Tynwald Mills Spotlight

Tynwald Mills is sponsoring the award for Small/Medium Enterprise at this year’s Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence.

It’s hard to believe now, over 40 years on, but the island’s premier shopping destination, Tynwald Mills, originally began as a very small enterprise. The company now employs 120 people and stocks a wide range of top designer brands. But, like every other successful business it did start from very small beginnings and marketing and project manager, Mathew McSevney, said:

‘We are very pleased to be sponsoring the award for Small/Medium Enterprise because these are businesses which are the driving force behind a successful economy, often showing the true entrepreneurial spirit.

‘Despite the fact that Tynwald Mills has grown so much, retail is such a fast-moving area that we are very much aware of the need to maintain that entrepreneurial spirit within our business and we are always on the lookout for new ideas and new brands to attract customers.’

And, as usual at Tynwald Mills, there are plenty of exciting things in the offing for customers this autumn. Hugo Boss and Thomas Pink have arrived in the menswear department and Douglas fashion store Elle has moved to Tynwald Mills’ ladieswear department. But that’s not all, as Warehouse is also arriving in-store soon and iconic UK fashion brand, Karen Millen, is scheduled for October.

Another way the company seeks to innovate and attract customers is by offering activities for families, such as the Christmas ice skating, or hosting charity events like the recent fashion show in the Tynwald Mills Community Marquee.

Tynwald Mills is a long-time supporter of the Awards for Excellence, having been an award sponsor since the Awards began. Last year they won the award for Company of the Year, in acknowledgement of their commitment to investing in the business, and in new brands. At a time when the retail share on the island contracted by 21 per cent, Tynwald Mills had managed to achieve growth of 15 per cent. The company also introduced its Reward Card scheme and has so far signed up nearly 10,000 customers to receive its benefits.

Matthew McSevney said: ‘It would be very nice to think that whoever wins the award for Small/Medium Enterprise at this year’s Awards for Excellence might one day end up winning the award for Company of the Year, as we have done.’

Are you entering this year’s Awards? Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence offers 16 awards categories, including the award for Small/Medium Enterprise. There are categories for companies of all sizes, individuals, public sector teams and charitable and community organisations. Entries close on Monday September 26. You will find full details of all the categories and entry forms to download at www.iomtoday.co.im.