The Island’s biggest and most varied business conference is back for a third year as ISLEXPO returns to the Villa Marina on the 16th May 2018.
Created in 2016 to launch the £50m Enterprise Development Scheme, ISLEXPO programme content was originally built around three core concepts aligned to the full spectrum of business support offered by the Department – start, grow and locate. The event has moved through ‘starting’ and ‘growing’ a business and now centres on the definitive theme of ‘locate’ to explore the many benefits of living, working and rooting a local or global business in the Isle of Man.
Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, commented:
‘I’m delighted to announce the exciting return of ISLEXPO for 2018. The theme of ‘locate’ could not be more pertinent with concerted efforts around the Island focussed on removing barriers to attract more skilled workers, boosting our reputation, and supporting our local businesses. As the new Department for Enterprise emerges we are seeing our diverse economy continue to expand with successful growth from real businesses, delivering real jobs and we need more people to support these opportunities.
‘ISLEXPO is a unique business event, aimed at exploring and celebrating what makes the Isle of Man a prime place for local and global businesses to call home. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet attended the event to join in next year and discover the varied and home-grown content on offer.’
1,700 delegates attended ISLEXPO 2017, a 70% increase on ISLEXPO 2016, with 92% stating they would attend again next year.
The 2018 event will be focussed on attracting and retaining talent, future proofing the Island’s job market, export and expansion, funding and a fresh focus on local food and drink and the creative industries.
Hosted by the Department for Enterprise, ISLEXPO 2018 will be co-ordinated by local events and marketing consultants, Revel.
A range of sponsorship opportunities are available at varying levels of investment, including hospitality features and programme content. Contact Revel to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07624 332903
ISLEXPO is free to attend and registration for the event and programme content will be announced in early 2018 at www.islexpo.com.
Photo - Minister Skelly addressing the delegates at ISLEXPO 2017.