UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man

Who is involved?

Our list of project partners is growing rapidly and encompasses businesses, schools, charities and community groups across the Island.

Environmental/Cultural

3 Pieces of Plastic

3 Pieces of Plastic was set up to encourage people to pick up 3 pieces of plastic every day, whether it is on a beach, in the countryside or simply on the street.

The initiative not only encourages people to pick up litter, but also to stop littering in the first place. 3 Pieces of Plastic hopes to inspire people to look after the Island and to remember that every little effort counts towards improving our environment.

3 Pieces of Plastic encourages people to post photos of their activities on the group’s social media page to help spread the word and inspire more people to join the initiative. The organisation have also worked closely with groups such as Beach Buddies and A Life Less Plastic on campaigns such as the 3 week ‘3POP’ event that asked participants to pick up 3 pieces of litter every day for 3 weeks and culminated in a 3 Beach Cleans with Beach Buddies. The organisation also works with schools and at other events, for example this year 3 Pieces of Plastic will supply plastic and other waste stations around the Parish Walk.

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Balladarree

Balladarree in Jurby, Isle of Man, demonstrates permaculture and methods of sustainable, low-impact, living.

There is a Manx native oak tree preservation project, fruit and nut trees and a forest garden. There are also chickens and pet sheep.

Complementing it are yurts, a turfed-roof cabin, a gypsy caravan, solar power, green woodworking and a compost toilet.

Balladarree strives to have a neutral carbon footprint.

It is open by appointment, during school holidays and at weekends and welcomes school visits.

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Balladarree
Ballafayle Limited

Ballafayle Limited is a Manx farm situated in the Northeast of the Island. The farm aims be as sustainable as possible, with both resource use and environmental protection in mind. The farm applies minimal lime and fertilizer to their land to sustain their soils fertility; they use natural water sources for their livestock when feasible and are conscious to maintain their natural carbon sinks. The farm is Red Tractor Assured.

At the head of the Cornaa valley the farm has an extensive array of traditional Manx stone sheep handling pens, including a stone shed.

Ballafayle Farm is also passionate about protecting the natural resources and rich cultural heritage around the island. Ballafayle work closely with Charites such as Beach Buddies and the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch, to keep our coastlines clean and promote the marine life around our coastlines. Ballafayle also support the following initiatives on their land: Hang-Gliders, Mountain Marathon, Manx Ornithology, Woodland Maintenance, Search & Rescue Dogs, Venture Centre Activities, Tholton Register.

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Beach Buddies

Beach Buddies is a volunteer-run charity group which meets weekly throughout the year, and more frequently in spring and summer, to transform our beaches, glens and footpaths for the benefit of the environment, residents, visitors and most importantly, wildlife.

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Colas (IOM) Ltd

Colas (IoM) Ltd is a civil engineering, construction, waste management and quarrying company based at Billown quarry on the Isle of Man. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Colas SA, which is based in France and is part of the international Bouygues group of companies.

Colas (IoM) has been operating on the Island since 1963. As part of Colas long established activities, the group has two operational quarries, Billown and Earystane Billown, producing various grades limestone aggregates, Armour stone, Gabion Stone, Type 1 Single sized aggregates 6,10,20 & 40mm and walling and facing stone.

Colas also has the Island's only private asphalt plant, which produces asphalt for the local construction industry and private commercial market.

The Billown site has many previous excavation areas some are restored through natural regeneration and others by turning them over to other industrial use.

An example of a site where nature has been being encouraged is Rose Hill quarry, which was left to regenerate, with minor clearance works, carried out by Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT) and Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture. This summer, bee orchids have grown there for the first time since around 1990.

Colas Group is committed to carrying out environmental initiatives and is planting trees on its current site with the assistance of the MWT, and it is a MWT corporate member.

The Group has always supported young people, participating in Junior Achievement, the STEP programme and offering work experience.

It is generous to the local community, offering products, support and raffle prizes to charities and good causes. The company is a supporter of Beach Buddies and its employees regularly assisted this project.

The company operates its Isle of Man facilities to UK best practice standards and is accredited for ISO 14,001, an environmental management standard.

It has undertaken fuel and energy monitoring, saving, and efficiency programmes and monitors and records all water and waste material discharges from its site.

The company is a bronze member of Investors in People.

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Colas (IOM) Ltd
Culture Vannin

Culture Vannin works to take Manx culture forward in the areas of art, crafts, dance, ecology, folklore, history, language, literature and music – because a vibrant and dynamic living culture has at its heart what we have to say and how we want to say it; it is how we choose to define our world.

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Dark Horse Music Limited

Dark Horse Music Limited holds an annual music and arts festival that culminates over a three day period in July. The festival promotes Isle of Man talent, alongside UK artists and performers. Dark Horse Festival involves five stages of live music and performances, and includes acts as diverse as poetry, circus workshops, dance troops, juggling workshops and fancy dress. In addition, the festival hosts areas for local food vendors and arts and crafts activities for all ages.

In 2019 Dark Horse Festival will be working to reduce their use of plastic by offering people the option to buy cups that will be branded and reused. By doing this they hope to encourage their customers to keep the cups as a memento of the event and in turn reduce the amount of waste produced by the festival. The festival also want to engage people in arts projects that will encourage recycling and help remove plastic bottles and bottle tops from the site.

Dark Horse Music Limited is also a strong supporter of the charity ‘Sound Check’ and provides a stage for the group at the festival in addition to donating a portion of the festivals profits to the charity. The company also organise events outside of the festival that incorporates Sound Check to help provide a platform for performers all over the island.

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Douglas Town Centre Management

DDP and Douglas Town Centre Management have supported economic regeneration and community involvement in many ways, for example;

• Douglas Town Centre Regeneration; The Development Partnership co-ordinated the initial design concept stage. This involved analysing local materials, culture and heritage in order to develop a design language that recognises Douglas as the island’s capital. Of particular note is the “Colours of Mann” project, which collated three palettes of colours from the land, sea and sky around Douglas to be used within the project to ensure that the urban environment reflects the natural colours around it.

• Douglas Cycle Study; This is a project undertaken on our behalf by a STEP student to assess the cycle friendliness of Douglas and propose ways of encouraging increased use of cycling as a means of transport.

• In 2014 were very pleased to welcome the Isle of Man Farmers’ Market to hold regular markets in the town centre to assist shoppers to purchase local produce. In a similar vein the Isle of Man Craft Guild also now hold fortnightly craft fairs in the town centre selling locally crafted goods.
• The Partnership’s event programme aims to reflect important dates in the Manx Calendar such as Hop-tu-Naa, where participants can carve turnip lanterns and learn about local traditions.

• The Tower of Refuge Walk has become an annual event that takes place on one of the lowest spring tides, when participants can walk out safely to the Tower of Refuge. In addition to responding to the seasonal rhythm of the tides, the event raises money for the RNLI, which was first established in Douglas and celebrates its founder Sir William Hillary who masterminded the construction of the tower.

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Douglas Town Centre Management and DDP
EcoVannin

EcoVannin is a new collaboration between organisations, individuals and Government. It aims to secure a flourishing, vibrant and sound future for our environment, community and economy.

EcoVannin aims to deliver on these aims by focusing on a number of key strategic 'workstreams', each playing a role in delivering secure, productive and environmentally beneficial outcomes - including support for emerging and clean technologies (both advanced and smaller scale), fresh business models and new opportunities for the Island's population.

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EcoVannin
Erin Arts Centre

The Erin Arts Centre in Port Erin is a long established, multi-purpose, arts centre and home to a variety of music and drama performances and art and related exhibitions and groups.

A hub of the community in Port Erin, it brings world leading performers to local audiences and promotes local arts and culture to new and wide audiences.

The centre relies heavily on the support of its volunteers, who benefit from playing a part in their community.

It is focusing on more effectively managing the old building's energy requirements and avoids use of paper where possible, reusing any waste paper for note-taking.

The centre actively supports the local commissioners and traders association through local events.

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Erin Arts Centre
Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group

Isle of Man Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group encourages the support of wildlife alongside commercial food production in Agriculture and Horticulture on the island.
Also run regular talks and farm visits.

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Isle of Man FWAG
Go-Mann Adventures

Go-Mann Adventures offers guided tours, hill walks, hill skills and navigation training on the Isle of Man.

It encourages use of the Manx countryside for enjoyment with no negative environmental impact, working on the ‘leave no trace’ principle.

The business ensures no litter is ever left on its tours and removes paper, cans and plastics that it does find, tidying up the countryside.

Its tours and training encompass education about the Island’s culture and heritage that participants may otherwise miss out on learning about. Respect for the Island’s heritage is at the core of the business.

Where possible, clients are encouraged to get to and from tours and training via public transport. Where this is not possible, clients are encouraged to share cars, park responsibly etc.

Go-Mann Adventures tells clients about the Island’s UNESCO Biosphere status and, as a partner, will incorporate it into its marketing.

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Go-Mann Adventures
Guild of Manx Registered Tour Guides

The Guild of Manx Registered Tour guides take pride in growing tourism on the island, whilst ensuring visitors enjoy and respect the island and its outstanding living landscape and seascape.

Supporting and promoting the islands unique features and its rich cultural heritage is at the heart of the guilds ethos when promoting the island to tourists, local groups and individuals.

Through active involvement with UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, the guild’s aim to promote, explain, protect and deliver the experience of our Biosphere to all.

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Island Heritage Tours

Chris Callow of Island Heritage Tours is a registered blue badge tour guide who promotes the Isle of Man.

The company introduces visitors and residents to the Island’s heritage, widening understanding of its unique history.

It encourages residents to explore part of their Island they may not otherwise reach, contributing to fitness and wellbeing.

The company uses public and heritage transport where possible, encourages responsible use of the countryside and avoids environmentally sensitive areas.

It supports heritage initiatives of the Isle of Man Government, Manx National Heritage, Culture Vannin, Isle of Man Railways and Year of Our Island and heritage organisations such as the Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust.

As a partner, it will raise the profile of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man to cruise passengers, package holiday visitors and other visitors it works with.

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Island Heritage Tours
Isle of Man Arts Council

The Isle of Man Arts Council exists to promote the Island’s cultural identity and encourage enjoyment of, and participation in, the arts.

A sponsored body of the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, it offers grants, sponsorship and underwriting to a wide variety of individuals, schools, groups and venues across the community.

With Culture Vannin, it delivers the National Development Strategy for Culture and the Arts.

The Arts Council supports events and organisations that help boost visitor numbers and contribute to a sustainable economy (for example, Dark Skies events).

It supports projects that showcase and educate people about the Island’s beautiful landscape and environment, such as music, photography and outdoor art.

It organised the Island of Culture 2014 celebration, which has a lasting legacy for arts and culture, and works closely with Year of Our Island 2018.

Doing their bit for the environment, Arts Council staff avoid unnecessary travel and car share, when possible. They endeavour to use email, rather than paper, recycle their waste and are joining in with the Isle of Man Government’s strategy to eradicate single use plastics.

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Isle of Man Arts Council
Isle of Man Beekeepers

• Promoting best practice in beekeeping

• Raising awareness of the vital importance of bees for pollination

• Helping to increase the native Manx black bee population

• Working to safeguard the Island's Varroa-free special status

• Supporting beekeepers in monitoring bees for disease

• Collaborating in international research for programmes in bee conservation

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Isle of Man Beekeepers Federation
Isle of Man Flower Festival

The Isle of Man Flower Festival is a much-loved annual, Island-wide community event, held to coincide with Manx National week in July.

The event celebrates a different aspect on Manx life each year through spectacular floral art displays in venues such as churches, community spaces and Manx National Heritage sites.

The 2019 theme “Working Together” encouraged venues to include the positive environmental impact of “recycle and reuse” in their displays. In 2020, the organisers hope to encompass UNESCO Biosphere IOM in the Festival theme.

Although fresh flowers predominate at the event, discriminative use of artificial flowers encourages participation by children from schools, playgroups and youth organisations when arrangements may necessarily have to be made in advance.

The hugely popular event enhances the cultural offering to residents and visitors of all ages, and many enjoy tours of the venues, often lingering for refreshments. Entry is generally free (except MNH sites) but donations are always welcomed.

The Festival committee also organises workshops at locations around the Island to encourage people to learn more about floral art and to appreciate the Island’s flora. These workshops are widely advertised especially on social media, and are open to everyone, whether or not they are involved with the Festival, to encourage participation in a new hobby or interest.

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Isle of Man Flower Festival
Isle of Man Friends of the Earth

Isle of Man Friends of the Earth (IoM FoE) is an organisation of concerned volunteers. We’re a local group, and part of Friends of the Earth UK. We campaign for a cleaner, greener Island.

Members come from all walks of life: students, pensioners, builders, accountants, self-employed and many others. Dealing with man-made climate change is the most important issue of our time.

IoM FoE is campaigning hard to ensure action is taken by government to dramatically reduce Manx CO2 emissions, to develop renewable energy sources, and to prepare for the impact climate change will have on our weather.

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Isle of Man - Friends of the Earth
Isle of Man United Nations Association

The aim of the charity is to encourage Isle of Man residents to take an interest in international affairs and support the principles and work of the United Nations and its Agencies, including education and humanitarian activity.

Isle of Man United Nations Association aims to encourage the discussion of matters and events of international and universal concern, particularly in relation to the Isle of Man, and to provide a forum for persons and entities within the Isle of Man interested in and concerned with international affairs. It organises discussions and events each year, helps Manx students attend a UN Summer School and runs an annual Model Security Council for sixth formers.

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Isle of Man United Nations Association
James Vickers Building Consultancy Ltd

James Vickers Building Consultancy Ltd specialises in designing ecologically good houses and improving the energy performance of existing dwellings.

The Isle of Man Government plans legislation to tackle carbon emissions and the company plans to play a significant role in building and retro-fitting houses to zero or close to zero emissions.

James Vickers uses local labour and locally supplied materials where possible. Among several accolades, company principle James Vickers designed and managed the building of Build-It magazine’s best eco house in the UK in 2017 and was again a finalist in 2018. The award-winning Passive house utilised a timber frame that was manufactured on the Island.

Mr Vickers gives lectures and talks to professionals, community groups and schools on sustainable and Passive construction and finds interest high across the Isle of Man community.

Mr Vickers did voluntary work in Romania, building energy-efficient housing for the poor and needy, for a decade. His company continues to support Manx charity Hands of Hope, which carries on this work.

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James Vickers Building Consultancy Ltd
Knockaloe Centre for WW1 Internment

Knockaloe internment camp in Patrick housed some 23,000 ‘enemy aliens’ in its 23 compounds at any one time during World War One and has a significant place in the Island’s history.

Joseph Pilates developed his world famous method of fitness while working in the camp hospital; Archibald Knox was a parcel censor at the camp and it is believed that Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed furniture that was built by internees.

Knockaloe.im is a registered charity, established by the Patrick community, that is using the former village schoolrooms to develop an online visitor centre, app and web-based archive for the Knockaloe Internment Camp.

The former schoolrooms are being developed into a permanent exhibition centre.

The centre will add to the Island’s tourism proposition, welcoming and educating people from all over the world who are interested in the history of Knockaloe and in coming to the Island to see where their relatives were interned.

It will provide a learning base for local schoolchildren.

The last surviving gathering point for the whole of Patrick, the schoolroom will also be an important venue for community and cultural events.

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Knockaloe.im
Manx Basking Shark Watch

MBSW is a registered charity working to understand and protect this endangered species and we would like your help. We conduct surveys from our boat the Happy Jack, however if you have seen a basking shark and can remember the location we would love to hear about it. Please report your sightings on our website on this link - http://www.manxbaskingsharkwatch.com/report.aspx

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Manx BirdLife

Manx BirdLife is the pre-eminent wildlife conservation charity based on the Isle of Man working to protect the Island's wild birds and the habitats on which they depend.

Since 1997, we have monitored the abundance and diversity of Manx birds, collecting more than eight million records. We use this data to inform environmental policy and conservation action.

We work with government, corporations, NGOs, educators and the local community so that future generations might continue to enjoy the Isle of Man's natural environment and the magnificent spectacle of its wild birds.

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Manx Birdlife
Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival

The Manx Competitive Music, Speech and Dance Festival is the charity that organises the Manx Music Festival, known to many as The Guild.

The Island’s oldest major event, the much loved festival began in 1892 and has run for 127 unbroken years, continuing even during the two World Wars, and is an important part of the Island’s culture and heritage.

More than 40 hard-working volunteers run the festival and 4,600 competitors of all ages take part.

It attracts entries and nurtures talent from across the community.

In 2019, some 217 classes took place over eight days of competition at the Villa Marina and St Thomas’ Church.

Classes include music (folk, operatic, oratorio, choir, popular and rock music for voice and woodwind, string, organ, keyboard and percussion for instruments), drama (poetry, character study, public speaking, Bible reading and choral speaking) and dance (modern, tap, ballet, national and character dance). In 2019, Stand Up Comedy was introduced and attracted brave competitors and enthusiastic audiences.

Manx features strongly, with classes for dialect, Gaelic and dancing and a T. E. Brown class ensuring the work of the Island’s national poet is heard.

The event offers scholarships to participants to study at acclaimed music, drama and dance schools.

It organises offshoot events such as workshops, concerts and recitals featuring internationally recognised performer and adjudicators.

It works with partners across the community.

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Manx Music Festival
Manx Energy Advice Centre

The Manx Energy Advice Centre is an independent charity which has been created as a service to promote energy conservation, the use of renewable energy and provide independent advice and information.

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Manx Geological Survey

The Manx Geological Survey is a charity that encourages public interest in geology by promoting research and education.

The charity is building a database of geological and geophysical data on the Isle of Man’s rocks, soil and natural resources, onshore and offshore.

The data will assist anyone carrying out land management programmes and planning projects that impact on the natural environment.

Using maps, animations and information, the charity’s interactive website engages visitors about the Island’s geological development.

The charity hosts events and conducts school visits and public talks.

It is investigating the feasibility of running a postgraduate training course on Global Energy, at University College Isle of Man, covering future power generation, use and storage.

It’s intended to make resulting data publicly available to inform decision-making and demonstrate that the Isle of Man embraces new ideas and encourages new technologies.

Subject to securing funding, the charity also hopes to develop educational materials for primary schools, develop geological trails to encourage people to learn about how the Island is formed and produce more educational animations and videos.

Its Partnership with UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man will add a ‘Geosphere’ element to the project.

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Manx Geological Survey
Manx Hedgehog Conservation Society

Manx Hedgehog Conservation Society (MHCS) is a charity that focuses around the protection of injured, sick or orphaned hedgehogs on the Isle of Man. Hedgehogs are important species that help balance ecosystems for sustainable plant grown. They also act as an important indicator of the general health of an ecosystem.

The Manx Hedgehog Conservation Society have over sixteen volunteer hedgehog foster carers throughout the island which care for hedgehogs and help to educate and increase public awareness. The charity gives approximately 140 talks per year to the general public on hedgehog protection and the environmental aims of the charity. The charity also attends many public events throughout the year.

The Manx Hedgehog Conservation Society is passionate about protecting our natural resources and as such, have started a crisp packet recycling scheme to help reduce plastic pollution and educate the public on the issues of single use plastics on the island. Having invited all the schools to join the initiative, the charity has collected over 10,000 crisp packets which upcycle and reuse into other products, including ‘eco-bricks’.

