Chamber connects charities with business community

Manx charities are being given a helping hand thanks to a Chamber of Commerce campaign which connects them with the business community.

Date: Friday 22 January 2021

Since the autumn, Chamber has been using its website, social media channels, and newsletter to run a ‘Charity of the Week’ campaign. Infographics are created which explain each charity’s work, how businesses can help, and crucially what businesses can gain from providing support.

The infographic created by Chamber to promote Disability Networks as part of the ‘Charity of the Week’ campaign.

It’s already producing results, with one recent example being Disability Networks, as the charity’s Co-ordinator Beth Martin explains: “Shortly after we were featured in the campaign, Zurich International got in touch and very kindly donated £500. It proves how charities can benefit from Chamber’s contacts and business network.”

A cheque for £500 is presented to Disability Networks at Zurich International’s HQ. Left to right are Jason Buckley, Facilities Manager, Zurich International; Beth Martin, Co-ordinator, Disability Networks: and Martin Greenwood, HR Consultant, Zurich International.

Serena Wood, Isle of Man’s Community Champion for the Z Zurich Foundation (Zurich Insurance Group’s charitable foundation), said: “Disability Networks is a fantastic charity which we were delighted to be able to support as part of our #PurpleLightUp campaign for the annual UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UNIDPD).”

Temporary purple lighting was installed at Zurich International’s HQ, Zurich House, on December 3rd last year in support UNIDPD and the #PurpleLightUp. Beth Martin attended the lighting up ceremony and received a cheque on behalf of Disability Networks, from Zurich International.

On December 3rd last year Zurich House – Zurich International’s HQ – was illuminated with purple lighting to symbolise the company’s support for the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UNIDPD) and #PurpleLightUp.

Jessica Kitchin, Business Support Lead at Chamber, said: “We’re really pleased with the success of this campaign, and will continue it throughout this year. It’s creating a very powerful synergy between our members in the business community, and the third sector.”

Jessica Kitchin, Business Support Lead, Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce.

If you work for a charity and would like to join the Chamber network, and be featured in the current campaign, please email