St John’s Are Champions

Congratulations to St John’s who have been crowned Division 2 champions after their final game of the season, which ended in a 3-3 draw against Foxdale.

Picture credit: Paul Hatton

Onchan’s Going Up

Meanwhile, for the first time in nearly 30 years Onchan AFC is Premier League. Despite having one of the youngest teams in Manx football, the O’s finished second to clinch promotion, returning to the top flight for the first time since 1993.

Entrepreneurship (Didn’t even google it)

Entrepreneurial women in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are able to apply for lending
from a new US$1bn fund launched by HSBC this week. The Female Entrepreneur Fund has been launched by HSBC to provide US$1bn in lending to women-led businesses around the world over the coming 12 months.

The Fund launch comes in tandem with the introduction of the new HSBC Roar initiative. The HSBC Female Entrepreneur Fund is open to both new and existing customers across 11 markets, including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, and application details can be found here.

Aline Ayotte, Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC, Channel Island and Isle of Man, said: ‘By introducing the Female Entrepreneur Fund and the HSBC Roar programme to women across the islands, we are building on HSBC’s commitment to support female-led businesses in our local markets.

‘We know from global statistics that women tend to receive significantly less funding than their male counterparts and the Female Entrepreneur Fund and the Roar programme provide an opportunity to counter some of the bias faced by female leaders. Small and medium-sized businesses will be the bedrock on which our island economies and communities are rebuilt in the wake of the pandemic, and our focus is on providing a full range of support to women to ensure they achieve their ambitions.’