Chamber workshop promotes debate about Government’s Economic Strategy | September 2022

The Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business Workshop Lunch which focused on the Government’s draft economic strategy.

Date: Wednesday 21 September 2022

Chief Minister Alf Cannan MHK speaking at Chamber’s Business Workshop Lunch at the Villa Marina.

The event – which was sponsored by Best Energy Solutions Ltd and held at the Villa Marina – took place on September 20th and was scheduled to coincide with the first day of the Government’s two-day conference.


The Business Workshop Lunch was attended by 80 Chamber of Commerce members.

The workshop was attended by 80 Chamber members, and honoured guests including the Chief Minister and Department for Enterprise Minister Alf Cannan MHK, and the Treasury Cabinet Office and Home Affairs Ministers (Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Kate Lord-Brennan MHK and Jane Poole-Wilson MHK respectively). They were accompanied by senior officers including Interim Chief Secretary Caldric Randall; Department for Enterprise CEO Mark Lewin; Treasury Interim CFO David Catlow; Finance Isle of Man CEO Michael Crowe; and Digital Isle of Man CEO Lyle Wraxall. The event opened with a short talk about the draft economic strategy followed by focussed discussions and questions at guests’ tables hosted by the Ministers and senior officers.


Department for Enterprise CEO Mark Lewin speaking at the Business Workshop Lunch.

Chamber CEO Rebecca George thanked everyone for attending, and Best Energy Solutions for sponsoring the lunch. She added: “The audience included representatives from a wide range of sectors who all appreciated the opportunity to discuss the economic strategy in detail. It was an ideal forum for our members to speak directly to Ministers about how businesses can ensure their future prosperity, and support the Island’s economic growth. An overview of the conversations and topics discussed will be formalised and submitted to Government as part of the draft economic strategy consultation.”

Steve Pickett, Co-Founder at Best Energy Solutions, commented: “This was a great session organised by the Chamber of Commerce. It gave individuals and businesses the opportunity to put their ideas and questions to Ministers directly and it was a great turnout by government which encouraged great discussions and a vibrant atmosphere. I hope business will switch on to energy efficiency which is the cheapest, cleanest and most abundant source of energy on the planet.”