The charity are passionate about engaging with the next generation through education and awareness and work on topics in such as the importance of the conservation of hedgehogs, a healthy ecosystem and understanding the consequences of environmental change for species and habitats.

The charity also runs events throughout the island such as the winter garden workshop which engaged with schools and the public from all over the island and encouraged people to have care and consideration for their environment.

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Manx Society for Marine Conservation

The philosophy of manxsmc is to act as advocates for research, education and conservation and through the establishment of a non-for-profit scientific initiative, aim to preserve and enhance the Manx marine environment.

Our objective is to learn about, protect and conserve the Manx marine environment for the future.

Our vision is to generate knowledge to further understand the uniquely rich habitats and associated marine flora and fauna found in Manx waters.

By understanding this diversity, we hope to establish links between people and marine life, which is vital to protect the distinctive Manx marine environment.

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Manx SMC
Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch is a registered charity aimed at conserving whales, dolphins and porpoises around the Isle of Man.

A dedicated team of volunteers carry out land and boat based effort watches, along with other ongoing projects. Public sightings are also very important to our research. You can post your sightings to our website http://www.mwdw.net/

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Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Charity
Manx Wild Bird Aid

Manx Wild Bird Aid is an Isle of Man charity that looks after sick, orphaned and injured birds.

The charity is staffed entirely by volunteers who have a passion for birds and come from all over the Island.

They collect injured birds and take them to volunteers who offer rehabilitation or to veterinary surgeons.

The charity gives presentations to groups across the community on how pollution in our environment can affect wildlife.

As an organisation, it is keen to limit its own impact on the environment. Much of its equipment is reusable and it tries to minimise the use of medications such as antibiotics.

Manx Wild Bird Aid also captures it work through videos and imagery, shared on social media, demonstrating to a wide audience what is happening in the Isle of Man and encouraging others to set up similar organisations.

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Manx Wild Bird Aid
Milntown

Milntown is a historic country house, café and gardens in the north of the Isle of Man that is open to the public and popular with locals and visitors.

The estate is significant in that it formed part of the site of the Battle of Skye Hill in 1079.

The house is the former home of the Christian family, whose notable members included Fletcher Christian and Illiam Dhone, who was born on the estate.

The family has played a major part in Manx history since the 15th Century and Milntown is dedicated to researching and telling that story.

The house and estate are run by a trust established by Milntown’s most recent resident, the late Sir Clive Edwards.

The demands of maintaining a historic house and grounds mean that in addition to its staff, Milntown employs the specialist skills of local workmen and craftsmen, in support of the economy.

A team of volunteers is busy recording and archiving Milntown’s history. There are regular public tours of the house and schools and other groups are encouraged to use it for educational purposes.

Milntown’s beautiful grounds, operated on organic principles, draw many admiring visitors.

Work constantly goes on to regenerate the gardens and the surrounding woodlands to create a landscape of significant horticultural interest.

The 15 acres of grounds are home to an extensive collection of local and exotic trees and plants and shrubs developed from cuttings and seeds.

The result is a habitat for birds, including wildfowl, butterflies and insects and breeding hedgehogs.

The grounds host community and educational events and private functions and feature work by local artists.

The popular café at Milntown uses local produce as much as possible, including that from its own gardens.

Milntown also offers year-round visitor accommodation in three self-catering apartments.

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Smeale Farm Cottages

Smeale Farm Cottages nestle into the beautiful countryside in the north of the Isle of Man.

The holiday cottages are located on a sheep and cereals farm where farming practices are chosen to protect wildlife alongside commercial farming. The on-farm nature conservation area covers 7 acres, and links with the Ayres National Nature Reserve to provide a wildlife corridor stretching inland.

The Martin family strive to make the farm cottages as environmentally friendly as possible, by providing firewood from the farm nature reserve which is a sustainable source, using energy efficient light bulbs, providing recycling opportunities and air drying laundry. The cottages are also furnished with beautiful vintage wooden furniture to enhance the cottages and reduce use of new resources. The single storey cottage is wheelchair accessible.

The farm promotes the island’s cultural heritage through farm tours, which cover over 500 years of family history on the one farm. The farm buildings have retained original features such as the wattle canopy and ziggurat style fireplaces, the Georgian farmhouse (known as the new farmhouse), the horse walk and the remains of a beggars’ house for itinerant workers. The family have an interesting heritage textiles collection available too.

When the family are moving sheep, they collect any litter they see along public roads and hedges. The farm provides lots of apples to the Apple Orphanage, a community business, in return for juice.

After looking back over the last 5 months a number of evening events have been hosted and other means have been used to promote the Island:

The farm held a great storytelling event, a traditional pastime for the Manx. A Water Divining workshop was held, an ancient and useful skill to learn. In the Autumn, Smeale Farm Cottages will hold a workshop on herbs.

A Bottle to Blossom event was held in conjunction with the Apple Orphanage, supported with cheese samples from the Isle of Man Creamery. Apple tree management tips and tastings were given.

For the IOM Famers and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) the Martin family recorded a 5-minute video about wildlife conservation at Smeale Farm. This will be submitted for the UK Silver Lapwing Award 2020, UK. DEFA were kind enough to financially support this recording. The history of Smeale Farm will be explored as part of the Heritage Open Events in October.

In the Autumn, there will be a short film produced by local company Dark Avenue Productions with Smeale Farm as the location. This will be entered in the Isle of Man Film Festival 2020. The plot is based on a Manx Folk story entitled “The Lost Wife”.

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The Manx Bard - The Poet of the Isle

The Manx Bard is an exciting cultural initiative for the Island, sponsored by the Isle of Man Arts Council and endorsed by Manx Litfest and Isle of Man Poetry Society.

Each year sees the Island’s most worthy poet appointed as Manx Bard via an annual competition. In recognition of our proud poetic heritage, the title of First Manx Bard was awarded posthumously to our national poet T.E. Brown. There have so far been three living Manx Bards.

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The Manx Wildlife Trust

The Manx Wildlife Trust is the principal voluntary nature conservation body on the Isle of Man, with concern for both land and marine environments.

Its key aims are to acquire and manage nature reserves and safe sites for wildlife and to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of the Island's unique natural heritage.

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Visit Mann Tours

Visit Mann Tours is an Isle of Man business founded by John Shakespeare, who has been involved in promoting the Island for more than 30 years.

Working closely with Government agencies, Visit Mann Tours organises visitor itineraries covering all aspects of our unique Island.

By sharing great local knowledge and a passion for every aspect of life here, we are able to demonstrate that the Isle of Man is a special place for people, nature and culture.

By helping our visitors to enjoy and celebrate our environment to the full, we aim to showcase the stunning land and seascape that make up the majority of the Island Biosphere.

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Visit Mann Tours
Zero Waste Mann

At Zero Waste Mann we believe a rethink of current ideas on WASTE DISPOSAL is long overdue. Instead we should be aiming for 'RESOURCE RECOVERY' because everything we throw away has value.
'Zero Waste' is happening all around the world. We want it to happen on the Isle of Man.

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Community

Balley Cashtal Beg

Balley Cashtal Beg (Manx for Little Castletown) is a community organisation that promotes the Island’s ancient capital.

Its fairy doors appear all over the town, prompting interest in, and visits to, the town, with resulting benefits to business.

Balley Cashtal Beg encourages to learn about and take an interest in their surroundings, promoting pride in and knowledge about the town’s history.

Balley Cashtal Beg also brings Manx language and culture to life through leaflets, stories, activities, craft sessions and competitions.

All crafts use natural materials, avoiding damaging glitter and plastic.

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Balley Cashtal Beg
Braddan Parish Commissioners

Very pro-active Local Authority with many ongoing projects that complement the aims and visions of Biosphere Vannin project for example: Development: Kerbside Recycling since 2011, LED Street lighting, Youth Facilities including paygrounds, BMX track and skatepark, Conservation: maintenance of Braddan parts of Heritage Trail between Douglas and Peel, celebrate Parish day every year with local community, Knowledge: Archibald Knox celebration of famous Braddan parishioner Archibald Knox who lived in the village and was a celebrated artist and designer in the Art Nouveau period of British Arts and Crafts Celtic design.

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Braddan commissioners (new) logo - Archibald Knox born here
Christian Aid Isle of Man

Christian Aid Isle of Man stands up for dignity and equality and works to educate and mobilise people to build a movement that can change the course of history and bring social justice to all.

The charity believes climate and ecological disasters are instrumental in trapping those already affected by poverty. Through education, campaign and conversation, it aims to influence the use of natural resources and the ethical investment of funds.

The charity takes the generosity of the Island to remote corners of the globe. Most recently, beekeeper Harry Owens travelled to the east African country of Burundi to share his beekeeping knowledge with local women.

The charity works with local churches, schools and the community to educate people about, and encourage, ways we can look after the Island and the world for generations to come.

Its education programmes and campaigns encourage people to be more thoughtful in their use of resources.

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Christian Aid Isle of Man
Diocese of Sodor and Man

The Diocese of Sodor and Man oversees all of the Church of England churches in the Isle of Man.

The Diocese is working on developing an Environmental Policy and has created the role of Diocesan Environmental Officer, who will liaise with Eco Representatives in each Parish to encourage best practice. It has also set up an Eco Forum for information and skill-sharing for the Eco Representatives and is putting together a database of local expertise they can draw upon.

The Diocese is encouraging those responsible for churches, halls, offices and vicarages to register as Eco Churches, through the A Rocha Eco Church Scheme.

The scheme’s Eco Church Survey requires a carbon audit, as well as implementing ways of energy reduction: from the insulation of buildings, installing double glazing, using more sustainable heat sources, energy efficient lighting and establishing water butts to carbon offsetting, using recycled paper, setting up recycling stations, lift-sharing, reducing single-use plastics and using locally sourced, organically grown food.

The survey encourages the installation of bird boxes, bird feeders, planting fruit bushes and trees, wildflowers and sustainable land management.

The Diocese has held a workshop with Christian Aid and A Rocha on ‘Greening Gods’ Acre’ looking at setting aside church land for greater biodiversity, to encourage more churches to explore the possibility of creating greener grave yards, wild flower meadows, gardens, allotments, and tree planting as well as planting orchards and fruit bushes. Some of the Islands’ churches are already well on the way with community initiatives to green their small corner.

The Diocese has a number of Fairtrade Churches and was awarded the status of a Fairtrade Diocese in 2012.

The Islands’ church buildings form an integral part of the Island’s cultural and architectural heritage. The Diocese is committed to maintaining these unique buildings while equipping them to function more sustainably in the 21st Century.

Churches are working to become more accessible to people, celebrating their diverse histories, advertising and incorporating local history exhibitions, leaflets, tours, their Celtic Crosses, standing stones and ancient graveyards in their welcome to visitors.

Churches are also places where people can enjoy peace and contemplation, away from a busy world and deepen their Spiritual awareness through small group studies, meditation and regular worship.

Churches have a rich and varied involvement within their local communities: offering pastoral care, baptisms or thanksgiving services for a child, marriage preparation and support, bereavement support, prison, hospital and hospice visiting; and hosting concerts, fayres, parent and toddlers groups, youth clubs, flower festivals, community lunches and coffee gatherings, film screenings, whist drives etc; serving as TT and Parish Walk feeding stations, and even serving the community as their village shop. The Islands churches are here are for anyone at any time.

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Diocese of Sodor and Man
Douglas Town Centre Management

DDP and Douglas Town Centre Management have supported economic regeneration and community involvement in many ways, for example;

• Douglas Town Centre Regeneration; The Development Partnership co-ordinated the initial design concept stage. This involved analysing local materials, culture and heritage in order to develop a design language that recognises Douglas as the island’s capital. Of particular note is the “Colours of Mann” project, which collated three palettes of colours from the land, sea and sky around Douglas to be used within the project to ensure that the urban environment reflects the natural colours around it.

• Douglas Cycle Study; This is a project undertaken on our behalf by a STEP student to assess the cycle friendliness of Douglas and propose ways of encouraging increased use of cycling as a means of transport.

• In 2014 were very pleased to welcome the Isle of Man Farmers’ Market to hold regular markets in the town centre to assist shoppers to purchase local produce. In a similar vein the Isle of Man Craft Guild also now hold fortnightly craft fairs in the town centre selling locally crafted goods.
• The Partnership’s event programme aims to reflect important dates in the Manx Calendar such as Hop-tu-Naa, where participants can carve turnip lanterns and learn about local traditions.

• The Tower of Refuge Walk has become an annual event that takes place on one of the lowest spring tides, when participants can walk out safely to the Tower of Refuge. In addition to responding to the seasonal rhythm of the tides, the event raises money for the RNLI, which was first established in Douglas and celebrates its founder Sir William Hillary who masterminded the construction of the tower.

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EcoVannin

EcoVannin is a new collaboration between organisations, individuals and Government. It aims to secure a flourishing, vibrant and sound future for our environment, community and economy.

EcoVannin aims to deliver on these aims by focusing on a number of key strategic 'workstreams', each playing a role in delivering secure, productive and environmentally beneficial outcomes - including support for emerging and clean technologies (both advanced and smaller scale), fresh business models and new opportunities for the Island's population.

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EcoVannin
Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group

Isle of Man Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group encourages the support of wildlife alongside commercial food production in Agriculture and Horticulture on the island.
Also run regular talks and farm visits.

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Isle of Man FWAG
Garff Commissioners

Garff commissioners are passionate about protecting our natural resources. They work in partnership with Laxey and Dhoon Schools on a range of projects including a campaign initiated by students to reduce single-use-plastic. They also have a sponsored partnership with Beach Buddies and provide beach cleaning facilities at Garff's five main beaches.

In 2019, in conjunction with 'Manx-Birdlife', the commissioners have developed a new policy regarding hedge-cutting, which hopes to minimise biodiversity loss in the Sheading's hedge-rows. Similarly, Garff commissioners no longer use harsh chemical when spraying highways and pavement for weeds.

Garff commissioners now install energy saving LED lighting when replacing street-lights in their constituency and encourage recycling in a variety of locations across Garff Sheading. The commissioners are also keen to encourage safe cycling in the area, having launched the ‘Share the Space’ campaign in 2017 with Dhoon and Laxey Schools.

Garff commissioners are also proud of our culture and heritage, and as such, support Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust and Maughold Parish Social Club. They produce local guides for visitors, such as 'The Laxey Visitor and Heritage Trail Guide' and have close involvement in community events, including long-standing cultural events such as Maughold Parish Day and Laxey Fair, and newer events such as Prash Laxaa, the Great Laxey Brass Band Festival. They also support projects such as the 'Visit Laxey Valley' Project which is seeking to promote the area's mining heritage.

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Hub Club - Southern Community Initiative

Southern Communities Initiatives have some great projects on the go, such as "Men in Sheds" - hobbies place for older men; the social fitness group - "Southern Striders"; "Animates" - community pet care project.

Unlocking the potential in our community.

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Southern Communities Initiative
Isle of Man Beekeepers

• Promoting best practice in beekeeping

• Raising awareness of the vital importance of bees for pollination

• Helping to increase the native Manx black bee population

• Working to safeguard the Island's Varroa-free special status

• Supporting beekeepers in monitoring bees for disease

• Collaborating in international research for programmes in bee conservation

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Isle of Man Beekeepers Federation
Isle of Man Federation of WIs

The Isle of Man Federation of WIs has 520 members in 26 institutes across the Island.

The WI offers women the opportunity to enjoy friendship, widen their horizons and influence local, national and international affairs.

The WI champions initiatives in health, education and the environment.

It is currently involved in an initiative to end the ‘soup’ of microplastics found in oceans and is working with local charities, and at local events, to raise awareness of this issue.

The Island’s WI contributes to nationally adopted initiatives by way of resolutions to annual meetings.

On the Island, a varied programme of events is organised by the Federation’s four main subcommittees and by individual WIs.

Its main annual showcase is the WI marquee at the two summer agricultural shows.

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WI
Isle of Man United Nations Association

The aim of the charity is to encourage Isle of Man residents to take an interest in international affairs and support the principles and work of the United Nations and its Agencies, including education and humanitarian activity.

Isle of Man United Nations Association aims to encourage the discussion of matters and events of international and universal concern, particularly in relation to the Isle of Man, and to provide a forum for persons and entities within the Isle of Man interested in and concerned with international affairs. It organises discussions and events each year, helps Manx students attend a UN Summer School and runs an annual Model Security Council for sixth formers.

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Manx Lottery Trust

The Manx Lottery Trust is an Isle of Man registered charity and an independent charitable trust.

A delegated partner of The National Lottery Community Fund, it provides grants to eligible charities and not for profit organisations for suitable projects and community initiatives, supporting the Manx community.

As a grant funder, it enables the community to move forward with projects that are in keeping with the Island's UNESCO Biosphere recognition.

In addition to existing programmes, a new programme, the Island Community Fund, has now been launched and is being administered by MLT with funds from the Isle of Man Treasury and projects must meet at least one of the three stated pillars of Conservation, Development and Learning. The fund will provide a maximum grant of up to £25,000 to match fund costs in development of projects.

The Manx Lottery Trust is working towards reducing its use of paper by updating technology with the aim of paperless meetings and online applications.

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Manx NFU - Business Partner

The Manx NFU works to create a strong agricultural economy on the Isle of Man for our members and to provide a reliable, sustainable and secure food supply for the Manx people. We represent farmers from the majority of farm businesses on the Island.

It is intriguing how sites in Germany and Switzerland used the UNESCO Biosphere accolade to help their local food and tourism sectors - we hope the same will apply to the Isle of Man.

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Manx National Farmers Union
Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch is a registered charity aimed at conserving whales, dolphins and porpoises around the Isle of Man.

A dedicated team of volunteers carry out land and boat based effort watches, along with other ongoing projects. Public sightings are also very important to our research. You can post your sightings to our website http://www.mwdw.net/

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Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Charity
One World Centre

Set up in 2004, the One World Centre is a registered Manx Charity supported by a range of parties. As a Development Education Centre it’s our mission to encourage understanding and respect for the lives and cultures of all people – so that we can help to share a fair society that celebrates our global differences and interdependence. This sees us highlighting the links between our lives in the Island and those of people in developing countries; raising awareness of global economic, social, political and environmental issues; challenging stereotypes; fostering a positive attitude that embraces human rights and responsibilities and creating opportunities for people to become active global citizens. OWC is actively involved in maintaining Fair Trade Island status for the Isle of Man, as well as other Education for Sustainable Development activities.

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Pilates Isle of Man

Pilates Isle of Man is located in Peel – close to where Joseph Pilates famously developed his method of exercise while at Knockaloe internment camp during World War I.

Lizzy Main, the studio’s owner, not only teaches Pilates’ method but, via workshops, talks and school visits, talks about his time on the Island, linking it back to exercise.

She maintains links with internment site by working with Knockaloe.im for projects such as outdoor event Pilates 1020.

The studio, in the old Viking longhouse building, is also a community hub, used as art venue by Creative Art Network, individual artists to showcase their work and other practitioners.

The studio promotes physical and mental health and wellbeing, alleviating the burden on health services. It delivers recognised programmes for clients with cancer and neurological conditions.

It also supports with charities including Isle of Man Breast Care, the MS Society Isle of Man and UK and Sailing for the Disabled.

