A world-renowned economist and award-winning journalist and broadcaster is to be the guest speaker at the next Guernsey Awards for Achievement. Tim Harford, who is well-known for his Financial Times columns will present the keynote speech at the Awards gala dinner on Thursday February 6th 2014 at Beau Sejour.

Tim Harford is described as a ‘serious’ economist, with a career spanning Oxford, Shell and the World Bank, but is just as renowned for his long-running columns in the FT: ‘Undercover Economist’ reveals the economic ideas behind everyday experiences, with often tongue-in-cheek answers to readers’ problems, while a new column, ‘Since You Asked’, offers a sceptical look at the news of the week.

‘The Undercover Economist’, Tim Harford’s first book, has sold one million copies worldwide in almost 30 languages. Tim’s recent book, ADAPT: Why Success Always Starts With Failure, shows how adaptive, trial-and-error processes can help tackle everything from innovation to financial crises.

Tim has presented television and radio series for the BBC, including ‘More or Less’ on Radio 4 and his new series, which launched early in 2013, ‘Pop Up Ideas’.

Tim Harford is being brought to the island by the NP Group. Its Chief Executive, Tony Gallienne, said his unique approach to economic problems and crises would provide a stimulating yet entertaining talk at the Awards gala evening.

‘Everyone who works in business is always striving to find new ways of coping with modern  challenges and Tim Harford’s superior economic expertise and original ways of looking at how to solve economic issues will, I have no doubt, provide inspiration to those who attend the Awards evening.

He continued, ‘We have been very fortunate at the Awards gala evening to attract speakers of an extremely high quality who provide entertaining yet thought- provoking speeches, often giving a different perspective on the issues we all face across the business world. Someone of Tim Harford’s calibre will be no exception and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the island.’

Entries for the 2013 business awards are up on last year with a total of 36 nominations being received for the five business awards; the NatWest Best New Business Award, the BWCI Innovation Award, the Healthspan Excellence in Marketing Award, the Condor Ferries Employer of the Year and the Commerce & Employment Business of the Year Award.

The five judging panels for each of the awards have now met and have drawn up their shortlists from the nominations received. The shortlisted companies will be announced early next week and they will make their final presentations to the judges by the end of the year.

Islanders are also reminded that nominations are now open for the Guernsey Press Ambassador of the Year Award. Entries have now closed for the Specsavers Unsung Hero Award. The shortlist for this award will be announced on 6th January 2014, when public voting to decide the winner will begin.

Tables for the gala evening on Thursday February 6th 2014 are now on sale, with tickets priced at £80 each or £800 for a table of ten. They are on a first come first served basis and historically sell out extremely early so organisers, The Guernsey Event Company, advise early booking. Anyone wanting to reserve a table should call Sophie on 728686 or email sophie@eventguernsey.com