Date: Friday 25 October 2019
An Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce initiative launched earlier this year has resulted in more than 100 start-up businesses and entrepreneurs joining the organisation.
Entrepreneurs and start-ups have been offered free, one year membership so that they can benefit from all of the many advantages from being part of the Island’s biggest business network. This includes networking opportunities, mentoring from some of the Island’s most successful and experienced business leaders, and discounts on services offered between Chamber members.
Rebecca George, Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce CEO, said: “We launched this initiative to offer additional support to new enterprises in those crucial early stages of development. It is open to any Isle of Man business with no more than three employees that has been in business for under three years. If those criteria are met, the business receives one year’s free Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce membership, and a chance to feature in a promotional video in a scheme supported by the Department for Enterprise. We’ve had a fantastic response and the uptake has exceeded our expectations.”
Among new members that have joined this year as part of the initiative are Next Level Nutrition (www.nextlevelnutrition.me) and Choccy Piccy (www.choccypiccy.co.uk). Angela Clucas from Next Level Nutrition said: “Joining the Chamber feels like being given access to a bigger voice, and creates opportunities to ask for help and to be a part of something much larger. With assistance, education and networking all available through Chamber, becoming a member means joining a community that’s really valuable for any business.”
Tracey Kelly from Choccy Piccy said: “Having started a new business venture on the Island only 18 months after I moved here, I needed some business guidance. The free membership to the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce has given me access to amazing support and a network of business contacts.”
The free membership initiative is part of Chamber’s strategy to represent the entire local business community, from start-ups to large corporates, and to ensure that the membership reflects the Island’s increasingly diverse economy. In the past 12 months this strategy has resulted in the launch of Business Connex (a joint initiative launched by Chamber and the Department for Enterprise which helps businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals who have decided to relocate here), and Knowledge Connex (a mentoring and knowledge sharing platform that allows entrepreneurs to benefit from the extensive knowledge, experience, and expertise provided by Chamber members from established businesses).
Rebecca George added: “This significant increase in membership strengthens Chamber by adding to the collective voice we provide for the Island’s business community. Our membership is now at its highest point for 10 years. Start-ups and entrepreneurs are an essential part of the Island’s future as an international business centre, and we look forward to welcoming even more members during the rest of this year, and in 2020.”