NFU Mutual announces link with Thornton Associates
NFU Mutual has announced an agreement with Isle of Man chartered financial planners Thornton Associates. The link has been established to make sure NFU Mutual’s Isle of Man members are getting independent financial advice tailored to their precise needs. Thornton can help structure a member’s entire financial position in support of his or her lifetime needs. Sharon Sutton, chartered financial planner and managing director at Thornton, says that “proper financial planning can make a real difference to people’s lives and I’m passionate about spreading the word to as many people as possible. There is a real gap being left as some of the Isle of Man’s financial institutions are not finding it viable to offer financial advisory services. Our relationship with NFU Mutual helps fill that gap and we are looking forward to talking with and being able to offer independent financial advice to its Isle of Man members.”
Peel Soapbox Derby 2015
NFU Mutual Douglas Agency recently sponsored Mike Dunn in Peel’s first Soapbox race. The event was so successful it is hoped that the event will run annually. Well done Mike for competing and finishing the race with an excellent overall time of 120 seconds.
Rural Crime Reduction
The local agency on the Isle Of Man has been delighted to have recently worked in partnership with the IOM police on farm crime reduction. A leaflet has been produced offering advice, tips and information to help keep farms and possessions safe. There is also information on how to contact the local force crime reduction officer to arrange a security review or just some friendly advice. We have distributed the leaflets to all our farming clients and is available through the police community centre.
Isle of Man Member Forum is a stunning seasonal success
The team at the Isle of Man NFU Mutual Branch hosted their second annual Member Forum on Thursday 4 December, and were delighted to have Jim McLaren in attendance as guest speaker for the evening.
Jim is the Chairman of Quality Meat Scotland and former President of NFU Scotland, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of NFU Mutual itself. As you can imagine, the team at the branch were very excited about his visit, which resulted in record attendance numbers – numbers that have grown year on year. Jim gave an impressive, and highly informative presentation, and the guests offered questions about the farming industry and the provenance, processing and distribution of meat products.
Following Jim's presentation, we had a short talk by Mike Radcliffe from the IOM Police Constabulary. Jim’s message for the evening was to remind guests about rural crime, and how best to look after property, stock and machinery. Whilst the Isle of Man is a very low-risk region for general crime, it happens nonetheless. Mike's talk was very well received and guests were genuinely interested in what he had to say.
Guests were then treated to a hot Christmas-themed supper, all generously provided by the wife of one of our farmers.
The feedback on both the food and the presentation was beyond expectations!
Douglas Branch MacMillan Coffee Morning
Our employees set their talents to baking for our MacMillan coffee morning on the 26th September 2014. Our homemade treats were highly sought after by all who came in to sample them and we ended up raising a very encouraging £128.50! A highly enjoyable event, for a truly great cause. Well done to all involved!
Farm Familiarisation Day- April 2014
This April, the Isle of Man Branch had a day out on a working sheep farm to give them a better understanding of their farming customers, how farms function, tools and machinary. The farm is owned by the family of a member of staff, Sam Quilleash, and all of the IOM Team that attended thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
The staff learned more about tractors and other farming machinary, as well as how this relates to the work processed in the Branch. They were also able to meet, cuddle and feed the new spring lambs and some even got the opportunity to see a lamb being born.
The team finished the day off with a cup of tea and a quiz prepared by Sam, to put what was learned that day into practice, and show how the insurance we provide to our farming customers works in reality. The quiz also gave some practical examples of how different insurance relates to different customers needs.
First Birthday in the new office
We celebrated our first birthday in our new office during Christmas 2013. To mark the occasion, we invited the other companies in the building, and customers that came to the agency that day, to join us with a birthday cake and bucks fizz.
This was a great opportunity for us to meet the other business' in our building and to celebrate a great first year in our new office.
Sailing for the Disabled
In 2014, the Isle of Man Branch has decided to support Manx Sailing for the Disabled. For new policies taken by someone who was recommended to us, we donate money to the charity along with donations raised from dress down Fridays. Sailing for the disabled offers adults and young people with a wide range of disabilities and debilitating conditions the chance to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of sailing.
Central Marts is a non profit-making organisation, and has been at the heart of the Isle of Man farming and agriculture community since April 1966. In 2012 it moved to brand new premises at Knockaloe, Patrick, and stands next to the Royal Showground.
The Mart was built with donations from local farming community and Dept of Agriculture. However, it now needs to improve its facilities, and extend the building.
NFU Mutual insurance agreed to a £1000 annual donation for 5 years in order to support those improvement works and the general running of the Mart.
Peter Quayle, an Auctioneer and Director of Central Marts said "We are delighted with the donation from NFU Mutual and their on going commitment to the improvement plans for the Mart - their contributions will make a significant difference.
The Mart serves livestock producers throughout the Isle of Man, and endeavours to sell cattle and sheep on a weekly basis. Livestock sales are held on Wednesday afternoons, and all are welcome to come along to this fascinating event.
Mayoral charity appeal
The money raised through dress down Fridays during 2012 has been donated to the 2013-2014 Mayoral Charity Appeal which divides the money donated between four charities as chosen by the Mayor of Douglas, Councillor Carol Malarkey. The mayor has selected four charities: Junior Achievement Isle of Man, Manx Workshop for the Disabled, Tabitha’s Trust and, Victim Support.
Junior Achievement works in schools with the support of more than 300 volunteers to help some 5000 students island-wide gain the essential skills they will need when they leave full-time education.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013, the Manx Workshop for the Disabled champions the disabled in the workplace and helps disabled people gain meaningful paid employment through the design and production of goods using largely Manx materials.
Newly formed Tabitha’s Trust aims to provide support, equipment and services to families who have suffered bereavement through the loss of a child.
Victim Support Isle of Man offers free and confidential help to victims and witnesses of crime, their families and friends.
For 2013 the Isle of Man Branch chose Manx Gateway Club as our charity of the year. Manx Gateway helps provide a safe and stable environment for adults with learning difficulties via organised events, social outings at a dedicated Isle of Man Government facility which they share with other charities. A number of activities have taken place during the year including a donation for every new client as recommended to us during the year.
Rayna and Susan, two committee member for Manx Gateway have commented "We can't thank the NFU Mutual team in Douglas enough for all the effort and support they have given us this year the financial donation will prove us with a tremendous boost, but the time that the staff have given has also been invaluable to support the activities of the charity this year”
The Manx National Farmers Union and NFU Mutual shared a stand at both the Southern Show and the Royal Manx Agricultural Show this year. This year we offered a 20% discount to new customers that came to see us at the shows, as well as using this opportunity to raise money for the Manx Gateway club. During the shows, the agency team did a sponsored cycle and ran a competition to guess the Donkeys date of birth which was a great success with young and old, and raised £600 for the Manx Gateway club.
Isle of Man Agricultural Benevolent Trust
The Isle of Man Agricultural Benevolent Trust is a registered Isle of Man charity founded in 1995 to act in response to genuine cases of hardship in the agricultural sector. In spring 2013, many farmers on the Isle of Man were severely hit by the snow and bad weather. In response to this, donations have been made to The Isle of Man Agricultural Benevolent Trust to support the farmers that were affected.
In October 2013, The Young Farmers Benevolent Trust held a concert to raise money and members of staff from the agency helped out with the fund raising at the concert. During the concert, Sam Quilleash presented a cheque to The Isle of Man Agricultural Benevolent Trust.
Manx National Farmers Union
The Isle of Man Branch of NFU Mutual works closely with the Manx National Farmers union. Please click here to view the Manx National Farmers Union website. www.manx-nfu.org