Environmentally, it employs steam cleaning to cut chemical usage; has only reusable cups; uses LED lighting and low energy rated heating and alleviates the need for air conditioning by opening windows – encouraging people to breathe fresh air!

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Queen's Pier Restoration Trust

The Queen’s Pier Restoration Trust is restoring the Island’s only remaining Victorian pier to enhance understanding of this particular piece of Isle of Man’s heritage.

Carried out entirely by volunteers, the restoration is a true community project and involves people with expertise ranging from engineering and logistics to fund-raising.

Recreating the attraction will increase footfall, helping the economy in the Ramsey and Island as a whole, the charity hopes. There is interest in the project from across the globe.

The restored pier will allow visitors to walk 2000 feet from the shoreline out into the Isle of Man’s first, and largest, marine nature reserve.

The fascinating restoration is being reported on by broadcast and print media and faithfully recorded via the charity’s social media channels and the community is supporting it through well-attended and successful fund-raising events.

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Rowany Golf Club Limited

Rowany Golf Club allows players to experience golf in a beautiful setting on the edge of Port Erin.

The club leases the land from Port Erin Commissioners and has a number of initiatives to improve the environment.

It is investing in new equipment, aeration and spraying devices to improve the condition of the course and the efficiency of its maintenance. A volunteer work party meets weekly to carry out improvements.

Sub-standard palm trees were felled, with advice from DEFA, and replaced by indigenous trees and a planting project continues, to add more trees. Use of different fertilisers is being tested to reduce their environmental impact.

The club offers golf in many formats to encourage as many people as possible to enjoy the healthy pursuit.

Discounted rates encourage use of the course by children, students and apprentices, the over-80s, those who do not wish to compete or hold a handicap, those who wish to play only nine-hole competitions, those belong to other local clubs, too, and those who live overseas.

The club places strong emphasis on encouraging young people to take up golf. It has an annual campaign to attract schoolchildren, junior nights, prizes for juniors in many competitions and coaching by professionals for juniors showing talent. In 2018, during Rowany’s Week of Golf, the Junior Port Erin Town Cup will be resurrected.

The 123-year-old club is at the heart of, and welcomes the whole community, hosting events, awarding prizes redeemable at local businesses and offering a social membership, through which non-players can enjoy use of the facilities and discounted food and drink.

It encourages golf tourism, with competitive rates for visitors, discounts for larger parties, extra buggies and trollies and shotgun starts for visiting societies.

It shortly hopes to support an Isle of Man Creamery recycling initiative and is investigating housing beehives at the course.

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Southern District Agricultural Society

The Southern District Agricultural Society is a charitable organisation that promotes the importance to the Island of agriculture and produce through its annual show, held at Great Meadow, Castletown, in July.

The show celebrates the work of the Island's hard-working farming community and connects people with life on farms and with country practices and issues.

It has been running for 105 years and is an integral part of the calendar for the farming community and wider public.

The show showcases livestock, equine, canine, poultry and small animal exhibits, farm and garden produce, confectionery and crafts.

Trade and catering stands allow local businesses to promote products and services to large crowds in an affordable way.

Caterers are encouraged to use locally sourced produce, with a focus on reducing food miles and promoting Manx provenance.

A heritage tent highlights the evolution of not only the show but agriculture and the Isle of Man countryside as a whole.

The event is a real community one, relying solely on volunteers to plan it, set it up, run it and take it down.

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The Children's Centre

The Children’s Centre is a Manx charity, established in 1868, which provides care, support and services to children, young people and their families on the Isle of Man.

The organisation has robust ethical sourcing guidelines along with an environmental statement, covering areas such as energy use, waste and preventing accidental harm to the environment through activities.

All staff are encouraged to adopt the Environmental Four Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Responsibly Source.

The charity delivers a number of projects with environmental links, especially at their Farm, which connects young people with nature and educates and upskills in horticulture, farming practices, animal husbandry and the importance of Isle of Man produce to the Island’s heritage and economy.

Through its Charitable Services projects they offer sessions which draw on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, taken from the NHS Confederation: Be active, connect, keep learning, give and take notice.

The Children Centre’s adventure-based activity encourages young people to enjoy, learn about, take pride in and respect the Island’s outdoor environment all aimed at enabling children and young people to realise their full potential.

The farm connects with the wider community through open days and works with partners such as beekeepers, food producers, wildlife organisations and craftspeople to display and promote the Island’s biodiversity, talent and produce.

The Children’s Centre won a Responsible Business Award in 2017 in recognition of its responsible governance and practice.

The charity is a committed ambassador for, and promotes the ethos and ethics of, UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man. All materials used by the Charity must meet their Ethical and Environmental Sourcing Guidelines and Environmental Statement.

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The Church of England Parish of the West Coast

The Church of England Parish of the West Coast encompasses five church communities: the Cathedral in Peel, Dalby, Michael, Patrick and St John’s.

Our churches are exploring the challenge offered by A Rocha to become Eco Churches (www.arocha.org/en/projects/eco-church/). This involves looking at all areas of church life:
• Worship and teaching
• Management of church buildings (if applicable)
• Management of church land (if applicable)
• Community and global engagement
• Lifestyle.
There are three levels to attain and the Cathedral is delighted to have been gained the Silver Award in 2019.

Current activities range from the straightforward to large investments: from changing to LED bulbs to gaining planning permission for under-floor heating using air source heat pumps. There are hurdles ahead: gaining registered building consent, approval from the Diocesan authorities and raising the money to achieve a space that can be used widely by the community.

The parish recycles as much as possible and composts cardboard and vegetable matter. Waste associated with building projects is recycled on site wherever possible. If disposable catering products are used they are compostable.

The Parish of the West Coast supports local farmers by buying home grown products for catering where practicable. The five church communities attract visitors to their well-managed grounds (cemeteries, gardens, orchards and allotments) as well as their historic church buildings which are rich in local heritage. There has been considerable new planting which has included large numbers of trees and almost a kilometre of new hedging.

The Parish of the West Coast aims to serve the local community and its congregational members have been responsible for recent developments associated with the Islands Foodbank, Credit Union and Big Table Café; the latter is a pilot scheme at the Cathedral that offers lunch on a Monday to all, regardless of ability to pay.

All churches in the Parish of the West Coast are open to the public during the day. They are currently working on creating visitor facilities and offering a more focused destination for learning outside the classroom for schools.

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The Cook Shack

The Cook Shack in Bride is a cookery school that promotes the story of Isle of Man food and drink, local produce and the beauty of the Island.

The business works with farmers to feature their produce to new audiences and users of The Cook Shack are also educated about the local area when visiting for courses.

The Cook Shack teaches cookery skills to children, including those in learning support units, and charities. It works closely with the Skills for Independent Living Scheme (SKILS) and will host a day in July when the SKILS clients can learn to cook in a pressure-free environment.

The Cook Shack also delivers talks to young people on entrepreneurship and pursuing their dreams.

It is sponsored by famous food names Kenwood, Aga and Miele and works with UK media to promote the Island.

The Cook Shack was built sustainably, with cedar sidings that blend into the environment. Its operators have planted more than 100 trees on the site.

The vast majority of The Cook Shack’s waste is recycled or composted, plastics use is kept to a minimum and plastic straws are banned. Despite its high number of clients, The Cook Shack and the owners’ house have just one traditional refuse bin for the fortnightly collection.

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The Manx Bard - The Poet of the Isle

The Manx Bard is an exciting cultural initiative for the Island, sponsored by the Isle of Man Arts Council and endorsed by Manx Litfest and Isle of Man Poetry Society.

Each year sees the Island’s most worthy poet appointed as Manx Bard via an annual competition. In recognition of our proud poetic heritage, the title of First Manx Bard was awarded posthumously to our national poet T.E. Brown. There have so far been three living Manx Bards.

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Time Enough

Time Enough is a website promoting the hospitality and leisure industries on the Isle of Man.

The site assists visitors and locals to find up-to-date information on all there is to do in the Island, with a map, news feed, a community calendar, attractions and events sorted by tags and a spotlight page focusing on specific topics of interest.

More than 2000 attractions and places of interest and 500 events are listed.

Listings point viewers to organisations’ own websites/Facebook pages.

It is free to appear on the site and this assists smaller community projects and businesses with limited advertising budgets.

The business is entirely paper-free.

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Time Enough
Visit Laxey Valley

Visit Laxey Valley is a new, charitable, not-for-profit organisation that will promote the area’s heritage, attractions and environment to Isle of Man residents and visitors.

Laxey village boasts the world-famous Laxey Wheel, rich mining history, heritage transport links and historical and natural attractions.

Laxey valley stretches from the foreshore to the peak of the Isle of Man’s only mountain, Snaefell – a beautiful environment the organisation seeks to protect and enhance as interest in heritage tourism grows.

Visit Laxey Valley will boost our Biosphere’s economy, contribute to its community, enhance its environment, cherish its culture and heritage and protect natural resources.

Its work complements the three main aims of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme globally: promoting conservation, encouraging sustainable development and increasing knowledge.

Visit Laxey Valley will, in 2019, establish a Friends of Laxey Valley to ensure funding and will support restoration and development of heritage tourism attractions, working closely with the tourism industry.

It will champion heritage and environmental learning via programmes connected with schools, visitors and mining.

It will coordinate with complementary attractions and providers to enhance the visitor experience. These include Manx National Heritage, the Manx Electric Railway, the Isle of Man’s Dark Skies sites and Laxey and Lonan Heritage Trust.

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Visit Laxey Valley
Western Civic Amenity Site Board

The Western Civic Amenity Site Board runs the public amenity site in St John’s on behalf of five local authorities: German, Marown, Patrick, Peel and Michael.

The site encourages the public to ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’. Recycling of items deposited at the site has increased over each of the last eight years. In 2017/18, 71.46% of the waste processed at the site was then recycled and reused.

The site supports events and saves unwanted items for charities and groups it knows will upcycle or reconfigure them and get good use out of them.

The site is purchasing electric vehicles: one replacing a diesel vehicle and another for use in conjunction with primary schools, to increase plastic recycling, as plastic cannot be deposited in all the Island’s bring banks.

The site has also adopted a green energy initiative and has changed all lighting to LED and has installed solar panels and a solar thermal hot water system with night-time storage heaters. Since its installation at the end of January 2018, the system has produced more than 700kWh of electricity (April 2018).

The site is also providing materials to build the temporary Year of Our Island garden being built in St John’s.

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Zero Waste Mann

At Zero Waste Mann we believe a rethink of current ideas on WASTE DISPOSAL is long overdue. Instead we should be aiming for 'RESOURCE RECOVERY' because everything we throw away has value.
'Zero Waste' is happening all around the world. We want it to happen on the Isle of Man.

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Educational

EcoMann website - Isle of Man school resource centre for ecoschools

EcoMann is here to help you learn all about looking after your environment both on the Isle of Man and throughout the world.

This website is full of information to help you do just that and will be popping up along the way to make sure you don't miss the best bits! This will also help your school with work towards Eco-school topic areas.

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Kids Love Learning! Isle of Man

Kids Love Learning! Isle of Man is an organisation for parents and carers who home educate their children.

It encourages learning about topics affecting the environment such as waste reduction and recycling and the harm caused by single use plastics and pollution.

It supports Beach Buddies and similar charities.

It also supports learning about the Island’s culture and heritage and young people’s participation in cultural events and activities.

It is keen that children play an active role in their community by helping charities, visiting residential homes, contributing to improvements in their areas and observing town and village traditions.

It encourages home educating families to play a role in UNESCO Biosphere activities and initiatives.

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King Williams College and The Buchan

King William's College (Manx: Colleish Ree Illiam) is an International Baccalaureate HMC independent school for ages 3 to 18, situated near Castletown on the Isle of Man. The College is located on two sites in Castletown. The College, known as KWC or to the local people as King Bill's, was originally for boys only but became co-educational in the 1980s. Today there are roughly four hundred pupils, many of whom are from beyond the British Isles. The school(s) have been supporters of the project since its early stages.

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Manx Aviation and Military Museum

The Manx Aviation and Military Museum can be found in the south of the island; the museum preserves and raises awareness of the island’s aviation and military heritage, having concentrated many aspects into one attractive site close to the airport. It offers a place of interest to both the local community and to visitors and it receives regular visits from the islands schools.

The museum’s curator strongly believes in a minimal intervention with the environment in all that they do. When developing the museum a large range of pre-used material was incorporated into its building projects and in the construction of its display cases. All lighting has been converted to energy-saving LED and cans, paper and green waste are all recycled. The museum is a UNESCO Biosphere Refill Station.

An area of derelict ground at the museum has been converted into a memorial garden which overlooks the airport runway. The garden has proved to be a very popular haven for wildlife and, from spring 2019, the museum has withdrawn the poisonous chemicals which were previously used to control snails.

The society which operates the museum has erected several memorials around the Island to commemorate people who have died in aircraft accidents. All of these memorials are in rural or upland areas and they have been erected on a “minimal environmental impact” basis. They provide an additional reason for people to explore the countryside.

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Manx Basking Shark Watch

MBSW is a registered charity working to understand and protect this endangered species and we would like your help. We conduct surveys from our boat the Happy Jack, however if you have seen a basking shark and can remember the location we would love to hear about it. Please report your sightings on our website on this link - http://www.manxbaskingsharkwatch.com/report.aspx

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Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch

Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch is a registered charity aimed at conserving whales, dolphins and porpoises around the Isle of Man.

A dedicated team of volunteers carry out land and boat based effort watches, along with other ongoing projects. Public sightings are also very important to our research. You can post your sightings to our website http://www.mwdw.net/

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Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch Charity
One World Centre

Set up in 2004, the One World Centre is a registered Manx Charity supported by a range of parties. As a Development Education Centre it’s our mission to encourage understanding and respect for the lives and cultures of all people – so that we can help to share a fair society that celebrates our global differences and interdependence. This sees us highlighting the links between our lives in the Island and those of people in developing countries; raising awareness of global economic, social, political and environmental issues; challenging stereotypes; fostering a positive attitude that embraces human rights and responsibilities and creating opportunities for people to become active global citizens. OWC is actively involved in maintaining Fair Trade Island status for the Isle of Man, as well as other Education for Sustainable Development activities.

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Schools

Schools have seamlessly linked in UNESCO and UBIOM themes into pupils learning journeys - E in UNESCO stands for Education!
Many schools are very active in Eco-schools and Manx Culture is important too. There are opportunities for UNESCO to show us good examples to talk about in lots of subjects.

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the Dome @ The Nunnery

‘The Dome’ is an education and entertainment facility based at The Nunnery, Douglas.

It produces 360° video content for local screening and distribution/export to immersive cinemas/planetariums, contributing to the economy.

Its output includes education, entertainment & escapist experiences and content that encourages people to explore the Isle of Man and learn about Manx culture and heritage.

In line with the Island’s Dark Skies status, it offers a nine-minute film about light pollution, ‘Losing the Dark'.

‘the Dome’ is interested in collaborating with organisations to produce more content that encourages awareness of environmental issues amongst other topics.

‘the Dome’ @ utilises motion sensor lights, projectors with an Enervee Score® - of 96/100. Insulation and glazing means heating is kept to a minimum and what little waste it produces is all recycled.

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Wildlife Park

Bringing learning to life! The Curraghs Wildlife Park, with its unique wetland setting and animals from around the world, is an exciting and inspirational place of learning for all ages. Nothing compares to coming face to face with real animals – with their help we can make learning an unforgettable experience.

There are over 50,000 visitors to the Wildlife Park every year and which now runs a lively Public Education Programme designed to deliver informal learning opportunities for all visitors.

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Business

AFD Group

AFD Software Ltd specialises in helping businesses with address management software.

AFD provides employment with minimal commute-to-work distances, making it realistic for staff to walk and cycle.

AFD Group purchased the near-derelict Island Film Studios site in 2014 and developed it as the Mountain View Innovation Centre – its headquarters and a thriving community hub.

It has planted 4,000 trees, installed environmentally friendly sewage and hot water systems, is upgrading insulation and has installed LED lighting controlled by motion sensors.

Staff and other site users are provided with reusable drinking bottles that can be filled from water points installed throughout the site in a bid to reduce single use plastic bottles.

Recycling units make it easy for employees and community members to sort their waste, which is then recycled.

As employee numbers grow and there is more footfall to site with the introduction of a membership initiative, AFD has increased shower facilities to support those who prefer to commute on foot or by bicycle. Bicycle storage is available.

A solar PV array on the roof means Mountain View is the largest solar electricity generator on the Isle of Man.

The company is launching a staff electric vehicle scheme whereby staff can make journeys using some of the surplus electricity generated on-site.

The AFD Group endeavours to ‘buy local’ even if this means paying a bit extra.
Staff and other users of the Centre have free use of allotment beds to grow fruit and vegetables.

AFD also recognised that its landscaped gardens, with an abundance of flowering trees, plants and meadow, offered an ideal habitat and home for honey bees and two colonies have been established. Local beekeeping experts have delivered educational sessions at the Centre, in recognition of bees' importance to a healthy environment and economy.

The AFD Group is founded on objectives which recognise its role in society.

The company embraces all aspects of what makes the Isle of Man a special place to live and extends this beyond the site walls.

The group’s annual charity event sees it generously support a wide range of charities nominated by directors and staff. In 2017, more than 60 charities received more than £1,250,000.

AFD sponsors and hosts the One World Centre’s Charity Challenge, which encourages local young people to be global citizens. Its staff donate their time and expertise to help run the event.

The company provides its facilities free of charge or at a subsidised rate for community groups and charities.

AFD is a proud supporter of the revived Ramsey Carnival, pledging sponsorship until 2020.

It has purchased a 4x4 vehicle for Beach Buddies and taken part in the charity’s events.

AFD Group’s businesses include the children’s TV Series Friends and Heroes, which was the first ever to be dubbed in Manx. As well as making this available internationally, AFD donated copies to Bunscoill Ghaelgagh.

Further promoting Manx culture, staff are encouraged to answer the phone in Manx and site signage is bi-lingual where practical.

A sculpture garden is being developed around the Mountain View estate.

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Ambitions Ltd

Ambitions is a Douglas-based company providing a range of business services.
It believes in steady, sustainable growth and has a stable workforce, several of whom have been with the company for more than a decade.
Ambitions’ directors and staff don’t travel for business unless absolutely necessary, instead utilising technology to speak with clients further afield.
The company recycles everything possible, prints only when it needs to and all the staff drink from reusable coffee cups.
With strong Manx roots, Ambitions answers the telephone using the Manx language.
The company has a strong corporate responsibility ethos and believes in giving back to the community.
Its directors are involved in a number of local charities, including Scouting, the Parkinson’s Society and the Science Institute. The company is sponsoring a young Manx sidecar racer in his 2018 season.
Ambitions advertises positions globally, realises applicants are drawn to the Island because of its enviable environment and, as a partner, will actively promote the Isle of Man’s Biosphere status.

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AstroManx

AstroManx is pleased to be involved with the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man project and recognises that

• On the Isle of Man the awareness of our natural environment encompasses not just our beautiful landscape and maritime environment but also covers the wonders and clarity of our stunning Manx Night skies. The Isle of Man has now been formally acknowledged in January 2014 with Dark Sky Discovery status with 26 sites.

• This means that the Isle of Man skies have a higher concentration of Dark Sky Sites, with 26 Dark Sky Sites than any other area in not just the British Isles, but in Europe.

