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Exactly what it says on the tin – news snippets, forthcoming events and information from the business world. 20 YEARS YOUNG! LEADING MARCOMMS FIRM MM&C CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY Marketing and communications firm MM&C is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The company, which has offi ces in Circular Road, Douglas, began in 1998 as Mainstream Media Limited and was founded by Managing Director Craig Wolstencroft. Twenty years ago the company focused on the Island’s finance sector, and while this continues to be a key focus for MM&C today, it now has a much broader portfolio of clients spanning telecoms, financial services, public and third sectors, and the rapidly growing food and drink sectors. While its core business is here on the Island, MM&C also has an international dimension with clients in the UK, Malta and Gibraltar, many of which operate in global markets. Craig Wolstencroft said: “Our client portfolio is as diverse as the Island’s economy, encompassing many sectors ranging from SMEs to PLCs, Government and public sector, and charities. In fact, MM&C’s evolution over the past 20 years reflects how the Isle of Man has changed in that period. We have moved with the times and will continue to do so as new technology and consumer behaviour changes the way we need to use content to communicate on behalf of our clients – our experience over many years counts for a great deal, but there’s no room for complacency in our business. That’s a challenge, but it’s also exciting because it means we never stand still and are constantly looking for the next trend so that we can refresh our ideas – that’s why we prefer to say that we are 20 years young!” He thanked clients, and employees, past and present for helping to establish MM&C as one of the Island’s most respected communications companies. “Over the years,” he added, “we have worked with fantastic people as clients and colleagues, and I thank them all for their loyalty and support. Our philosophy has always been to work in partnership with clients, either as their own dedicated marketing and communications team, or working with their in- house teams. We find that this flexible approach enables us to create a better understanding of what the client needs, and make the right decisions about how best to communicate their key messages. As digital technology has revolutionised how we all communicate, those decisions have become even more important. Our success rate is due to working with clients who buy-in to our philosophy, and our MM&C team who work hard to achieve the best results time after time.” Today, MM&C is especially proud to be associated with several AIM-listed businesses – including Manx Telecom PLC, the Island’s leading communications company. MM&C is also proud to be a Manx business, and has a long track record as a passionate advocate for the Isle of Man. The company also demonstrates its support for the local community through its work for charities, most recently promoting the Live At Home charity which helps older people and which is, coincidentally, also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  “As we move into our third decade,” Craig added, “our focus will remain very much on the Isle of Man, but we will continue to look for growth opportunities internationally, including the UK where we are currently exploring leads in the north west of England and London.” A special logo has been created to mark MM&C’s 20th anniversary. MM&C is a trading name for Mainstream Media Limited – the latter is offi cially registered as a Project Consultant on the Department for Enterprise’s Business Support Scheme. For more information go to www.mmc.co.im RAMSEY CROOKALL OFFER EASY ACCESS TO GLOBAL MARKETS FROM £100 A MONTH Douglas-based stockbrokers Ramsey Crookall might have been established more than 70 years ago, but their products and services remain as up-to-date as ever. The firm has launched its Monthly Investment Account (MIA), designed for savers who wish to invest in stocks and shares, but are a little unsure about how to do so. Savers can invest from as little £100 per month into the account which aims to achieve medium-to-long-term growth by investing in global stock markets. Once invested, savers can monitor the daily value of their investments, either by checking via the Ramsey Crookall website or downloading the company’s app. “Ideally, people will invest for at least five years in order to take advantage of stock market performance,” says Ramsey Crookall’s chief executive, Joanna Crookall, who adds: “We were keen to develop a simple means by which people can benefit from a regular investment plan, one which gives them cost effective access to global stock markets. We believe the MIA ‘ticks all the boxes’ as the initial response to the launch has been enormously positive.” For further details of Ramsey Crookall’s MIA, visit: www.rc.im or call 01624 717171. 60 | Savers can monitor the daily value of their investments.