The Eagle has Landed

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A phrase I have used many times in the last few months, but with a “nearly” in front of “landed”, but now as the ink dries on the various contracts, we can finally announce a brand new community resource which is coming to central Douglas in the next couple of months, which will truly invigorate and stimulate the local economy.

Barclays, in conjunction with the IOM Chamber of Commerce and the Department for Enterprise, has been busy planning for many months now, what will be the sixteenth “Eagle Lab” ( in the British Isles, and hopefully the most successful!

The venue is Queen Victoria House, in Victoria Street, which will now be kitted out into a state of the art incubation site, for the Island’s up and coming entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses to use. It will also be a community space available for community groups and schools. 

The “Eagle Lab” represents a major investment by Barclays as part of its shared growth ambition and commitment to the local community.

So what will you find at the Eagle Lab …...?

  • Co-working, hot desks and private office options

  • Managed and serviced site

  • Hi-speed Wi-Fi

  • Access to meeting rooms

  • On-site Eco-System Manager

  • Printing Facilities

  • Event space available

  • Access to Digital Fabrication Equipment

  • Mentoring and Coaching network

The Department for Enterprise will also be on call at the Lab to provide support and guidance to businesses, and to explain our range of grants and financial assistance schemes to help with business growth.

Becoming a member also gives you access to the whole Eagle Lab network and availability to use Lab space in the likes of Liverpool, Edinburgh, London, and Belfast (

The building work has now commenced, and I very much look forward to seeing the plans come to life, and to see what fantastic new businesses we can uncover and support over the coming years.

So next time you walk down Victoria Street, keep your eye out for the Eagle!

Simon Pickering, Head of Insurance and Pensions, Finance Isle of Man


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