Articles from August 2017

Strong Industry Commitment to Monaco Yacht Show 2017

IOMShipRegistryStrong Industry Commitment to Monaco Yacht Show 2017

The Isle of Man Ship and Yacht Registries will be showcasing the excellent service and standards of the Isle of Man with a strong industry delegation at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.


Dick Welsh, Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry, commented:


‘The Ship Registry has an acclaimed combination of high regulatory standards with a focus on delivering excellent customer service. The annual Monaco Yacht Show is the premier event for showcasing our excellence and diversity of support to a global audience and I am delighted to have such strong industry commitment this year.’


The 2017 stand partners include local companies, Abacus, Affinity, Baker Tilly, Boston, Cavendish Trust, KPMG, Manx Telecom, MHG, Ocean Web, Riela Yachts and Zedra. The Isle of Man Ship Registry will also be accompanied by the Isle of Man Superyacht Forum. The public/private partnership working at the event is a demonstrable strength of the Isle of Man as a maritime centre of excellence.


The Isle of Man Stand is located in Darse Sud QS35 over the four day show. This year the Stand will have dedicated internet service provided by Manx Telecom which should prove a popular attraction in addition to showcasing the Island’s outstanding capabilities in technology.


Fergal McKenna, Director of Sales at Manx Telecom, commented:


‘The Isle of Man is a proven location for innovation. Manx Telecom provides a range of solutions which allow people and machines to communicate effectively regardless of location globally.   We’re looking forward to attending this event, showcasing our solutions, networking with customers and partners and supporting the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic Development.’


The Monaco Yacht Show has been running for 27 years, welcoming hundreds of leading companies from the yachting industry around the world and over 30,000 private owners, future buyers of yachts and high-level professionals active in the yachting market.


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Provisional A level examination results, 2017

Provisional A level examination results, 2017

Key features of the provisional 2017 A level results


The 2017 A level results in the Department of Education and Children (DEC’s) five secondary schools reflect a record standard of achievement for entrants.


There has been a rise in the number of pupils gaining the exceptional A* grade, plus a considerable increase in the percentage of pupils gaining the higher grades of A*-B when compared with all previous years. The overall pass rate (A*-E) of 97.6% is broadly in line with recent years.


As only a small minority of pupils took AS levels, these are not included in the Department’s overall analysis this year.


In the DEC’s five secondary schools, 376 Year 13 pupils were entered for more than 1,100 A levels in nearly 50 subjects.


Some of the key details from the results analysed today are as follows:


The percentage of passes at the higher grades of A*-B was 46.1%, an increase of 4% on last year and the highest since the current grading method was established.
7.8% of Island pupils achieved the A* grade, slightly up from 7.3% last year and the highest since the A* was introduced in 2010.
The Island’s overall A level pass rate (A*-E) was nearly 98%. This was broadly line with 2016 and all other years.
Thanks to sixth form collaboration across secondary schools, the breadth of subjects available has increased in recent years and a range of new subjects have been taken, examples of which are psychology and computer science. One notable new subject is agriculture, which is taught practically through farms. Agriculture saw a large percentage of pupils achieving the highest grades of A* and A in this year’s results.
Using the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) tariff system (140 points for grade A*, 120 points for A, 100 for B, 80 for C, 60 for D, 40 for E) the average points score attained per subject entry, at 86, is higher than all previous years since 2010.
Across the Island, individual pupils have achieved outstanding results, with several pupils recording up to four grade A* and A passes.


Joel Smith, School Improvement Adviser with the DEC, said: ‘We have spoken with all five secondary headteachers today and their feedback has been encouraging. The vast majority of pupils have done very well and been able to pursue their chosen pathway or destination.


‘Pupils across the Island have secured positive results, given their respective starting points, and whether their next step is in employment or higher education, they have an ideal platform to continue their learning.’


Headteachers have remarked on the high attainment and excellent achievement of particular pupils.


