Expression of national spirit vital

SUPPORT: Chief Minister Allan Bell

SUPPORT: Chief Minister Allan Bell

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CHIEF Minister Allan Bell is a staunch supporter of the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence.

To coin a hackneyed phrase, times are tough, and it is important now more than ever, to show confidence in the island’s economy and celebrate its successes.

The Isle of Man is always striving for excellence in every sector and it is this that the Awards highlights.

The Chief Minister said a ‘communal expression’ of the island’s national spirit was vital in these times of economic difficulty.

‘I am pleased to offer my support again this year to the Awards for Excellence which provide a tangible expression of so much that is important and special about our island and our way of life,’ said Mr Bell.

‘Not only do the Awards allow us to recognise success at many different levels, from small local enterprises to international businesses, and in the public and voluntary sectors as well as the private, the Awards also reflect the team spirit that exists across the community, our commitment to social inclusion and the desire for everyone to contribute to the success of the island.’

Mr Bell continued: ‘The Awards are a showcase for the innovation, enterprise and professionalism that has given the island a dynamic and diversified economy, recognised and respected around the world.

‘As the 2012 Awards are launched, I wish to thank the organisers and sponsors, who continue to support the Awards in these testing times. I would say that a communal expression of our national spirit is even more valuable when circumstances are challenging, and I thank the sponsors for their vision in recognising that.

‘May I urge local businesses, third sector groups and government to ensure the excellence in their organisations and in the island at large is recognised, too, by identifying suitable candidates for the 16 categories.’

This year’s Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence, in association with RBS International, will be the seventh.

The ceremony will be held at the Villa Marina, Douglas, on November 15, and will be hosted by renowned comedian and television host Clive Anderson.

Application forms are available at

If you would like to find out more about what entering the Awards can do for you, contact Trudi Williamson ( or Sarah Radcliffe ( Alternatively call 695695 for more information*

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