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The Isle of Man Business Network (“IOMBN”) is pleased to announce that its first learning event under the new brand was a great success; a presentation on Digital Opportunities from our guest speaker Ian Morgan, Managing Director of Digital Corporate Products and Channels at Barclays.

Ian joined Barclays in May 2015 as Managing Director of Digital Corporate Products and Channels, with the specific responsibility to define and execute the digital transformation of the Corporate Bank.

Prior to his current role at Barclays, Ian was Director of the Finance sector team at Google UK from 2006 until May 2015. As part of the UK leadership team, Ian was responsible for managing Google’s Digital relationships with the UK’s major financial services providers, to help formulate and execute their digital transformation programmes. Whilst at Google, he succeeded in building and maintaining in excess of $300m annualised digital revenues through highly consultative engagement at Senior Executive level.

Ian has also had a series of senior Marketing and Product Development roles within both Thomas Cook and BUPA.

During the event, Ian covered a variety of current topics including:

  • An overview of the digital landscape including key technology trends;
  • Impact on consumer behaviour;
  • How businesses should evolve their strategies to take advantage of digital opportunities; and
  • How businesses can become more innovative to move at the same pace as the digital environment.
We are now living in such a fast paced environment that is it important to understand how the businesses we work for should evolve their strategies to take advantage of all of the digital opportunities that are out there.

This was a really insightful event,” said Rachael Hooper, Chairman of The IOMBN. “We are now living in such a fast pace environment that is it important to understand how the businesses we work for should evolve their strategies to take advantage of all of the digital opportunities that are out there. I hope everyone took something away from the event. I’d like to thank Barclays for their generous sponsorship of the event and to Ian for coming and talking to our members.”

At one of the biggest events of the Christmas season, over 90 guests joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce (“JCC”) to celebrate the launch of their new brand identity; The Isle of Man Business Network (“IOMBN”).

“This is a very exciting time for us,” said Rachael Hooper, Chairman of the Isle of Man Business Network. “We decided it was time to take a brave leap; to break ties with the old name, the logo and the brand, so that our new name could reflect what we actually do and so that even more people could realise that our events are designed for them.”

The JCC was originally set up in 1992 and was connected to the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce. Over the years the JCC has evolved into a separate organisation and has become the leading society for business networking and self-development on the Island. The society used to operate an age restriction, limiting membership to people at a “junior” stage in their career. Now, their events are open to everyone, at any stage in their career. The name Junior Chamber of Commerce had become a hurdle for members and speakers to jump over before being able to take advantage of what the society has to offer.

“Some of our speakers have genuinely turned up to our events expecting to present to students and 6th formers, and then were pleasantly surprised to see such a cross section of the Island’s business community,” continued Rachael. “We would like to thank everyone who made this change possible, particularly our members and of course the committee. We’re a not for profit organisation, run by volunteers and it has been inspiring to see the level of time and effort that has been put into making this change a reality”

...it was time to take a brave leap; to break ties with the old name, the logo and the brand, so that our new name could reflect what we actually do...
We’re a not for profit organisation, run by volunteers and it has been inspiring to see the level of time and effort that has been put into making this change a reality.

The committee started evaluating the brand in March this year and decided that it didn’t quite fit what the organisation was trying to achieve. During the following months, the committee looked closely at their strategy, particularly paying attention to what their members wanted, and discussing their plans to re-brand with them. The name change was officially passed at September’s AGM, which allowed the committee to look at the brand identity and change it so it reflected who they are and what they stand for.

“I’d like to congratulate Rachael, Richard [Smith – Vice Chairman], Kate [Parrish – President] and the rest of the committee,” said Minister Laurence Skelly, MHK. “I was fortunate to be included in one of their strategy meetings earlier on in year to discuss the re-brand. Networking on the Isle of Man is vital which is why organisations like The Isle of Man Business Network are important for our economy, bringing together like-minded business professionals. I’ve attended several of their events this year and they always bring such a cross section of the Island’s business community together. Their new tagline; “Join. Connect. Communicate.” exemplifies essential goals for the Island’s business community, to help drive the economy forward. I think this is a great transformation for the organisation and I wish them all the best for the future. Well done everyone.”

...organisations like The Isle of Man Business Network are important for our economy, bringing together like-minded business professionals.
- Minister Laurence Skelly, MHK