Chief Minister urges people and organisations to enter Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence

Allan Bell

Allan Bell

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Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence are the island’s premier awards – the ones everyone wants to win. This year’s Awards Night will take place on November 20 at the Villa Marina and build-up has already started…

The sponsors for the 16 awards categories have been chosen and entries are now being invited.

The categories include Company of the Year, Small Enterprise of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Public Sector Achievement. There are opportunities for companies, individuals, public sector teams, and charitable and cultural organisations to enter.

The judges’ brief is simple: they are looking for entries which demonstrate excellence, passion and going above and beyond the everyday.

Trudi Williamson, deputy chairman of Isle of Man Newspapers, said: ‘The awards began in 2006 because we at Isle of Man Newspapers were very well aware of the diversity of talent and entrepreneurship that there is on our island and we wanted to celebrate that.

‘Over the years since, we have been delighted that so many people have supported the awards and we continue to be inspired by the stories of achievement that the awards bring to our attention each year.

‘Winners of Awards for Excellence are not necessarily the big, high profile organisations you might expect: every year you will see winners coming from small enterprises you may never have heard of before, or previously unsung heroes making a difference with their voluntary contribution to the community.

‘I would urge anyone who has a story of achievement and excellence to tell to enter this year’s awards.’

Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence also supports the aims of the government to encourage growth and diversity in the island’s economy.

Welcoming the launch of this year’s awards, Chief Minister Allan Bell said:

the launch of this year’s Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence...

‘This unique event, honouring business, community and individual achievements, illustrates perfectly how the success of our island has come about through enthusiasm, passion and a commitment to achieving excellence.

‘The many generous businesses that sponsor the Awards for Excellence should be commended for their enduring faith in the Isle of Man and for supporting this opportunity to recognise the achievements of many talented, enthusiastic and committed people in our community.

‘The qualities they celebrate are vital if we are to fulfil some of the key aims in government’s Agenda for Change: to grow and further diversify the economy; to ensure that it remains resilient to external pressures, and to provide good quality job opportunities for our community.

‘I would wish to encourage as many entries as possible in all categories, but especially in the Freedom to Flourish Award, which allows entrants to demonstrate the way the island, as a land of possibilities, has allowed people – and businesses – to reach their full potential.

‘I am always pleased to see entries from the public sector, recognising the excellent job our public servants are doing in challenging conditions. I know the judges are consistently impressed by the way public sector entries demonstrate how the imaginative use of time and resources enables teams to continue to offer a high standard of service in spite of budget cuts. In many cases, the Manx public might have no idea of these achievements were it not for the Awards and the publicity they generate.’

Have You Entered Yt?

Entries are now open for this year’s Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence. There are sixteen awards including categories for companies, individuals, public sector teams and charitable and cultural organisations.

This year’s Awards Night takes place at the Villa on Thursday November 20.

You will find details and entry forms at Entries close On Friday, September 26.

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