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Welcome to Citywing We are delighted to welcome you on board your flight today, and thank you for choosing Citywing. Depending on your point of view, you may be looking forward to winter or, like me, looking forward to spring. Within aviation winter brings its own challenges. You can rest assured the companies that fly on behalf of Citywing are well prepared and, in the Isle of Man, there is a dedicated de-icing vehicle, if required, for all Citywing flights, to ensure they don’t get stuck in a queue with all the other operators. This will hopefully ensure we can keep to on time departure, or as close as possible, something we know is appreciated by all travellers. Previously I mentioned I would be taking my family to Newcastle and the surrounding area for our summer holiday. We actually changed plans and ended up going to Belfast and up the east coast of Northern Ireland to Ballacastle. We had a great time and really could have done with longer. Highlights were the Giants Causeway and the W5 science museum in Belfast. We spent the day in the W5 and the children wanted to go back as we had not covered all they wished see. We did not even get into Belfast City centre or visit the Titantic Museum, so we still have plenty to visit when we go back. I can also recommend the coastal route from Belfast to the Giants Causeway; there is some truly stunning scenery! I am returning to Belfast with Manx Radio for another outside broadcast with Alex in the Afternoon, when we will be offering a great prize. All being well, this will be around the third week in October, so make sure you tune in. For those of you who listen to Manx Radio, I did manage to get to Newcastle on a particularly wet day to be part of an outside broadcast from the city. Although the weather was not the best, all involved had a great day. We covered a huge range of things to do, including a trip to St

James’s Park (home of Newcastle United for those not interested in football). The rain caused some localised flooding, which made our drive to Blackpool that evening one of the most memorable I have ever taken. Another was being driven to Bournemouth on another wet night when we came to the top of a crest and saw a car parked in the road. As we slowly passed we discovered the reason it had stopped was it had hit a Friesian cow, which lay dead in the middle of the road! Anyway, I digress. My two companions from Manx Radio decided it was all a bit much and promptly fell asleep. Thankfully Blackpool, another of our destinations, had much better weather and we were able to relax in the Sleepwell Hotels Carousel before returning to the Isle of Man the following morning. As I write, I am in the Aviator at Gloucestershire Airport, after a meeting in Cardiff, and all my recent travels have certainly proved to me once again that the routes we fly are excellent gateways, often saving travellers serious time compared with other airports. The unique experience offered by Gloucestershire Airport allowed me to sit in the Aviator restaurant, watch the aircraft land, pack my things up, check in and then board the flight, all fuss free and very simple. I wish all travel was this easy!

May I take this opportunity to thank you for supporting Citywing and hope you have found the service met your expectations. We aim for excellence throughout the whole process, from the website, check in, flight experience and afterwards whether it be just collecting baggage and departing the airport, to dealing with a member of the Citywing team. We strive to improve our service, so we would ask you to fill in the questionnaire in the seat pocket if you have time to give us feedback. We always listen to your views, whether positive or negative; it is good to praise people for delivering excellent service, but it is also important to rectify any issues that may arise. If you liked the service you receive we would also be grateful if you’d tell us, or more importantly, please tell your friends. We hope to welcome you aboard again in the not too distant future. 3

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CHELTENHAM Hobgoblin Comedy Festival

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ANGLESEY Think ‘Red’

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GLOUCESTER Step into Autumn

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CARDIFF Croeso!

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NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD Hearty Cuisine

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ISLE OF MAN 10 things to keep you busy

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BELFAST Restaurant Week 2013

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Citywing supports Isle of Man Table Tennis Asscociation Citywing is delighted to support the Isle of Man Table Tennis Association by sponsoring the purchase of their scoring boards. IOMTTA participate in local and international events, and consists of players of all abilities and ages, currently ranging from 8 to over 70 years old. The table tennis seasons runs from September to April, with the Junior League running from September to the Christmas period.

Citywing Managing Director, David Buck, said: ‘We were pleased to be able to assist IOMTTA by sponsoring the purchase of their new scoreboards. We are keen to support our local community and are very excited to be involved with a sports association that frequently represents the Island and the sporting talent it produces.’ IOMTTA meet every Wednesday evening at the NSC, Douglas, with its Junior League playing 5.30pm to 6.30pm and Senior League 7.00pm to 10.00pm.

Maggie Mulhern, Chairman of IOMTTA said: ‘We are very grateful for the sponsorship given by Citywing, which has assisted us in purchasing scoreboards for our league matches and international events. The presence of these larger scoreboards makes it easier for the players to score the matches and allows the scores to be seen by spectators from anywhere in the playing hall.’ 6

Newcastle voted best large airport by passengers

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itywing passengers travelling to Newcastle can be sure of a pleasant visit from the moment they land, as Newcastle Airport has been rated the country’s best large airport.

the results of the latest Which? passenger survey, which places Newcastle top amongst the larger airports. This is very much in line with us securing the AOA Award for best regional airport for four years in a row, and is welcome recognition for our 11,537 passengers were asked about their dedicated staff and business partners who work experiences in UK airports in the past year, in a hard to deliver a high quality customer experience.’ national poll held by Which? magazine. Newcastle Airport gained a satisfaction score of 69%, beating Citywing Managing Director, David Buck said: all other large airports in the country, including ‘Passengers will have a lot to look forward to Birmingham and Heathrow Terminal 5. in Newcastle itself; as well as offering a great opportunity for a city break, with fantastic nightlife Passengers rated the airports on a number of and shopping centres, there are wonderful rural categories, such as speed of check-in, airport and coastal areas nearby including, Bamburgh, security, airport design and the quality of available Alnwick and Whitley Bay. shops, toilets and food outlets, with Newcastle coming top in airport design, toilets, passport ‘Newcastle is a popular destination year-round, but control and security. there are a number of festive activities that take place in the run-up to Christmas such as continental Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle markets and theatrical shows, which certainly make International Airport, said: ‘We are delighted at the city worth a visit before the big day!’

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For an entire week in November, Cheltenham turns into the funniest place in Britain with the return of the Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival 2013! With an even bigger line-up than last year, spread across the town in three different venues, there‘s a hugely hilarious amount of variety on offer. For the kids and the entire family (don‘t forget Grandpappy), check out Comedy Club 4 Kids and Tweedy‘s Magic and Mayhem Show. For adults, there‘s even more on offer, from the ever popular Boothby Graffoe to Mark Watson! Check out the lineup below... Carl Donnelly Join Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Carl Donnelly for a brand new show full of hilarious anecdotes and observations on the state of the world and his plans on how we should be dealing with it.

