To mark the launch of our exciting new partnership and the Isle of Man’s 30 year anniversary, Claire Ebrey, Regional Director and Mike Blackburn, Regional Chair headed to Douglas to meet Ministers and IoD members to discuss and celebrate the new collaboration.
The event, which was kindly supported by Isle of Man Bank, was hosted at Woodbourne House and had an exceptional turn out including VIP guests Mr Quayle, Isle of Man’s Chief Minister and Minister Skelly.
The North West and Isle of Man joined forces last November in hope of benefiting members from both areas through new networking opportunities.
The move boosts the IoD’s North West chapter, meaning it now boasts six branches including Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and businesses on the Isle of Man. All six areas will collaborate on pan-regional events and awards as well as opening up introductions across a broader member database for the region.
Incumbent IoD North West regional director Claire Ebrey’s remit will also now extend to cover the Isle of Man; she explained: “I am delighted that we have joined forces with our Manx neighbours. This expansion of our North West division will open more doors for members, expanding our impressive network of business leaders and giving us strength in numbers as we voice their opinions on the national stage.”
Added Jennifer Houghton, Chair of the IoD in the Isle of Man: “There’s so much synergy and so little geographical distance between our respective networks, so this seems like a logical next step for us all. Our aim is to promote the views of members and give them access to a broad network of like-minded business owners to better help their own operations; a bigger core of members for myself and Claire will help us deliver that and I look forward to our new working relationship.’’