Department Plan 2024

About us

The Department for Enterprise (Department, DfE) is responsible for economic development and the creation of an environment where local entrepreneurship is supported and thriving and more new
businesses are choosing to call the Isle of Man home.

This mission is directly aligned to the Government’s vision of creating a secure, vibrant and sustainable future for our Island nation. As part of the Island Plan, the DfE is delivering key initiatives to help build a strong and diverse economy, underpinned by a robust economic strategy and clear achievable outcomes.

The Department's mission is aligned with these outcomes and objectives: to create an environment, through innovation and collaboration, where the economy thrives.

What we do

The DfE has a wide remit and encompasses a number of distinct functions and agencies. It is responsible for four Executive Agencies made up of private/public sector members, who work in partnership to promote and develop the Island’s sectors and deliver long term, sustainable economic growth for the Isle of Man.

The Executive Agencies sit alongside the Department's central functions which are responsible for cross-agency initiatives -encompassing Policy and Strategy Development, Marketing and Business Intelligence, Enterprise Support, Legislation, and the Locate Isle of Man team.

Alongside the Executive Agencies and support functions, the Department also leads the promotion, organisation and delivery of the Isle of Man TT and Manx Grand Prix, and provides assistance to other motorsport events.

The Department is also responsible for supporting two distinct registry functions, which are also Safety Regulators. Both are highly regarded in their own right and are not only crucial to supporting day-to-day life in the Island, but also underpin a wide range of sectors of the economy:

  • Isle of Man Civil Aviation Administration and Aircraft Registry
  • Isle of Man Ship Registry

The Department is also the stationed employer of the Registrar General, who is responsible for the management of the Central Registry. The Registrar General holds statutory obligations under several Acts of Tynwald including those relating to Civil, Companies, Deeds & Probate, and Land registration as well as the Public Record Office, the National Archive of the Isle of Man Government and other public bodies such as Tynwald, the courts and local authorities.

Collectively, the Department’s functions work hand in hand with the Executive Agencies and the broader private sector in growing real
businesses, generating real jobs, and providing real opportunities for growth in the Island. The Department is also the sponsoring Department of Manx National Heritage and the Isle of Man Post Office.

How we do it

Click on each division icon to find out more.

Our People

The Department employs around 190 people across the various Agencies, Functions and Registries, with almost half of its staff directly employed in roles which provide critical services and income across the registries and around 50 staff supporting the business development activities of the four Executive Agencies. Each member of the team is essential in driving forward the Department’s strategic objectives and helping to create a secure, vibrant and sustainable future for the Isle of Man.


Finance Isle of Man


Digital Isle of Man


Visit Isle of Man


Business Isle of Man


Locate Isle of Man


Enterprise Support


TT & Motorsports


Work Permits


Strategy & Policy


CO & Other Functions


Ship Registry


Central Registry


Civil Aviation Authority & Aircraft Registry

Department Structure

This chart shows how the Department divisions are structured. 

Further information on the Executive Agency teams are available on their individual websites.


Political Representation

Senior Leadership Team

Key Priorities 2024

In addition to directly supporting the retention of over 37,500 private sector jobs, a key aim for the Department in 2023 is to create and fill a minimum of 800 new jobs through a combination of the Executive Agencies, Enterprise Support function and Locate Isle of Man. 

The following key priorities will aid the Department in achieving this ambition:

Develop National AI Strategy

Employment Act - Amendment Bill (2)

Local Economy Strategy

Destination First Initiative

Skills Strategy

Strategic Air Policy

Innovation Challenge 2024

UNESCO Biosphere Promotion

Sustainable Finance Proposition

Launch revised Enterprise Support Schemes

Brownfield Sites regeneration through MDC and Island Infrastructure Scheme

Commitments to climate change and ESG