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Tom Stade Canadian superstar Tom Stade is back with a brand new live show - direct from his smash-hit run at the Edinburgh festival, and a storming set on Ch4’s starstudded Comedy Gala at London’s O2 Arena. Mark Thomas Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Boothby Graffoe Join Arch-Surrealist Boothby Graffoe for a typically skewed look at the weird little world of the UK lottery scratch card. Who buys them? How many do they buy? What, really, are the odds they might win?

The Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival is a joint partnership between Makin Projects, Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Town Hall and Parabola Arts Centre. The various events are held across the Town Hall, Parabola Arts Centre, Sound Music Venue and The Strand.

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Howlers at the Hall Cheltenham‘s biggest and best comedy club night returns once again for a night packed with laughs for this year‘s Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival! Check www.howlerscomedyclub.com for more info. Reginald D Hunter A popular guest on many of the UK’s best-loved TV shows including Live At The Apollo and Have I Got News For You - Reginald is touring the country again in with his own unique humour in a brand new show. Mark Watson A former member of the Cambridge Footlights and multi-award winning stand-up comedian and novelist, Mark Watson is coming to Cheltenham Comedy Festival for a special one-off show! Richard Herring Herring tackles the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke). Is death a tragedy or an excuse to have an extended lie-in? Tweedy ​Over the years Tweedy has assisted some of the world‘s top magicians, resulting in him being sawn in half, disappeared and even turned into a tiger. A fantastically funny, family friendly show.

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Comedy Club 4 Kids Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires). We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits! The Festival Finale It’s the finale of the 2013 Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival! Headlined by Sean Hughes and featuring the blistering comedic talents of Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden, Ava Vidal, Howard Read, Chris McGlade and Tiernan Douieb.

For further information on the Festival and to book tickets call 0844 576 2210 or visit cheltenhamcomedy.com

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The Citizen, Gloucester City Council and Marketing Gloucester are launching the first ever Gloucester Style Week. Gloucester Style Festival will promote retail in Gloucester to increase footfall to the shops and showcase what the city has to offer to the fashion and beauty world.

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e know that Gloucester has a rich W sporting heritage and fabulous history but we want to highlight why Gloucester should be on the map for its style as well. October 21st to 27th will stage a variety of fringe events and shows that celebrate all that is great about the city’s fashion and retail industry. The Eastgate Shopping Centre will feature a number of different stylists throughout the week, giving chic advice to the local people on the streets of Gloucester. Gloucester College will also be making an appearance at the shopping centre, providing sample beauty treatments and giving tips on how to achieve the latest looks. The Gloucester Guildhall will be showing viewings of the dark comedy film ‘The Bling Ring’ and many other shops and counters will be running their own demonstrations and discounts to make the most of this fabulous occasion. The main fashion shows taking place include a vintage and cherry themed ‘Ladies Lunch’ at Gloucester Rugby Club, with an afternoon tea feel and 50’s styled models with bright lips and big wavy hair as styled by Blushes. Gloucester Quays will be hosting the ‘Quay Trends’ catwalk show with hair styled by Cream. This show is completely free and will give ideas on how you can rock the look for the Autumn/Winter season. Finally, our week will draw to a close at the fabulous ‘Hot in the City’ red carpet fashion show at the stunning Blackfriars venue. This black tie event has a mysterious, gothic theme with displays from the best in couture, wedding and baroque style. Hair by Peter Hickman. We will be producing our very own ‘Gloucester Style Festival’ magazine, to be published in the first week of October, that will include details of all of the events and information on where you can find the latest trends from fashion to home styling. The event will promote some amazing local and national retailers from all over the city.

Ticket Information Ladies Lunch Fashion Show Drinks reception, beautiful two course lunch and fashion Show in the 1873 Club overlooking the rugby ground Date: 23rd October from 1.30pm Venue: Gloucester Rugby Club Ticket Price: £30 Quay Trends Fashion Show Gloucester Quays will be hosting the ‘Quay Trends’ catwalk show. This show is completely free and will give ideas on how you can rock the look for the autumn/winter season. Date: 24th October from 5.30pm Venue: Gloucester Quays Ticket Price: FREE

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Hot in the City Enjoy a glamorous black tie evening in the amazing surroundings of Blackfriars with a drinks reception, three course dinner and a stunning fashion show. Date: 25th October at 7.00pm Venue: Blackfriars Ticket Price: £45

Join us in celebrating the city’s glamorous side and get involved with Gloucester Style. For more information please visit www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/style or find us on Twitter @GloucesterStyle

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Autumn just wouldn’t be the same without a trip to Blackpool’s world-famous northern lights – the Blackpool Illuminations. More than three million visitors a year can’t be wrong!

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This year, the World’s Biggest 3D Holographic And to ensure this year’s event is the most Experience Comes To Blackpool Illuminations. spectacular yet, there’s a whole host of new and See 7 foot tall 3D holograms of Pirates, Zombies, Mermaids and much more, directly on your phone! In-app purchases support the Blackpool Illuminations and the NSPCC‘s ‘Turning The Tide For Children Appeal‘ and will also entitle you to a FREE Blackpool Pleasure Beach Pass worth £6.00! The magical Illuminations will keep the resort aglow until Sunday 10 November 2013. Once described as ‘Artificial Sunshine’, the Illuminations have been a major part of Blackpool’s attraction since 1879 and have been a guiding light for visitors to the resort ever since.

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revamped displays including Theatre D’Amour, Venus Reborn, Talbot Square and Brilliance, which are designed to dazzle and delight the crowds with new programmes, sounds and shows. Not forgetting the magnificent jewel in the crown, Blackpool Tower will also help showcase just why the Illuminations are regarded as a truly world class lighting attraction. However visitors choose to enjoy Blackpool’s award-winning Illuminations, they’re guaranteed a sparkling night, whatever the weather. And with even more exciting projects yet to be announced, including plans for a ¼ mile gallery of illuminated street art by some of the UK’s top rated Urban artists, 2013 is set to be a year to remember.


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The great part of using this app is the experience can be taken away with the visitor as the markers will be available to download from www.theblackpoolexperience.co.uk and can be easily printed at home to show family and friends.

The Blackpool Experience App. Over 40 3D holographic experiences throughout the Illuminations.

Visitors to the Illuminations can try the app for free and view a number of characters including the Glitter Ball Gang before purchasing the full pack of 3D holographic or subtitled video content priced at ÂŁ1.99 and 69p respectively.

