The scheme has been designed to give start-ups the necessary financial support, training and business acumen to get their business off the ground.

What The Scheme Can Do For You

The scheme offers 3 levels of support:


A 5 or 6 day training course to help you consider your business idea and how it will affect your life. You will also learn valuable skills to assist you in setting up and running your business.

Training helps applicants consider their business idea, determine the viability of the business and develop their business plan. Offered over 5 or 6 days, attendees can choose from a range of training options including mornings, weekends & twilight sessions.

To download the 18/19 training course timetable click here. 

Financial assistance

The scheme offers a maximum of £6,000 to help towards the start-up costs for your business. We will match every pound you invest in your business up to a maximum of £6,000. An enhanced rate of up to £15,000 for exporting businesses and child care providers and nurseries is also offered.

A living allowance is available of £100 per week for a maximum of 60 weeks. In addition, further assistance up to £10,000 is potentially available to support job creation. 

Business advisory service

The business advisory service goes hand in hand with the financial assistance. All clients offered a grant will be partnered with a business advisor who will mentor them over a 12, 18 or 24 month period following contract signings through quarterly meetings and interim support.

To meet our Business Advisors click here

Are You Eligible?

  • Resident on the Isle of Man for income tax purposes
  • An Isle of Man worker or hold a valid work permit in respect of your intended business activity
  • At least 16 year of age
  • Control your business
  • Ensure that you will comply with any legal requirements in operating your business
  • Have a turnover between £5,000 and £100,000

Unfortunately, we cannot support you if you:

  • Are an undischarged bankrupt
  • Have any outstanding debt judgments/executions
  • Have income tax/ national insurance or VAT arrears
  • Have a criminal record where the nature of the offence may make it inappropriate for the Department to support you in your intended business activity

How To Apply

If you can meet all the criteria and are interested in applying, please feel free to call the scheme administrator on +44 1624 687333 for further information or, alternatively, you may download and complete the PDF file below and submit your form to the following address:

Micro Business Scheme Administrator, Department for Enterprise, St George's Court, Upper Church Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1EX


Acceptance onto the Micro Business Scheme does not mean that either the Department or the business advisors (who are independent contractors) consider your business a sound and viable proposition. Neither of these 2 parties can be held responsible if the business fails and will not meet any debts, etc. incurred.

Founder of Craft Applied, Darren Barklie took advantage of the Micro Business Grant Scheme. Hear what Darren had to say about the scheme below:


Further Information

Download the Application form here

Download the MBGS Factsheet here

Download the MBGS Timeline here

Download the scheme guidelines here

To complete an enquiry form, click here.

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