• On the Island, the Milky Way has been known in Manx Gaelic as “Raad Mooar re Gorry” or the “Great Way of King Orry” commemorating the landing of King Orry in the late 11th century.

• The popular and stunning phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights can also be seen from Manx shores on many occasions, far more southerly than is often the case.

• From not just the dark sky sites, Manx stargazers can see some amazing sights in our night skies. With the naked eye, you can clearly see the Milky Way, a sight often unseen on the adjacent Isles. The Orion Nebula - some 1500 light years away, and the Milky Way’s companion galaxy the Great Andromeda Galaxy, the light from which has been on its way to us for about 2.5 million years. The best equipment for stargazing is the naked eye, just look up and marvel at the sights, but with the aid of binoculars or a telescope our Manx night skies can be quite spectacular.

• Amateur and hobby astronomers continue to be enthralled by the quality of the night sky and are delighted to share this experience with other locals and visitors.

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Baie Mooar Guesthouse

Baie Mooar Guesthouse is a scenic bed and breakfast in Ramsey, Isle of Man.

In a picturesque setting, this bed and breakfast takes good care of its guests, its property and its surrounding environment.

During your stay, it will be comforting to know that Baie Mooar reduces its plastic waste where possible. It uses re-fillable glass bottles of tap water for rooms and all complimentary toiletries are in re-fillable and reusable plastic.

Your breakfast is as fresh as the sea air, with ingredients locally sourced, where possible, to support local businesses and the Island's economy. Baie Mooar Guesthouse also run a supper club, showcasing the best of Manx produce.

All cleaning products are eco-friendly and the lights are energy saving, too, with sensor lighting in hallways to reduce energy consumption.

Using local tradesmen, Baie Mooar Guesthouse has refurbished its entire property, repairing instead of removing and renewing.

Baie Mooar has strong links with tourism attractions and other B&Bs, as well as supporting local events and promoting the Isle of Man in its marketing.

Run by proud locals, this B&B does more than cater to you in the morning and night, helping guests plan their stay with advice on trips and where to go/ what to do, to ensure their guests have the best possible stay.

During Cyclefest, discounted rates were given to those staying, in support of the event, and a Manx Litfest writers' retreat was held at Baie Mooar, with the discounted rates included.

As a partner, Baie Mooar will promote UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man through social media, guest information packs and by encouraging other accommodation providers to get involved.

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BallaKarran Meat Company

BallaKarran is farmed by Will and Janette Qualtrough. It comprises of various parcels of land, part of which, at Cregneash, has been in the family for generations.
The use of sustainable farming practices, rearing its animals naturally, means there is less reliance on oil-based products. As a result, it has the coveted Pasture for Life certification.
BallaKarran Meat Company is a mobile farm shop run by Will and Janette selling its own beef and lamb, along with Manx reared beef, lamb and pork and Manx vegetables, dairy products and condiments.
BallaKarran proudly displays the Isle of Man food provenance label and is signed up to the Isle of Man Butcher’s Charter.
As well as major towns and villages, it aims to serve communities where there is little choice of local produce, in support of the Island’s economy. It participates in the Island’s burgeoning Food Assembly and in other food events.
In a bid to reduce use of plastics, and waste, where possible, BallaKarran encourages customers to bring their own containers and bags for purchases and serves meat the way traditional butchers did, wrapping meat in paper and using only paper carrier bags.
BallaKarran will promote UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man at every available opportunity.

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Ballakelly Farm

Ballakelly Farm is a family-run farm and butcher’s business in Andreas, Isle of Man.
The fifth generation of their family to farm the land, Rachel and Alan Teare have 500 acres of grass and arable land and finish almost 3,000 top quality livestock each year.
The farm has a self-sustainable business model and uses as much of its land as possible, growing the grain its cattle eats and putting all its manure back into the land.
It harvests apples from its orchard for cider and feeds the by-products back to pigs.
It has beehives, for honey, which it uses in its products, and plans to expand on this.
Through its engaging online presence, by attending events and by welcoming visitors, Ballakelly promotes education about food provenance, farming methods and their contribution to the Biosphere.
Ballakelly Farm is working with the Manx Wildlife Trust to encourage to the farm wildlife that complements farming practices.
It is investigating windmill and other forms of energy to power the farm.
It leads a village initiative to create compost from garden waste that is then used in manure.
Ballakelly minimises use of plastic by offering customers its own, hessian and cotton re-usable bags and upcycling bags, including Morsbags made in Isle of Man Prison.
It uses only compostable vegware at events.

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Beachpowder Ltd

Beachpowder Ltd is the company behind a new, talc-free, natural product that effortlessly removes sand from the skin.

The product was inspired by the Isle of Man’s sandy beaches, enjoyed by the founder and her family for generations.

Its creation encourages more people to use the Island’s beautiful beaches, which are promoted on the product’s website.

When developing the product, Beachpowder researched natural mica, which creates sparkle. However, it discovered that child-labour is sometimes used in mining natural mica, so instead chose synthetic mica, which is more expensive but ethically produced.

The ingredients in the product are natural plant and mineral powders, which don’t harm the environment.

Beachpowder’s packaging is cardboard apart from the lid and base, which are made from recycled plastic and can be removed and recycled again. The company will switch to plant-based plastic for these as soon as it is possible to do so.

The company re-uses packaging materials and, when despatching orders, uses recycled corrugated cardboard rather than plastic.

It limits energy use in its workshop, preferring to wear warmer clothes rather than put on heating and using energy-efficient lightbulbs.

The company recycles paper and glass and provides re-usable stainless steel water bottles for its employees.

The company supports the Family Library in Douglas and 10% of sales made in the library during its ocean-themed summer reading scheme will go directly to support the facility.

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Beautiful Blooms Ltd

Beautiful Blooms Ltd is a family run business located in Ballasalla.

Besides the obvious services of all aspects of floristry the business also provides an office plant rental service. It is well documented that office plants do much more than simply decorate a space. They help cleanse the air and there is evidence that they can contribute significantly to the well-being of staff - physically, emotionally and mentally. The company maintains the plants without the use of pesticides.

Beautiful Blooms Ltd reduces the importation of foliage and flowers wherever possible by growing more and more of its own. It has an onsite garden and a nearby smallholding where plants grow and flourish in line with organic principles.

Hedgerows on the smallholding benefit wildlife. They are mostly managed by livestock.

The business recycles as much of its used materials and waste as possible.

Beautiful Blooms Ltd reduces its use of presentation cellophane wrapping by increasing the use of water resistant paper wrap instead. The paper wrap is renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and compostable at home. Furthermore the paper wrap is FSC certified and approved by internationally agreed environmental and quality standards as ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.

Beautiful Blooms Ltd uses LED lighting throughout its premises.

The company supports charity events through donations of lovely bouquets or gift vouchers as raffle prizes. Additionally it supports other institutions, e.g. schools and local residential homes.

In addition to growing quite a variety of flowers and foliage themselves, they have also started to buy some flowers from a local grower.

Beautiful Blooms Ltd have started to compost all of their green waste at our smallholding instead of sending it to landfill. The compost will then be used to assist in further local production.

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Bella Luna Beauty

Bella Luna is located in beautiful Derbyhaven bay.

It uses natural products and promotes a healthy lifestyle, which has long term benefits for the individual and the Island's economy.

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Bella Luna Beauty
Butterfingers Ltd

Butterfingers creates cakes for all occasions, using as many local ingredients as possible.

The business is committed to sustainability, uses biodegradable packaging and has removed the plastic 'window' on cake boxes to contribute towards reducing single use plastic waste.

All compostable waste is taken to its farm and converted into fertilisers which are then used on its fields. This includes any packaging from goods coming into the business and any food leftovers.

In its cake production, Butterfingers uses the highest energy rated appliances and, for delivery, the most energy efficient vehicle.

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Capital International Group, Isle of Man

The group of companies operate from the Isle of Man and specialise in the provision of financial services, including Trading & Stockbroking, Custody & Administration, Cash & Investment Management and Investment Structuring. The Capital International Group has been built on the foundations of innovation, integrity and excellence to deliver the highest quality of customer service. Focus on financial institutions such as life companies, pension schemes, fund and wealth managers, collective investment schemes, corporate and trust service providers, financial intermediaries and include the Isle of Man Government as a client.

Proud to be active partners in Junior Achievement and community sports sponsorship. Have also had involvement in the Small Countries Financial Management Programme.

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Castletown Golf Links

Castletown Golf Links is situated on the Langness Peninsula at the South-Eastern tip of the Isle of Man.

The Golf Links were created in 1892 by Old Tom Morris of St. Andrews, Scotland, widely known as the founding father of the way golf is played today. The layout of holes encompasses the narrow sand spur linking the main Island to Langness Peninsula and the rugged clifftop coastline creating a great variety of holes and challenges for the golfer.

Advancement in technology allows us to spray low impact wetting agents onto the maintained parts of the course permitting more effective uptake of moisture into the managed root zone and therefore less requirement on other chemical inputs and irrigation systems. Working around natural rainfall plus careful selection (and nurturing) of grasses to work with our natural ecosystem form the foundation of our greenkeeping maintenance processes.

Furthermore, the team focus on achieving a balance between regularly maintained areas, using low impact treatments, and rugged surrounding areas where nature is allowed to take its course with minimal disturbance. This environment mix, with the ever-present sea and views as far as the eye can see as a back drop, form a spectacular environment in which to enjoy golf. Castletown Golf Links recently being recognised as the 8th most spectacular golf course in the British Isles by National Club Golfer magazine.

We regularly interact with the Department of Environment, Forestry & Agriculture (DEFA) to discuss activity on the golf course and how best we can promote a productive environment for local bird, animal, and plant life. In 2015 we embarked on a project to re-route our classic 18th hole to better take advantage of the surrounding topography plus views of the ancient ruins on St. Michael’s Isle. The work, carried out in consultation with DEFA and Manx National Heritage was completed by creating a newly protected offset site further along the coastline. The vegetation on this site was determined as having an excellent basis to help promote an increased population of the Lesser Mottled Grasshopper, Langness being the only site in the British Isles where this species remains in situ. A local rare-breed sheep farmer has become part of the project with a dual benefit of providing a great landscape for his sheep to graze in the winter months whilst keeping the vegetation lower for the grasshoppers.

In 2018 we initiated a new project to help engage both our local community and visitors to Langness in better understanding the great history and vast array of wildlife present with the goal of encouraging more people to enjoy and respect the area. As part of this we are working with Manx Bird Life to establish a bird hide that can be used for educational and tourism activities whilst removing incentive for avid watchers and dog walkers to get too close to nesting birds. Additionally plans are being put in place to clean the historic “Smelt” building close to the Derbyhaven Bay and 6th hole of the golf course to allow a picnic site for families and space to inform visitors about the many historic activities understood to have taken place around this area.

Through our marketing activities, we greatly look forward to promoting our UNESCO Biosphere status and Langness Peninsula.

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ChefWorld

ChefWorld are a small team based on the Isle of Man that provide relief chef cover, restaurant start-ups, kitchen design and pop up events.

The company strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible by committing to use locally sourced ingredients when possible, or ingredients with low air miles. They also recycle all the packaging they can and ensure no single use plastics, such as plastic bags, are used when purchasing ingredients. ChefWorld also have a small fleet of electric vehicles to try and further reduce their carbon footprint.

ChefWorld enjoys engaging the local community, building lasting relationships with local producers including fishermen, butchers and green grocers. In addition, the company endeavour to interact with the local community through social media, promoting local produce and the products they make, with the aim of building this platform more in the future.

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Chris Littler Webdesign

Chris Littler Webdesign is an Isle of Man website, social media and photography business.

Chris developed and has maintained the website for the Peel Heritage Trust since 2002.

He carries out photography projects in Manx towns and villages aimed at recording social history and working life for future generations.

Chris produces websites for a number of businesses who are partners of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.

His business operates entirely paper-free, both in administration and products, encouraging clients to also shift to paper-free methods of communication.

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Clearwater Fiduciary Services Limited

Clearwater Fiduciary Services Limited is a fiduciary service provider for families and companies, based in Douglas.

The company acts responsibly and ethically with due respect for the impact of its business upon the wider community. This includes e.g. compliance with human rights.

The company encourages suppliers to embrace ethical principles in the operation of their own businesses. Clearwater Fiduciary Services Limited is internationally active. Its ethical principles reach people all over the world.

As a local business, Clearwater Fiduciary Services Limited provides employment on the Island.
The company minimises the environmental impact of its business operations where possible. Part of this is proper waste management, e.g. through support of local and national recycling initiatives.

Clearwater Fiduciary Services Limited promotes and supports local heritage events. It is a corporate supporter of Manx Wildlife Trust.

The company encourages staff and families to take part in environmental activities.

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Craftworks Studio

Craftworks Studio is a ‘paint your own pottery’ studio in the heart of Castletown.

Guests paint pottery, in a relaxed setting, and take it home and reusing this eliminates the need for single-use cups, plates etc.

To serve drinks to guests, the studio uses compostable cups and wooden stirrers to serve drinks and has switched from plastic coffee sachets to a bean-to-cup machine, sourcing milk in glass bottles from a local dairy.

The business reuses plastics and other packaging that its materials arrive in and generates little waste.

It uses bamboo toilet rolls and buys cleaning fluid from dispensers at Braddan store Top Banana rather than in throwaway bottles.

The studio has also installed low-energy lighting.

The studio was closely involved in the early development of Balley Cashtal Beg (also a Biosphere Partner), an initiative that encourages visitors to explore and enjoy Castletown while searching out ceramic fairy doors.

Some members of the studio’s management belong to the Isle of Man Green Party and the Isle of Man Climate Change Coalition and the studio is pleased to host meetings of environment groups.

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Dee & Bee's Wax Wraps

Dee and Bee’s Wax Wraps is an Isle of Man company that provides a plastic-free and reusable alternative to cling film for wrapping foods.

The company’s ethos is to reduce the amount of plastic purchased and consumed.

It purchases all its beeswax from Isle of Man producers and some of its fabric from local shops. Fabric offcuts are reused by a local school or for cleaning equipment, and then as home-made firelighters.

Wax wraps are packaged in recycled card and any bags used are paper.

Bronnie Ward, who founded the company with Debbie Carcas, is a schoolteacher who teaches about sustainability and its importance in our UNESCO Biosphere.

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Dee & Bees Wax Wraps
Discover Diving - Isle of Man

Discover Diving has been a UNESCO Biosphere partner from the early days of the project.

Our divers and snorkelers regularly explore the marine environment and have provided images and data to support marine conservation for years.

Discover Diving collect marine creatures to support the touch tanks and educational work carried out by the Manx Wildlife Trust as well as providing scientific data to help marine management by DEFA.

At the dive centre we actively recycle and have banned single use plastic water bottles from our dive trips. We operate an energy efficient compressor and have been reducing our carbon footprint by providing a cylinder testing service based on the Isle of Man (which stops cylinders being shipped to England and back).

We regularly visit schools for marine education sessions. In 2016 we launched a series of snorkel trails (details on our website) to encourage everyone to do some marine exploration. We also offer beach ranger sessions for those who don’t want to get wet but do want to learn about the amazing life of marine creatures.

We offer training for all ages in snorkelling and diving so if you would like to see what lies beneath the waves in our stunning natural habitat, please get in touch.

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DotPerformance

DotPerformance is a digital agency here to help Isle of Man businesses and organisations expand their operations into new markets and increase their operational efficiencies using a digital/Internet first approach. Experts in the production of digital marketing campaigns, websites and web applications, DotPerformance helped to produce the digital presence of the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man project.

Notable projects include bespoke web applications for smart metering and software to run the first 100% solar powered country in the world, in this case New Zealand!

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Douglas Town Centre Management

DDP and Douglas Town Centre Management have supported economic regeneration and community involvement in many ways, for example;

• Douglas Town Centre Regeneration; The Development Partnership co-ordinated the initial design concept stage. This involved analysing local materials, culture and heritage in order to develop a design language that recognises Douglas as the island’s capital. Of particular note is the “Colours of Mann” project, which collated three palettes of colours from the land, sea and sky around Douglas to be used within the project to ensure that the urban environment reflects the natural colours around it.

• Douglas Cycle Study; This is a project undertaken on our behalf by a STEP student to assess the cycle friendliness of Douglas and propose ways of encouraging increased use of cycling as a means of transport.

• In 2014 were very pleased to welcome the Isle of Man Farmers’ Market to hold regular markets in the town centre to assist shoppers to purchase local produce. In a similar vein the Isle of Man Craft Guild also now hold fortnightly craft fairs in the town centre selling locally crafted goods.
• The Partnership’s event programme aims to reflect important dates in the Manx Calendar such as Hop-tu-Naa, where participants can carve turnip lanterns and learn about local traditions.

• The Tower of Refuge Walk has become an annual event that takes place on one of the lowest spring tides, when participants can walk out safely to the Tower of Refuge. In addition to responding to the seasonal rhythm of the tides, the event raises money for the RNLI, which was first established in Douglas and celebrates its founder Sir William Hillary who masterminded the construction of the tower.

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Dry Planet Ltd

Dry Planet Ltd is a manufacturing and trading company of water efficiency products.

Dry Planet helps save water by introducing water efficiency measures in the home or the workplace.

Their award winning Save-a-Flush product has been reducing water consumption for the past 10 years.
Dry Planet’s home is the Isle of Man and they trade across the UK, primarily working with water companies who buy self branded Save-a-flush and in Africa, Australia, USA, Europe, the Middle East & the Caribbean. Their product can be personalised for companies to promote their sustainability goals and to educate.

The business has supplied Manx Utilities and is aiming to do more locally to promote the importance of water efficiency.

Give Me Tap is another partnership of theirs which reduces the need for single use plastic water bottles through purchasing their branded and reusable drinking bottles.

Give Me Tap supplies free water refills in cafes and public buildings which join Give Me Tap. The money from purchasing your water bottle goes towards building water pumps for water poor regions in Africa.

Dry Planet supplies schools across the UK with their Hippo branded product to aide Eco projects and locally the Hippo water saver has been used by students in Queen Elizabeth II School. The Hippo brand is known globally and saves water in the workplace and in homes.

In the commercial property they own in Douglas, they have installed LED lighting and eradicated the use of paper hand towels in WCs. Dry Planets next aim is to reduce single use plastic and recycle all appropriate waste at the building.

Dry Planet supports the local community, as supporters of Beach Buddies they have sponsored the purchase of one of the large refuse bins to help keep our beaches plastic free.

Dry Planet can be found at local events such as agricultural shows where they promote their business and they support local cultural and charitable events.

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E-Sign

E-Sign is an Isle of Man company offering e-signature software, giving businesses the ability to go paperless.

Sustainability is a growing part of the business’s culture.

The business is committed to using as little paper as possible in its processes and will promulgate the benefits of being ‘paper-free’ on its social media
channels.

The business is committed to recycling its waste and saving energy and uses natural lighting in its office as much as possible.

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Estera

Estera is a leading global provider of fiduciary and administration services.

We take our responsibility to give back to and support our communities very seriously and we are committed to playing a broader role in the communities in which we live and work, beyond what we deliver through our core business activities.

We support charitable causes and initiatives in our communities, collaborating on projects that make a real difference and bring people together.

We work to make a positive difference to the communities in which we operate and encourage inclusivity across all age groups.

