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The Business Support Scheme
The Department of Economic Development’s Business Support Scheme can offer your business financial assistance towards the cost of specialist consultancy to help your business develop and improve profits, implement new working practices or improve efficiency.
What can it do for my business?
A recent analysis of over 300 past projects has revealed how effective the Scheme has proved for participating businesses and the Isle of Man in general:
• 46% saw an increase in profits
• 68% saw an improvement in working practices
• 19% have increased employees with over 200 jobs created
• 97% would be happy to use the Scheme again
The following is just a small example of the comments received:
• “The project is the essence of the business and has enabled it to start-up and to continue to operate largely as an on-line booking agency…”
Sally Helwich- Isle of Man Event Services Ltd
"3 Legs Ltd was delighted to help this new venture to quickly establish its on-line presence, bringing valuable business to the Island's tourism sector."
Sean Kelly, 3 Legs Ltd. (E-Business Consultant for Isle of Man Event Services Ltd)
• Our energy bills have come down so much we expect the payback period to be 18 months..!”
John Shakespeare: Manager, Strand Shopping Centre
“We have the expertise to provide a lighting solution which will benefit the business now and for years to come.”
Ralph Peake: Managing Director, Luminaires Ltd (Energy Consultant for Strand Shopping Centre)
• "..bookings for the campsite are well up and the administration is so simple and takes up virtually no time at all. All this without any IT skills! It paid for itself within a few months."
Richard Huxham, Ballamoar Campsite
".. we strongly recommend that any Tourist Accommodation Provider, large or small, take advantage of the assistance available through the Business Support Scheme in order to create a web presence with e-Booking Facilities, thereby enabling them to enjoy the advantages and opportunities that E-Business brings.”
Eve Lancaster of Redcetera. (E-Business Consultant for Ballamoar Campsite)
What assistance does my business receive?
The Scheme offers businesses 50% (up to a maximum of £4500) towards the cost of consultancy within the following disciplines:
• Environmental Efficiency
• Quality Management
• Business and Strategic Planning
• Financial Management Controls
Am I eligible to apply for assistance?
All applicants must be either a Manx-registered business, or a sole trader registered in the Isle of Man for Income Tax.
All applicants are eligible for projects in the disciplines of Quality Management and Environmental Efficiency. Additionally, applicants who supply products or services to off-Island customers will be eligible for an E-Business project.
Eligibility for projects in the remaining disciplines is discretionary and the final decision on these will be made by the Department.
Note; Businesses operating in the Manufacturing sector are eligible for projects in all disciplines.
For further information on eligibility go to www.gov.im/ded/grants/bss/eligibility.xml ,
Where can I get further information?
If you would like more information on the Scheme, including application form and brochure, please visit www.gov.im/bss, or contact Scheme Manager, Mike Corkhill, by telephone on 682326 or email email@example.com