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.


Pepsi Max Bowl
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.

Mannin Group LTD
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.

Noa Bakehouse
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.

Julie Parys, UI/UX Designer
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.

Surfside Holiday Limited
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.

Skywind Group
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.

Seven Kingdom Distillery
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.

Beautiful Blooms Ltd.
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.

Clearwater Fiuduciary Services Limited
Clearwater Fiduciary Services Limited

Clearwater Fiduciary Services Limited is a fiduciary service provider for families and companies. It is 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.

Orrisdale Livestock Ltd
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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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.

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