Unemployment

The number of people registered unemployed in December 2021 was 291, down two from November and 465 from December 2020. The International Labour Organisation’s estimate puts this figure at 736 people out of work, down from 738 in November 2021. The sectors with the highest vacancies are medical and health services (117) and catering an entertainment (79).

Atla

The Atla Group has announced a partnership with Eyesea which will see the financial services firm raise money for the mapping of marine pollution. Atla’s commitment to Eyesea will include internal fundraising events, corporate contributions, raising awareness of Eyesea through TAG Alliances, a global network of professional service firms, and also via its own media channels.

Basil Bielich, Atla Group’s Chairman, said: ‘Supporting local and international initiatives is imperative to the Atla Group. When we were first introduced to Eyesea, which has a local Isle of Man connection, but also a global impact, we wanted to understand the long-term vision. Having spent time with Cath Robertshaw on the island and online with founder Graeme Somerville-Ryan, we were impressed by the work to date and plan and visions for the future.’

Cath Robertshaw of Eyesea added: ‘Atla is our first partner from the financial services sector to support Eyesea and their involvement is a big deal. Eyesea was started on the idea that anyone could be involved – but involvement meant, metaphorically and literally, getting your hands dirty. We want people who want to make a difference.’

Packet MGP

In light of changes announced to the 2022 Manx Grand Prix schedule, the Steam Packet is offering support to affected passengers.    

The company has confirmed that customers with existing bookings will be able to change their reservations to fit the new event schedule, which will run from Sunday August 21 to Monday August 29, subject to availability. Amendment fees will be waived for those who have booked to sail to the Isle of Man during the previous event period but any difference between fares will be applicable. 

Brian Thomson, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Managing Director, said: ‘As to be expected, sailings for the new event period are already very busy with many near capacity, but we will of course strive to accommodate as many passengers as possible. We anticipate that there will be a lot of interest in amending bookings, and while additional staff have been drafted into the Reservations Department to assist, we kindly ask customers to be patient while our team deals with the high volume of requests.’  

Scotland

An auction of seabed plots for major offshore wind projects around the Scottish coast has netted £700m. Seventeen projects covering a total of 7,000km2 have been chosen in the first such leasing round in a decade. Successful applicants include Scottish Power Renewables, which offered nearly £144m for one floating farm and one fixed wind project off the coast. Other winners include Shell New Energies, which will pay £86m in option fees for a floating project. BP Alternative Energy Investments and SSE Renewables will each pay £85,900,000 in fees for two sites.

Amazon

Amazon has dropped plans to block UK Visa credit card payments this week, as the two sides continue to try to resolve a dispute over payment fees.

‘The expected  change regarding  the use of  Visa credit cards on Amazon.co.uk will no longer take place on January 19,’ Amazon said.  Visa said it was ‘working closely to reach an agreement’. Amazon said last year that Visa payment costs were ‘an obstacle’ to providing the best prices for customers. 

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