Isle of Man has "all the right ingredients" to nurture the businesses of the future

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About a third of businesses expect to change radically in the next two years as they seek growth opportunities in a fast-changing world, according to a new survey by HSBC, and Jaime Amoedo, Head of Commercial Banking in the Isle of Man, believes the Isle of Man is well placed to support internationally-dynamic businesses as they adapt for the future.

Navigator: Made for the Future’, a survey of more than 2,500 companies in 14 countries and territories, found that, whilst technology tops firms’ spending plans, they are also now prioritising investment in the well-being and future skills of their people.

The survey shows that 34% of decision-makers think their technological focus will ‘totally’ change over the coming 24 months, with a further 45% expecting ‘slight’ change. Over half (55%) plan to invest more in research and development.

Nearly as many though (52%) will boost spending on skills training and 43% on employee well-being; ahead of logistics (42%), plants or equipment (34%) and ‘bricks and mortar’ premises (29%).

By upskilling employees and adopting innovative technologies, the end goal for businesses is to become more efficient, more customer-centric and greener. Over half the companies surveyed plan to increase their investment in customer experience (52%) and 45% will raise spending to become more environmentally sustainable over the next two years. Almost a quarter (24%) want to become greener to attract and retain talented staff, and 30% are feeling pressure from customers to improve in this area.

A number of new technologies have already been embraced by businesses and include A.I. (41%), the Internet of Things (40%), wearables (37%) and facial/image recognition (38%). The biggest benefits of employing these four technologies are improvements in productivity, customer experience and product or service quality.

Meanwhile 76% of companies think technologies will make their staff more productive, 72% think they will enhance well-being. Three in five (60%) intend to introduce or increase flexible working practices to enhance well-being and adapt to a rebalancing between human and automated output.

Commenting on the findings, Jaime Amoedo, Head of Commercial Banking in the Isle of Man said:

“Excitement about rapidly-evolving technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality, comes through clearly as businesses prepare to meet the needs of tomorrow’s customers. However, this survey also shows that businesses are well aware they will need their people to be healthy and happy in their jobs if they are to be successful in the future. Well-being and sustainability are becoming watchwords for business success.

“In this context, the Isle of Man is well placed and has all the right ingredients to enable businesses to adapt and make the most of future opportunities. The island has made strong commitments to creating world-leading digital frameworks to support technological innovation and digital skills development, and also places a real emphasis on wellbeing – HSBC’s latest Expat Explorer survey, for instance, found that 74% of expats in the Isle of Man believe they enjoy a better quality of life since moving to the Island.”

Interviews for the ‘Navigator: Made for the Future’ survey were conducted in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, the UAE, the UK and the USA in May 2019. The full report can be found here



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