28 December 2018

Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce has launched Business Connex, a concierge service to support local businesses and entrepreneurs on the Island, and to help businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals who have decided to relocate here.

Business Connex is a joint initiative between Chamber and the Department for Enterprise. The service will not only be working closely with the business community but also the Department as a point of contact with its business development managers concerning new business enquiring about relocation to the Isle of Man. 

Chris Allen, President, Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is a very exciting initiative for Chamber, and the Island’s business community. We’re offering a service that will see Chamber acting as a facilitator for businesses and individuals to connect with the right people and organisations here on the Island. Business Connex will provide assistance to those already running a business on the Island, anyone wishing to establish businesses here, and support to individuals that wish to relocate to the Isle of Man to live and work. We’re grateful to the Department for Enterprise for their support – it is recognition of the strong business network of Chamber and the quality and breadth of sector coverage of the membership that can be leveraged in support of the relocation of new businesses and business people.”

Chamber has appointed Jessica Kitchin as the Manager of the Business Connex Service,as part of a new initiative to help attract, assist and retain inward investment to the Island.

Minister for Enterprise, Laurence Skelly MHK, said: “Facilitating the introduction and relocation of new business to the Island is essential for the ongoing economic growth of the Isle of Man. The Chamber of Commerce is well placed to represent the diverse and vibrant businesses that call the Isle of Man ‘home’ and by working in public–private partnership we will ensure that a comprehensive and inclusive service is provided to anyone considering moving their operation here. The Department’s Locate team will be working to support Jessica in her new role.”

Jessica Kitchin joins Chamber from Hamblin Employment Group where she worked for seven years as a Recruitment Manager, bringing with her strong sector knowledge and a diverse range of connections. Jessica’s main responsibilities will be to provide support to existing businesses and new organisations wishing to establish businesses here on the Island, and assistance to individuals that wish to relocate to the Isle of Man, ensuring that both the business’ or individual’s relocation is as welcoming and seamless as possible. Along with working proactively for the Chamber, Jessica, when requested to do so, will also provide assistance and support to the Department for Enterprise’s business development managers in relation to the establishment of new businesses, or relocation of workers to the Island. Business Connex is a free of charge service.

Find out more about Business Connex contact Jessica Kitchin by emailing or phoning 674941.