Climate March

There’s a march for Climate Action on Saturday 6th November, starting at 1.30pm at the Sea Terminal, Douglas organised by IOM Friends of the Earth, with IOM Climate Change Coalition, which is made up of over 30 local organisations.

‘The current steep rise in gas prices is a reminder that we are still dependent on fossil fuels’ said Alice Quayle of the Coalition. ‘If we quit that dependence, it reduces the ability of fuel companies to hold us to ransom in future’. The last administration spent several years talking about climate action,and made some detailed plans, but never moved onto real action. One practical thing the new administration could do now is to make a real push to improve the insulation and efficiency of the Island’s homes,so there will be fewer people in cold homes in winter. It would also create employment, and it would reduce the flow of money leaving the island every day to pay for fossil fuels.’ 

Quilter

Fifteen Quilter International employees did three days of voluntary work to help keep the grounds and gardens at Hospice Isle of Man looking bright and beautiful. 

They did a range of jobs including planting, weeding, cleaning pathways and painting benches.

Anne Mills, Chief Executive of Hospice said: ‘We are truly grateful to Quilter International for supporting us with staff volunteering their valued time. Our gardener Tracy Connor does a fantastic job of maintaining the gardens, but it always helps when we get that extra little bit of help. The Hospice gardens are truly appreciated by our patients and their families, and are used on a daily basis for people wanting some time out, to relax or just to take in the lovely scents and colours whilst having some fresh air. Without the support of great organisations such as Quilter International, we wouldn’t be able to provide such a lovely environment for our patients and their families to enjoy.’

The voluntary work at the Hospice is part of a long-standing Quilter International programme which encourages and enables employees to provide practical help to local charities and community groups.

Zurich

Zurich International won two categories at the recent International Investment Awards.

The business won the ‘Best International Pension Plan’ category for the Zurich International Life International Pension Plan which is supported by the company’s Isle of Man-based team. The Middle East team won the ‘Best Protection Plan’ category for their Futura solution.

Nigel Simpson, Head of International Markets, Zurich International, said: ‘Winning the Best International Pension Plan award is a testament to the dedication of our brilliant team here on the Island, and to our focus on continuing to be an expert provider for our valued customers. It’s great to see Zurich International’s many years of success at these awards being continued.’

Now in its 22nd year, the awards were once again judged by an independent panel of industry experts and practitioners.

Equiom

Global private wealth and professional services provider Equiom is celebrating several new appointments to its Isle of Man based tax and VAT business, Equiom Tax Services Limited (ETSL).

Tax practitioner Andrew Cardwell joined the team as Director from PwC in July. With more than 30 years’ experience in accountancy and tax consultancy, Andrew advises UK and Isle of Man resident clients on personal taxation, UK inheritance tax and capital gains tax as well as residence and domicile issues. He is also well versed in the UK anti-avoidance provisions applicable to offshore trust and company structures, providing advice to trustees and beneficiaries in relation to UK tax exposures.

Nicola Pardy has also taken the role of Tax Director having moved to Equiom from Grant Thornton International. Based in the UK, Nicola is a UK corporate and international tax specialist with 20 years’ experience of advising companies and their shareholders.  Nicola is responsible for advising on all matters relating to UK tax.

Earlier this year, the team welcomed Mark A Hagan as VAT Director from KPMG. With more than 20 years’ experience in both industry and practice, Mark plays a key role in delivering VAT and customs advisory, compliance services and leads on business development initiatives for ETSL.

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