Who is involved?Our list of project partners is growing rapidly and encompasses businesses, schools, charities and community groups across the Island.
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.
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.
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.
The Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce’s vision 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.
Chamber also supports new and sustainable Business on the Isle of Man. Using the breadth of our membership with its business knowledge and experience to the benefit of new and emergent businesses. We can help introductions, support relevant networking and through our business service offering provide 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 reduced 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.
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.