THE Department of Economic Development is inviting Isle of Man businesses to accompany them on Clean Tech trade delegations in the UK, Europe and USA during September to November 2012, where they will host a range of events promoting the Isle of Man as a location for establishing Clean Tech businesses.
The events will also allow Isle of Man businesses to showcase their products and services, as well as explore business growth opportunities with potential investors, customers and partners.
The locations the Department is targeting include: Boston, Oregon and San Francisco in the USA; Edinburgh, Manchester, Lincoln and London in the UK; Belgium, Germany and Scandinavia.
Each event will involve a similar format. The presence of one or more electric motorbikes that have competed in a zero emissions race in the Isle of Man; presentation on the benefits of the Island for Clean Tech businesses; screenings of a one hour version of the TT Zero movie ‘Charge’, which is narrated by Ewan McGregor; and a panel question and answer session, followed by a networking opportunity.
Opportunities also exist for Isle of Man businesses to sponsor the Clean Tech events. Sponsoring businesses would be able to have their branding featured at the event and on event PR as well as being offered the chance to make a presentation prior to the screening of ‘Charge’.
Laurence Skelly, Political Member for the Department of Economic Development with responsibility for Clean Tech, explained:
‘The Isle of Man has a unique selling proposition to attract businesses in the Clean Tech sector, the key benefits being an ideal location to trial technology and to protect and maximise financial benefit from intellectual property. I hope businesses will take this valuable opportunity to help generate new business. We have a very competitive proposition which is difficult to replicate elsewhere.’
Dr Ken Milne, Senior Manager for Energy Policy, added:
‘The Department is particularly looking to leverage the value generated by the TT Zero event and TT Zero movie ‘Charge’ and follows on from a very successful Clean Tech event we hosted in London recently which generated several high quality business leads. Through promoting the Island as an excellent location for Clean Tech businesses we hope that we will attract dynamic, innovative businesses and entrepreneurs.’
Isle of Man businesses interested in participating should contact Ken Milne on 01624 687142 or firstname.lastname@example.org