The Stars of the Show include the Glitter Ball Gang, a group of friendly virtual children who act as guides throughout the Illuminations and have been voiced by local school children.

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Take a hearty serving of contemporary cuisine, stir in a range of exotic eateries, add a liberal sprinkling of homecooked goodness and season with a pinch of pavement cafés before washing it down with a classy cocktail bar or good old-fashioned pub. With so many superb options on the menu, it’s difficult to know where to start. Whether it’s dining out, calling into a cosy bar, lounging at a pavement cafe, sipping on a cocktail or being spotted in a cutting-edge club, NewcastleGateshead and its surroundings provide a feast of choice to please your palate. During daylight hours you’ll be delighted with the range of cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs providing everything from a light snack with a healthy smoothie to a traditional roast with a rich red wine, whilst the evening offers everything from 5-course luxury washed down with a glass of fizz to al fresco Mediterranean delights accompanied by fruity sangria.

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Some of our finest food can be found at 3 AA Rosette restaurant Jesmond Dene House, set in a tranquil wooded valley just 1 mile outside the city centre where fresh and seasonal ingredients including organic beef from Northumberland and a selection of fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables from the hotel garden create a fresh take on traditional dishes. For something a bit different why not try Blackfriars which, housed in a Medieval monastery in Newcastle City Centre, is believed to be the country’s oldest restaurant and has won an AA rosette for its old-fashioned fare with a sumptuous modern twist, or SIX, BALTIC’s rooftop restaurant which offers stunning panoramic views of the Quayside served with wholesome, regionally sourced and seasonal modern British cuisine.

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For more exotic flavours, head to Stowell Street where you’ll find superb restaurants and buffets in the heart of China Town, or look out for Fujiyama and Hanahana on Bath Lane for Japanese teppan-yaki. Pani’s cafe is a great choice for an eclectic Italian/Sardinian menu and excellent service with a smile. If you are a lover of Indian street food and deliciously spiced curries then Dabbawal is the place for you, while Sachins Restaurant offers the discerning diner a unique opportunity to sample the very finest punjabi foods in a fresh and exciting environment. If you are looking for a some great views of the Tyne Bridge or a meal before heading to The Sage Gateshead Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant is an excellent choice. Blake’s Coffee House offers indoor and outdoor seating on the UK’s best street (as voted in Academy of Urbanism’s Best Street Award 2010) alongside delicious coffee and a selection of sandwiches, snacks and sweet treats, whilst Olive & Bean takes a deli-style approach to food with an extensive range of ingredients available to eat in or take away. Slightly further afield, Tynemouth Village offers a great selection of quaint cafes and tea rooms offering all sorts of cakes, scones, pasties and sweet treats as well as some great traditional pubs and the odd modern wine bar to offset the town’s old-fashioned charm. Crusoe’s provides a novel experience as, situated on Tynemouth’s Longsands beach, it


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offers great food and drink with a spectacular view across the sand to the vast North Sea, whilst the restaurant in a cave at Marsden Bay in South Shields must be seen to be believed! The sea air of Ocean Road in South Shields is infused with exotic aromas from the selection of Indian restaurants which line it to tempt those who like a little spice, or for more traditional tastes North Shields Fish Quay provides the ideal place to pick up only the freshest fish and chips. In Sunderland, National Glass Centre’s new Brasserie celebrates a wonderful mix of traditional, regional fayre accented with flair and a modern twist. Discerning vegetarian or vegan visitors will also have a great choice – say goodbye to that bland pasta dish! With Scrumpy Willow and the Singing Kettle serving up a range of locally sourced, organically grown treats, The Redhouse providing wholesome pub grub and Sky Apple delighting carnivores and herbivores alike with their seasonal, regularly changing menu of affordable and absolutely delicious treats, your time in NewcastleGateshead will be as tasty as any meat-eater’s! Our most famous export is of course Newcastle Brown Ale which, after 80 years, is popular worldwide and unique amongst ales with its sweet, nutty taste. You’ll find it in many of the region’s bars and a trip to NewcastleGateshead just wouldn’t be complete without a taste!

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Northumberland Beef and Lamb, reared on rolling hills and lush lowland pastures, are some of the best money can buy. Look out for them in our fabulous restaurants, especially Northumberland lamb breeds such as Hexham Blackface and Cheviot lamb, and cow breeds which thrive in Northumberland such as Aberdeen Angus, Gallaway, and Welsh Black.

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North Shields Fish Quay provides the freshest of fish by the ton to local seafood restaurants including Colmans of South Shields whose long list of awards is testament to their spectacular fish and chips, whilst familyowned Chain Bridge Honey, a little further afield in Berwick, is the largest natural producer of comb honey in the country. Lindisfarne Oysters, the only native oyster farm between Norfolk and Scotland, is run by Christopher Sutherland who took over from his father who founded the business around 1989. L.Robson & Sons is a family business specialising in the traditional method of oaksmoking kippers and salmon. Situated in the small Northumbrian coastal village of Craster, the company cures the famous Craster Kippers in the original smokehouses which are over 130 years old.

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Juice Festival inspires young people in NewcastleGateshead Juice - NewcastleGateshead’s award-winning festival for children and young people takes place from Friday 25 October – Sunday 03 November 2013. The 10 day festival showcases outstanding work created by, for and with children and young people as well as a family friendly programme delivered by regional, national and international artists. Just Jam International at Dance City Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October

Some of the best b-boys and b-girls from across Europe and beyond will once again be battling it out at the Just Jam one-on-one battle on Sunday 27 October as part of Juice Festival. B-boys and B-girls from BirdGang, Ill Abilities and Ghost Crew will also be sharing their breakdancing skills in a series of special workshops at Dance City on Saturday 26 October.

ZigZag ZigZag by Inne Gorris at St. Mary‘s Heritage Centre, Gateshead Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 October

Inspired by David Grossman’s much-loved story, The Zig Zag Kid, this live theatre production tells the story of 12-year-old boys Nono and Chaim and their magical adventures which see their lives change forever.

The Big Juice Read at Gateshead Central Library and Newcastle City Library Saturday 26 October

Author Tommy Donbavand is joined by performers from NORTH Young Company to celebrate this year’s Big Juice Read, ‘Fangs’, the story of the secret agent Vampire.

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Juice Art Jam III at the CoMusica Arches (behind Sage Gateshead) Saturday 26 October

Top names in the UK Urban Art Scene once again descend on NewcastleGateshead for another day of inspiring graffiti artwork. As well as the chance to leave your mark, there’s also the opportunity to try your hand at clothing customisation and learn new drawing skills from Bristol-based artist, Andy Council.

