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What a great night at the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence

Awards for Excellence 2012

Awards for Excellence 2012

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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