Articles from July 2017

Guy Martin calls time on Roadracing

guy martinGuy Martin calls time on Roadracing

10 Year Anniversary for Isle of Man Aircraft Registry

10 aircraft10 Year Anniversary for Isle of Man Aircraft Registry

This year the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry is celebrating 10 years of service, with over 952 aircraft registered to date.


Launched in 2007, the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry has grown substantially over the past 10 years, developing enhanced online services and driving excellence in standards of safety and customer support.


The anniversary year started in fine style with the Registry being awarded Best Global Aviation Registry for 2017 by World Commerce Review.  In June the Isle of Man Aviation Conference took place, proving to be a great success and, for the first time in its history, was over-subscribed.


Registry staff are focused on maintaining momentum and this is demonstrated by continued improvements to customer service, a complete rebrand process and development of a brand new website due to be on line by late summer.


Martyn Perkins MHK, Member with responsibility for the Aircraft Registry, commented:


‘The Isle of Man Aircraft Registry is truly a first-class registry, being the sixth largest international private business aviation registry in the world and home to hundreds of corporate aircraft. The Island’s economy is boosted by the efforts of the Aircraft Registry, with private sector companies working closely with us to provide extra services and support for the registered aircraft.’


Simon Williams, Director of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry (IOMAR), commented:


‘The growth over the last 10 years is testament to the hard work of the team at the Registry and the strong Isle of Man business model that we have developed and advanced. The IOMAR is synonymous with high regulatory standards. We have grown a quality Register renowned for its speed of service, dedicated support and international compliance. I am delighted to be here to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Registry and look forward to the next 10!’

Over the past 3 years, the IOMAR has:


Successfully introduced and continued to develop a new IT support system for clients.
Completed the transformation to entirely digital operations with all documentation now being generated and distributed electronically, which greatly enhances efficiency and service to our clients.
Significantly updated the Island’s aviation legislation to incorporate the latest international requirements and put in place an ambitious future legislative plan.
Further developments to IOMAR are planned into 2017 and beyond including:


Additional online services for clients.
The Cape Town Convention will become operational on the Isle of Man on 1st January 2018.
Continued pro-active support for M-registered, European-based clients striving for compliance with the evolving European aviation regulatory suite.

Student 2017 STEP Programme is biggest yet in the Isle of Man

step logoStudent 2017 STEP Programme is biggest yet in the Isle of Man

This year’s STEP Programme – which offers undergraduates a paid summer project placement in a business, government department or the third sector – is the biggest in its 19-year history in the Island.


Over 45 students have recently started, or are about to start, a usually eight-week project set by their host employer. The Programme, which is run by the Department of Economic Development and sponsored by Standard Bank, places undergraduates in work-based projects over their summer holiday. Students apply to the programme and their skills and interests are matched to individual projects, which are set by organisations. They are interviewed by their prospective host before beginning their placement.


At the end of the project, students present an account of their experience and an overview of their project to a panel of judges. Various prizes are awarded including Most Enterprising Student and Best Presentation.


Ian Moncrief-Scott, co-ordinator of the STEP Programme on the Isle of Man, said:


‘This is the largest and broadest STEP Programme here ever and I would like to thank all of the organisations for not only joining the Programme but also for identifying interesting and worthwhile projects for the students. This year we have a record number of matched projects, including planning an aircraft maintenance schedule, introducing online gaming software, updating the Island’s Tree Register and working in the pharmaceutical and engineering industries. There really is something for everyone.


‘We also have an exceptionally high calibre and varied mix of students this year, which became clear when we were assigning them to projects. STEP has been running for a long time on the Island but it continues to strengthen with every year.’


Chris Till, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank Isle of Man, commented:


‘Standard Bank is proud to sponsor the STEP Programme, as well as offer our own projects to students, and it is heartening to see that this year is the biggest yet. It is imperative that the Island attracts its brightest and best back to the Island and STEP is a great way to highlight the many opportunities that our economy offers, from international banking and IT to engineering and the public sector.’


