ISLE of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence extravaganza was a big success last night.
The lifetime achievement award went to one of the island’s best-known personalities, Dot Tilbury, for her work with young cyclists.
One of them, Peter Kennaugh, was given a special award after winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games in London in the summer.
The event culminated with a rousing finale featuring cyclists riding their bikes around the Villa Marina.
Dot had no idea she was going to win the award. Friends and family spoke movingly on a video compiled by Paul Moulton about her.
Peter also spoke well about winning the gold medal and said that the best part of his win was returning to a hero’s welcome at Ronaldsway Airport.
Television and radio star Clive Anderson was the compere for the evening and chatted to winners and sponsors throughout the event.
Many of the leading lights of Manx politics, business and the charity sector were at the event, which was attended by about 1,000 people.
Chief Minister Allan Bell gave a speech in which he praised the finalists and attacked the ‘Manx crabs’ who never celebrated success but always revelled in failure.
The other awards were:
Boston Award for Customer Service: Isle of Man Aircraft Registry
Baker Tilly Isle of Man Award for Corporate Social Responsibility: Microgaming
Domicilium Award for Innovation and Independent Thinking: AXA Wealth International
Heritage Homes Award for Teamwork: Pumps 4 Kids
Friends Provident International Award for Volunteers: John Bethell MBE
Tynwald Mills Award for Small Medium Enterprise: Paragon Recruitment
Capital International Award for People Management and Development: Nurses, Noble’s Hospital
Isle of Man Bank Award for Company of the Year: The Claremont, a Sleepwell Hotel
Conister Bank Award for Public Sector Achievement: Isle of Man Youth Justice Team
Cable and Wireless Award for Excellence in the Use of Technology: Intelligence
Collins Stewart Award for Young Achiever of the Year: Alexandra Wilson
Celton Manx Award for International Company of the Year: Isle of Man Post Office
ManSat Award for Business Person of the Year: David Hester
Thomas Miller Investment Award for Charity, Cultural and Social Enterprise: Barclays Bank
Isle of Man Advertising and PR Award for Marketing and PR Effectiveness: Department of Economic Development
Isle of Man Government Award, Freedom to Flourish: Chamber of Commerce Engineering Sector Skills Group
There will be more coverage online later and a 32-page special in Monday’s Isle of Man Examiner
The event’s principal sponsor is Royal Bank of Scotland International.
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