A Spooky Night at the Museum at Discovery Museum Thursday 31 October

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a museum after it closes at night? Now’s your chance as Discovery Museum hosts a night of Halloween adventure on Thursday 31 October, including a spooky circus, ghostly trails and lots more fun activities for all the family.

A Magical World at Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company Friday 1 November

Specially created for children with learning difficulties and disabilities, and their families, take a journey through rooms and corridors that spring to life with music and theatre and become part of the performance.

Juice Festival Finale Parade starting at Baltic Square Sunday 3 November

Become a dream catcher in this special pre-bedtime parade across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Come dressed in your best onesie as we celebrate Juice Festival in style with live music from Sage Gateshead’s young musicians and some special puppet creations from Unfolding Theatre. For more information and to book tickets, please visit: www.juicefestival.co.uk

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Belfast Restaurant Week is back for a second serving celebrating all things culinary in fabulous restaurants across the city. Delicious.

Belfast. 5th-12th October 2013.

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njoy a tasty recipe of signature menus, sensational culinary events and delicious local food in fabulous restaurants! Throughout the week diverse eateries will be hosting exclusive events and showcasing special menus using the finest local produce. Why not try something new or book a table at a tried and tested favourite? Belfast Restaurant Week offers a delicious and comprehensive insight into Belfast’s acclaimed eating scene, with over 80 participating restaurants throughout the city. The week includes great offers and activities, food tours, talks, tastings, pop-up restaurants and much, much more.

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Main Course - Opening & Closing Spectaculors! Taste & Dine at City Hall | Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October | 11.30am to 7pm | Free Entry The grounds of Belfast City Hall will be transformed into a mini food city for this fabulous opening event of Restaurant Week. Immerse yourself in Belfast’s unique foodie culture for this showcase celebration of the best of Belfast’s food scene. Meet some of the heroes of Belfast Restaurant Week, including local producers and top cooks. There’s fascinating talks and demonstrations by leading chefs and great music and entertainment too. Night of 400 Diners | Sunday 13 October, 7pm | £50 per person Belfast Restaurant Week’s finale, ‘Night of 400 Diners’, is a spectacular masquerade event set in the opulent surroundings of Belfast City Hall. Don your mask and sample a decadent array of culinary delights from leading Belfast restaurants. With the chance to experience the skills of the city’s finest chefs and a unique programme of entertainment, this evening of masked mystique will celebrate the best of culinary Belfast with an Italian twist and round off Belfast Restaurant Week in style. Tickets are £50 per person available from Belfast Welcome Centre (10% discount available to parties of 10 or more).

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James Nicholson Wine Evening | 9 October An expert from the famous Crossgar wine merchant will be on hand to offer advice and samples of some of their excellent wine. Café Conor / 028 9066 3266

Titanic Taste Tour | 8 & 10 October This 5 course gastronomic walking tour, gives you a taste of life in Belfast over a century ago with a modern twist. Starting from the Dock Café and including Titanic Belfast, Crane View Kitchen and S.S. Nomadic, our theatrical guides will take you on a 2.5 hour journey of good food, local music and Belfast craic. £25. Organised by Titanic Foundation / 028 9024 6609

Art of Food and Wine Night | 10 October | 7.30pm “Around the World in 80 Minutes” is a night of wines from across the globe accompanied by delicious tasting dishes. £35. Canteen at The MAC / 028 9023 5053 Retro Night | 10 October A night of motown, funk & soul with a 4 course set menu £19.95. Bourbon at Queen’s / 028 9023 9950 Random Acts of Theatre & Food | 10 October A celebration of local performers and ‘producers’ of food. Includes a five course menu with bubbles on arrival & bursts of singing & theatre. £40. 4th Wall / 028 9027 8707 Tasting Menu | 10 October | 7.30pm 4 course set tasting menu consisting of fine Northern Irish produce. £29. Sonoma (Hilton Hotel) / 028 9027 7000 Spanish Tasting Night | 10 October A 6 course Spanish food evening with carefully matched wines for each dish. Our wine supplier will be on hand to pass on his expert advice. £25. The King’s Head / 028 9050 9950

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Secret Cocktail Club | 10 October A stunning, one-off celebration of The Cocktail. The venue is a secret. The organisers are anonymous. The drinks remain unknown. What we do know is that it promises to deliver an amazing & unique experience. Price / venue TBC. Details will be unveiled on visit-belfast.com Co Couture Dessert Club | 10, 11 & 12 October Visit Co Couture’s chocolate boutique to enjoy a selection of our hand crafted desserts using the best of fresh and natural ingredients... and of course chocolate! Booking in advance is recommended. Co Couture Dessert Club / 07888 899 647

The Beef Baron’s Banquet | 10 October Each course will showcase the beef using different cuts and cooking methods. Tickets £80. Shu / 028 9038 1655

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Tasting Menu | 10 October Five course tasting meal with five cocktails in Zen’s Geisha Den. £34. Zen / 028 9023 2244 Posh Nosh Edwardian Pop Up | 10 & 12 October | 7.30pm A lavish 3 course meal inspired by Titanic times and served onboard its tender vessel, SS Nomadic. No license BYO. Tickets £50. SS Nomadic / 028 9145 9090 Hannon Meat Tasting Evening | 11 October A tasting evening celebrating the award winning Hannon meats products. We will be joined by their staff for some background information on each award winning product. £25. The King’s Head / 028 9050 9950 There’s a New Sherriff in Town | 11 October A night of craic and good music with local band The New Sherriffs. Café Conor / 028 9066 3266 Jazz Age at Harlem | 11 & 12 October Harlem will evoke the 1920’s with an inspired Jazz Age event. Our Chefs will recreate dishes inspired by the era to be served up under the Art-Deco windows of Harlem. Live Jazz Music. Harlem Café / 028 9024 4860

Celebrity Masterchef finalist, writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli will be launching Belfast Restaurant Week, appearing at Taste & Dine at City Hall on Saturday 5 October.

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Kids Cooking Demo. | 12 October | 3pm Enjoy a leisurely afternoon lunch and hand your kids over to us for some creative pizza making. £6 per child. Max 20 places. Ryan’s Bar & Restaurant / 028 9050 9850

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A food & restaurant tour of Belfast

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Belfast is metamorphosing from a city stuck in the past into an exciting tourist destination. Hotel infrastructure has grown to meet demand in recent years, now the restaurant scene is also on the up. Niall McKenna‘s James Street South is one of the restaurants flying the flag for higher-end dining. Expect a heavy focus on Irish produce such as Mourne lamb and Rademon Estate wood pigeon. Deane’s, under head chef Simon Toye provides classics like lobster thermidor as well as shining a spotlight on local produce such as Lissara duck that comes with cherries and an elegant confit duck croquette.

