Business Improvement Scheme

PLEASE NOTE. The Department for Enterprise’s Enterprise Support team has been focusing on prioritising applications for the COVID-19 support schemes. The Department is still accepting applications for the below scheme, however please be aware there may be some delays in application processing and enquiry response times. If you have any urgent queries, please contact the team at or call 01624 687333.


The Business Improvement Scheme (BIS) provides funding for businesses looking to complete a business improvement project.

  • Grant of 50% towards the cost of improvement projects in a wide range of business areas
  • Maximum level of assistance of £5,000 per project
  • The scheme not only provides financial assistance, but enables businesses to engage with a range of technical consultants to deliver the business improvement project
  • Includes a Business Advisory Service, fully funded by the Department

The Business Improvement Scheme encompasses the following disciplines:

  • Brexit (The Department has a checklist for businesses in preparation for the outcome of Brexit negotiations. The Brexit Business Checklist covers cross border trade, taxation, currency risk, product regulations, intellectual property rights, legal issues, and employment and staffing considerations. You can download the Brexit Business Checklist in the downloads section on the right)
  • Business Advisory Service 
  • Digital Marketing/Social Media
  • Environmental efficiency
  • Information communication technology/information systems
  • Intellectual Property Protection Support
  • Legal Advice Concerning External Investment in Businesses
  • Legislation
  • Marketing
  • Quality Accreditations
  • Transactional Websites

The applicant business must:

  • Be registered or incorporated on the Isle of Man
  • Employ workers resident on the Island for Income Tax purposes
  • Have no government debts (NI/Tax/VAT etc)

Please note: grants are not retrospective

Skanco recently took advantage of the Department's Business Improvement Scheme to obtain an ISO Quality Accreditation. Hear what Operations Manager Andy Gosnell had to say about the experience below. 

You can also read about Skanco's experience here




  • BIS now includes Cyber Security Accreditation

  • Brexit Support for Manx Businesses

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