For further enquiries regarding the Programme, host organisation and student applications for the 2018 STEP Programme, please contact Ian Moncrief-Scott on 664883 or email

Department of Economic Development concludes strategic review and announces new structure and focus

Department of Economic Development concludes strategic review and announces new structure and focus

– Launch of ‘Department for Enterprise’

– New ‘Finance’, ‘Digital’, ‘Business’ and ‘Tourism’ Development Agencies

– New ‘Strategy & Policy’ Function

– Companies, Central, Ship and Aircraft registries to remain within new Department

– Responsibility for some functions transferred to other Government Departments


During the first part of 2017 the Department of Economic Development commissioned a high level strategic review of the Department to establish how it could effectively support the Government’s ambition for economic growth, which it has now concluded.


The review included a significant level of external and internal input as well as research carried out by PWC into nine similar economic jurisdictions. The report makes six specific recommendations:


1.    The Department should remain in place as an essential enabler of our economic ambitions – there are many great foundations in place and committed staff in support of economic development.

2.    A new Economic Strategy & Policy function should be developed to focus on understanding, planning and ‘creating the environment to enable our economy to flourish’.

3.    Four new Business Development Agencies should be developed – ‘Finance’, ‘Digital’, ‘Business’ and ‘Visit’. They will work with specific industries, entrepreneurs and innovators in understanding and creating the right climate and conditions for success and growth, thereby ensuring that  ‘the Isle of Man is the place where you can’.

4.    The four principal Registries for Companies, Central, Ship and Aircraft should remain as the third critical pillar of the Department.

5.    To enable the Department to have a clear focus, a number of existing functions will move to other Departments in Government where additional public value can be created. They are:

a.    Management of the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre will be transferred to the Department of Education and Children

b.    ‘Training Services’ will be consolidated with adult education in the Department of Education and Children 

c.    Treasury’s Social Security division will take on ‘Employment services’

d.    Energy policy will switch to the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture

e.    Mining and Minerals operations will be transferred to the Department of Infrastructure.

6.    In recognition of this refocus, the Department will be renamed the ‘Department for Enterprise’ signalling a clear emphasis on supporting enterprise in line with the ‘Programme for Government’s’ national ambition to be ‘An Island of Enterprise and Opportunity’


Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Economic Development, commented:


‘The clear objective that has emerged from the review is that we have to increase the Department’s ability to enable and support economic growth – this is through a stronger emphasis on strategy and policy, through harnessing the vast expertise we have across our diverse economy in an agency model structure and through refocusing the Department around the core functions that enable economic prosperity.


‘I firmly believe the core recommendations outlined in this report will allow us to drive forward our commitment to build a more focused and integrated department that is demonstrably delivering on our ambition to be “an Island of Enterprise and Opportunity” where our people and industry work together to ensure our Island remains a special place to live and work.’


The restructure will reduce the Department’s size by around a quarter, moving it towards a net neutral financial position. The new structure will see some staff moving from the Department and a number of job functions changing.


The restructure will now be further developed over the summer with a planned, phased roll-out of the new structure starting from October 2017.


For a copy of the Department of Economic Development review go to  

Consultation on Work Permit Reform

wpConsultation on Work Permit Reform

The Department of Economic Development has issued a consultation on proposed work permit reform for the Isle of Man.


The ‘Proposals for New Secondary Legislation’ consultation lists seven proposals including reforming the current process to a single stage employer only application, simplifying the matters considered for granting a work permit, facilitating the granting of longer work permits and assisting cohabiting partners of Isle of Man workers, work permit holders and exempt persons through the granting of automatic permits.


Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Economic Development, commented:


‘The Isle of Man is facing labour shortages across many sectors of the economy. This, paired with a high number of job vacancies, is creating an Island-wide skills shortage which has the potential to deter businesses looking to grow in the Isle of Man.


‘Further, the 2016 census indicates there has been a reduction in the economically active population and that the dependency ratio is worsening, therefore although the recent indications are that this trend has reversed, ensuring the Island is an attractive destination for those seeking work is critical.  While the Department does not intend to abolish work permit controls, there are strong grounds for additional reforms to ensure the legislation is in keeping with the evolving needs of the Island.