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Then there‘s the new kid on the block, Ox, whose opening in March this year was met with the kind of food arousal that would make Alvin Leung blush. The pairing of owners Stephen Toman in the kitchen and Breton Alain Kerloc‘h out front brings a superb balance of fine dining on the plate, with a fist-pumpingly rocking atmosphere. The menu changes seasonally and gives an equally starring role to vegetables and proteins. Milk curd with grilled fennel and red pepper caramel, and saddle of rabbit with pork cheek, apricot and olive are both stunning dishes. Northern Ireland has also made massive leaps when it comes to small artisan producers. Abernethy butter, used by Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck and by Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley, stands beside Broighter Gold rapeseed oil as two products that the country can be proud of. Both are available in Belfast‘s most exciting deli, Arcadia Delicatessen. Any trip to Belfast would be incomplete without trying a “fry“, the city‘s breakfast of choice. Check out That Wee Café (189 Falls Road, thatweecafe.co.uk, fry from

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£3.95), in the Gaeltacht Quarter of west Belfast. The number of independent coffee operators in the city may be low, but Ground Espresso Bar in Waterstones and Black Bear Café are two that stand by the old argument that quality is more important than quantity – a concept essential to making good coffee, but which so many coffee shops fail to grasp. Belfast mid-level restaurants manage to combine excitement and value. Mourne Seafood (mains from £8.25) is head and shoulders above any other seafood restaurant in the city. For great Italian food there‘s Il Pirata (mains from £8.50), which has brought small plates and a touch of Polpo to Belfast. Nearly every restaurant in the city has a burger on its menu, but you‘ll find the best at Alley Cat on Church Lane. OK, so it wouldn‘t beat London‘s MeatLiquor in a fight, but it‘d certainly knock seven shades out of Shake Shack and Five Guys with both hands tied behind its back.

By day John Ferris is the director of Fermac Consulting, a wireless network provider for schools, hotels and shopping centres. At night the Belfast man is one of the most feared restaurant critics and editor of Forked.ie, Ireland‘s angriest, sweetest, sweatiest and most charming food and drink site.


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And there are plenty of trails to choose from, from the forests of Newborough to the cliffs of Holy Island to the copper mines of Amlwch, no two trails are alike. Visit www.geomon.co.uk for more information.

Today the island is reowned for its unique and diverse geological heritage and every year thousands of visitors experience some of our world class examples of rock formations from the faults and folds of South Stack to the Pillow Lavas of Llanddwyn Island, a small yet significant Oceanic Plate in itself!

If this sounds like too much hard work, just wrap yourself up in a traditional inn with a ‘red’ roaring fire, and some mouth-watering local produce to indulge, with a glass of locally grown and produced wine to pass the time away.

Anglesey Geotrails are the perfect way to experience the GeoPark. Mapped out by experts these routes are designed to encompass the amazing geology of Anglesey with its spectacular scenery.

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Your taste buds will be spoilt for choice with the variety of high quality food and drink establishments on Anglesey. Our traditional tea rooms and village pubs are a perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring.


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To beat those cold Autumn blues, think ‘RED’! Anglesey in autumn is the ideal escape to recover from that ever increasing fast pace of life, and what better time to arrange a short break! Get out into the crisp autumn air and soothe the senses by viewing some of the wonderfully red and orange scenery on show whilst walking our coastal path.

And for something a bit more special the seafood restaurants of Menai Bridge and Rhosneigr offer a high end dining experience with spectacular coastal views. If your looking for a more traditional Welsh food experience a visit to the Anglesey Farmers Market is a must! This monthly event will be held on the 19th October and 16th November and brings together a wide selection of fresh local goods to sample and buy. Please Visit www.angleseyfarmersmarket.co.uk for more information.

If you want to experience the best of Anglesey’s local produce but are short on time arrange your break to coincide with the Oyster and Welsh Produce Festival. This annual festival will be held on the 12th-13th October in Treaddur Bay and will showcase the talents for our best local producers along with plenty of traditional Welsh music and dance. For more information please visit: www.angleseyoysterfestival.com. With autumn fast approaching, and the weather changing; what better time to arrange your short breaks with us!

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Isle of Man Autumn checklist... 1. Go on a colourful Autumn stroll…

Enjoy the selection of autumn colours as you walk through Tynwald Arboretum where you can feed the ducks, Garey ny Cloie Gardens where you can take a seat and enjoy the view or the Millennium Oak Wood where you can see the great Millennium Monument, to pick just a few. You can find some more of the Island’s Nature and Beauty spots on VisitIsleofMan.com/walking

2. Enjoy a spot of Star Gazing & supper.

3. Hop tu Naa: Trol-la-laa.

Take a journey to Snaefell’s Summit with Isle of Man Bus and Rail and the Isle of Man Astronomical Society for their Pie in the Sky stargazing super (18-19 October 2013). The autumnal skies are ideal stargazing conditions, revealing the Milky Way and the autumn constellations. Visit iombusandrail.info.

Join in the Isle of Man Halloween tradition of carving a spooky lantern from a turnip (rather than pumpkins) at Cregneash Folk Village and sing traditional Hop-tu-naa songs on 26-27 October 2013. Rail and entrance tickets are available from the Isle of Man Welcome Centre or call 01624 600555.

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Take the Ghost Train with your little monsters from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2013, for a ghostly lunch from Douglas or a spooky supper from Port Erin. Tickets available from the Isle of Man Welcome Centre or call 01624 600555. Or test your nerve on an Isle of Man ghost tour where you’ll be guided through some of the spookiest places you’ll ever visit!

5. Visit one of the largest Hen-Harrier roosting sites in the UK.

Visit the Close Sartfield Nature Reserve and watch Hen Harriers one of Britain’s most rare birds of prey. The heather uplands, one of the island’s great natural spectacles, are ideal hunting territory for these wonderful birds of prey. You can find out details on Bird Watching and guided tours on VisitIsleofMan.com

6. Enjoy the fresh air and some outdoor activities It may be getting a little darker and cooler but there are still heaps of outdoor activities that make the most of the new season arriving so wrap up warm and get out there! Whether it’s an evening kayaking paddle, a race around the floodlit karting track, a night time Segway tour or a winter climb at Ape Mann Adventure Park you’re sure to find something to satisfy the adventurer in you.

