This year’s Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit has been won by St Saviour’s-based company Pet Technology Store.
Three local companies were shortlisted for the annual award presented by the Young Business Group (“YBG”) – Avenue Clinic, Ben Le Prevost Chocolatier and Pet Technology Store. YBG president Wing Lai said that each year the award attracted a high standard of entries, and that 2015 had been no different.
“We saw entries from various sectors of the Guernsey business market. Not only does this highlight the value of the Bill Green Award but also the diversity of local businesses.
“The quality of the entries was very impressive and it was difficult for the judges to choose a winner. Nonetheless, Pet Technology Store is a Guernsey success story – a leader in their sector with many applications to their base product which they are actively following up. The company has huge potential.”
Mr Lai added that the pet accessory wholesaler and retailer’s product is largely manufactured and assembled in Guernsey, contradicting the myth that it is not possible to manufacture products here because of the higher cost.
The award, which is run by YBG on behalf of the Guernsey Chamber of Commerce, is for new or established businesses which have shown ambition, drive and vision, often with a fresh direction or project.
This year’s Bill Green Award judges were Mr Lai; Carl Symes of Startup Guernsey; Fionnuala Carvill representing the Chamber of Commerce; Lindsey Dean, Vice President of YBG, and Gillian Mabbett, Former President of YBG.
The award was presented to Pet Technology Store in front of a packed audience at YBG’s annual summer ball, held at the St Pierre Park Hotel on 19 June 2015. The Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed ball also featured a talk by entrepreneur and motivational speaker Shed Simove, roving magicians and performers and music from Last Of The Light Brigade. The dinner was sponsored by specialist fund administrators IAG, with creative special touches including a ‘love potion’ for diners to enjoy during dinner. £1 from each bottle of wine sold at the Ball was donated to the St Peter Port Christmas Lights Fund.
Mark Woodall from IAG said: “IAG was delighted to sponsor the YBG Annual Summer Ball and to support the Bill Green Award. It was a well-run and enjoyable event with a palpably friendly atmosphere created by the members and their guests. We were also proud to present the Bill Green Award to Pet Technology Store and we are sure they will go on to great things.”
Previous winners of the Bill Green award include IBZ.TV, Fusion Leisure Limited, The Learning Company and Living Room Estate Agents.
More details about the award, the Summer Ball, and YBG in general can be found at www.ybg.gg or by contacting Wing Lai at Wing.Lai@wattsandco.co.