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.



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.

Ballacregga Corn Mill
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 utlilises 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.

Institute of Directors - Isle of Man
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.

Isle of Man Meats
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 intent 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.

Stewart Clague Service
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.

Sure Telecom
Sure telecom

Sure opened in 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.

Foraging Vintners
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.

The Fynoderee Distillery
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.

PokerStars logo

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.

Visit IOM and Online Regional Travel Group
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.
Darrel Tinnion, Business Development Manager 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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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