‘The Programme for Government clearly commits to creating an Island of Enterprise and Opportunity, making the Island an attractive destination for both employers and those looking to relocate, work and contribute to the continued prosperity of our Island. The Consultation sets out a range of proposals intended to make key changes to the operation of the system to ensure that employers can act swiftly when recruiting to roles where they have not been able to find suitable, available Isle of Man workers.


‘We have seen contrasting views from the public and businesses and this consultation looks to strike a balance and find agreement on a way forward for the Isle of Man. Importantly this reformed system would continue to protect the interests of Isle of Man workers. The principle is to preserve the need to consider Isle of Man workers in the first instance but then to ensure straightforward wider recruitment if required.


‘This is a very important issue and we strongly encourage feedback from all perspectives, particularly businesses and associations, on the proposals and what this means for employment control on the Isle of Man.’


The Department is also seeking comments on the idea of “flipping” the current system so that rather than everybody who is not an Isle of Man worker requiring a permit, unless the employment is exempt, there would be no requirement for permits other than in the cases of a minority of designated employments and persons of a particular description (e.g. persons previously sentenced to a term of custody).


The proposals outlined in the consultation would require secondary legislation which could be brought to Tynwald after the summer recess.


The closing date for the receipt of responses is 31st August 2017. A summary of the responses will be published after the consultation has closed.


View the full consultation online at:

Bike pods encourage customers and staff to cycle to NSC

Bike pods encourage customers abikend staff to cycle to NSC

Customers and staff have greater encouragement to cycle to the National Sports Centre (NSC) as secure bike pods are now available for their use.


There are 14 lockable pods – 10 outside the main entrance in Groves Road and four near the outdoor changing rooms.


Cyclists using them will pay a fully returnable deposit of £10 at the NSC counter and obtain a key to the pod.


Carl Glover, General Manager of the NSC, said: ‘The Programme for Government promises initiatives that encourage people to cycle to work and for leisure.


‘Our Strategy for Sport aims to get more people, more active more often and at the NSC we run Bike 4 Life to encourage people to take up or resume cycling.


‘The presence of the pods will hopefully encourage customers and staff to cycle to the NSC and safely secure their bikes.’

An Evening with Phaedra Bird and Mark Cavendish!

Phae and Mark Cav

An Evening with Phaedra Bird and Mark Cavendish!

Pinnacle Book-Keeping and Accounts director, Phaedra Bird was invited to an exclusive dinner and evening with Mark Cavendish as part of the 2017 HSBC UK National Road Championships.

Phae was delighted with the opportunity to meet one of the world’s best cyclists and to hear direct from the Manxman himself about his career and views in the run up to to the exciting race day, taking place on Sunday 25th June.
Mark Cavendish is considered by many to be the greatest sprinter in the history of road racing.  Mark enjoyed a stunning Tour de France in 2016, winning four stages to take his total of career victories in the famous race to 30.

Those victories left him in second place, behind Eddy Merckx’s 35, in the list of all-time Tour de France stage winners.  Impressive as that total is, however, it represents only part of Cavendish’s career successes, with the Manxman also having claimed world championships on road and track, wins in the points classification at all three Grand Tours and the Milan-San Remo classic and an Olympic track medal, among many other victories.


Meet the Team

First dedicated mountain bike skills area opens

First dedicated mountain bike skills area opens


The Island’s first dedicated mountain bike skills area opened today at South Barrule Forest.


The facility will encourage people to be fit and healthy and use the countryside, in line with the aims of the Programme for Government.


The Manx Mountain Bike Club enlisted the help of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) in creating the facility, which will allow adults and children to sharpen their skills off-road.


Suitable for beginners and more advanced riders, the facility replicates features found on the Isle of Man’s trails, which are used for the sport.


The area has been designed to International Mountain Bike Association standards under the guidance of local mountain bike coach Adam Henderson.


Construction was undertaken by Steve Collins, an experienced trail builder, with the help of joiner John ‘Dog’ Callister and club volunteers.


DEFA, the Manx Lottery Trust, Isle of Man Sport and the End to End Legacy project jointly funded the project, with DEFA providing materials and guidance.


Interpretation boards will assist users and a picnic area will shortly be created.


Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, opened the facility.


He said: ‘As we seek to reinforce the message that the Island is a special place to live, work and visit, this is a welcome addition to our countryside.


