Babies, Barmen and Bejewelled Best Dressed – The YBG Ball Experience
 
The YBG annual summer ball is an event famed for celebrating YBG’s  core values of entrepreneurial spirit, networking and community involvement – this year’s event was certainly no different!
 
I was honoured to be asked to compare for the evening.  As part of the proceedings I was extremely pleased to see that everyone had taken to the masquerade theme like a kitten takes to chasing wool. There was a fine array of Venetian masks on show along with some more comical impromptu efforts as well (can anyone say “moustache”?). I was told by Dominique, the eventual winner of the prize for best dressed, that her effort had taken some two hours to prepare. I think you will agree that she deserved the prize just for the commitment to the cause (as well as looking quite fetching to boot!).
 

 
Masks and the usual lubricated networking that takes place at the ball aside, there was the serious business of the 2013 Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit to be dealt with during the evening.  The nominees (Bumblebee Marine, Fusion Leisure Ltd and Storm Force Fitness) all gave a powerful challenge for award, with short video clips being shown of each business.  Fusion Leisure was the eventual winner in the face of the fierce and frank competition.  Carl Stanford, a member of the judging panel commented that the entries this year extremely impressive and the judges had a very difficult time deliberating over all the entries.  YBG wishes Fusion Leisure another prosperous year and will, as ever, continue to support  them in its time honoured tradition i.e. a procession to the bar after its annual trip to Herm.
 

 
Before I sign off, it would be remiss not to mention both the inspirational speech of the fabulous Jo Watts and, of course, the worthy cause which YBG has donated to this year.
 

 
Jo Watts, the Founder and Managing Director of Watts & Co, gave the assembled audience an impassioned and life affirming speech which gave a stunning personal insight into what it takes to start a company at the height of a recession.  Many of the guests present (your correspondent included) were awed by the personal courage and commitment exhibited by this most singular lady.  Jo Watts, we salute you – and your tip about getting a good PA is noted.  
 
I was also happy to be able to encourage drinking throughout the evening, with £1 from every bottle sold at the event being donated to the Friends of Frossard Children’s Ward.  If that isn’t a good enough reason to order another bottle, I don’t know what is!