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7. View the work of one of the major European Modernist artists During The Second World War, the Island became the home to German and Austrian internees – many of whom were artists and intellectuals. One such artist – Kurt Schwitters - fled from Nazi Germany to the UK and worked from a special attic studio in Hutchinson Internee Camp, Douglas. His work will be displayed at The Sayle Gallery in Douglas from the 27th September - 27th October (FREE ENTRY) following a major exhibition at the Tate Britain to mark the 65th anniversary of his death.

8. Go Behind the Scenes on a Gaiety Theatre Tour See the history and experience this fantastic Frank Matchum Theatre behind the scenes and find out how Victorians created ghostly stage effects (05 October 2013). The Villa Gaiety also has a wide range of shows and events such as live performances from former ‘Mike and the Mechanics’ frontman Paul Carrack and band,or northern comedian Jason Manford featuring a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter this October. Visit VillaGaiety.com for the full ‘What’s on’ Guide.

9. Watch the seasons change over a nice hot bowl of Manx Broth As it begins to cool why not visit The Craftea Weaver tearoom in Laxey and try their traditional Manx Broth, just one of our Taste accredited cafes and restaurants dotted around the island. There are selections to suit all tastes so don’t miss a fish supper at the Tanroagan Fish Restaurant in Douglas, a giant cream scone at Café Rosa Restaurant in Lezayre or something more spicy at the Rasoi Indian Restaurant in Port St Mary. ‘Taste’ accredited listings available on VisitIsleofMan.com/taste

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10. Explore hidden heritage treasures for free! Celebrate the Island’s unique heritage with six days of open doors, tours and activities behind historic properties usually closed to the public that are free to explore in October! See for free displays that normally charge admission or join a guided walk to unusual spaces and places. Including a tour around Tynwald, a guided stroll around the historic harbour in Peel at the Leece Museum, or a snoop at Castletown’s historic, criminal underbelly with a stop at Ballie Scott’s Police Station and the Court at Castle Rushen. For more Tours and activities check out

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Jason Manford at the Villa Marina 2 October - 3 October 2013 Suitable for 16 years and over Harris Promenade, Douglas 01624 600555 www.villagaiety.com Bouncers the Remix 3 October - 5 October 2013 Gaiety Theatre Harris Promenade, Douglas 01624 600555 www.villagaiety.com Paul Carrack & Band 4 October Villa Marina Harris Promenade, Douglas 01624 600555 www.villagaiety.com

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Isle of Man Heritage Open Days 4-6 October & 11-13 October www.manxnationalheritage.im High Society 9 October - 12 October 2013 01624 600555 www.villagaiety.com Isle of Man Festival of Choirs 18-20 October www.visitisleofman.com Castle Rushen in the Dark 25 October - 26 October 2013 As night falls at Castle Rushen, bring your little terrors and their torches for a spooky tour and some terrible tales from the castles history. 6pm to 8pm. Adults £5, children £2 and families £10. Castle Rushen, Castletown 01624 648000 www.manxnationalheritage.im Traditional Hop Tu Naa Cregneash 26-27 October www.manxnationalheritage.im

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First World Problems... Get ready for Jason’s trademark comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with his unique likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit. As seen recently on QI (BBC2), The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (Channel 4), Live at the Apollo (BBC1) and Give It Up For Comic Relief (BBC1). ‘What Manford does best: classic, chirpy-chappie stand-up’ ( Guardian). ‘Effortlessly entertaining’ (Evening Standard). ‘He‘s blessed with the sort of laid-back charm and sharp turn of phrase you can‘t manufacture’ (Daily Telegraph). Villa Marina 2 October - 3 October 2013 Suitable for 16 years and over 01624 600555 www.villagaiety.com

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Visit the Witches Lair at Snaefell Summit 31 October www.iombusandrail.info Hop Tu Naa Ghost Trains Castletown 1-2 November www.iombusandrail.info Winter Photography on the Electric Railway 2 November www.iombusandrail.info Ride the Rocket (steam railway to fireworks display) 5 November www.iombusandrail.info An evening with George Galloway 13 November 2013 Gaiety Theatre Harris Promenade, Douglas 01624 600555 www.villagaiety.com

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Gigs to note NewcastleGateshead Artic Monkeys - Concert Venue - Metro Radio Arena Supported by the young and talented fourpiece The Strypes. Tuesday 22nd October 2013 Booking: www.metroradioarena.co.uk Chase and Status - Concert Venue - Metro Radio Arena Following their main stage performance at Reading & Leeds Festival, C&S announced their first arena tour. The tour follows the release of Brand New Machine, their third album, out on 7th October. Saturday 9th November 2013 Booking: www.metroradioarena.co.uk Stereophonics plus special guests - Concert Venue - Metro Radio Arena With their new LP ‘Graffiti On The Train’ just released, The Stereophonics announce a major UK arena tour in November Saturday 16th November 2013 Booking: www.metroradioarena.co.uk For more event information please visit: www.newcastlegateshead.com

Blackpool Thriller Live - Concert Venue - Grand Theatre, Blackpool THRILLER LIVE is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. Expect your favourite Jackson songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and band. Monday 14th October - Sat 19th October 2013 Booking: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk Bill Bailey: Qualmpeddlar - Gig Venue - Grand Theatre, Blackpool Bill looks at the Consequences of Lies, the Unending Search for the Higgs and the Hiding Skills of Dentists. Come savour this Broth of Anxiety! Friday 1st November - Saturday 2nd November 2013 Booking: www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk

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Belfast Odyssey Arena Depeche Mode - Concert Venue - Belfast Odyssey Arena Depeche Mode, one of modern musics most influential groups with album sales in excess of 100 million bring The Delta Machine World Tour to the Odyssey Arena this November. This will be Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher‘s first Belfast appearance in almost 30 years. Don‘t miss this gig. Thursday 7th November 2013 Booking: www.odysseyarena.com Boyzone - BZ20 The Anniversary Tour - Concert Venue - Belfast Odyssey Arena The lads take to the road once more to thank their fans for the incredible support and dedication they have shown over the past twenty years. Friday 29th November 2013 Booking: www.odysseyarena.com

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St David‘s Hall - Cardiff Jamie Cullum - Concert Venue - St David‘s Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and multimillion selling artist Jamie Cullum comes to the Hall following the release of his latest album, Momentum. Thursday 31st October 2013 Booking: www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk KT Tunstall - Concert Venue - St David‘s Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff The Award-winning singer-songwriter presents her 4th studio album, Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon. Monday 4th November 2013 Booking: www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk For more information, please visit: www.visitcardiff.com/events/

