Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Innovation
Showcasing Guernsey's Innovators
The Bill Green Award is a local accolade awarded by the YBG annually to recognise achievement in the business community. After a break in 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the YBG council have revitalised the award and relaunched it in partnership with the Digital Greenhouse.
Following an evening of great presentations at the Digital Greenhouse Guernsey, the 2021 award has been decided.
The winner is Brintal Limited with their entrepreneurial innovation, the YPush wheelchair. Brintal Limited were presented with the award on Saturday 4th September at the YBG 60th Anniversary Summer Ball.
From us here at YBG and the Digital Greenhouse, we want to say a huge thank you to all those who took time to share their innovations and to those who were on the panel.
Keep your eyes peeled for the chance to apply for next year’s award!
Who was Bill Green?
Bill Green was a well-known local businessman who was passionate about Guernsey and always sought to encourage the business sector. He believed that luck was only the ability to recognise opportunities – an ability which he considered played an important factor in whether you are successful or not in any sphere of life.
Bill recognised the requirements of the islanders and the developing social trends of his time. During the occupation the bicycle was the primary form of transport for islanders, since motor vehicles were requisitioned by the Germans. As bicycles became very precious possessions Bill developed a successful bicycle business. Noting that there were no locks to secure bicycles he also made side income from charging people to store their bicycles at his shop in Smith Street while they went about their business.
A subscriber member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1954, he was elected junior vice-president and then senior vice president, prior to being elected as President of the Chamber in 1963. As President, he was aware that following the occupation, the old traditional methods of trading were changing and that traders would need to adapt and change with the times. He also tried to encourage better relations with other Chambers and felt that Guernsey was a little too isolated. He believed that unity was the key to being able to assert greater power.
|2017/18||School of Popular Music|
|2014/15||Pet Technology Store|
|2011/12||Living Room & The Learning Company|
|2010/11||Focus HR Solutions Ltd|
|2009/10||Sueco Cookery School|
|2008/09||Pet Porte Limited|
|2006/07||Ship & Fly|
|2005/06||Smart Choice Cleaning|
|2004/05||Ace Scaffolding (GSY) Ltd|
|2002/03||Guernsey Repair Centre Ltd|
|2001/02||Offshore Power (CI) Ltd|
|2000/01||ACT Now Ltd|
|1998/99||Guernsey Montessori School|
|1996/97||Swift Cleaning Ltd|