25th January
Early start chairing Retail Training and Skills Committee meeting at DED, good progress with IOM College and retailer in setting up BTEC levels 2 & 3 in retailing as well as reviewing the various incentives available for retailers around the Island.

A ‘breaking the Ice’ meeting with the Isle of Man Employers Federation, a constructive meeting for want of a better word, giving me an overview of their concerns. The good news is that the sector is seeing a recovery.

Later in the afternoon an introduction to the new manager of Marks and Spencer’s, a useful meeting as they are a substantial employer on the Island and already stock local produce, but at present no locally produced meat, something I hope to address in conjunction with my role at DEFA in due course.