The idea of having a three day weekend to boost employee happiness whilst maintaining productivity is gaining more and more traction after successful trials across the globe.
The Treasury department has announced a variety of benefits and grants to support businesses and self-employed people after a call for more help by the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce.
Treasury has announced a temporary increase to the rate of Incapacity Benefit for the first 14 days of absence from work in order to improve support for persons unable to work due to isolation. The rate of short term Incapacity Benefit will increase from £86.55 per week to £230.00 per […]
The Gov has made a further equity investment of £5m into the Steam Packet. Treasury Minister Alf Cannan has written to Tynwald Members regarding the one-off payment, which is designed to address the commercial impact of the coronavirus pandemic while the company continued to maintain essential lifeline services. This follows […]
Corlett Bolton is celebrating the success of another member of its team being called to the Manx bar. Pamela Wells initially joined the practice as office manager in 2016 after a number of years in the island’s insurance, banking, payroll and charity sectors. Since then she has worked in a number […]
Whilst we’ve all heard the depressing stories of business closures during the Covid pandemic, it’s not been all doom and gloom. The world has seen a boom in small businesses as people make use of their time at home and the Isle of Man is no different.
For each of the months of June, July and August, eligible applicants will receive a grant which is equivalent to their annual rates bill for each of their commercial premises.
Christine Barker was using the shed in her back garden for one to one sessions until Environment Minister Geoffrey Boot overturned her planning approval.
The recruitment day is designed to provide individuals with the chance to find out more about summer job availability and more permanent careers within hospitality on the island.
I went for a walk through town this week and I realised something, there are far fewer empty spaces than I thought there were and most of those empty units have the same thing in common. You see, for any talk of empty units and a dying high street, look […]
How did you feel when you returned to work after the weekend? If you felt anything other than BUZZING to be back, surrounded by colleagues, ready to dive back into work, it’s maybe time to consider a job change. After spending much of this past year in lockdown, we’ve all […]
As the drawbridge creaks just those extra few inches and the island prepares to (hopefully) open back up on June 28, Gef has spoken to three travel companies about consumer confidence in coming to and going off the island. We previously spoke to Rikki Dunnage from Island Travel, Ged Power, […]
As the gov unveils another round of salary support for businesses in the travel and tourism sector, hospitality business owners are still seeking gov support. The latest round of salary support covers the period April 25 to May 23 for businesses which can demonstrate a reduction in revenue of at […]
Treasury Minister Alf Cannan says his department is continuing to seek solutions to a Tynwald resolution requiring banks to provide basic banking services free of charge for small charities and other not for profit clubs, societies and associations. But it is unlikely to be resolved before the General Election. The […]
The DfE has announced the launch of the Graduate Role Incentive offering local businesses 20% of the first year salary up to £6,000 and an employer National Insurance rebate for each returning or incoming graduate hired into supported roles. Essentially that all means they’re trying to get graduates to come […]
Even if the Isle of Man Bank were to close all of its offices in the island, it would not affect our ability to issue our own money, the Treasury Minister has told Keys. Alf Cannan was asked by Garff MHK Martyn Perkins what the implications are for the issue […]
Chamber of Commerce members are being asked to take part in an online survey to identify questions that businesses want candidates to answer during the General Election campaign. Claire Watterson, Chair of Chamber’s Think Tank group which is organising the survey, explainedL ‘In addition to encouraging all of our members […]
A project to stimulate Ramsey’s marine engineering sector marked a significant milestone on Saturday when Mezeron made use of the shipyard slipway for the first time in 20 years. A phased improvement plan totalling around £800,000 was carried out by the DoI, which is responsible for the site, after the […]
A Tynwald committee has said the Department of Infrastructure is attempting to hide the true cost of the promenade regeneration project from taxpayers. The Environment and Infrastructure Review Committee has delivered its final report into the much maligned scheme. In its report, the committee, chaired by Claire Barber MHK, identified […]
Stephanie Kelsey, founder of local business Beachpowder Limited, is set to pitch her sand-removing products to the Dragons in next week’s episode of Dragons’ Den. Stephanie will take Beach Powder and Beach Powder Shimmer, two talc-free powders she designed to remove sand from the skin, into the Den in the […]
The PwC report will also include a 12 month forecast model for the domestic economy determining what ‘good will look like’ for the year ahead.
Image credit: Peter Killey – manxscenes.com
The committee said that because of the relatively small size of the Manx Bar, ‘there is still a high risk of the perception of conflict of interest whenever practising advocates are deciding how to deal with matters relating to other practising advocates’.