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THE Isle of Man Government’s commitment to help young people find employment has been highlighted at the 2013 STEP Final. Administered by the Department of Economic Development and co-ordinated by local businessman, Ian Moncrief-Scott, 2013 has seen the largest single group of STEP students and organisation projects since the scheme started with 32 placements secured. Minister for Economic Development John Shimmin MHK attended the event and commented: ‘The STEP programme enables our talented local undergraduates to add value to a wide range of Isle of Man organisations. I was highly impressed with the standard of presentations and would like to congratulate all involved in making this year the most successful ever. ‘I would also like to thank Celton Manx for their continued sponsorship of the STEP programme.’ The award for Most Enterprising Student went to Penny Crookshank who completed an Environmental/ Capital Impact Analysis for Colas Holdings Ltd. The award for Best Presentation was given to James Allen who created an interactive map of Nobles Park for Douglas Borough Council. >

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STEP Co-ordinator, Ian Moncrief Scott said: ‘I was very impressed by the marked increase in the numbers but, more particularly, the high calibre of undergraduates, who have applied to participate in STEP Isle of Man 2013. ‘My thanks go to the numerous hosts who have so positively engaged students this year in a range of interesting and challenging projects. ‘I would also like to acknowledge the support of the five hosts who supplied project applications that regrettably and unusually matches could not be made.’ Bill Mummery, Executive Director of STEP sponsor Celton Manx Ltd added: ‘The STEP programmes is a unique formula that brings the under graduate, the private sector and by definition future employers and Government through the Department of Economic Development together sharing in a very worthwhile and rewarding experience for all of the participants and stakeholders. ‘Congratulations to all involved, it’s a real privilege for Celton Manx to be involved as sponsors.’


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HE Department of Economic Development has announced that Owen Cutajar and Andrew Gleave are the winners of the Singularity University Isle of Man Grand Challenge. Sponsored by PokerStars and supported by the Department of Economic Development, winning the Isle of Man Grand Challenge provides Owen and Andrew with places on Singularity University’s week-long Executive Programme in Silicon Valley, California in December, along with their travel and accommodation expenses. Singularity University is where many of technology’s top thinkers work and exchange ideas with the world’s leading scientists, innovators and philanthropists, charged with finding technological solutions to the world’s great challenges. Minister for Economic Development John Shimmin MHK commented: ‘I am delighted that Owen and Andrew have been selected to participate in the Isle of Man Grand Challenge. The Isle of Man is increasingly acknowledged as an innovative forward thinking jurisdiction with a ‘can do’ attitude towards development and supporting new businesses. ‘Participating in Singularity University’s Executive Programme will give Owen and Andrew the opportunity to understand how emerging technologies will impact industry. The networking opportunities are also substantial and they will have the chance to meet top visionaries and venture capitalists from around the world. ‘We are also very grateful to PokerStars for making this Grand Challenge possible with their very generous sponsorship.’ Isle of Man Grand Challenge winner Owen Cutajar, Head of Digital Strategy for local firm Intelligence commented: ‘I’m delighted to be selected as one of the winners of the Grand Challenge and would like to thank all those who have made this opportunity possible. The Isle of Man needs to find new, innovative means to ensure its economy can achieve its full potential and I believe success is inexorably linked with the aggregate success of each and every one of us. I took on the challenge to explore the new ideas I have and to create new contacts to help make this possible.

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Andrew Gleave, co-founder of Red Robot Studios in the Isle of Man commented: ‘This is an amazing opportunity to gain deep insights into the technologies that will shape our lives in the near future and which could benefit the Island and its economy. I’m looking forward to sharing what we learn to help encourage technical innovation on the Island.’ ‘I’m fascinated to find out more about the future of artificial intelligence and a number of related technologies to explore how they can be used to develop simple tools to make understanding and actioning on data simpler.’ Sue Hammett, Head of Corporate Giving for sponsors PokerStars added: ‘On behalf of PokerStars I would like to congratulate Andrew and Owen on their achievement. They had to face tough competition to win a place and I am confident that they are the right people to take up this challenge.’

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Business Review ICT survey indicates local job creation being hampered by skills shortage A survey conducted by the Department of Economic Development and the Manx ICT Association (MICTA) has indicated that the excellent growth potential for local businesses is being hampered by a local shortage of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) skills. The survey attracted responses from 53 local companies. The large majority of companies were very positive about the potential for growth, with 28 of the companies who responded expecting to create more than 60 new jobs in the next 12 months alone. Minister for Economic Development John Shimmin MHK commented: ‘These figures for job creation are encouraging. At the same time, a more detailed analysis of the survey shows that the level of jobs growth would be even higher as some employers are outsourcing work off-Island as the skills they require are not available locally. In fact only 32% of respondents expected to be able to recruit sufficient suitable ICT staff this year. ‘In response to this issue, I have announced changes to the work permit process for ICT professionals to assist companies in the short term. To meet longer term requirements we are working with industry to address the key issue of local ICT skills development

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so that local people can gain the skills they need to succeed in this exciting and growing profession.’ MICTA Chairman Chris Gledhill commented: ‘The survey reflects the fact that ICT skills make an essential contribution to the competitiveness of businesses of all kinds. In the short term Manx businesses have to compete with other places to attract the best people to work here. In the longer term we need to do more to provide the right mix of education and training locally to help fill the gap. ‘This is not just a problem in the Isle of Man. In March this year the European Commission stated that up to 900,000 job vacancies are expected to exist in Europe in ICT by 2015. Despite the current levels of unemployment, the number of digital jobs is growing by more than 100 000 per year. Yet the number of fresh ICT graduates and skilled ICT workers is not keeping up.’ The Department and MICTA would like to thank all of the businesses who completed the survey which was based on similar research in other economies. This has also indicated a consistent picture of high demand for skilled ICT workers from IT companies as organisations become ever more dependent on their information processing and online systems.

Notice of changes to the work permit process for skilled Engineering and ICT workers The Department of Economic Development has announced details of a streamlined work permit process for applications for skilled ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and Engineering workers. Currently, all applications for work permits in respect of people arriving in the Isle of Man are passed to the Work Permit Committee for their scrutiny which meets every two weeks. In a small minority of cases the Department is aware that this has led to delays. The Department works closely with the private sector to understand local skills needs. As a result, the Department is aware that there is a skills shortage for Engineers and ICT professionals. To respond to this need, the Department has decided that relevant work permit applications which are correctly submitted will be considered administratively within two working days.