‘We are encouraging more people to visit our Island and spend their money locally. This complements other recreational facilities that have sprung up at South Barrule, such as Segway, Laser Mayhem and ApeMann.


‘Together, they will be a great draw for locals and visitors alike.’


The Minister continued: ‘An aim of the Programme for Government is that we live longer, healthier lives. Exercise and fun play large parts in that.


‘This facility will encourage people of all ages and abilities to enjoy mountain biking in a dedicated area, away from roads.


‘Whole families can use the facility, which will appeal to visitors.


‘For those who have reached competitive level, it will boost their chances of success locally and off-Island.’


For information about mountain biking in the Island, visit

Young people honoured at awards

na Young people honoured at awards

Young achievers who make a valuable contribution to Manx culture and society were today honoured by the North American Manx Association (NAMA).

Each year, NAMA presents awards to under 25-year-olds nominated by the public and schools for their creativity, community involvement and commitment to learning.


Judges this year were Aimee Corlett, President of the World Manx Association, Anne Minay, Life Member of NAMA, and Professor Ronald Barr, Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Education and Children.


Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education and Children, welcomed guests to the presentation ceremony at the Tynwald building.


The Minister said: ‘The Island’s young people continually demonstrate their talent, hard work and willingness to help others.


‘The young people rewarded here today are a credit to Manx society


‘I’d like to thank NAMA for its long-standing commitment to rewarding and recognising our young achievers.’


The award winners – who received specially minted silver medallions from NAMA life member David Holmes – were:


Outstanding achievement in Manx music: Mera Royle, 17, Ramsey Grammar School 


Mera is described by her nominator as ‘breathing, sleeping and eating’ Manx music. An accomplished harpist and violinist, Mera has performed both as a soloist and in ensembles across the Island and in the UK. Performing with Scran (part of the Bree Manx music group), Mera came second in ‘The Next Big Thing’ competition at the Gaiety Theatre. She has been heard on Manx Radio alongside Peddyr Cubberley and Pullyman and has participated in the National Theatre Competition. She plans to study music at university.


Outstanding achievement in arts and crafts: Ferghus Doyle, 18, University College Isle of Man (UCM)


Ferghus’ undertook a photo-journalism project into the Island’s lifestyle and history. His project focused on addressing how the past has shaped the way we live today. Ferghus based his project on four themes; the Isle of Man Government, the judicial system, agriculture and the lives of immigrants. He interviewed and photographed the Speaker of the House of Keys, the First Deemster, farmers and families who have moved to the Island. 


Outstanding achievement in Manx language: Harry Hewson, 17, Queen Elizabeth II High School


Having attended Bunscoill Ghaelgagh as a primary pupil, Harry became proficient in Manx Gaelic and has continued to study several subjects using Manx. He is taking Manx as one of his A levels. During his free time, Harry has assisted with Club Spoyrt, which gives Manx speakers the opportunity to practise sport after school through the Manx language. He is also involved in the Manx music group the Mollag Band and has helped translate an Asterix story into Manx.


Outstanding contribution to Manx culture by a student under 18:  Chloe Irving, 17, Queen Elizabeth II High School


Chloe, a percussionist, is a member of the Rushen Silver Band which participates in more than 40 engagements a year. Chloe is a founding member of her school’s wind band and has been key to recent successes, including a prize-winning performance at the Manx Music Festival and a concert held jointly with the Isle of Man Wind Orchestra. She takes a leading role in running the school’s ukulele orchestra and encourages fellow pupils to play music and take part in concerts. This month she’ll represent the Isle of Man at a Junior Achievement challenge in Brussels.


Outstanding achievement in the Manx community: Summer Patrick, 18, St Ninian’s High School


Summer is described in her nomination as a committed and reliable volunteer who sets an excellent example to the young people of the Isle of Man and the Manx community. She has worked with St John Ambulance for many years and helps to deliver first aid training. She helps provide first aid cover at events. She has been St John Ambulance Cadet of the Year and was one of the young people chosen to be a Lieutenant Governor’s Cadet.