EGaming is a relatively new industry, but it’s one that’s taking over the island. It’s big business, with big opportunities- but how much do you really know about the industry? We chatted with our mates over at Amber Gaming to bust some of the myths surrounding one of the quickest growing industries.
Mitzi Danielson-Kaslik, 17, is publishing her first novel. Palvine, is a young-adult novel, following an unnamed narrator as she becomes involved with the titular Sylvester Spence Palvine, who has been wrongly assumed to be the perpetrator of a murderer- resulting in his two-year period of hiding.
The Department for Enterprise says it paid out £2,293,000 to businesses through the Coronavirus Business Support Scheme on Wednesday. Opened on March 3, the scheme is designed to support businesses with their overheads during the March 2021 circuit break lockdown. The additional payment of £1,000 was paid to 2,293 businesses […]
The Department for Enterprise is reporting a ‘substantial growth’ within the eGaming sector over the past year. The past 12 months have seen a huge increase to the number of applications for eGaming licences, with the Gambling Supervision Commission (‘GSC’) reporting the highest number of licences that the island has […]
The Department for Enterprise is extending the support available under the Business Improvement Scheme and the Accessibility Grant. The additional support has been made available through the Economic Recovery Group, which is co-chaired by Treasury Minister Alfr Cannan and Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly, it aims to protect people and jobs, […]
Businesses that voluntarily closed on the infamous weekend before lockdown will be given £250 in compensation, the Treasury has announced. It is part of further support announced by the Treasury to support those businesses, individuals and self-employed persons who continue to be impacted by the most recent lockdown. The existing […]
There was a lunchtime business briefing today featuring Treasury Minister, Alf Cannan and DFE minister, Laurence Skelly The session also featured, gov chat show host, James Davis in a flashy studio setting The Economic recovery programme was launched last Summer, as part of the IoM financial fight back 6 work […]
The Income Tax Division has announced the extension of various deadlines to ease concerns regarding their completion and submission: Individuals Where an individual has failed to submit their tax return for the year ended April 5 2020 by April 6 2021 a penalty of £200 would normally be issued. If […]
Imagine that first day out of lockdown (3.0). We’re firmly into spring. The sun is shining. And you’re meeting your mates for drinks outside a pub on the quay for a cheeky pint of a G&T. Life is good. Behind the bars of our favourite Okell’s Inns quayside pubs are […]
Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly has told Gef we have to keep our economy moving forward, particularly as we emerge from the pandemic. He said that every department has faced its challenges during the pandemic but that thanks to the island having a strong economy prior to the pandemic, we have […]
Sally Bolton – director and advocate Law, as a profession, has traditionally been seen as a man’s world, a private old boys’ club closed to women. However, this is an increasingly outdated view and there are firms on the Isle of Man that allow women to thrive both professionally and […]
March 8th 2021 is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day to raise awareness about women’s equality and push for accelerated gender parity. We have decided to take today as an opportunity to acknowledge and pay […]
Manx travel agents and tour operators have welcomed the potential opening of the borders in September, with hopes still alive for a late summer escape or making getaway plans for 2022. The gov’s exit strategy, which was published on Tuesday, points towards a full opening of our borders by September. […]
Joanna Bodell is a Manx-made MD. Since 2019, she has been the Managing Director of ZEDRA, an international Global Expansion, Active Wealth and Funds services provider. This isn’t a role simply handed to her: at 18, after leaving college, she entered the world of assurance and corporate services in a […]
The last year has been a stressful time, as life has been put on hold for many of us due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is, however, a light at the end of the tunnel: the Covid-19 vaccine programme began on the island this year, bringing hope of return to […]
The Council of Ministers has met this morning to review the ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Following discussions, CoMin has taken the decision that the island’s construction sector must stop work for an initial period of two weeks from the end of the day today (Friday 5 March). This […]
In line with the UK budget announcement today the temporary reduced rate of 5% VAT on hospitality services and admissions to certain attractions, which was due to end on 31 March, will remain in place until 30 September 2021. From 1 October 2021 the VAT rate on those services will […]
Treasury has unveiled its latest round of Covid support ahead of the island’s second lockdown this year. The Salary Support Scheme will again be opened to all of those businesses that were able to claim during the original period of lock down from the March 2 to July 19 2020. […]
ALF: WE DIDN’T WANT TO BE IN THIS SITUATION, SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE IF BUSINESSES CAN OPEN DURING THIS LOCKDOWN, THEY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE UNLESS THEY CAN PROVE DOWNTURN IF YOU HAD SUPPORT IN JAN, THEN YOU WILL BE FAST TRACKED APPS FOR BUSINESS SUPPORT SCHEME WILL OPEN FROM 5PM WEDNESDAY […]
