Business Connex has helped more than 130 with relocation enquiries | February 2020

Business Connex has now helped over 130 entrepreneurs, individuals, businesses and their staff in the process of, or considering, relocating to the Island.

Date: Wednesday 05 February 2020

Business Connex has now helped over 130 entrepreneurs, individuals, businesses and their staff in the process of, or considering, relocating to the Island.

The free of charge service, which plays an important role in the Locate Isle of Man strategy, was launched in the autumn of 2018 by Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce working closely with the Department for Enterprise. It helps to facilitate the introduction and relocation of new business which is widely accepted as being essential for the ongoing economic growth of the Isle of Man. Business Connex works closely with the business community and provides assistance and support to the Department for Enterprise’s business development managers, and utilises the strength of Chamber as the Island’s biggest business network.

Jessica Kitchin, Manager, Business Connex, said: “In the 16 months since the service was launched we have helped entrepreneurs, individuals, businesses, and their staff from a range of sectors including education, blockchain, gaming, aerospace, tech, and finance. These companies have been from jurisdictions including the UK, USA, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Latvia. It’s been really rewarding to see that Business Connex has quickly become established and recognised for the role we are playing in the Locate Isle of Man strategy by offering concierge services, relocation advice, plus introductions to local businesses. Our mission for 2020 is to continue to work with the Department for Enterprise, and Chamber’s business network, to ensure that the relocation journey for businesses and individuals is as simple, welcoming, and straightforward as possible. The success of Business Connex has been based on offering everyone who contacts us the promise that no matter what they need to complete their relocation, we can find the missing piece of the jigsaw.”

One of the individuals who has recently received assistance from Business Connex is Simon Reynolds (a project management and business development professional now working for an Isle of Man corporate service provider) who relocated from Manchester with his partner. Simon said: “Business Connex proved to be invaluable in making my move to the Island. It can be a daunting task to uplift your life and move to a new place, new job, new culture where you know very few people. Jess and the team were very welcoming and helpful in making my transition as smooth as possible, pointing me in the right direction on a variety of things, no matter how big or small. I already feel I'm building my network both professionally and personally and getting to know the Island much quicker than I would have if it weren't for this great initiative from Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce.”

Business Connex also earned praise from Zotobi Management Ltd which is an application developer and distributor in the field of cross-platform social gaming, messaging and social networking services. David Burke from Zotobi said: “I can’t praise the work of Business Connex, and Jessica in particular, highly enough. Before making the move to the Island, Jessica got in touch with us and instantly made our relocation, and settling in thereafter, much easier. Even now, after almost a year on the Isle of Man, Business Connex assists the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce company with any issues we may encounter. Such a service is a massive asset to the Island, and no doubt has a positive impact on the attraction and retention of companies.”

Pictured at the launch of Business Connex in October 2018 are (from left to right) Rebecca George, Chief Executive, Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce; Minister for Enterprise, Laurence Skelly MHK; Jessica Kitchin, Manager, Business Connex; and Carol Glover, Chamber Director, Board Member of Business Isle of Man, and Executive Coach.