On 11 and 12 June 2014 PDMS Maritime, as part of the Isle of Man Maritime Group, hosted two days of maritime themed events for the International Festival of Business ('IFB') in Liverpool.

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The Festival, part of the Maritime, Logistics and Energy week, was opened by Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday 9th June is a six week long business programme aimed at promoting business in the North West and globally, to accelerate economic growth.

The Isle of Man Maritime Group, compromising of thirteen forward thinking local maritime businesses and organisations, entertained guests on board the prestigious and historic Kathleen and May tall ship in the scenic Canning Dock, for a series of informal networking sessions and evening receptions aptly titled 'Cocktails in the Sails' and 'Wine on the Waves'.  Guests enjoyed a magnificent open deck hog roast in the sunshine, accompanied by live music by local Manx band Barrule, with Manx cheese and seafood.  The event also included a presentation from the Isle of Man SuperYacht Forum, entitled, 'Managing some of the World's Most Iconic and Valuable Assets'.

The aim of the event was to promote the Isle of Man as an international Maritime Centre of Excellence, to showcase the wide range of maritime and related services that the Isle of Man has to offer for global yachting and shipping and explore shared business opportunities.

Attendance to the Groups events across the two days surpassed expectations and has been highly commended by both guests and the IFB organisers, featuring in the IFB's news 'Business Life on the Ocean Wave with the Isle of Man'.

Bruce McGregor, Director of PDMS Maritime commented, "The turnout for our events was spectacular.  The Kathleen and May tall ship could not have been a better venue for our maritime themed events and we were blessed with fantastic weather.  The event really hit the mark in showcasing the maritime sector of the IOM at this International festival" 

The Isle of Man has a long established history in the shipping sector and more recently the emergence of its super yacht industry has further enhanced the Island's profile in the global maritime sector.  Not only is it home to one of the best quality ship registries in the world, but also features a wealth of maritime related services ranging from accountancy, fiduciary, banking and wealth services, through to crew and ship management, payroll and software.  The Isle of Man Maritime Group was formed to help promote the Isle of Man as a hub of global maritime services -and its members have offices throughout the world with expertise far beyond the Irish Sea".

Other members of the Isle of Man Maritime group include:  Baker TillyBernhard Schulte ShipmanagementBibby Ship ManagementBibby Ship TravelBoston LimitedCayman National Bank and Trust Company (Isle of Man) LimitedDöhleICM Groupi-Bos LtdIsle of Man Ship RegistryIsle of Man Shipping Association; the Isle of Man SuperYacht Forum and KPMG.  The Group maintains close communications with the Department of Economic Development (DED), with respect to complementary activities.

For more information or to get in contact with any of the Group members, please visit the Group's website www.iom-maritime.com.

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