We collaborate with charitable and sporting organisations to promote wellbeing and create environments where individuals, families and communities can feel informed, empowered, healthy and happy.

Established for over 25 years, Estera provides corporate, trust, fund and accounting services to clients across the world.

It has 500 highly qualified professionals in 12 jurisdictions: Bermuda, BVI, Cayman, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, the Seychelles and United Kingdom.

Estera collaborates with clients and their advisers to deliver smart, considered and most of all practical solutions, whether in a single location or across multiple jurisdictions. Our commercial focus, attention to detail and responsiveness coupled with a resolute commitment to the delivery of service excellence, is what sets us apart.

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Fedelta

Fedelta is a financial services provider based in Douglas, Isle of Man.

A member of the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce, the company supports the Island’s economy by using local suppliers, where possible.

It adopts a positive and friendly approach to business, supporting new start-ups and ventures.

It works with young, independent artists and designers, helping them to establish their businesses.

Fedelta champions reuse within its business to protect the environment.

The company is committing time and skills to the current A Life Less Plastic campaign to encourage reduction in the use of single-use plastics. Its marketing manager is also investigating the launch of a reusable coffee cup scheme for the Island.

Fedelta endeavours to avoid printing but shreds any paper it does print and donates it to animal shelters for bedding.

It is proud to sponsor the ACE scheme – offering schoolchildren access to Manx National Heritage attractions – in 2018 and, as a result, promotes Manx heritage and culture.

Fedelta’s community engagement includes assisting with events that encourage entrepreneurial skills among the young, visiting schools and allowing staff time to commit to good causes.

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FIM Capital Limited

FIM Capital Limited is an investment management and fund administration business based on the Island. FIM Capital seeks to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and is keen to develop their business in a way that supports a sustainable economy. The company avoids single use plastic and supports the Manx Blind Welfare Society through the recycling of clothing and shoes. They also champion re-use and the reduction of waste.

FIM Capital support other local charities and environmental initiatives and are the main sponsor of local beach cleaning charity Beach Buddies, having recently agreed a long-term arrangement with the charity. The company also provides administrative support to UK charity Plastic Oceans.

FIM Capital are keen so have a positive environmental impact, and their staff enjoy taking part in local beach cleaning events, and regularly join in with other Beach Buddies activities. Similarly, a number of staff are actively involved and keen supporters of the Manx Wildlife Trust.

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Flo The Coffee Van

Flo is a quirky mobile coffee and cake van, based in a converted 1960s Citroen horsebox, and outside catering business.

Its owners Annabel and Stuart Gentry source ingredients locally, where they can, to support local businesses and reduce ‘food miles’.

Their recipes feature seasonal produce, promoting Manx fruit and vegetables and using up local growers’ surplus crops.

Their hot drinks are served in real mugs to avoid waste and their plates and cutlery are made of sustainable materials.

Flo supports Manx culture and heritage through traditional local festivals and carnivals and newer events such as Cyclefest and the Deep South Festival.

Flo has a music stage at some events and plans a new, family-friendly weekend festival, with workshops, to promote UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.

Flo has also attended community events such as the Scouts’ St Georges Day parade, Braddan parish fete and Douglas fun day.

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Foraging Vintners

Craft-winery using ecologically friendly methods to create sparkling made wines, mead and fruit wines in Port Erin, Isle of Man, British Isles.
An innovative business, making use of a dis-used Coal Shed in Port Erin, "upcycled" to a modern use.

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Gelling's

Gelling's is a long established Isle of Man company supplying hygiene and janitorial products including catering and industrial equipment, glassware, patient care supplies, paper disposal products and more.

It evolves to ensure its products and practices meet standards and requirements in its sector.

Internally, it recycles cardboard and plastic, using a compactor to bale. It conserves fuel by having set area delivery days.

Externally, it promotes compostable and biodegradable products.

Gelling's follows Food Packaging Association and Cleaning and Hygiene Suppliers' Association codes of practice.

In the community, the company supports a number of local clubs and associations.

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Glen Truan Leisure Limited

Glen Truan Leisure Limited runs the Glen Truan Golf and Country Club in Bride, Isle of Man.

The course and land cover 175 acres and the owners are planning to record and map animal, bird, invertebrate and fungi species and submit the findings to the National Biodiversity Network Isle of Man, the Island’s biodiversity database, launched in 2018.

The company is involving volunteer recorders in the initiative.

The data gathered will inform the business’s ongoing landscape management and provide valuable data on habitats and species, including rare and endangered species.

The business has decided not to stock its lakes with fish but instead to retain them as tranquil wildlife-watching spots.

The country club, reopening in late June/early July 2019, has been renovated using local contractors, will employ local people and will serve local produce, including produce grown on site.

The golf and country club promotes the Manx language via its signage, social media and staff uniforms.

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Glen Truan
Glen Wyllin Trout Farm Ltd

Glen Wyllin Trout Farm Ltd is one of the Island’s leading exporters, shipping rainbow trout eggs to 50 countries.

In trading globally, it promotes the Isle of Man’s clean, naturally-fed water, its high animal health regulations and its status as free of key fish diseases.

Through use of the UNESCO Biosphere logo on its products, it will, similarly, tell customers throughout the world about the Island’s unique ‘whole nation’ Biosphere status.

The company also supplies rainbow trout to six local reservoirs, ensuring the Island offers plentiful opportunities to visiting and local anglers.

Glen Wyllin Trout Farm Ltd respects its location on the coast at Kirk Michael and has biodiversity, waste and environmental policies that ensure its surroundings, wildlife and nature are unaffected by its operations.

It recirculates water to minimise use. It is investing in rebuilding a fallen weir that, once back in place, will give it greater control over supplying both the farm and the adjacent river, ensuring that waterways and surrounding aquaculture remain healthy.

It is endeavouring to use more efficient low energy technology to reduce its energy consumption.

It leases a third of its land to local commissioners as a goodwill gesture and this is used by local and visiting BMX enthusiasts, promoting enjoyment of the Island’s countryside.

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Gravity

Gravity is established via Junior Achievement's companies programme. It creates and sells bamboo toothbrushes as an alternative to plastic and to reduce plastic in the Island's environment.

It intends to plant a tree in the Isle of Man for every 50 toothbrushes sold.

Turning to community involvement, it promoted local talent at a fund-raising 'Night with the Stars' and raised funds at 'Light the Night', held at Kirk Braddan Church.

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Groudle Glen Cottages

Groudle fulfils the Biosphere IOM Pledge by:

• protect our natural resources: Groudle Glen Limited look after a large section of Groudle Glen. Part of Groudle Glen is privately owned but a licenced foot path agreement allows the public to use the pathways that connect to the upper glen (in public ownership) and to access Groudle Railway.

• develop our economy in a sustainable way: ongoing. Active in advising our guests about the island and things to do when they are visiting the Isle of Man.

• support and promote our cultural heritage: We have worked with local artists in developing the “Art in the Glen Project” which to date has seen the Groudle Wizard appear! This is the first piece in a planned “art trail” around the glen. It is a seven foot high wooden wizard carved by local artist Nick Barlow.

• make our environmental impact positive wherever possible: working towards making Groudle Cottages more “green”. Support Beach Buddies.

• engage with the local community: allowing access to Groudle Glen, supporting Groudle Railway on our land and working with local sports organisations in using the glen and cliffs. Supporting local charities.

• promote our outstanding living landscape and seascape through active involvement with Biosphere Isle of Man: ongoing.

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Hound and Howl

Hound and Howl is a newly established natural dog food company that supplies high quality, high welfare, farm-assured Manx meat and farm-assured British poultry in mince and chunk form.

We’re passionate that customers should know exactly what they are feeding their dogs.

We buy all our beef, pork and lamb from Isle of Man Meats, supporting local agriculture and the economy and ensuring provenance, traceability and sustainability.

At our premises, we use A-rated, low-energy, freezers and natural lighting. We deliver products in eco-friendly and reusable insulated cooler bags rather than in cardboard or polystyrene. We are working to minimise plastic use.

As we grow our business, and take on staff, we will increasingly support community events and will work to promote knowledge of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.

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Hound and Howl
ILS World

ILS World is an international corporate and trust service provider headquartered on the Isle of Man. Established in 1991, it employs 30 people, actively supporting the economy.

In a bid to encourage more recycling, all personal waste bins have been removed from staff workstations and replaced with more recycling bins throughout the office and in the staff room.

A filtered, plumbed-in water system is used to avoid using large plastic water containers. Recently, all of its office lighting has been replaced with a more energy efficient system.

Staff are encouraged to use double-sided printing to save paper.

ILS encourages staff to participate in active travel to and from work via a cycle to work scheme.

The company uses local suppliers as much as possible.

The HMS St George memorial is mounted on a building in the ILS car park; formerly part of the Cunningham Holiday Camp. ILS renovated the memorial a number of years ago and is doing so again this summer in preparation for the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in September of this year, with the aim of promoting this aspect of the Island's cultural heritage.

Staff are encouraged to engage with and support local charities. A charity of the year is nominated by staff and all of the money raised in their dress down days, is given, together with matched funding from the company. This year's recipient is Mannin Sepsis. In the past, charities ILS has supported include Craig's Heartstrong Foundation, Live at Home, Manx Breast Cancer support Group and Sailing for the Disabled.

ILS World believes being active in the community is a key aspect of UNESCO Biosphere.

It encourages staff to conduct initiatives that benefit the community. It supports a staff member with his work cleaning plastic from the environment and an initiative he is carrying out with the Family Library. Each child who completes a challenge will be rewarded with a tree to plant at their school.

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Institute of Directors - Isle of Man

The Isle of Man branch is composed of around 300 directors and senior decision makers. The branch supports local members and organises inspirational and valuable business events in the area.

It was invaluable in the early stages of the project to provide a briefing to members, in Autumn 2013. Members commented that it was clear that gaining UNESCO status for the Island as a World Biosphere Region would be both a prestigious and iconic accolade – if the bid succeeds, that it would be the first time an entire country has been awarded this coveted recognition. What was not so clear to the IoD audience was how relevant the project might be to the business community.

Fast forward to spring 2015 and the project name – in direct response to suggestions from the IoD – had changed to UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man. A video has been made, a website launched and a wide range of organisations are now on board. This very range of businesses and sectors was positively commented on by UNESCO HQ in Paris when the nomination was scrutinised, and resulted in the Isle of Man becoming the first entire Island Nation with the UNESCO World Biosphere accolade.

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IoM Fresh Ideas

IOM Fresh Ideas is a business based here in the Isle of Man making Bird Biskits as a wild bird food.

We source as many of our raw materials as possible, such as grains, locally from Isle of Man farmers. We buy material from Laxey Glen Mills where available and look to working with farmers to develop special seed growing in the future.

The making of Bird Biskits encourages householders to recycle waste cooking fats and oils rather than pour them down the sink. This turns a waste into a valuable resource by using it to produce high energy bird food for wild birds: taking care of our environment and sustaining our wildlife.

We are investigating premises where we can provide both meaningful work and new experiences for disabled workers.

A new product to reduce cross contamination of disease in wild birds has a Patent Application and Priority Date lodged with the Intellectual Property Office so that we can now bring it to the public domain and develop stronger relations with specialist Island Groups with the intention of flying the Biosphere flag on and off Island.

We are engaging with the local community with sponsorship programmes, particularly running educational projects in schools.

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The Happy Bird Company
Island Escapes Ltd

Island Escapes is a self catering holiday lettings agency that selects properties for their quality and features.

Island Escapes manages many of the properties it lets, on behalf of the owners so is able to educate guests about water consumption and avoiding excessive laundry. It uses environmentally friendly cleaning products at its properties.

It also encourages its property owners to do the same.

Guests arriving at Island Escapes properties receive a welcome pack that includes a range of produce including Manx milk, juices, cheese and cakes, supporting those local businesses. The company will work with Isle of Man food and drink providers to enable guests to order additional items for their stay, or to take home.

Island Escapes is sponsoring a leaflet being produced by the Manx Wildlife Trust, showcasing its reserves. It has adopted the MWT as its chosen charity for 2018/19 and is asking those booking its properties to pay a voluntary £3 donation that will go to the MWT.

The company strongly promotes UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man in its global marketing of the Isle of Man online and on social media.

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Island Shellfish

Island Shellfish is a Port St Mary-based shellfish processing business.
As well as being an employer, it is assisting the economy by diversifying into new markets and working to increasing the first-hand values of shellfish to local fishermen.
It also works with scientists at Bangor University to promote sustainable fisheries. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, it has given talks on positive fisheries management.
Island Shellfish promotes the Island to markets overseas, something it is expanding.
It is always striving to reduce waste and unnecessary packaging.

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Island Shellfish
Isle of Man Business Network

The Isle of Man Business Network is a not-for profit voluntary board that coordinates learning, social and charity participation events for the Island’s business network.

The organisation brings business people together to gain knowledge, build new relationships, share best practice and receive support.

Membership is open to people of all ages and across all sectors. It targets sectors it hasn’t previously engaged with through specific events.

The network offers bi-monthly events that upskill attendees in skills such as leadership, communication emotional intelligence, inclusion and others. Non-members can participate for a fee. There are also bi-monthly social events.

The network supports small businesses by profiling their journeys and signposting grants and assistance that are available.

It takes part in community, social and charity events, providing a platform to small businesses, that might not have the support of a team, to participate.

The network and its members offer practical support, such as feeding stations, at events such as the Parish Walk and end2end. They support beach cleans and plan to participate in a Beach Buddies’ event this year.

Prior to pledging support for an event or conference, the network endeavours to establish its environmental credentials.

The network itself keeps waste to a minimum by using digital communication and cloud storage and minimises waste at events it holds.

Each year the network holds two events that directly raise funds for local charities. It donated £5,500 in 2018/19.

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Isle of Man Business Network
Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce

The Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce’s vision and ethos is to represent the voice of business in the Isle of Man, fostering business relationships and driving economic growth.

Our core values are to be:
• Independent
• Collaborative
• Visible
• Inclusive
• Supportive
• Communicative
• Influential

With a membership of 300, Chamber represents the interests of business in the Isle of Man through member events, participation in government forums, the Department for Enterprise Agency model, through scrutiny and comment on various government Policies and initiatives and in responses to government consultation papers that have a bearing on or directly impact the business community.

The launch of our free Chamber membership for Start-up businesses has helped us create a community that allows businesses to support each other, whether that be through knowledge, resource or shared good practice.

Chamber also supports new and sustainable Business on the Isle of Man via our Business Connex platform. Using the breadth of our membership with its business knowledge and experience to the benefit of new and emergent businesses. Business Connex can help with introductions, support relevant networking, thus providing key resources for these new and relocating businesses.

Chamber, whilst supporting local business, also values the beautiful environment in which we thrive and supports the Biosphere theme of business working in harmony with the culture and environment in which it is located.

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Isle of Man Creamery

Our Creamery is at the very heart of the Isle of Man community. We are a co-operative of family owned dairy farms, whose farm-assured herds supply the purest milk – farm fresh.

All milk travels less than 15 miles from farm to Creamery - low food miles guaranteed.

The experienced cheese makers at the Creamery only use locally sourced milk to make our Award-Winning range of cheeses, which reflect the traditional skills and long culinary heritage of our enchanting island.

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Creamery
Isle of Man Meats Ltd

The Business is owned by the FMA which is a farmer owned co-operative that is there to support the Islands agricultural sector.

We see the Biosphere status as an important aspect to the Island, and allow our customers to know that we are proud of our island, both in its heritage but also its landscapes.

Isle of Man Meats only takes animals from the local agricultural sector, meaning provenance and traceability is really strong, with all suppliers less than 22 miles (30km) away. The farming community is pro-active in their ongoing management of the islands farmland, and ensuring the land remains in good agricultural and environmental condition.

Our Terms and Conditions ensure high welfare standards and we actively work with our farmers to increase the value of their animals. When we say local, we mean no distance from Farm to our place of work of no more half an hour. Our ongoing commitment is to become more engaging with our local community. We intend to use the Business Partner status to help show the local community as well as visitors to the Island how important the agricultural sector is to maintaining a special place to live, work and visit.

1. Products will be marketed using the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man label (Lamb, Pork and Beef)

2. All the products will have been grown/reared and processed/slaughtered and packaged on the Isle of Man

3. We will provide a triple lock guarantee that any product using the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man label through Isle of Man Meats will have been processed from Isle of Man sourced meat only.

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Isle of Man Newspapers Ltd

Isle of Man Newspapers publishes the Isle of Man Examiner, Isle of Man Courier and Manx Independent and accompanying supplements and special titles.

A long-standing local employer, it supports the sustainable development of the Isle of Man’s economy by encouraging readers to Think Local and Buy Local.

Its Awards for Excellence promote the Island’s achievements national and internationally.

Its Destination Isle of Man publication encourages people to relocating to, and visit, the Island.

Its weekly coverage in its three titles reflects and records life in the Isle of Man, featuring the wide range of community, cultural and heritage events that take place here.

The newspapers publicise the work of environmental groups and initiatives and feature the benefits of, and partners of, UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man.

The Awards for Excellence will, in 2018, include a new ‘Commitment to the Environment and Sustainability’ category.

Isle of Man Newspapers aims to minimise its own impact on the environment by producing all its products on recycled paper, recycling all unsold products, working towards a paperless office, using low energy lighting, encouraging car-pooling and allowing weekend staff to work from home.

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Isle of Man Newspapers
Isle of Man Post Office becomes Business Partner to UBIOM

The Isle of Man Post Office were very eloquent in how they meet the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Pledge principles, for example:

• Stamp issues always carry a historical, cultural, people related or topical Manx link

• Using FSC and recycled paper across the business

• Supporting the Manx economy as a global business and one of the Island’s largest employers

• IOMPO Sponsorship of a number of local clubs, organisations and charities

• Energy conscious property portfolio

• Engagement with every household on a daily basis

• Promoting Manx culture on a world stage through its varied stamp and coin issues

• Support the right work/life balance for our valued staff

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ISO QA IOM

ISO QA IOM is the first ISO accreditation service to be based on the Isle of Man. Able to offer Management System implementation, auditing and management, covering Quality Management Systems, Environmental Management, Energy Management, Information Security. Very often the savings can help the business not just to save money but to grow their business.

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ISO QA Isle of Man
Jo's Dog Homestay

Jo's Dog Homestay offers stays for pets in the Douglas home of Jo Hobson.

In exercising animals, the business respects nature, wildlife and livestock and treats the countryside with respect.

It uses oxo biodegradable bags for dog waste, to minimise damage to the environment.

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Julie Parys, UI/UX Designer

Julie Parys, UI/UX Designer designs branding, websites and other digital content and is based in Douglas.

She aims to work 100% digital. Julie Parys, UI/UX Designer limits her transport to reduce her carbon footprint and recycles as much as possible.

Julie Parys, UI/UX Designer supported Manx Basking Shark Watch by designing its website and branding for free. She wants to expand on the Manx Basking Shark Watch website with data visualisation and offers similar services to other conservation organisations.

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Julie Parys, UI/UX Designer
Knockaloe Beg Farm

Knockaloe Beg Farm offers bed and breakfast, self-catering, hostel/bunk accommodation and glamping in the west of the Island to visitors and local people enjoying staycations.

Fiona and John Anderson run the business with great concern for the environment.

Over the past decade, they have rebuilt the farm using old materials where possible, breathing life back into their area of the Island.

