News | Chamber gala dinner focuses on economic growth | September 2019

Date: Tuesday 24 September 2019

Supporting economic growth was the theme of the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce gala dinner held at the Villa Marina on September 20 2019.

It was attended by around 200 guests from across the Island’s business community, and was a chance to reflect on the successes achieved by the Island’s leading business network over the past 12 months, and to look ahead at Chamber’s aims and plans for initiatives to support economic growth. Successes over the past 12 months include the launch of the Business Connex service (a joint initiative between Chamber and the Department for Enterprise); a range of initiatives to make Chamber even more open and accessible including the introduction of open forums; the launch of the Knowledge Connex mentoring and knowledge sharing platform; and increasing Chamber membership and representation of new businesses by offering free one year membership for business start-ups.

Guest of honour at the dinner was renowned after dinner speaker Graham Davies, aka 'The Presentation Coach’. Other VIP guests included His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Sir Richard Gozney; Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK; Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly MHK; and Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan MHK.

The gala dinner took place two days after Chamber’s AGM where Caren Pegg - Partner in the Dispute Resolution department at Appleby Isle of Man - was officially appointed as Chamber’s President. She was appointed as Acting President in April this year.

Speaking at the dinner, Caren thanked guests for attending, and expressed Chamber’s gratitude to all of the individuals and organisations that support the organisation. She thanked former President Chris Allen, and Chamber’s current Vice-President Kristan McDonald, for the help and support she had received from them during her work at Chamber, and acknowledged their contribution to the organisation over many years. She also thanked Chamber’s CEO Rebecca George; Jessica Kitchin, Manager of Business Connex; and Paul Beckett (Senior Counsel at MannBenham Advocates) for his help and guidance on a project to draft a new constitution for Chamber which will be presented at an EGM in the near future.

The theme of the gala dinner, said Caren, was ‘Let’s Grow Together’ which was chosen to reflect the fact that by working together, and collaborating as a business community, Chamber was able to help businesses of all sizes, and from all sectors, to achieve more. With less than two years to go before the next Isle of Man General Election, she added, plans are already being put in place for Chamber to consult its members about what issues they want candidates to address. Chamber will create its own manifesto in advance of the election to highlight the major priorities for business, and to challenge prospective MHKs about their views on policy issues relevant to the business community.

The new President, who has been involved with Chamber for over 15 years, also announced that the Lisa Lowe Centre/Isle Listen for Positive Mental Health Support is Chamber’s chosen charity for the next two years.

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