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Feeding the Market

22 February 2017

David Hester, Chairman of the Engineering and Manufacturing Committee at the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce, explores career opportunities in engineering in the Isle of Man and how co-operation between the Island’s Chamber of Commerce and Government is providing the next generation of manufacturing engineers.

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Marketing the Destination not its sectors

26 June 2015

Tourism, or the ‘visitor economy’ as it’s better known these days has, over the last few decades, been seen by some as the poor relation to its Finance Industry counterpart. Bringing in 1.2% in terms of Gross National Income in comparison to 34% Finance, (the largest income generator to Isle of Man Government) it’s no wonder the Visitor Economy has lacked the profile of newer industries such as e-Business and ICT.

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Vision 2020 – A clear picture of the Island’s economy

08 May 2015

Just over a year ago the Isle of Man Government released Vision2020, a comprehensive new strategy that looked to outline the Island’s plans to achieve growth and sustainable development for the future. I want to look at the progression of the strategy and some of the achievements one year on.

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A lack of young engineers – not that old chestnut

09 March 2015

There are few places in the world where one can live in the countryside or by the seaside and walk, cycle, bus or drive and be at your place of work in no more than 20 minutes.

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Marketing – it’s just common sense, right?

29 August 2014

I’m feeling depressed this week. I stumbled across a couple of articles and one blog that stated that marketing is actually mainly just common sense.

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We also make bits for aeroplanes!

05 June 2014

The Isle of Man is famous around the world for many things: The TT races, tailless Cats, kippers and the Manx missile Mark Cavendish! However, this innovative nation, in the middle of the Irish Sea, also has a long and distinguished heritage in engineering.

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"Isle of Man? What's that then?"

23 May 2014

I had occasion to speak to a journalist a couple of weeks ago. She’s from the Isle of Man but works as a successful freelancer in London. She was saying that most don’t even know where it is! My tongue in cheek comment about standards slipping in the teaching of geography or, “have they ever watched the national weather forecast on TV and wondered what that big blob in the middle of the Irish Sea is between Ireland and England?”, didn't go down too well.

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How Granite develops into Graphene!

23 April 2014

Everywhere you go on the Isle of Man at the moment you can see evidence of huge investment in our infrastructure, from completely restructured roads to new hotels, office buildings, factories and refurbished high streets. If you venture into either Douglas or Ramsey you’ll find teams hand laying granite blocks 6” thick to refresh the shopping streets. When investment like this is committed by Government you inevitably, and rightly, hear the public questioning the overall value of these projects to the economy?

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Isle of Man - China Connections...

17 April 2014

I was struck on our recent visit to China with our Chief Minister led – delegation in March just how significant China is now becoming in bringing us new innovation and technology as it races towards becoming the number one economy in the world over the next few years…

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The best of both worlds

09 January 2014

Chatting to friends who came back to the island from London for Christmas, we got onto the subject of commuting. Two hours of their day, every Monday to Friday, is taken up by travelling to and from their offices in London – that’s 10 hours a week, 40 hours a month or 440 hours a year (taking four weeks’ holiday into account) – and two hours a day is considered quite reasonable in London terms.

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DED host CEO of International Festival for Business

08 November 2013

We recently hosted Max Steinberg CBE on the Island. Max is the Chairman for the International Festival for Business 2014 and CEO of Liverpool Vision the organisers of the festival, which takes place in Liverpool in June and July next year.

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