Isle of Man Post Office celebrates 50 years of postal independence
Welcome to this special 50th Anniversary page!
Simon Kneen, Chief Executive Officer IOMPO
“For 50 years IOMPO has been a key part of the Island’s infrastructure and a trusted partner for our community. The postal industry plays an essential role in our society and the economy, linking the Island to the rest of the world. Whilst the landscape of the postal industry and our customer needs have drastically changed over time due to advancements in technology and habits, the loyal and dedicated team at IOMPO has worked incredibly hard to retain our self-funded status and ensure the IOMPO remains fit for purpose as a modern logistics business. I am pleased we have a programme of activities to celebrate our milestone anniversary with the community we are proud to serve. Our people and our customers have supported us since our inception 50 years ago, and we are very grateful for the part they have played in our business’ journey to date. As we look forward, it is undeniable that the postal industry will continue to evolve at a rapid pace. We remain committed to delivering our strategy to transform the business for future financial and environmental sustainability, making strides in our bid to become a greener organisation and continuing to meet the changing needs of our valued customers."
IOMPO 50th Anniversary exhibition at the Manx Museum
We have partnered with Manx National Heritage, who kindly offered their ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ to house a brand new collection that captures our journey through the past 50 years. The exhibition will be installed at the Manx Museum in Douglas, ready to be viewed from 14th July and run until the 24th September. Many of the artefacts and images have been provided by former IOMPO staff members and current employees. Alongside MNH, we would like to invite the public and of course all members of staff past and present to visit the Manx Museum and travel through time with us.
IOMPO Treasure Hunt
We have put together a treasure hunt to celebrate our historic anniversary with everyone on Island. On 2nd & 3rd September 2023 the public and all members of staff are invited to take part: A perfect way to spend an afternoon with your family or friends, clue searching around our wonderful island. Once you find your first clue, your journey starts a magical tour around locations picking up information, which your team will submit back when the hunt is over. All correctly, completed submissions will be in with a chance of taking home one of our top three prizes totalling a value of £250!
Correct submissions will be drawn randomly, so it is not a race! You can take your time, catch some brunch on your travels and make a day of it. Email IOMPO50@iompost.com to register and you will be sent detailed instructions on how to take part. T&Cs apply and can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
Update 04.09.2023: Thank you to everyone who took part in our Treasure Hunt. Out of all correct submissions the winners have now been chosen and notified.
Design a Postbox Competition
To celebrate our anniversary with the youngest members of our community we will be launching a 'Design a Postbox' competition this autumn. Out of all submissions, the winning design will be selected by our Chairman to then be foil wrapped around the post box at Nobles Hospital for everyone to see. We would like to encourage all children on the Island to take part in this competition and look forward to lots of creative submissions to choose from. Keep your eyes peeled for more details on our social media channels and here on our website.
IOMPO 50th Anniversary stamp collection
A set of seven commemorative stamps to be issued on 5th July 2023. Each of the first six stamps features a collage of recognisable issued stamps that are well-known and loved by locals and collectors worldwide, and represents the history of stamps from the Isle of Man, whilst the seventh stamp is a new design representing the Europa Stamp 2023.
An Afternoon of tree planting for the Queen's Green Canopy
As part of our on-going drive to become a greener organisation, earlier this year IOMPO has partnered with Manx Wildlife Trust (MWT), in honour of HM Queen Elizabeth II and her green canopy appeal announced to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. Part of the Exec team, alongside other members of staff, planted over 50 trees at the MWT Hairpin Woodland Park in Ramsey. IOMPO is very grateful for MWTs guidance and support in bringing this activity into fruition.