfica. Consell premier and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer underscored efforts centred on guaranteeing the two events, originally scheduled to take place in May, take place in lock-step with public health protocol to avoid spread of Covid-19, and said the programming highlights the “firm commitment to elongating the tourist season in a year as complicated as this one”.

A digital communication and networking event currently in its eighth year, this year’s intimately scaled Formentera 2.0 will bring together thirty professionals from the world of digital culture. Eight speakers will discuss topics including the digital transformation, social media, creativity, the world of multimedia, video and digital marketing, content and communication and digital platforms. Attendance at the lectures is closed to the public but twenty spaces have been set aside so islanders not taking part in the rest of the event can attend a special Saturday afternoon lecture by “Instagramers” founder Phil González in Plaça de la Constitució. Contact info@formentera20 to request tickets.

Formentera Fotogràfica celebrates its eighth edition over the same four-day period. Sixty-five photography lovers have already signed up to attend the event, also atypically intimate given the circumstances. Fourteen figureheads of contemporary photography will offer classes running the gamut from hands-on to theory-driven, creating a space for collective reflection and creation in a closed-to-the-public format. As in years past, Formentera Fotogràfica organisers have led with an eclectic and intergenerational programme playing on equal parts local talent and marquee names from the national and international photography scenes.

30 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Sixth Formentera Zen crowns weekend of health and physical and emotional wellness

foto 2020 f zen 2The Formentera Department of Tourism reports that Formentera Zen concluded yesterday. “Covid-19 safety protocol may have made this an atypical edition”, said Consell president and tourism chief Alejandra Ferrer, “but health and wellness held on to their spot at centre stage”. Describing the aim of the programme as “sweeting the deal for our visitors and stretching out the tourist season”, Ferrer offered kudos to speakers and participants alike and highlighted the significance of their commitment to in the midst of such difficult circumstances.

All told 150 participants came out for the event, which got rolling Friday evening and ran through Sunday with a lineup of talks, clinics and master classes from leaders in health and physical and emotional wellness. President Ferrer, meanwhile, underscored the prestige surrounding Formentera Zen’s collaborators as the event entered its sixth year. Friday’s kickoff centred on a motivational talk titled “Self-esteem for success” by professional psychologist, author, speaker and online leader in personal development Sílvia Congost.

The main event came Saturday with a workshop on the magical combination of exercise and music. The event was led by Cesc Escolà, who is renowned for his appearances on TV programmes like Operación Triunfo. Dietician, nutritionist and “Realfooding” creator Carlos Ríos followed with a talk exhorting participants to return to “real food” and reviewing nutrition and healthy habits. “Batch cooking, healthy and efficient weekly kitchen prep” was at the centre of another clinic on Saturday, and it came courtesy of Paola Freire, a chef and pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu and creator of “Foodtropia”.

Xuan Lan
For many attendees Saturday afternoon was the most hotly anticipated, for it came with Xuan Lan’s master class “Flow to slow sunset yoga”. Lan is not only an expert on wellness, a teacher and an exponent of a wide range of yoga styles, she is also an author and instructor on Operación Triunfo.

As Sunday got started, participants were treated to a pilates workshop from Claudia Constans, a psychologist, top-ten fashion and healthy-lifestyle influencer and the creator of “Ffitcoco”. A clinic on “FaceFit” came next, which saw Daniela Toro expounding on posture-based solutions to cervical and facial woes. A physiotherapist specialising in face and mouth pain and jaw disfunction, Toro pioneered the FaceFit method, which incorporates physiotherapy, psychoneuroimmunology, dermapharmacy and cosmetics.

Arturo Álvarez-Bautista followed with a lecture on active cosmetics and the importance of ingredients. Álvarez holds a degree in chemistry and physics, a master’s in dermacosmetics and biomaterials for medicine, a PhD in nanomedicine and is the creative mind behind a host of prestigious cosmetic products. For Formentera Zen’s closing talk, audiences got key wellness tips and the low-down on healthy habits from Marián García (alias Boticaria García), who holds a PhD in pharmacology and bachelor’s in human nutrition, dietetics, optics and optometry.

28 September 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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