The Andersons promote local produce and provenance to visitors, through the food served to bed and breakfasts guests and through education.

They reduce waste as far as possible and have large bins for recycling waste that is produced.

The business achieved a Gold Green Tourism Award for five years and won an Isle of Man Energy Award in 2015.

Knockaloe Beg Farm is heavily involved in community life, including the development of the old Patrick Schoolrooms, which is bringing to life the history of the Knockaloe internment camp.

It offers ‘open farm’, birthday and school visits, teaches children about how they can positively influence the environment and offers work placements to local students, too.

Globally, it sponsors children in developing countries and has twinned its 20+ toilets in a scheme to promote water sustainability.

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Knockaloe Beg Farm
Laxey Glen Mills Ltd

Laxey Glen Mills makes high-quality bread flour and other, speciality, flours using solely locally grown wheat from a dozen Manx farms.

Hailing from the Isle of Man, our flour is unique in the British Isles in that it doesn’t include any additives, as prescribed by the UK Bread and Flour Regulations for other mills.

In supporting local farmers, and paying a fair price for wheat, the Mill is encouraging the continuation of mixed and arable farming, which contributes to the Island’s landscape, biodiversity and biosphere.

We regularly meet our growers and the Manx National Farmers’ Union to ensure we work together to retain a sustainable farming community.

Our products come in paper packaging and don’t impact on the environment.

We employ six people and supply flour to bakeries employing more than 100 people, so contribute to a resilient economy.

Our imposing building is more than 150 years old and we are mindful of its heritage and are considering opening it up to visitors.

We are at the heart of the community, participate in the Food Assembly and even sponsor a world championship – the World Bonnag Championships, held annually in Dalby.

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Laxey Glen Mills Ltd
Laxey Woollen Mills

Laxey Woollen Mills is the only commercial woollen mill on the Isle of Man weaving traditional and contemporary Manx tweeds, cloth and tartans.

The Mills has produced Manx tweed since 1881 – starting even before the world famous Harris Tweed – and not only continues this tradition but innovates with new designs and products.

The Mills uses Manx Loaghtan, Manx-born Hebridean and Manx white wool, purchasing fleeces from a local farmer, providing him with a market and celebrating and ensuring a future for Manx Loaghtan farming.

It links up with small, traditional, artisan craftsmen and suppliers in Scotland and Ireland to produce its hand-tailored garments, slippers, bags, purses and accessories.

Designs and colours in Manx tweed are influenced by the colours in the Island’s landscape, hedgerows, seascapes and seasons and connect the practice and products to the Biosphere.

Keeping the tradition alive, the Mills employs an apprentice weaver, who is learning the whole craft: warping, beaming, colour and pattern design, weaving, mending and finishing.

The Mills’ looms – one of which dates back to 1926 – are pedal, rather than electricity, powered; much of the lighting in the gallery is low energy; customer bags are paper and gallery packing materials, including inner cones from yarns, are recycled.

A collaboration with Laxey Launderette means shorter runs of tweed are now 'finished’ (the final stage of washing and pressing) within half a mile of the Mills rather than sent away for the process.

Cloth trimmings are given to crafters and creative groups free of charge.
The Mills hosts exhibitions of textile art, much of which has been created using textiles and wools that are hand-spun and hand-dyed using native plants and substances.

Visitors from the Island and around the world come to see the weaving and buy tweeds, cloth and tartans, while online orders are also despatched globally.

Storyboards will soon show the many stages of woven tweed 'From Mountain Track, to Wearer’s Back' (the original slogan from 1881) so customers and visitors can better understand the tradition.

The Mills’ Hodgson Loom Gallery and Shop provide space for Isle of Man artists and photographers to exhibit and sell their work.

Many featured artists are influenced by the Island’s landscape, history, folklore and Celtic and Scandinavian artistic traditions.

Every year, the gallery holds a themed open art competition and exhibition.

It actively promotes Manx artists and sculptors and holds a five-week exhibition to coincide with the Isle of Man Art Festival in May and, running this on through TT fortnight so Manx art reaches a wide audience
Newly opened within the Mills is the Laxey Tale Story, part of Visit Laxey Valley’s project to introduce visitors to the wealth of industrial heritage in Laxey and stunning scenery from Laxey harbour to Snaefell summit.

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Leela's Kitchen

Leela’s Kitchen is a small local business that sells spices, sauces and snack mixes, cooks for dinner parties and stages cookery classes.

Its Indian owner Kumar Menon is keen that the traditions of cooking are maintained.

His method of creating dry frying his spices, releasing oils that make them more flavoursome and longer lasting, means they must be sold in containers. However, Leela’s Kitchen has moved to recyclable plastic tubs and is always investigating more environmentally friendly options.

It encourages reuse of his tubs for other purposes and if customers bring tubs back to Kumar, he will refill them, saving waste.

Leela’s Kitchen works in schools, educating children about the importance of cookery as a skill, and supports local charities through donations of vouchers for its services.

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Leela's Kitchen
Long & Humphrey

Long & Humphrey are Douglas-based advocates and notaries public.

The company is passionate about the Island and conscious of its position in, and responsibility to, the environment, community and heritage.

It provides practical support and legal services on a pro bono basis to a number of sports clubs, heritage organisations and social and wildlife charities.

This involvement extends to offering free advice and sitting on trustee boards and committees for charities such as South Douglas Old Friends’ Association, Mooinjey Veggey, Cronkbourne Cricket Club and the Isle of Man Sea Cadets.

In addition to staff participating in beach cleaning, Long & Humphrey is looking to extend its commitment to the charity Beach Buddies.

The company promotes and supports culture and heritage events and encourages staff involvement. A number of employees are Manx speakers.

Long & Humphrey also sponsors the Isle of Man Real Ale Festival.

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Long & Humphrey
Luminaires

Luminaires are a leading lighting designer and supplier, active in the Isle of Man and the UK. They have developed many innovative, every energy efficient lighting schemes. They are also involved with recycling used fluorescent lighting, a closed loop recycling system to make sure any Mercury is safely recovered.

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Luminaires
M&P Legal

M&P Legal is a legal practice based in Buck’s Road, Douglas, Isle of Man.

At its offices, the company recycles paper, plastics, metals and send plastic lids to Lush for reusing. Water for meetings is supplied by filtered tap water rather than plastic bottles. Employees use Skype or phone to avoid unnecessary travel.

M&P is a long-standing member of Manx Wildlife Trust and support the charity’s events. The company’s staff give their time to other charities, too.

The company is involved, on a pro bono basis with A Life Less Plastic, a new Isle of Man charity striving to reduce plastic consumption and pollution through inventive solutions that can be trialled locally.

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M&P Legal
Mannin Group LTD

The Mannin Group LTD is a long-established Manx family business employing around 26 people on the Island at its modern headquarters in Cronkbourne. You may know them from their well-known magazine brands – Manxlife and Business365 – or as one of the islands largest print companies, creating many products including banners and signs.

The groups Manxlife magazine takes pride in promoting local wildlife, recycling, community projects and activities, and the company ensures that materials are sources locally when possible and that the majority of its products are printed on recycled paper.

In addition to recycling all paper and metal in the office, in 2018, the Mannin group removed all single use plastic cups from their premises. In addition, the Mannin group are currently working closely with other local businesses on an exciting project to further minimise the use of single use plastic cups within the commercial sector.

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Mannin Group LTD
Mannin Hotel

The Mannin Hotel on Broadway, Douglas, opened the year the Island gained its UNESCO Biosphere status, 2016.
The art deco design building features a modern heat exchange system that minimises energy usage, making it 40% more efficient than similar buildings.
This technology saw the hotel and Stewart Clague Services (also a partner to UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man) win the Best Innovation in the Private Sector Award at the 2017 Isle of Man Energy Awards.
In-room information for guests is displayed on TVs rather than in paper form. Guests are encouraged to reuse towels. Waste is recycled where possible.
The hotel bottles its own mineral water from a local source, reusing bottles to avoid throwing away large quantities of plastic or glass bottles.
The Mannin has partnered with electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla to provide charging points in its car park.
The hotel is a member of the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce and The Mannin is committed to supporting the local economy and uses Manx producers where possible.
In the community, the hotel regularly donates to charity and is this year raising money for the RNLI, which was founded in the Isle of Man.
It’s embedded in the hotel’s training and culture that staff are all proud ambassadors for the Island and take pride in promoting Manx culture, heritage and events.




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MannVend Ltd

MannVend Limited is a refreshment specialist supplying to the catering trade and workplaces.

The company is taking part in an innovative green waste initiative that is leading the way in British Isles.

More than 100 MannVend customers are using Vegware products that are made of plant materials and are biodegradable .

The company ran a successful trial to compost Vegware packaging waste at Ballaneven under the guidance of DEFA and the site is now licenced to receive and compost certain types of biodegradable packaging wastes.

Ballaneven doesn’t currently have the infrastructure to compost other types of biodegradable packaging waste but MannVend is supporting this aim.

To further contribute to plastics reduction and encourage responsible disposal of waste, MannVend offers customers machines that dispense still, carbonated and flavoured water into reusable bottles.

It has machines that crushes used cans, bottles and plastic cups – rendering them easier to store and transport for recycling – and issue a reward voucher for deposits.

A proud Manx business, MannVend sources everything locally where possible in support of the economy and works with local artisans. For example, its Noa Bakehouse ‘bean to cup’ machine, using the bakery’s own roast, is popular with workplaces and caterers.

MannVend supports the environmental charity Beach Buddies with advertising on the screens of its dispensing machines, promoting the responsible disposal of used plastics and assisting it in gaining new volunteers.

MannVend is also active in the Manx community. It operates a feed station at the Manx Telecom Parish Walk, a major charity fundraiser. MannVend’s managing director is patron of the Isle of Man Live At Home Scheme and the company supports the charity’s events and fund-raising.

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Manx Fish Producers Organisation

The Manx Fish Producers Organisation has probably been more proactive than any other scalloping organisation in the British Isles in promoting sustainability in its main fisheries of scallop dredging and queenie trawling.

The fishermen have supported and indeed driven such technical conservation measures as the current spread of gear and the curfews that have helped to ensure a healthier fishery over the years. There is also a healthy market for Manx pot caught lobster and crab.

It is hoped the UNESCO Biosphere accolade will further help the fishery industry to increase its credibility in its sustainability efforts, and attract customers to its catches.

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Manx Fish Producers Organisation
Manx Gas Limited

Manx Gas serves gas, the cleanest of fossil fuels, to the Isle of Man.

The company supplies customers with energy efficient appliances and supplies combined heat and power units.

It is reducing the need to dig on most mains replacement jobs, lessening their environmental impact.

It reduces employees’ travel through use of video conferencing, replaces company vehicles with more efficient models and recycles waste metals and batteries.

Confidential waste is recycled but Manx Gas has also now introduced recycling bins and boxes into its offices for ordinary waste.

Manx Gas displays the Biosphere Pledge on its staff noticeboard and showcases the Island’s beauty through displays of photos, taken by local photographers, in its reception.

The company is a firm part of the Island’s community. It donates a working day a year for staff to carry out community projects and supports staff taking part in charitable events out of work, through donations.

Staff recently took part in the Year of Our Island/Beach Buddies all-Island beach clean and has since provided Beach Buddies with a large bin for use by the charity at a beach or glen.

The company also holds dress-down days to benefit local charities and supports volunteers from the TT and MGP Marshals’ Association by providing portable stoves and canisters for them to use when on duty.

Staff have recently taken part in the Viking Longboat Races and will this year also compete in the Cancer Research Relay for Life at the NSC.

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Manx NFU - Business Partner

The Manx NFU works to create a strong agricultural economy on the Isle of Man for our members and to provide a reliable, sustainable and secure food supply for the Manx people. We represent farmers from the majority of farm businesses on the Island.

It is intriguing how sites in Germany and Switzerland used the UNESCO Biosphere accolade to help their local food and tourism sectors - we hope the same will apply to the Isle of Man.

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Manx National Farmers Union
Manx Telecom

Manx Telecom is an important telecom business in the island, find out more at their website.

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Manx Ultrasonic Blind Solutions Ltd

Manx Ultrasonic Blind Solutions Ltd is based in Douglas, Isle of Man, and supplies, cleans and repairs window blinds.

The company recycles customers’ blinds, where possible, to reduce waste. It promotes the sale of blinds made from recycled plastic found in the ocean. In handling new products, it recycles all packaging, paper, plastic and cardboard. It uses solely environmentally friendly products when cleaning blinds.

The company carefully maps routes around the Island to conserve fuel and its employees don’t use single-use plastic drinking bottles.

As the business grows, it will continue to develop practices that help to combat climate change.
The company is a proud member of the British Blind & Shutter Association (BBSA) and has been featured in its UK Show magazine, bringing recognition to the Isle of Man.

It has supported several Isle of Man charities by donating blinds and giving money instead of sending Christmas cards. It donates to the Isle of Man Food Bank.

This year, when fabric suppliers changes their samples, the company gave its existing samples to a youth charity and to schools and publicised this to encourage others to follow suit.

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Manx Ultrasonic Blind Solutions Limited
Microgaming

Microgaming PlayItForward is a community-driven initiative that focuses on the social pillars of health, charity, sport and education.

Launched in 2014 by world-leading software company, Microgaming, the Isle of Man based project aims to change the game for place and people.

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Microgaming
Modern Earth Limited

Modern Earth Limited is an electrical, fire alarm and facilities management enterprise that works with many well-known corporate and private entities on the Island.

Modern Earth Limited is committed to protecting our natural resources through the active promotion and installation of renewable energy sources, such as air and ground source heat pumps, solar PV and thermal installation systems. They continue to promote renewable energy alternatives through air source heat pump installation throughout the Island.

The company takes pride in their environmentally friendly offices, which is in keeping with their brands ethos. For example, the office was designed with high efficiency LED lighting and all cleaning products used are environmentally friendly.

Where possible, the office sticks to its 'No Paper Policy' through the use of management software to organise engineers' diaries and day-time sheet keeping. All quotations and invoicing are done electronically.

A new battery recycling project is also being set up which they hope to roll out in summer of 2019.

The company also actively engages with our community and participates in several local charity events; including the Make-A-Wish foundation where they created a bespoke child’s bedroom, by making the space more interactive and enjoyable through improving the layout and lighting conditions.

The Modern Earth team were also actively involved in a recent emergency fundraising event for lifesaving treatment for a local child.

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Netcetera

Netcetera is pleased to be involved in the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man project. We feel that being a greener business actually makes a lot of sense for us commercially it also makes commercial sense for businesses too;

● Energy efficient technology with cold aisle technology and ecocooling giving a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) rating of 1.12 with our energy savings passed directly onto our customers

● 100% Carbon Zero Commitment for all our electricity

● We help businesses go Green at no extra cost

● Management Systems to audited standards for Environmental Management ISO14001, Information Security ISO27001 and Quality Management ISO9001.

● The Dataport, owned and operated by Netcetera is the only Carbon Zero Datacentre on the Isle of Man (and one of only a small number in the UK and Europe)

● We offer a Global Service to customers in over 75 countries worldwide

● Onsite Business Recovery Centre providing an all round backup solution for businesses big and small

● Over 1.5 million kilos of CO2 emissions saved to date through our use of hydroelectric power and energy efficient modern technology

● Tailormade carbon zero solutions to meet your requirements

● 24/7 technical customer support

● Sustainable development - Futureproof, scalable new hosting floor with 96 high density racks

● Security, longevity and trust - Netcetera has delivered an excellent service for almost 20 years

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Noa Bakehouse

Noa Bakehouse is an artisan sourdough baker, coffee roaster and café in the heart of the Isle of Man’s capital, Douglas.

Noa uses local produce, whenever possible, and promotes a buy local message. Among its chief suppliers are UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Partners Laxey Glen Mills and Isle of Man Creamery.

When supplying supermarkets, it limits the products it puts onto the shelves to reduce food waste, although this has potential to mean fewer sales.

In 2019, Noa will cease to use plastic in its packaging entirely, replacing it with waxed paper.

Noa celebrates local culture and heritage. Its new bread range will be called Arran, Manx for bread.

It has hosted classes with Manx National Heritage celebrating the local traditions of bread-making.

A community hub, the café hosts concerts and performances by local authors, musicians and poets, displays work by local artists and is home to events such as mindfulness and drawing classes.

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Noa Bakehouse
Orrisdale Livestock Ltd

Orrisdale Livestock Ltd is a large, family-run and award-winning beef and sheep farm in Ballasalla, Isle of Man.

It has grown its business steadily and reinvested its profits as appropriate to expand in a sustainable way.

It proudly competes in all local farming events and works to foster pride in the community’s ability to organise and run such events.

To further knowledge of farming, it holds an annual Open Farm Sunday event, hosts farm visits and takes animals to schools, allowing pupils a hands-on experience.

With the modernisation of farming, disused stone barns have been turned into holiday cottages, enhancing visitor accommodation. These use low voltage lighting and energy efficient appliances.

The farm recycles all appropriate material. It intends to establish small shelter areas and wildlife margins on its land.

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Orrisdale Livestock Ltd
Paragon Recruitment Ltd

Paragon Recruitment Ltd specialises in the resourcing of permanent, temporary and contract workers for the Isle of Man.

It promotes to off-Island candidates the benefits of living and working in the Isle of Man, including the Island’s unique Biosphere status.

Paragon manages the Isle of Man Jobs social media initiative that is a platform for recruiting and supporting volunteers for community and social initiatives and has 12,000 members.

It has an eco-policy covering waste minimisation and removal of single-use plastics and it promotes this to business partners and suppliers.

It has replaced employees’ parking spaces with a monetary incentive to cover more environmentally friendly ways of getting to work.

Paragon also runs an ideas and initiatives scheme so its employees can suggest changes that have a positive effect on the environment. It facilitates its team’s involvement in community activities and support.

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Paragon Recruitment Ltd
PDMS

PDMS, a software development company based on the Isle of Man, has been developing business systems for over 20 years and has Global House delivered hundreds of successful projects, usually web based business systems, for a wide range of clients in the public and private sector and has grown from 2 to approaching 60 staff.

PDMS are proud to hold the ISO 9001 quality, the ISO 27001 security and the 14001 environmental certifications with Lloyds Registered Quality Assurance.

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Pepsi Max Bowl

The Pepsi Max Bowl is a family leisure centre offering bowling, a diner, bar and play area in Ramsey.

The attraction is run as a social enterprise and is a living wage employer. Several directors are volunteers.

It is always seeking ways to reduce its carbon footprint and support the local community.

It has stopped selling soft drinks in plastic bottles and those served to children in the diner are served in reusable beakers, while adults’ drinks are served in coated paper cups.

Cutlery is now metal rather than plastic. It discourages the use of straws by placing them behind the counter and provides only biodegradable straws, when they are requested.

Takeaway coffee is served in biodegradable cups and takeaway food in coated recycled cardboard.

It replaced its heaters with more energy efficient versions in 2017.

The venue donates space to the Manx Wildlife Trust to highlight its work and will launch a scheme to encourage customers to clean Ramsey’s beach, assisting Beach Buddies.

