AM – Chaired the Retail Training and Skills Committee, part of the Isle of Man Retail Sector Strategy promoted by DED. An interesting meeting, a number of work streams and some good stuff in the pipeline, it never fails to amaze me just how many grants are available for retailers but are simply not taken up. There are now apprenticeship schemes for employers that will pay £40 per week for the first year and £30 for the second year, well worth looking into I would have thought for smaller and medium size businesses.

A reminder that on 4th May between 1500 – 1900 DED is hosting a Regeneration/Grants Drop-in at Peel Commissioners Offices. I will be on hand and hope this will attract an audience of business people in Peel where we can showcase some of the assistance available from DED.

Late afternoon – attended Isle of Man Arts Festival Official Launch at the Noa Bakehouse, we certainly have a lot of talent on the island. link and logo

Arts Festival

An evening visit to St Johns for the official beacon lighting celebrating Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday, ably hosted by new Captain of German Parish Allen Corlett.

Beacon 2

Beacon 1