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.

Business:

Foraging Vintners
Foraging Vintners
http://www.foragingvintners.com/

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
http://fynoderee.com/

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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PokerStars
https://www.pokerstars.com/

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
http://www.visitiom.co.uk

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

Roots Bev Co, Isle of Man
Roots Beverage Company
http://www.rootsbevco.com/

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

Isle of Man Post Office
Isle of Man Post Office becomes Business Partner to UBIOM
https://www.iompost.com/

IOM PO were very eloquent in how they meet the UBIOM 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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AstroManx
http://astromanx.com/

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

Netcetera
https://www.netcetera.co.uk

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

Manx Fish Producers Organisation
Manx Fish Producers Organisation
http://www.isleofman.com/directory/4134/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.

Manx National Farmers Union
Manx NFU - Business Partner
http://manx-nfu.org/

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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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