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PokerStars

PokerStars is a global provider of e-gaming, including Poker.
Their Head Quarters is the Isle of Man, and have been a growing business for several years, providing a wide range of skilled jobs.
Helping Hands is the corporate giving arm of PokerStars, the lead brand of The Stars Group. It brings our players and staff together to give back to our local and global communities and make a positive change.
Sponsorship of events has been a main aim of Helping Hands, for example sponsoring The Isle of Man Food and Drink Festival, and several Manx sports stars.

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Prescott Associates Limited

Prescott Associates Limited is a Chartered Landscape Architecture and Architectural Technology firm based on the island.

Prescott Associates Limited is passionate about protecting our natural resources. As designers they understand that they have an impact on the environment through their work. Consequently their projects are designed, constructed and managed on site to have the smallest environmental footprint as possible. Beyond resources, the company ensures designs are economical and future proof for ease of use and maintenance.

Their landscapes are designed to work in harmony with local habitats through the careful selection of plants coupled with methods that encourage biodiversity. The materials and products they use are as environmentally sourced as possible and they work to encourage best practice and leave a positive and lasting impact.

Through working with local contractors, suppliers and producers, the firm endeavours to develop our economy in a sustainable way. In addition, they strive to apply the principles of the circular economy to their work and daily activities. The circular economic model treats resources as valuable both at the beginning and end of their life cycle. This is achieved where possible through the specification of appropriate materials and the provision of flexibility within design.

Prescott Associates Limited is particularly inspired by the rich local heritage and the unique attributes of each site they work on, which enable them to design schemes that complement the abundance of culture on the Isle of Man. Their Millennium Groves marker stones were inspired by the Manx crosses and the layout of their Year of Our Island Garden is influenced by the concentric circles of Tynwald Hill. They also enjoy working with local artists such as Nicola Dixon whose beautiful designs depicting the Deer's Cry feature as public artwork in Peel Town Square.

Through the Blein yn Ellan Ain Garden in St Johns the firm worked with the Cabinet Office and the Island's schools to create a space to showcase the children’s garden designs inspired by their local environment. The garden was initially designed to be a temporary year-long installation, but due to its popularity, its life has been extended. The firm are currently working on the Westlands redevelopment in Peel where community gardening space has been provided allowing residents to engage with their new surroundings through growing plants which also promotes wellbeing.

As a qualified herbalist, Director Jane Prescott runs workshops which seek to promote an understanding of the health benefits of using healing botanicals along with engagement with the local environment and sustainable practices of foraging and growing herbs. The inaugural session was launched at the 2019 Manx Wildlife Week organised by Manx National Heritage.

Jane’s dissertation undertaken for her studies was titled ‘How Does Biosphere Isle of Man Present an Opportunity for a Reconnection with the Manx Tradition of Healing Herbs?’ Jane hopes to pursue the conclusions of this study wherever possible and foster the concepts of community, biosphere and sustainable development.

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Report Central

Report Central is a young and growing, Google-certified, digital marketing agency that promotes the Isle of Man as a special place to visit, live & learn cutting edge digital marketing skills.

Pioneering the Isle of Man's image as a hub for digital marketing talent, Report Central helps local sustainable businesses grow through Google AdWords, social media and content marketing platforms. It not only supports the economy by employing local talent, it invest in the Islands digital future by providing extensive training and development.

In addition to their digital foundations, Report Central encourages smarter, flexible and remote working. Four of its employees operate a car pool to and from work, while working from home is promoted to help employees meet family commitments (TT, school holidays etc).

In the office, staff drink from reusable receptacles rather than single use plastics and clients are encouraged not to print emails and documents with all communications and documents being shared via a central online communication portal.

The company supports the Rebecca House charity and plans to further grow its role in the Manx community.

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Robinson's

Robinson’s fresh fruit, vegetable, fish and flower wholesaler and retailer is one of the Isle of Man’s longest established and best known family businesses.

Established on a market stall 131 years ago, Robinson’s has a 50,000 square foot distribution centre and supplies its own and other shops, the hospitality trade, leisure providers, businesses, care establishments and schools with more than 6,000 products.

Robinson’s contributes massively the Island’s economy both as a leading employer and purchaser from/distributor for local farms, growers and manufacturers.

Its Isle of Man Hampers and Paddy’s Fish branches promote Isle of Man food, drink and seafood on and off the Island. Its fish smokehouse was last year the winner of two prestigious Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Food.

Robinson’s promotes healthy eating and wellbeing and works with education to run events for, and provides free samples to, all the Island’s schools. To mark its 130th anniversary last year, it launched Fruit for Schools and Fruit for Offices initiatives.

It sponsors and exhibits at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival, the biggest annual showcase of local produce, and generously sponsors the Chef of the Year and Student Chef of the Year competitions that culminate at this festival. Both contests promote local food and the economy.

Investment in technology and integrated use of social media also promote the Isle of Man and its great range of produce to wide audiences.

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Roots Beverage Company

Roots is a IOM based low sugar healthy alternative drinks company that has set up a manufacturing facility on the Isle of Man to supply the IOM and UK market using only Isle of Man-made honey to sweeten our drinks.

Roots aims to follow UBIOM pledge principles through:

• Employing locally and sourcing as much of our ingredients as possible locally

• Setting up local bee hives and keeping areas near these hives helpful for bees and other flora and fauna

• Investing 10% of our profits to bee and wildlife related projects

• Partnering with the Children’s Centre Community Farm, and other groups to run projects that will support the local environment and wildlife and also run educational courses that cover Manx wildlife, countryside and environment

• Investigate using sustainable energy sources for our manufacturing facility

• Engaging with other UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in the World Network to investigate potential collaboration opportunities, for example Lemons and Ginger

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Salmon Lake Centre & Ballacregga Corn Mill

The Ballacregga Cornmill and Salmon Lake Centre is situated close to the world famous Laxey Wheel.

They offer daytime café and tea rooms, together with a function room for large parties and evening restaurant to cover every occasion.

The centre is unique as it utilises the free energy from the flow of the river adjacent through its hydro turbine. This then provides electrical power not only for the building and its kitchens but also for innovate heat pump renewable technology which heats or cools the building from the adjacent lake. Any surplus power not used is also sold back to the Island grid.

Recently both Stewart Clague Services and the Salmon Lake Centre have been involved in work with KAST Energy Technologies and Duffy Motorsport. Helping to show that in the Island’s popular TT races, renewable and sustainable vehicles are possible and successful.

You can read more about their latest progress via the following link: https://www.businessisleofman.com/news/cleantech-alliance-leads-the-way-in-islands-tt/

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Saltworks-Sup

Saltworks-Sup offers stand-up paddle-boarding experiences, safaris, snorkelling tours and dark skies events for individuals, families and groups.

It operates an ethical, ‘leave no trace’, principle on its trips, often collecting litter at sea and on beaches and disposing of it responsibly.

It works to educate customers on the importance of marine eco-systems and wildlife encountered while out on paddles, liaising with the Manx Wildlife Trust to provide information on sightings.

It promotes the Island’s coasts and walks.

It also cleans beaches in Ramsey, in support of the Marine Nature Reserve there, and harder to reach areas of the Island’s coastline, accessible by sea.

It supports, and gives a monthly donation to, Surfers Against Sewage.

It continues to work in a small sustainable way by getting the community to access parts of the Island off the normal beach routes, allowing interactions with wildlife in a respectful manner.

In addition to collecting marine litter we have also recently joined with Lizzie Carr and Plastic Patrol to offer free sessions of Stand Up Paddleboarding in conjunction with the collection, recording of marine and beach litter.

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Seven Kingdom Distillery

Seven Kingdom Distillery is a distillery, bar and restaurant based in Douglas.

The company supports the local economy by buying seasonal produce for both the bar and restaurant. The company also collaborates with many other businesses on the Island (including other Biosphere partners, such as the Foraging Vintners). The first gin to be created on the Island in recent times is the company’s Douglas Dry Gin, this includes local ingredients, for example, Manx Gorse.

Seven Kingdom Distillery supports the community by hosting charitable events and donating products or experiences to charities and auctions. In 2017 the company created a Pink Gin. Profits from the sale of the gin were donated to the Breast Cancer Awareness charity.

The company sponsors local athletes in events on and off the island. It also produced a TT branded vodka for TT 2018.

Seven Kingdom Distillery recycles as much waste as possible. It encourages its customers to return bottles by giving discounts. The company has implemented a number of strategies to minimise the use of plastics.

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Skywind Group

Skywind Group is a well-established global pioneer of cutting-edge games content and infrastructure. Its headquarters are in Douglas, Isle of Man.

The company strives to effectively facilitate business actions that reflect the moral philosophy and values of Skywind Group and are committed to promoting greater environmental responsibility and sustainability.

The company prefers to work with environmentally-conscious suppliers and distributors and endeavours to support local and fair trade producers wherever possible by buying their products.

The company has various recycling schemes in its offices. To reduce waste it looks at optimising its products life cycles by focusing on better product quality and more energy efficient technology.

The company uses energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LED), as well as motion detectors to reduce unnecessary lighting in many of its offices. Skylights and natural daylight decrease the use of artificial light further.

As part of their corporate social responsibility strategy, employees are motivated, educated and incentivised to live and work in a sustainable manner by participating in environment related charity causes.

Skywind Group aims to generate positive, lasting change in our local communities through the establishment of long term strategic partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropic initiatives. The company is actively involved with a multitude of charity, non-profit and community engagement projects. Outreach support is offered via grant making, donations, fundraising, volunteering initiatives, promotional activities and the provision of products and/or services.

The company donates working surplus products and redundant equipment to non-profit organisations, e.g. schools, community groups and charities.

Skywind Group supports young people through internships and quality work experience.

Skywind Group celebrates local heritage and raises awareness of environmental and community issues through sponsorship initiatives and promotional activity on its social media platforms. The company also utilises the online giving platform Pass it Forward (https://www.passitforward.com) to safely manage and promote its philanthropy and volunteering activity.

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SNX Ltd

SNX Ltd is a specialist energy services company, based in the Isle of Man, that provides air-leakage testing, auditing and remedial services to enable property owners to reduce energy usage and their carbon footprint.

This work is a key part of current building regulations and of new SAP requirements coming into force in the Isle of Man in 2019.

The company also provides energy assessment and management, renewable technology and passive/eco house design and development services.

SNX Ltd has been a member of the Isle of Man Clean Tech Forum since its establishment and has encouraged the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy across society.

It promotes climate change adaptation and mitigation through social media and contact with, and lobbying of, Tynwald Members.

It has won 10 Isle of Man Energy Awards and been highly commended 10 times.

The company supports the charity Antony Nolan Trust via staff volunteering to attend information talks and donor clinics.

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Sound Records

Sound Records is a Vinyl Record Store dealing in new and old vinyl, record players, and vintage clothing. They also host intimate live music gigs and offer a place to come and listen to music. They aim to grow consciously as a business to ensure no unnecessary waste of local and global resources.

Sound Records is an important part of the community and prides itself on providing community events and nurturing a sense of community in store and with its customers. Local music is showcased in store, and at events, which celebrates Manx heritage and provides a platform for new Manx music to grow and develop. For example, Sound Records are involved in creating a stage and festival space at Dark Horse Music Festival; which will promote local musicians and give artists an opportunity to showcase their talent.

Sound Records is passionate about promoting vintage records and clothing, both for their cultural and historical value, and as a way of reducing consumption of new resources. A lot of the stock is pre-owned. When records which are unsellable, the sleeves are re-used to reduce waste and when possible, damaged records are donated to other creative projects. All unwanted vintage clothing stock is donated to local charities to further reduce waste.

The company strives to be an environmentally friendly as possible, selling items in paper bags rather than plastic, recycling all possible waste from the shop and events, and re-using the plastic sleeves used to protect records. The shop also tries to minimise energy consumption by switching off appliances at the end of the day, using solar powered display lights and dimmable light bulbs within the shop. As the business grows, Sound Records will continue to develop practices that adhere to guidance that helps to combat climate change.

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Stewart Clague Services

SCS is an Isle of Man registered company, formed in 1969 specialising in all aspects of the building services industry including air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing, heating, gas, oil and biomass boilers, fire alarm, power, security, lighting, power, UPS, controls swimming pools, heat pumps, solar panels, facilities management, project management, specialist building works etc.

Long before our certification under the Environmental Management System ISO 14001, the company adopted policies towards the preservation of the environment by carefully selecting equipment/materials, promoting recycling of waste and producing energy efficient designs.

We are also proud to be accredited to further Management Systems, ISO 9001, ISO 18001 and ISO 27001 which are also important for our customers.

We are also very pleased to enter our projects into competitions, some of which have been recognised for their environmental performance and innovative nature.

In recent months SCS have invested heavily in renewable technology training so we can escalate and embrace next generation products in our works specifications for customers.

We continue to support the Ballannette conservation wetlands and nature reserve and recently invited Professor Peter Bridgewater to visit and educate us on all the flora and fauna. We are pleased to report also that later in the year Professor Bridgewater is making a special visit to Ballannette to welcome the children of Laxey school who are each going to be planting their own tree at the Ballannette meadow. We feel that this will engage our future generation to further protect and support our natural environment and resources. The new forest will be opened up for public access with a new nature trail.

2019 is a big year for SCS as it's our 50th year of trading. We have committed to raising at least £50,000 for local community charities to mark this occasion with charitable events and community gatherings throughout the year.

SCS are supporting the IOM DFE Government on the development of an ongoing Cleantech strategy, sponsoring a visit to the Cambridge Cleantech Annual Conference. This is a prime example of a private sector company working with the Government for the benefit of the Island.

Recently both Stewart Clague Services and the Salmon Lake Centre have been involved in work with KAST Energy Technologies and Duffy Motorsport. Helping to show that in the Island’s popular TT races, renewable and sustainable vehicles are possible and successful.

You can read more about their latest progress via the following link: https://www.businessisleofman.com/news/cleantech-alliance-leads-the-way-in-islands-tt/

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Sure telecom

Sure opened on the Isle of Man in July 2007 offering competition in the island's mobile market for the very first time. We now serve thousands of customers and offer products ranging from voice, mobile and broadband to networks, global connectivity and managed services solutions. We pride ourselves on offering modern telecoms infrastructure and are pleased to sponsor lots of good work in the community and grow our workforce through apprenticeships.

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Surfside Holiday Cottage

Surfside Holiday Limited provides self-catering tourist accommodation located in Port Erin.

It promotes recycling of waste to its guests by enabling them to utilise the islands recycling efforts. The business uses recycled domestic products where possible and cleans the cottage with eco-friendly detergents.

Surfside Holiday Limited reduces its paper use by preferring utilisation of electronic and social media.

The business pursues a plastic reduction policy wherever possible, supporting the Islands’ initiative to reduce single use plastics.

Surfside Holiday Limited supports cultural and heritage initiatives by promoting them. The directors continue to support cultural and heritage initiatives in their leisure time as they are members of the Friends of Manx National Heritage, Manx Wildlife Trust, The Erin Arts Centre and Peel Centenary Centre and they share the events and experiences with guests and prospective guests.

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Swagelok Limited

Swagelok Limited is one of the Isle of Man’s largest employers and exporters and has invested millions of pounds into an advanced manufacturing base that makes a major contribution to the Island’s economy and showcases its skilled workforce.

Swagelok designs and makes fluid system products that we depend on to support our everyday lives. These products are used by market leading companies producing commodities such as fuel (for transportation and heating), food and drink and many others.

Companies that process hazardous fluids such as oils, gases and chemicals buy Swagelok products because they are specifically designed to prevent any kind of leak or fluid escaping into the environment.

Swagelok products are designed and used to support this wide range of needs in the safest and most environmentally friendly ways possible, using the most advanced technology available.

In the manufacturing process, potentially harmful wastes (e.g. oils, solvents and particulates) are segregated and disposed of via the energy from waste plant. Swagelok takes great care to ensure that there is no environmental contamination resulting from its manufacturing operations.

Waste metals are also segregated. High value metals (exotic alloys and solids) are recycled. Low value metals (steel and swarf) are skipped and collected by responsible scrap metal specialists. Carbide (cutting tools) are recycled.

Electricity usage is constantly monitored using Manx Utilities’ Energy Eye software. Swagelok employs local energy consultants to identify ways to reduce consumption. Several projects are complete and others underway and planned. Energy wastage has been reduced by 60% in a year (to September 2018).

Oil mists are filtered from all CNC machines to prevent contamination of the air. A sophisticated HVAC system constantly filters and cycles the air in the factory. Oil usage is minimised by continual oil and coolant concentration analysis.

At Swagelok’s Tromode premises, plastic cups have been replaced with paper and vending machines have been reset to allow use of normal mugs.

Swagelok has invested in a waste compactor and the compressed general waste is sent to the energy from waste plant and not to land fill.

Swagelok regularly surveys its employees to seek feedback on how they feel about working for the company. This drives improvements in facilities, values and behaviours. Swagelok runs a wellbeing initiative that focuses on improving its employees’ physical and mental health.

The company supports employees to undertake further and higher education and partners with University College Isle of Man for the manufacturing apprenticeship, employing several apprentices each year.

Swagelok employees play leading roles in such organisations and initiatives as the Chamber of Commerce Council, the Chamber’s Engineering and Manufacturing Committee, the Engineering Sector Skills Group, the Awareness of Careers in Engineering initiative, the IoM Aerospace Cluster, the Business Isle of Man Agency and Junior Achievement. They also play lead roles with local charities and engage in fund-raising activities.

Swagelok’s own social club organises many activities within the community.

The company also sponsors different community projects every year, voted for by employees, providing both funding and volunteer time.

Engineering is a strong part of the Island’s cultural heritage and Swagelok employees have strong connections with motorsport and engagement with motorcycle clubs, the cycling fraternity and the steam and model railway communities.

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Taxa Genomics Limited

Taxa Genomics is a genomics, bioinformatics and molecular diagnostics service provider for the environmental and veterinary fields, specialising in species detection, molecular ecology and veterinary genetics.

The company is keen to apply its cutting edge biodiversity assessment tools locally on the Isle of Man by way of case studies and proof of concept testing.

An environmentally aware organisation, Taxa Genomics Limited takes every opportunity to recycle and reduce waste created by its office. It endeavours to run a paper-free office and laboratory.

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The Flower Studio

The Flower Studio creates florals for weddings and events and hosts workshops.

Its designs are inspired by the beautiful Manx land and seascapes that are so important to UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man and many of its bouquets carry Manx names, promoting awareness of Manx culture and heritage.

The Flower Studio uses locally sourced produce where possible, adapting its designs to suit what is available seasonally.

Its displays are in reusable or biodegradable containers such as tin cans or baskets, enabling it to reduce the use of plastics by two thirds. It also recycles green waste, plastics, paper and cardboard.

At workshops, refreshments come from local suppliers.

The Flower Studio also educates workshop participants about the origins of materials used in designs and reusing and recycling elements of them.

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The Fynoderee Distillery

The Distillery is a new business distilling gin and making use of foraged botanicals where possible.

At the start, we will need to import certain ingredients, but hope to increase proportion of Manx produce, including botanicals as soon as we can.

There is also an intention to engage the use of NGO sector, for example Milntown Trust and Manx Wildlife Trust for botanical ingredients.

We also hope to increase the availability of Manx grown Juniper berries, which we would do through NGO partners.

The design of the new distillery has made conscious efforts to be as resource efficient as we can, which helps us with lower operating costs and is more environmentally sound as well.