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Minister for Economic Development John Shimmin MHK commented: ‘It is crucial that we make all efforts to grow our economy and reduce bureaucracy on businesses where appropriate. We have clear evidence that there are shortages of both skilled ICT and Engineering workers at a time when these sectors are growing. I believe these changes to fast-track relevant work permit applications will help local employers to secure the skilled workers they need in the short-term. At the same, we will maintain checks (such as for criminality) to ensure we continue to protect the Island’s interests. ‘Also we are working with local employers and the Department of Education and Children to expand relevant vocational and educational courses to help local people gain the necessary skills in order to have a successful career in ICT or Engineering.

In addition, the Department has decided that work permits for skilled ICT and Engineering jobs may be issued for extended periods in excess of the normal 12 months, with special consideration being available for certain senior and strategically important positions. This is intended to help local employers to attract skilled workers.

‘I believe the work permit system can and must protect the interests of existing Isle of Man workers and residents while also helping businesses to gain the skilled workers they need. To that end, my Department has undertaken a comprehensive review of the Control of Employment Act and it is my intention to bring forward a new Bill in the coming months so that – with Tynwald’s support and approval – we can make further improvements to help us grow our economy.’

While these process changes seek to assist employers, statutory checks must still be conducted and employers are encouraged to maintain established best practice in their recruitment and selection processes.

Should you have any queries regarding this process or any matter relating to employment controls you are encouraged to make contact with the Work Permit Office in the first instance by e-mailing workpermit@gov.im or calling 682306

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Business Review New Manufacturing skills programme launched successfully

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HIS September the new Manufacturing Technician Skills programme successfully launched at the Isle of Man College. 18 students were selected from over 60 applicants for the new course which was developed with the support of the Island’s leading manufacturers to help students gain the latest technical skills they need to work in today’s high-tech manufacturing.

Since that time, Government has worked closely with the private sector to develop the new course, recruit additional skilled staff and buy new manufacturing equipment for the students to use. The two Departments have provided the necessary funding of over £250,000 for the programme this year from savings within their existing budgets, so there has been no additional cost to the taxpayer.

Earlier this year the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Economic Development announced they were working closely with the Manufacturing and Technical Industries Committee of the Chamber of Commerce to redevelop the manufacturing course and increase the number of students in response to the industry’s growing need for skilled workers. This year’s intake of 18 students is a 50% increase on last year.

Minister for Economic Development John Shimmin MHK commented:

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‘I would like to thank both the Department of Education and Children (DEC) and the local manufacturing sector for making this happen. The successful delivery of this programme was a key priority in the ‘Agenda for Change in Our Economy’ document which was launched earlier this year.

‘The Isle of Man is fortunate in having a high-tech manufacturing sector which is growing such that it will create hundreds of new job opportunities locally over the next few years. ‘As this programme has been designed in conjunction with the local manufacturing sector to help satisfy their specific skills requirements it will provide excellent job opportunities for participants on completion of the programme. ‘It is good news for local people seeking exciting new careers in engineering and good news for the successful businesses in our manufacturing sector. ‘The two Departments are currently working with the manufacturers to continue to expand the number of students commencing this course next year. I look forward to making further important announcements on this matter later this year.’

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Business Review Leading Chinese LED manufacturer establishes presence in Isle of Man as springboard to drive its UK and Europe business Shanghai Linso Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (LINSO), a leading Chinese manufacturer of commercial LED solutions, has recently set up a company in the Isle of Man to facilitate its new export drive into the UK and Europe. Established in 2005 LINSO develops, manufactures and markets a wide range of LED solutions ranging from display, mobile media and low energy lighting for customers worldwide. Minister for Economic Development John Shimmin MHK said: ‘We would like to applaud LINSO for its far-sightedness and vision in choosing the Isle of Man as its European business location. As a gateway to Europe, the Isle of Man is well poised to support Chinese companies like LINSO to introduce their products or services to the continent. LINSO Europe Ltd. is a good example of what the Isle of Man can do for Chinese companies looking at ‘Going Global’.’

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In view of the growing demand on its product offerings in the UK and Europe, LINSO decided to set up a trading company in the Isle of Man to facilitate its business development in these markets as the Isle of Man is an advantageous business location for this. Called LINSO Europe Ltd, the new Isle of Man company has already exhibited at a major show in the UK and taken its first orders within a few months of setting up. Director and founder of Shanghai Linso Digital Technology Co Ltd, Mr Chen Jian said: ‘We had already evaluated several location options before making our decision about the Isle of Man. It is a ‘no-brainer’ to select the Isle of Man as it offers a number of benefits. The Isle of Man is a tax neutral area (zero per cent) regarding profits of companies and for those enterprises like LINSO that want to set up to trade in the EU the Isle of Man offers a great base from which to trade freely with the UK and EU.

‘Through establishing a presence in the Isle of Man, the necessary VAT registration can be readily obtained along with access to automated customs clearance systems; the goods do not have to go to the Isle of Man as they can go straight to their market from China in bulk, for instance to a UK customs warehouse prior to the sale of the individual items by the Isle of Man company and then into free circulation in the EU.’ Mr Chen added: ‘I found it is easy to set up my company in the Isle of Man and all possible assistance was provided by the Isle of Man Government. With their help I quickly found the professional and other business support services I needed, including a local partner. Local firm Duke Marketing is the partner in LINSO Europe with responsibility for all marketing, sales and distribution of LINSO products. Peter Duke, Joint Managing Director of LINSO Europe Ltd, said: ‘I am delighted that the LINSO brand has got off to a flying start in Europe with over 30 active sales enquiries being dealt with and two firm orders for large screen video displays within the first few weeks of marketing activity. ‘I am especially proud that, within 7 weeks of our first meeting with Mr Chen, we were able to launch at a major London trade show, set up a European version of the website and produce a digital catalogue of display products. ‘The Isle of Man has a long association with speed in sport, and we can deliver speedy business performance too! LINSO has some great products and we look forward to delivering a strong trading performance in Europe with both LED displays and lighting.’

Founded in 2005 and based at Shanghai, Shanghai Linso Digital Technology CO., LTD (LINSO) is an advanced high-tech enterprise in the LED field in China. An integrated business with dedicated R&D, Production, Sales and Service Divisions, the company business covers LED Display, LED Mobile Media and LED Lighting. Linso has branch offices and joint ventures in Brazil, Australia, Middle East, Hong Kong and other places. It has built up and maintained long standing relations with customers, distributors and partners in more than 60 counties worldwide

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