The Isle of Man branch of the Institute of Directors is inviting members’ views on post-COVID-19 lockdown business re-emergence strategy.
Chair Jennifer Houghton said: ‘Members remain fully supportive of the measures implemented by the Isle of Man government to contain the spread of COVID-19. Business confidence has, however, understandably plummeted dramatically, given the current fragility of the global economy and widespread concerns over job security.
‘To counter the potentially corrosive effect the coronavirus could have on business in the months and years to come, we’re calling on members and the wider business community to share their experiences of grappling with the impact of COVID19 and, crucially, to offer their views on strategies for re-opening business and managing the re-emergence of the economy after lockdown. In short, we need to be preparing now for what business recovery might look like in the coming months, in collaboration with government.
‘As with every crisis, though, extraordinary times can inspire extraordinary creativity and vision. It’s been encouraging to see how many local businesses have been admirably “fleet of foot”, adapting to new ways of working and keeping vital direct lines of communication open with their customers. Similarly, we applaud how Tynwald has been adept at upholding parliamentary democracy through the medium of virtual sittings.
‘In crisis response, digital technology is proving an invaluable tool. But perhaps what’s proving even more invaluable is the Isle of Man’s collective national resolve and national effort. Never has the phrase “we’re all in this together” rung truer than now.’
To share your views on business re-emergence strategy after lockdown contact Institute of Directors Isle of Man branch regional administrator Rachel McKenna, Rachel.McKenna@iod.com.