17 Dec Business Network closes 2019 in high spirits as festive get-together raises over £750 for local charities
On Thursday 28th November, the Isle of Man Business Network held its annual Christmas social event, with 110 members coming together to ring in the festive season at 1886. The event sponsored by Cains, with the support of the local business community who donated a generous consignment of raffle prizes raised over £750 in aid of Victim Support Isle of Man and REACH.
Dearbhla Doyle, Chairman of the Isle of Man Business Network, commented: “2019 has been a year where we’ve tried to focus committee efforts on supporting community and charitable causes with the reintroduction of our Carnivale-themed ball sponsored by Newfield raising in excess of £5,000 for Alzheimers Society Isle of Man. We also marked our UNSECO Biosphere partnership with a beach clean in association with Beach Buddies Isle of Man alongside continuing to man feeding stations at the Parish and End to End Walk through our Team IOMBN banner.”
“2020 will be another year of monthly learning and social events aimed at a broad cross-section of the business community including a topical presentation from Luke Adebiyi on mental health sponsored by Capital International Group, Annual Budget Breakfast presented by the Treasury Minister Alfred Cannan MHK sponsored by ILS World and wine tasting social at the Wine Cellar in the first quarter.”
This year the Isle of Man Business Network has hosted 15 events across the Douglas district, with over 1500 attendees providing a good indication of the strength of local appetite for continued professional development. Speakers including Lynn Day, Head of Design at Starbucks EMEA, TED-presenter and Olympic coach, Phil Quirk of PQ Performance and Carol Glover, international life coach with some heavy-hitting US friends have all contributed to the business networks reputation as the islands leading business network.
The committee volunteer hours were acknowledged by Isle of Man Newspapers in this year’s Awards for Excellence in November, with the IOMBN a shortlisted finalist in the Sharing our Freedom to Flourish category.
Ahead of the 2020 events season, the IOMBN are inviting individuals and corporates to renew or enrol in their membership programme which provides individuals or corporates of 10 employees and upwards with early bird access and discounted ticket prices to their sell-out events.
In November, the IOMBN secured an affiliate membership with BITA International which will provide IOMBN members with networking opportunities when travelling overseas in the UK and Ireland. To find out more about membership benefits or future events, which non-members can also access, please visit www.iombn.im.