Business owners have criticised the gov for leaving them facing an impossible choice over the weekend with hospitality businesses being advised, but not ordered to close. Those who chose to close will not receive any extra support, despite being left with little real choice after the government advised residents to […]
A new picture book written by a Manx mental health professional is reassuring children that it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious at times. ‘Arlen the Anxious Alpaca’ follows the story of a shy, young alpaca who experiences feelings of terror when humans come to visit his farm. The brightly-coloured book, […]
Despite reports in some sections of the UK media that the Isle of Man has gone ‘rogue’ over allowing EU vessels to fish in Manx waters, the gov says this is simply not true. The London Economic said the Isle of Man had ‘moved to jettison itself from the UK’s […]
As a precaution, customers who were at Java Express Coffee Shop & Noodle Bar on Tuesday 16 February between 12:30pm and 1:30pm are being asked to immediately self-isolate, along with others in their household, and contact the COVID-111 Service. The shop was identified as a low risk location for COVID-19 […]
The Peel P50, the bimetal thermostat, the RNLI and the Panama Canal, all of which were dreamed up either by the Manx or on the Isle of Man. Now a father from Union Mills has added to our island’s great history of invention and overcoming problems. Dave Lowe, a former […]
A backbench MHK has called for more support for self employed and small business owners in her response to the 2021/22 Budget. Douglas South MHK Claire Christian said the Budget is ‘essentially a holding budget, one that will hopefully be the springboard for the next administration, as we transcend out […]
Mr President, In February of last year I presented what i termed a budget of focus to grow the economy, deliver essential capital projects, support hard-working families and improve the lives of vulnerable members of our community. The budget was one of quiet optimism based on a five year fiscal […]
The Budget has delivered an opportunity to the gov to provide an update as to the cost of the pandemic and how much cash is being spent on the recovery plans. Following on the theme from last autumn’s Budget update, Alf Cannan says it is estimated that Covid has had […]
With Strand Street looking a tad sparse these days thanks to Arcadia going bust, we asked you what you’d like to see on our high street. More local shops A LOT of you were big on supporting local. To aide this, many of you wanted to see reduced rates and […]
Two new banking licences have been granted in the last 18 months, after not one was approved in the previous 20 years, the Enterprise Minister has said. Laurence Skelly was responding to questions in Keys after Douglas South MHK Clare Christian was granted leave to ask an urgent question after […]
Three Douglas stores will not be reopening after their parent companies were bought by online retailer Boohoo. Burton, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis were all part of the failed retail group Arcadia that collapsed into administration last year. It was announced on Monday morning that Boohoo had agreed a £25.2m deal […]
With the news that Burtons, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis have been snapped up by online retailer Boohoo, more jobs are sadly at risk in the island’s capital. While Manx businesses and stores are doing quite well compared to our UK neighbours, the larger brands and chain stores are clearly struggling […]
Since the island exited our circuit break lockdown, the Isle of Man has been featured heavily in the media as our way of life and corona free status has been lauded by just about every major news organisation in Britain. While it is good to see the island presented as […]
Treasury Minister Alf Cannan has responded to the mass wave of redundancies announced at Lloyds this morning, which will see up to 25% of their staff on the Isle of Man being made redundant. While these redundancies affect c120 of its c400 employees on the island, Lloyds Bank International says […]
Lloyds International is cutting up to 25% of its staff in the Isle of Man. While these redundancies affect c120 of its c400 employees on the island, Lloyds Bank International says it remains fully committed to the island. A spokesman said: ‘As customers increasingly use the online or mobile channels, […]
The owner of Foraging Vintners has said that the gov’s response to the most recent lockdown was a mixed bag. MaryBeth Coll said that the decision to go into lockdown at the start of January was a positive one that was made quickly, but that we may have got ‘complacent’ […]
Isle of Man Post Office has some good news for its customers in Port St Mary. After reaching agreement with the sub postmaster Jeff Calvert to extend the existing contract for an additional period, all services will be maintained until at least July of this year. The sub postmaster of […]
Alex Gelling (centre) with senior advocate Liz Parkes and director Sally Bolton A trainee advocate at Corlett Bolton & Co received the highest award presented to trainee advocates for outstanding results. Alex Gelling not only passed all four of her Manx Bar exams with flying colours but received the First […]
Engineering and manufacturing businesses based in the Isle of Man have continued to prove their significance on a global scale as they have stepped up to support the local and international response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Turning their expertise to designing and producing essential medical equipment to help combat the […]
Covid financial support measures MERA and the Salary Support Scheme have both been extended to assist those who are unable to return immediately to work following the coronavirus circuit breaker lockdown. People who have been able to return to work over the weekend, or who will be returning to work […]