Heron & Brearley (H&B) is the latest Isle of Man business to become a Team Isle of Man Champion. A total of 10 Island businesses have signed up as Team Isle of Man Champions in the countdown to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games as part of an initiative to help raise funds to send a strong team to the event. A Manx company formed in 1898, H&B is the Island’s leading hospitality provider and its largest private sector employer with a 1,000-strong workforce. It operates 43 managed houses across the Isle of Man and 20 in the UK. The company’s portfolio also includes Okell’s brewery, founded in 1850 and noted for its award-winning beers; H&B Drinks, the Island’s leading drinks wholesaler; Spar convenience stores in the Isle of Man, and the logistics division Trade Distribution. Heron and Brearley Group Chairman Jonathan Clague said:
“Heron & Brearley is proud to be a Team Isle of Man Champion and support our talented young sportsmen and sportswomen as they prepare for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Champions initiative reflects the feeling of national pride that we all have for our Team Isle of Man competitors whether they are winning medals or fulfilling a lifelong ambition to compete for their country. We wish the squad every success.”
The Team Isle of Man Champions initiative is run by the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association (IOMCGA) – the charity responsible for the publicity, fundraising, travel and support for the Island’s team. The Association relies upon fundraising events and donations to fund Team Isle of Man’s participation. Juliet Holt, President of IOMCGA, said:
“We are delighted to welcome H&B as our latest Team Isle of Man Champion. Their support is greatly appreciated and their contribution to the Champions initiative means they are playing a vital role in our goal to send the strongest possible team to Glasgow 2014. The Champions initiative will also have an important part to play in preparations for the 2018 Games in Australia, and the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in 2015, and St Lucia in 2017.”
In addition to H&B the other Team Isle of Man Champions are Auxesia, Creechurch Capital, IOMA Fund and Investment Management Limited, Isle of Man Creamery, Karsons Pharmacy, Manx Telecom, MM&C, Skanco and SMP Partners. As Team Isle of Man Champions businesses can, for example, use the official Champions logo on all marketing material, company vehicles and on their website. Other benefits include two tickets to an event at the Games which Champions can use to raise funds for Team Isle of Man. The Champions initiative will continue until next June.
In May next year the Isle of Man will see the arrival of The Queen’s Baton Relay, which began on October 9, and will visit every nation and territory of the Commonwealth. The baton will arrive on the Isle of Man on May 16, 2014, from the Guernsey and Jersey legs of the relay. It will leave the Island on May 19 and continue on its journey with the next stop being Northern Ireland – then it’s on to Wales, England, and its final destination of Glasgow. Details of the exact route it will take in the Isle of Man have yet to be finalised. The Isle of Man will be one of 71 nations competing in Glasgow between July 23 and August 3, 2014. According to figures from Global Television and Sunset+Vine – host broadcasters for the Games – more than one billion TV viewers could be watching.
For the latest news about Team Isle of Man go to www.cga.im which also allows donations to be made to the team.