Outstanding contribution to Manx culture by a group of young people under the age of 25: Skeddan Jiarg


This young Manx dance group, led by dance tutor Grainne Joughin, practices every Sunday in Peel. Formed just two years ago, Skeddan Jiarg has grown rapidly and inspires new generations to get involved in Manx dance.  The group have performed at various community events and festivals: Cwlwm Celtaidd (Wales), Yn Chruinnaght Celtfest, Shennaghys Jiu, the Celtic Congress and Cyclefest . This autumn, the group will represent the Isle of Man at Celtic festival Lowender Peran in Cornwall. The group is working with Culture Vannin and the Department of Education and Children to create online Manx dancing video tutorials to inspire more to learn Manx dancing.


Outstanding Contribution to the Manx community in general: Sophie McKnight, 15, Ballakermeen High School


Sophie is a committed and reliable volunteer, her nomination states. She helped establish BallaAngels, a charity that encourages students to write poems for residents of a nursing home. She is on her school’s Year 11 book committee and has volunteered as a car parking attendant at school events. Out of school, Sophie helps run social activities at Castle View Nursing Home, assists the elderly with their shopping, has taught herself sign language, has applied to attend a sign language course to further develop these skills and has completed an online course to be able to work as a befriender for the Alzheimer’s Society. Sophie also coaches Douglas Athletics’ children’s football team, sells poppies for the British Legion and is a member of the Army Cadets, running the Cadet shop and forming part of the welcoming team.


Outstanding contribution to the Manx Community – overcoming a disability: David Smith, 21, University College Isle of Man (UCM)


David, who has autism, has completed the Duke of Edinburgh Award at bronze and silver level through UCM and is working towards gold. As part of the award, he completed 72 hours’ volunteering in the community, 72 hours’ playing a sport, 48 hours’ skilful activity and two expeditions.


Laurence Skelly MHK, a past president of NAMA, presented the award for the most progress in Manx to Joseph Reaney, 15, of Ballakermeen High School. The awardee was chosen by Rob Teare, Manx Language Officer for the Department of Education and Children.


President of Tynwald the Hon Steve Rodan MLC gave the vote of thanks.


Companies Registry progressing new beneficial ownership regime

Companies Registry progressing new beneficial ownership regime

Communication of the new beneficial ownership regime to all Isle of Man corporate and legal entities is underway for registration on the central database of corporate beneficial ownership.

The Companies Registry has sent all relevant Corporate Service Providers (CSPs) and nominated officers an enrolment code in the post. This code will give them restricted access to the Isle of Man Database of Beneficial Ownership, via Government Online Services, where they must enrol on the system no later 1 August 2017.

After enrolling, any person owning or controlling more than 25% of the legal entity must then be registered on the database. The CSP or nominated officer must submit this either by the business’ next annual return date, or by 30 June 2018, whichever is earlier.

As well as the details of how to upload the information being sent to every Isle of Man-registered entity, the Department has also created a short video which offers a step by step process on how to populate the database. This is available to view at

Minister for Economic Development, Laurence Skelly MHK, commented:

‘The launch of the central database of corporate beneficial ownership further demonstrates the Isle of Man’s ongoing commitment to actions to counter the threat of money laundering, tax evasion and serious crime.’

The Nominated Officer/CSP must submit beneficial ownership information by the date on which the legal entity’s next annual return must be filed or by 30 June 2018, whichever is earlier, but in any event as soon as reasonably practicable after the information has been submitted to the nominated officer. Any changes to the information must also then be submitted to the database within one calendar month of the Nominated Officer being made aware of the said changes.

The secure central private database will be maintained as part of the Companies Registry and overseen by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority.

Information held on the central database will not be public and will only be accessible by a small number of designated officials in a limited number of Isle of Man authorities and, on request to the Island’s Financial Intelligence Unit, by the intelligence and law enforcement agencies of countries with which the Isle of Man has a beneficial ownership sharing agreement (currently only the UK).

The legislation was developed in line with the Isle of Man Government’s commitment, made to the United Kingdom Government last year, to enhance arrangements for the sharing of information about the beneficial ownership of corporate and legal entities.

Other Crown Dependencies and the British Overseas Territories have all made the same commitment.

Further information about beneficial ownership will be made available on the Companies Registry website at