One pupil attained four A* grades across four subjects and, following a gap year, will be off to study medicine at Queens University, Belfast. Another pupil, who achieved three A* and one A grade, has taken up an offer to study computer science at Oxford University.


Several pupils have managed to achieve great things through adversity. One pupil, who has been an inspiration to his peers, has attained two grade As and one grade B despite contracting and then battling with the after effects of a severe illness for the past three years. Outside of his studies, he has fronted a national campaign to raise funds for the Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, following his treatment there in 2014.


Another pupil achieved three A grades despite considerable personal illness in the family. He has accepted an offer to study business and economics at the University of East Anglia.


The head boy and girl at one school have also performed exceptionally well. One achieved three A* and one A grade and is off to study law in London. The other also achieved excellent results and is staying on the Island to complete an art qualification at University College Isle of Man.


Graham Cregeen MHK, Minister for Education and Children, said: ‘I congratulate all young people receiving their A level results today. The outcomes today are enormously important for the Isle of Man. They are the culmination of a great deal of hard work and dedication on the part of pupils and staff, as well as considerable support from parents.


‘We are proud of all our teaching and support staff for playing such an enabling role in the lives of so many young people over the course of their studies. I’d like to thank staff for their hard work and for coming into schools to assist and support students today.


‘Whatever future plans our young people pursue, whether that be taking up university or college places or entering employment, I wish them every success in their continuing lifelong learning.


‘I would also like to remind those heading off to university that the Isle of Man has excellent employment opportunities on offer to them when they have completed their studies.’




It should be noted that these results for the Isle of Man are provisional and not directly comparable with the results published in the UK. The initial UK results relate to all entrants and include mature pupils and pupils in colleges and independent schools, whereas the Isle of Man data relate solely to 18 year olds in the DEC’s five secondary schools.


Consultation on proposed Central Registry Bill">Consultation on proposed Central Registry Bill

Consultation on proposed Central Registry Bill

The Department of Economic Development has launched a consultation on a draft Bill giving statutory effect to the formation of the Central Registry.


John Wilkinson, Director of the Central Registry, commented:


‘The proposed Bill will formalise the new Central Registry structure which has been in place since 2015. The new structure has seen improved efficiency of services and improved customer delivery through a number of centralised functions’


‘The consultation seeks to raise awareness of the draft Bill and seeks comments regarding the structure and the required legislative amendments.’


Following a report by the General Registry and its subsequent approval by the Government Reform Group the General Registry was restructured on 1st April 2015 as part of Government’s ongoing programme to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided to the public.


The changes included the transfer of the Land, Deeds and Probate, and Civil Registries, Charities Register and the Public Record Office to the Department of Economic Development (DED), where they were merged with the Companies Registry to form the new Central Registry


The Central Registry is currently performing the transferred functions via delegated authority from the Chief Registrar as a full transfer requires changes to primary legislation. The Central Registry Bill is intended to give effect to said transfer of functions to DED.


The closing date for the receipt of responses is 15 September 2017. A summary of the responses will be published after the consultation has closed.


View the full consultation online at:

Research shows significant increase in visitors and economic contribution from TT Races in 2017

Research shows significant increase in visitors and economic contribution from TT Races in 2017

The Department of Economic Development’s annual visitor survey for the TT Races has revealed a significant increase in visitors and economic contribution from the event.


This year’s event saw a 6.2% increase in visitors to over 45,000, with an estimated spend of £34.1 million, resulting in a contribution of £24.6 million to the local economy, growth of 8.9% and 9.3% respectively.


The majority of this growth was reported to have come from a younger audience with an increase of over 40% in the under 18 audience and 36% in visitors between the age of 18 and 29.


Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for the Department of Economic Development, commented:


‘This research is a strong indicator of the TT’s continuing appeal and potential to reach new audiences from around the world. The Department is committed to maintaining the growth of the TT with the continued support of fellow Government Departments, volunteers and our fans at home. This collaboration is important not only to increase the economic contribution that the event delivers but also to ensure the safe delivery and continued success of the TT.’


