As the Senior Manager for Special Projects in the Government’s Department of Economic Development, I am lucky to have an interesting and varied role. An important part of what I do is to support networking and collaboration, strategically align relevant activities and share best practice from other jurisdictions.
I represent the Isle of Man on the Creative Industries Work Stream, which is part of the British Irish Council. This is an international forum for exchanging information and consulting with other jurisdictions on matters of mutual interest. We have developed a work plan which focuses on working together to share best practice around developing skills, data and supporting grassroots activities. A copy of the group’s most recent report is available at: www.britishirishcouncil.org.
We have a busy and exciting year planned for 2017, involving discussions and site visits with colleagues which will feed into a second group report. The Work stream will visit the Isle of Man in May 2017 to coincide with the Celtic Media Festival, an opportunity to showcase our creativity, further details can be found at http://www.celticmediafestival.co.uk/the-location.
It is important that those in the creative industries have the opportunity to learn from each other and regularly collaborate; we established a very popular and active Facebook group Isle of Man Creative Industries which currently has 893 members. We also host regular evening events at the Noa Bakehouse where we celebrate success, share ideas and explore opportunities for development.
Jane Jelski, Department of Economic Development