The business is a strong example of how a new business can not only avoid harming the environment, but in fact enhance it and promote the "living landscape" of the Isle of Man within the local community and further afield, such is the reach of modern social media.

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The Fynoderee Distillery
The Good Health Store Ltd

The Good Health Store Ltd is a located in the south of the island, and offers the community a wide range of quality products that support a healthy lifestyle.

The Good Health Store strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible, in the store and by supporting of various environmental initiatives. They choose their suppliers based on their quality products, ethically balanced choices in respect of the environment, the community they operate in and the products they produce.

The Good Health Store do not sell plastic water bottles and are part of Refill Isle of Man scheme that offers free tap water refills to the public. They also offer a refill service on a range of cleaning products, sell reusable bags and when needed, use paper bags instead of plastic, which also include a charge in a bid to further reduce unnecessary waste. The store asks suppliers to reduce packaging when delivering to them, and in store they recycle their customer’s egg boxes and honey jars.

The Good Health Store has always aimed to grow their business organically, with local people. They support local producers, and stock a number of lines. The store encourages their customers to buy locally when possible and actively participate in local business organisations to help make Port Erin become more sustainable. The Good Health Store also supports local art and cultural events; which includes, displaying posters and donating prizes.

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Versa

Versa is a Port Erin-based foraging restaurant focusing on sustainable produce and lifestyles.

Owner and head chef Pippa Lovell uses locally foraged produce in Versa’s menus, which change weekly and reflect the seasons.

Pippa participates in competitions and conferences globally, spreading the word that the Isle of Man is a land of opportunity as a chef due to its biodiverse nature.

In her marketing, including her distinctive Instagram channel, Pippa encourages others to support our UNESCO Biosphere’s biodiversity and economy by growing, foraging for or otherwise sourcing food locally in the Isle of Man.

Versa facilitates and has pop-ups at events such as the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival, where Pippa had a stand and gave a demonstration.

Versa’s unusual story featured on BBC TV News in September 2019.

Pippa also conducts foraging tours and talks.

Versa allows diners to swap local produce for meals.

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Visit IOM and ORTG

VisitIOM.co.uk and ORTG are proud to support and be involved in the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man project. As a proud ambassador for the Island, this is an exciting prospect for Visit IOM.

The website is for travellers looking to plan and book their holiday to the Isle of Man. We promote the Island as a visitor destination and work alongside tourism providers to help maintain a healthy tourism industry.

Brian Kelly, Chairman at Online Regional Travel Group, said: “Having operated on the Island for well over 20 years, all our employees have great local knowledge and passion for every aspect of life here. When the opportunity arose for us to partner Biosphere Isle of Man, we were thrilled. Helping to maintain what makes the Island a special place for people and nature, and working with a world recognised organisation and programme like the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme, is something we’re very much looking forward to.”

Peter Longworth, Project Lead for Biosphere Isle of Man, commented: "Visit IOM shares our goals in promoting the Isle of Man as a special place for people, nature and culture and we welcome the company as a partner. I am sure it will interest potential visitors to the Island that we have such an accolade and convince them it’s worthwhile discovering more about the story of the Island. We look forward to more visitors discovering why the Isle of Man is such a special place."

It is reassuring to know that any travel booked through ORTG is fully protected through membership of: ABTA, ATOL, IATA

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Wild Mann Tours

Wild Mann Tours is a Blue Badge tour guide showing off the Isle of Man’s natural beauty and cultural heritage to visitors – and promoting the Island as a special place to live, work and visit.

It assists large and small groups, including cruise ship passengers, to see the best of the Isle of Man.

It encourages visitors to explore the Island by foot, bicycle and public transport, to respect the environment and, on walks, to collect any litter they find and dispose of it responsibly.

In addition to catering for visitors, it offers guided walks to local groups and participates in Manx National Heritage open days.

The Island’s Biosphere status is a real selling point in attracting visitors and a key talking point with them when they arrive, the organisation says.

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WP Tech Support

WP Tech Support provides technical support to Wordpress customers and marketing agencies around the world. As a company they are keen to protect our natural resources. As such, they issue no paper based contracts, invoices or communications to customers and provide all communications digitally which helps reduce their carbon footprint. The company also support staff that work remotely from home, this initiative aims to promote a healthy work life balance and reduces energy usage in the office.

WP Tech Support also actively ensures their recyclable waste is separated from their normal waste and recycle electronic waste such as computers, monitors and tablets, many of which are re-used by charities. The company also sponsor several local charities and encourage staff to get involved in local community initiatives such as Beach Buddies.

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Zurich International

Zurich International is headquartered in the Isle of Man and has more than 300 employees. It is part of the Zurich Insurance Group, offering life insurance, investment and protection solutions throughout the world.

The company has a new office on the outskirts of Douglas, where energy saving is a key design feature. It uses timed LED lights, temperature controlled workspaces and on demand heated water via automatic taps.

Zurich International became the first Isle of Man business to switch to using compostable cups in vending machines through a partnership with Mannvend. The company is committed to minimizing their environmental footprint and apply a continuous improvement approach in reducing use of plastics and paper waste where possible.

Employees are involved in projects to improve the Island’s environment and encourage others to go out and enjoy it. These include carrying out work over several years at Archallagan Forest and adding a nature trail to the Curraghs Wildlife Park.

The workforce have spent thousands of hours working on community activities such as Beach Buddies’ beach cleans, lane cleaning, the Parish Walk and 1st Onchan Guides. Zurich International have a pledge signed to allow colleagues one day of volunteering at the company’s expense.

Zurich International is also a major supporter of Junior Achievement where they provide funding for the Junior School Programme Manager, and sponsorship of the ‘Learn to Earn’ programme.

The partnership with Junior Achievement aids in providing volunteers for the programme deliveries and are further committed to supporting the youth in the community.

In addition Zurich International also have a Manx registered charity, the Zurich Financial Services (Isle of Man) Charity Fund which has donated more than £40,000 to local charities in 2018.


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Government

Bright Ideas


Bright Ideas has been developed as a communication tool to raise awareness in energy efficiency and energy conservation on the Isle of Man. The aim is to share energy saving ideas with visitors and demonstrate ways in which people can save energy with simple no or low cost measures. Find out what others are doing, pick up some tips on saving energy and tell us what you think about our Bright Ideas.

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Department for Enterprise

The Department has a key role to play in the achievement of the Programme for Government’s stated intention to be an Island of Enterprise and Opportunity. We recognise that supporting economic development is of strategic importance for the Island’s future growth and prosperity. The Department’s mission is aligned with these outcomes and objectives: to create an environment, through innovation and collaboration, where the economy thrives.

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Department of Education, Sport and Culture

The Department of Education, Sport and Culture operates the Island’s 37 schools – 32 primaries and 5 secondaries – and the University College Isle of Man (UCM), which offers professional, exam/degree and recreational courses for adults. The Depatrment has been very active in linking in to the UBIOM concept and has made great use of their "It's Learning" internal resources to share expertise. The majority of schools are engaged in linking UBIOM themes into lessons and pupils learning journeys.

It works with other Government Departments and agencies to deliver services for children, including safeguarding and needs-based assistance.

It runs the Youth Service, which offers play and youth clubs and special projects, Adventure Education at two outdoor learning centres, the Youth Arts Centre and Café Laare.

It runs Manx Sport and Recreation, the NSC and Manx Arts Development and is the sponsoring Department for the semi-autonomous bodies Isle of Man Sport and the Isle of Man Arts Council.

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Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture


The Department works to protect and enhance the Island’s natural assets within the core principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability; whilst optimising quality of life, international reputation, food production energy security and outdoor amenity.

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Douglas Borough Council

Douglas Borough Council is the Island's largest local authority, serving the Island's capital.

It recycles its own office waste wherever possible and runs household and commercial recycling schemes. Along with other eastern local authorities, it supports the town's Civic Amenity Site reuse and recycling facilities.

It is trialling vegware to replace single use plastics in Council buildings.

Douglas Borough Council invests in bin sensors which indicate when public litter bins need to be emptied, thereby reducing the number of journeys required, which reduces the costs and the Council’s carbon footprint. It promotes trade waste collection of recyclables, reducing avoidable waste levy charges being passed on to the Council’s business customers.

The Council educates on recycling issues and assists schools with environmental projects.

Various events are used to educate on recycling as well, e.g. Heritage Open Days.

Douglas Borough Council changed its lighting in all its public lighting columns to energy efficient LED. It invests in energy efficient vehicles and those with electric components to reduce its carbon footprint. This also reduces fuel costs.

The Council invests in an air source heat pump at its nursery to heat greenhouses. This decreases reliance on fossil fuels and results in lower running costs.

The Council uses harvested rainwater at its nursery to irrigate Council-maintained public open spaces and floral displays. Material gained from open space maintenance, eg. grass, hedge and tree cuttings, is composted and used in planters and floral displays throughout the town. Both measures save money.

Savings in costs are reinvested into public services.

The Council has an environmental policy which assists it in delivering public services in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

The Council promotes late night Christmas shopping for town centre retail businesses through the Christmas light switch-on as an annual event, in support of the Island's economy.

In April 2019, the Council will extend free library membership of the Henry
Bloom Noble Library to all Island residents, to help boost the town centre retail economy and will lead to greater access to and use of the public library’s resources.

It encourages active travel by ensuring provision is made in new developments or regeneration projects for bicycle parking and easy access to public transport.

Douglas Borough Council celebrates democracy with an open house in the Town Hall and recognises Sophia Goulden through a blue plaque.

The Council promotes Manx culture and heritage for example through introduction of Manx Folklore into Summerhill Glen; remembrance of the fallen through temporary and permanent displays at eg. Douglas Head; Archibald Knox themed Marine Garden.

The Council is actively expanding its CCTV network to help reduce incidences of vandalism and anti-social behaviour which have a negative impact on our environment.

It has moved to a system of digital invoicing which has reduced the negative environmental impact of a purely paper driven system. This has also improved efficiency.

Douglas Borough Council is investing in more sustainable properties by upgrading its existing housing stock to improve weather resistance and thermal efficiency.

At its Hazel Court sheltered accommodation, for example, the Council has changed the heating to biomass central heating using sustainable woodchip fuel.

The Council encourages residents to keep Douglas clean, eg. through Keep Britain Tidy campaigns, work in partnership with Beach Buddies and Love Where You Live campaign. Through its Warden Service, the Council helps educate the community on acceptable social behaviour regarding the environment such as dog waste disposal, waste disposal, graffiti, etc.

The Council actively pursues Green Flag awards for its public open spaces and currently has eight such awards.

The Council runs community events such as the Carnival, Tower of Refuge Walk, Noble’s Park Fun Day. The Council’s library runs several community events each year as well including the summer reading challenge and weekly story time.

Each Mayor/Mayoress appoints a local charity and undertakes fundraising events to support those charities.

Elected Members hold regular surgeries in partnership with MHKs to engage with the public more – these started in 2017 and continue to run, now from the Henry Bloom Noble Library.

The Council’s members are involved in community forums such as Hill Ward Community Group.

Douglas Borough Council organised the installation of free public wi-fi in Noble’s Park, which was very well received.

The Council is an active participant in the Government’s apprenticeship scheme, helping young adults to gain valuable skills for the employment.

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Isle of Man Constabulary

Keeping people safe is the mission of the Isle of Man Constabulary.

The organisation aims to prevent harm, tackle serious offending whilst creating a culture of continuous improvement, becoming digitally enabled and building a stronger workforce.

The constabulary is proud of its neighbourhood policing style with officers playing an active role in our islands community. It promotes local events and content related to island culture and conservation on its social media platforms.

The neighbourhood teams work with all interested local groups, organisations and government agencies on local social and community issues. Officer’s visit and support all aspects of the community from structured school visits to dropping in to youth clubs and other social groups to engage and understand the communities they serve. The teams also police local community events maintaining safety for those attending and participating.

Officers from the Constabulary regularly support local charities in fund raising efforts as well as having their own charity ‘Give a Gift’ which supports underprivileged families and individuals or those who have fallen into hard times within the community. The Constabulary has food bank supplies at all its stations.

The Constabulary is very proud of its Police youth scheme, the young people support local charities and local events such as the Royal and Southern Agricultural shows and Tynwald Day. Their involvement within the community is very wide and diverse from helping with the training of the Special Olympics team to helping to educate and assist elderly members of the community with digital technology.

During the TT and Festival of Motorcycling events officers undertake additional duties in order to maintain normal policing and community functions whilst also focussing on ensuring the safety of those who visit our island.

The constabulary work with other Government agencies to protect our island wildlife having dedicated and specially trained officers to deal with wildlife crime.

The constabulary is proud of its work to include all of its increasing diverse island community and treat everyone with whom they have contact in a non-discriminatory way, respecting differences and recognising their needs, building trust and ensuring safety for all.

The constabulary takes part in the Government’s Single Use Plastics Reduction Strategy and it recycles as much of its used products as possible, e.g. metals and uniforms. Waste that cannot be recycled goes to the Energy from Waste Plant.

With the introduction of new IT systems and digital strategy the Isle of Man Constabulary plans to reduce its paper use.

It is part of the Department of Infrastructure Energy Group. Part of this includes sharing energy usage data so that Government Buildings can be compared and energy usage can become more efficient. To reduce energy consumption old light bulbs are replaced by LED light bulbs.

In planning for future building requirements the constabulary use the principles of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), an international scheme to certify sustainability performance of buildings will be applied.

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Isle of Man Post Office becomes Business Partner to UBIOM

The Isle of Man Post Office were very eloquent in how they meet the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Pledge principles, for example:

• Stamp issues always carry a historical, cultural, people related or topical Manx link

• Using FSC and recycled paper across the business

• Supporting the Manx economy as a global business and one of the Island’s largest employers

• IOMPO Sponsorship of a number of local clubs, organisations and charities

• Energy conscious property portfolio

• Engagement with every household on a daily basis

• Promoting Manx culture on a world stage through its varied stamp and coin issues

• Support the right work/life balance for our valued staff

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Manx Utilities

Manx Utilities provides electricity and water to the whole of the Isle of Man.

The company's regional sewerage treatment strategy, and the educational 'Bin it, Don't Flush It' campaign, are contributing to cleaner beaches. The utility's staff support the charity Beach Buddies.

The utility uses the Energy from Waste Plant and hydro power as sources of renewable energy. MU also encourages sustainability with energy efficiency and 'Use Water Wisely' schemes and has a home energy officer advising households and LED lighting schemes in the community.

In-house, it has created an employee sustainability team and is removing single use plastics from its buildings.

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Port Erin Commissoners

Port Erin Commissioners is the local authority for the village of Port Erin in the south of Isle of Man.

The authority is seeking planning permission to build a new, energy-efficient, workshop at Breagle Glen, including air source heat pumps, solar panels, sedum roofs, electric vehicle charge points, swift and bat boxes and bee bricks.

The commissioners-owned Cosy Nook Cafe is to be redeveloped into a sustainable and energy-efficient building.

The commissioners have worked with Rushen Primary School, Beach Buddies and the Rotary Club on a project that has resulted in the school adopting the beach, both to keep it clean and use it as an outdoor classroom.

The authority is set to start a community project to seek to plant a wildflower meadow and set aside an area for beekeepers.

It has plans to create a trail within one of the glens to encourage younger members of our community to visit and engage with nature.

The authority is the first in the Island to operate an electric van and has another on order to replace existing diesel van.

It has a rolling programme to replace existing street lighting with LED lighting.

It also operates the local bring bank scheme.

The town hall is a member of the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man’s Refill scheme to decrease plastic consumption and littering and the authority has also installed public Refill points, including on the busy Promenade.

The authority supports community events in the village and has a project to repurpose an existing building as a heritage centre.



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Schools

Schools have seamlessly linked in UNESCO and UBIOM themes into pupils learning journeys - E in UNESCO stands for Education!
Many schools are very active in Eco-schools and Manx Culture is important too. There are opportunities for UNESCO to show us good examples to talk about in lots of subjects.

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Visit Isle of Man

The official visitor website.

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Useful links

Isle of Man Government

The official Isle of Man Government website. The Isle of Man Government Agencies consist of Departments and Divisions, Statutory Boards and Offices. There are also many working parties and Commissions working to meet the needs of both business and local communities by creating effective new legislation, cutting red tape and reducing bureaucracy.

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Locate Isle of Man

Everything you need to know about living, working and moving to the Isle of Man.

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Manx National Heritage

Manx National Heritage is the trading name of the Manx Museum and National Trust. We exist to take the lead in protecting, conserving, making available and celebrating the Island’s natural and cultural heritage for current and future generations, whilst contributing to the Island’s prosperity and quality of life.

We have recently appointed an Environmental Planner & Ecologist, a new role to MNH who has begun the process of re-assessing our sites in relation to their environmental value and requirements. The aim is to have active Conservation Management Plans in place for the larger sites in order to inform land management and activities for biodiversity gains, as well as having conservation statements for small sites to highlight their features and importance. The aim of these documents is to ensure that we are managing our sites sensitively and sympathetically to their needs as well as undertaking positive conservation management, where appropriate, to maximise the value of our sites for biodiversity and wider environmental aims, such as carbon sequestration, while employing best practise.

One of our main outcomes as an organisation is to have a positive economic impact and support a creative economy. Over 70% of the products sold in our retail outlets are produced locally and we contribute to the national economy and infrastructure by making the Isle of Man a better place in which to live, work and visit.

As an organisation we act as guardian of the Island's unique heritage and cultural assets and create a sense of time, place and identity for Manx people. Our work strengthens the community by giving opportunities for enjoyment, learning and development, whilst our sites and research communicate the significance of Man heritage and culture to locals and visitors alike.

MNH is currently reviewing its environmental policies in order to guide the organisation in making sustainable choices in all aspects of its work. This updating of related policies hopes to address those UN Sustainable Development Goals which fit within the organisations sphere of work and influence, foster a more conscious consideration of our actions within our staff, volunteers, etc. as well as to strengthen the organisations commitment to long-term environmental sustainability.

MNH is a Biosphere Stakeholder and actively participates in many of the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man initiatives. Aside from workshops and events offered by our Education and Outreach team MNH also coordinates Wildlife Week, an annual festival that works in a similar way to Heritage Open Days; promoting many of the Island's conservation and wildlife groups and NGO's, many of which are Biosphere partners. We also actively share the work of UNESCO through MNH's social media pages. We've also recently taken part in the Refill scheme.

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Visit Isle of Man

The official visitor website.

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Year of Our Island

Here on the Isle of Man we live in a special place and we gain benefits to our health, wellbeing and quality of life from living here. We have natural and beautiful amenities on our doorsteps, a culture that is strong and a nation that is proud.

This year we will be shouting about all of those things and encouraging people to explore more, do more and share more.

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Sign up to the UNESCO Biosphere ISLE OF MAN pledge

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man is open to everyone. You are welcome to be involved, providing you support the principles outlined in The Biosphere Isle of Man Pledge. This is the pledge that our partners have signed up to. Encapsulating the aims of the project, this is the Pledge that all our partners sign up to.

If you are interested in being involved as a business, you’ll find more information about the benefits of being a partner and how it all works in the Project Partners Guidelines for Businesses and also for Schools, Community Groups and Charities.

To apply to become a Partner and Supporter of UBIOM, please fill in this application form, and help us to tell others what you are so proud of, and keep us updated about how you will get even better.

Download the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Pledge