The key findings of the 2017 study were:


·         45,054 visitors came for the TT in 2017 – a 6.2% increase on 2016.

·         On average, visitors stayed 6.5 nights on the Island and spent £757 on the trip. Total expenditure of TT visitors in 2017 is an estimated £34.1 million. This represents a contribution to Manx National Income of £24.6 million and an Exchequer Benefit of £4.4 million.

·         The event attracted both new visitors as well as regular fans: 23% had not visited previously for the TT, while almost 24% also visited for other motorsport events such as the Festival of Motorcycling and the Southern 100.

·         The number of visitors to the Island for TT peaked on Sunday 4th June reaching 26,600.

·         Over 40 nationalities were picked up in the survey with the number of non-UK visitors increasing by 14.5% to an estimated 6,308. The bulk (85.9%) were from the UK and Ireland with 14.1% were from outside the UK.


Rob Callister MHK, Political Member at the Department with responsibility for Tourism, said:


‘It is pleasing to see the impact that the Department’s marketing campaigns are having on the visitor numbers, particularly on the age demographic as well as growth in international visitors which are both vital to the event’s long term viability. The Department’s team remains committed to supporting controlled growth in visitors but also significant increases in commercial revenue and the media profile worldwide for both the TT Races and Festival of Motorcycling.’


The full TT Visitor Survey 2017 is available here:

Young volunteers encourage others to respect environment through summer project

Kai Moughtin

Kai Moughtin

Young people have spent a second summer carrying out work at the Sea Terminal and surrounding area.


Volunteers aged 11 to 17 gave up 15 hours each to clean up the passenger walkway and continue work started last year on improving the wall that separates the car park from the sea.


The fortnight-long project was led by Café Laare in Lord Street, which is run by the Department of Education and Children’s Youth Service.


Emma Macaulay, Area Youth Worker, said: ‘Young people congregate at the Sea Terminal and, while the majority are well-behaved, there are instances of anti-social behaviour, such as littering and bad language.


‘Café Laare is firmly part of the community and its members want to actively contribute to it.


‘Our 10 volunteers worked hard each afternoon carrying out cleaning and decorating tasks before returning to the café for a debrief.


‘They worked in the public eye, developed skills such as teamwork and have a sense of ownership of the areas they have worked on.


‘It’s hoped these young people inspire their peers to respect their environment and refrain from causing problems.


‘In completing the project, the young people have also gained valuable workplace skills.’


The project ran in conjunction with the Department of Infrastructure, which manages the Sea Terminal and surrounds.


As a reward for their work, the young people will enjoy a trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company covering the cost of travel to and from England and coach transfers between Liverpool and Blackpool. 


Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward added: ‘This project is an opportunity for young people to learn new skills, meet new people and get actively involved in the community, while helping to improve the look of the Sea Terminal. I hope they have enjoyed their time on the project and have fun on their trip to Blackpool.’

Pinnacle Book-Keeping will be at The Royal Show

royal showWe will be attending the Royal Show Friday 11th and Saturday 12th August 9:00am until 5:00pm

Come along and see us demonstrating the benefits of cloud accounting.  You can be entered into our competition to win a Steam Packet car and passenger voucher plus other prizes!
A great family day out for all at the Royal Show!
The Royal Manx Agricultural Show is a great Manx institution it’s an opportunity to see the best in Manx farming, meet friends, catch up with the latest equipment or simply enjoy a fantastic family day out.

The Show is open 9am until 5pm

Tickets are £6 for entry on Friday, £8 for Saturday and children (4 – 14) are £1 on either day.

Show rings for live stock & competition classes

  • Displays & craft displays
  • Vintage vehicles & agricultural machinery
  • Trade stands & Manx food at its finest in the Manx Food Court
  • A great day out for all the family

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