Awards like ‘walking an inch taller’

TAKING THE LEAD: RBS International island director Bill Shimmins is proud of the bank's association with the Awards

TAKING THE LEAD: RBS International island director Bill Shimmins is proud of the bank's association with the Awards

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IT’S a case of seventh time’s a charm as RBS International has thrown its full support behind the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence.

The bank is once again lead sponsor for the event, which is a celebration of success across the island’s community.

RBS International’s island director Bill Shimmins said: ‘We are very proud of the fact that we have been associated with the Awards for the last seven years. RBS International covers all aspects of the community, we don’t just deal with high end corporate banking, we are dealing with people from all areas of life, from children’s accounts to premium customers, right across the spectrum. We are a universal service provider so the breadth of the Awards fits in well with our ethos.’

This year’s Awards will concentrate on the ‘can do’ attitude demonstrated by the community’s success stories, in line with the Department of Economic Development’s Where You Can initiative.

Mr Shimmins commented: ‘I think for me the Awards showcase the best of the Isle of Man, in terms of Where You Can. It fits in beautifully with the entrepreneurial approach which is evidenced both in the private and the public sector.

‘In these challenging times, now more than ever, I think we all need to demonstrate the embodiment of Isle of Man Where You Can because things are just continually becoming more competitive.

‘What I really like about the Awards is that it highlights for me so many stories of the successes that people are having across a wide range of sectors and I think some of these stories are not that well known. A lot of them involve people who are working exceptionally hard and are perhaps not receiving the profile they deserve.’

Mr Shimmins added that entering the Awards for Excellence could allow an organisation to take stock of what they have achieved. ‘In the hectic world in which we live it’s difficult to take stock of achievements and I think the Awards provide an excellent opportunity for that,’ he said.

Of the awards ceremony itself, which this year will be held at the Villa Marina on November 15, he said: ‘I think it gives you a lift, you almost walk an inch taller on the way out of the Villa Marina because you are so proud.’

l Application forms for the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence, in association with RBS International, are available at #If you would like to find out more about what entering can do for you, contact Trudi Williamson ( or Sarah Radcliffe ( or 695695 for more information.

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