Asset Risk Consultants take top honours at Awards for Achievement gala evening

Asset Risk Consultants were crowned the Commerce & Employment Guernsey Business of the Year at last night’s Guernsey Awards for Achievement’s gala dinner. In an evening which saw five local businesses singled out for their outstanding achievements, the investment consultancy practice received the final accolade as the night came to a close.

Other winners of the night were; Storm Force Fitness, who received the NatWest Best New Business Award; Fusion Leisure Ltd, who scooped the BWCI Innovation Award; Male Uprising in Guernsey (MUG), who took home the Healthspan Excellence in Marketing Award and Investec Bank (CI) Ltd, who were awarded the Condor Ferries Employer of the Year.

Asset Risk Consultants (ARC) secured the top honours last night, fighting off strong competition from supermarket giant, Waitrose and creative communications agency, Crowd Media Limited. Deputy Minister of Commerce & Employment, and Chair of the Award, Deputy Al Brouard, said all three companies were worthy winners but ARC was a shining example of Guernsey business at its best.

‘Asset Risk Consultants is an outstanding example of how our economy is using its strengths to diversify in these difficult times and of how a local company with the appropriate ingredients of passion and a unique business model can achieve extraordinary success on an international stage.’

The first business award of the evening was presented to Storm Force Fitness, who saw off competition from Avenue Clinic, IBZ.TV Ltd and Quintessential Relocation Consultants to take home the NatWest Best New Business Award.

Gary O’Neill, Head of Corporate & Commercial Banking at NatWest, said all the judges were particularly impressed with the passion shown by the founder of Storm Force, Jon Le Tocq, which has led to a fitness business that is truly transforming local lives.

‘We had four very different shortlisted companies, yet all demonstrated immense passion in identifying niche opportunities and creating impressive businesses. Storm Force Fitness though was outstanding. The judges felt Jon truly lives and breathes his business and his vision and energy in developing the brand in so many areas in such a short space of time was truly remarkable.’

Storm Force Fitness was also shortlisted for the BWCI Innovation Award, but along with Quintessential Relocation Consultants lost out to the winners, Fusion Leisure Limited. A shortlisted company for the Healthspan Excellence in Marketing Award last year, Fusion took it one step further this year when they stepped up to the stage to receive the BWCI accolade.

BWCI’s Senior Partner, Stephen Ainsworth, said the team at Fusion had shown extremely high levels of innovation throughout their business model.

‘All three shortlisted companies exhibited the enthusiasm and entrepreneurial drive necessary to create a successful company but it was Fusion’s innovative business model with a social conscience which won the day.’

A charity set up to create awareness of male cancers, Male Uprising in Guernsey (MUG), received a boost when it was awarded the trophy for the Healthspan Excellence in Marketing Award. It beat off competition from Thebestof Guernsey, which showcases the best recommended local businesses.

Director of Digital Healthspan, Justin Gale, said MUG was a fantastic example of how effective marketing could achieve great results.

‘The judges were all impressed with the passion displayed by MUG’s team, which demonstrated how even on a small budget, with the right ideas, you are able to deliver a highly effective campaign that can penetrate through to the local community.’

The Condor Ferries Employer of the Year was presented to Investec Bank (CI) Ltd, who triumphed over private equity firm, Ipes and Waitrose. Chief Executive of Condor Ferries, James Fulford, said all three companies had clearly invested heavily in team development and Corporate Social Responsibility but there could only be one winner.

‘The guys at Investec clearly showed their genuine passion and concern for their entire team here in Guernsey. The judges were also impressed with the enthusiasm that was displayed by the employees themselves about where they worked and the activities they participated in and who obviously felt a valued part of the team.’

The next Awards for Achievement gala evening will be held on Thursday 5th February 2015.


Scout Uk Chief Commissioner and Boys Brigade captain are the individual winners at the Guernsey Awards for Achievement

Two local men who have devoted their lives to helping youth organisations took the top honours in last night’s Individual Awards at the Guernsey Awards for Achievement. A gala dinner of around 700 guests saw Wayne Bulpitt, the Scout Association’s first UK Chief Commissioner, awarded the accolade of The Guernsey Press Ambassador of the Year and Captain Steve England of the 2nd Guernsey Boys Brigade, receive the title of Specsavers Unsung Hero.

The newly re-branded Guernsey Press Ambassador of the Year award recognises islanders and groups who have demonstrated outstanding achievements which have brought recognition to Guernsey from beyond our shores.

From a total of 12 nominees, Wayne Bulpitt emerged victorious when he was voted the winner over his fellow short-listed nominees, charity worker Sarah Griffith MBE, for her work in Sri Lanka, Haiti and the Philippines and the organisers of the Sark Folk Festival who were voted the Best Festival by a national music website.

Wayne Bulpitt has spent his life involved in the world of scouting and in 2009 was given the honour of being appointed the Scout Association’s first UK Chief Commissioner. Responsible for leading 555,000 Scout members across the UK, Wayne was awarded scouting’s highest accolade, the Silver Wolf, for service of the most exceptional nature.

Mark Lewis, Managing Director of the Guernsey Press, said the calibre of nominations this year from such a diverse field of interests was outstanding.

‘Finding a shortlist was hard enough, choosing a winner from three unique candidates was extremely difficult. Sarah’s work abroad is inspirational and sends out a message to the outside world that Guernsey is a caring community, whilst the Sark Folk Festival has created a hugely successful event year-on-year, which highlights the special place in which we live’, he said.

He continued, ‘Wayne’s achievements though were truly outstanding. His lifetime’s work within the Scouting Association and most recently at such a high level has really flown the flag for Guernsey. They are even more exceptional when you realise his voluntary Scout work was carried out whilst running a successful business and being involved in many other local initiatives. The Guernsey Press is extremely proud to add him to the notable list of Ambassador winners.’

The Specsavers Unsung Hero Award honours a member of our community who works selflessly behind the scenes to help local people. A total of 22 people were nominated by the public, and a shortlist of six determined by a panel of judges, with the eventual winner being chosen by the people of Guernsey.

Over 1,300 votes were cast with over 90% of these recorded online, the most since voting went online in 2009. Captain Steve England was awarded the prestigious trophy over his fellow finalists, Ian Brown, Shelaine Green, David Le Lievre, Wendy Ayres and Police Constable Robert Dover.

Steve England is captain of the 2nd Guernsey Boys Brigade and has been involved in the organisation since he joined as a boy in 1968. Just over 30 years later he was appointed a Vice-President of the Guernsey Battalion. His fundraising efforts have raised £200,000 to build a new Boys Brigade Headquarters and most recently money to replace a fleet of 18 kayaks and safety equipment.

Along with his voluntary Boys Brigade work he also finds time to be the Parish Synod representative for the St Mary’s Church at L’Islet and is the area organiser for the annual Christian Aid appeal.

Specsavers founder, Dame Mary Perkins, said, ‘Sponsoring this Award is such a humbling experience as every year the public bring to our attention the enormous amount of unpaid and selfless work that so many islanders are quietly undertaking every day for the benefit of others. Judging was as always extremely difficult with so many deserved finalists.’

She continued, ‘Steve’s devotion to and obvious satisfaction he gets from teaching and helping young boys makes him such a worthy winner of this Specsavers Unsung Hero award. His dedication in helping the boys learn practical skills and good Christian values will benefit them for the rest of their lives.’

As well as the Specsavers Unsung Hero Award trophy, the winner will receive a £3,000 holiday voucher and along with all the shortlisted nominees will also receive a donation to a charity of their choice.