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Bill Green Award

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.

Previous Winners

2018/19Resolution IT
2017/18School of Popular Music
2016/17B-Creative
2015/16Donkey Logic
2014/15Pet Technology Store
2013/14IBZ.TV Ltd.
2012/13Fusion Nightclub
2011/12Living Room & The Learning Company
2010/11Focus HR Solutions Ltd
2009/10Sueco Cookery School
2008/09Pet Porte Limited
 2007/0824-7 Petcare
 2006/07Ship & Fly
 2005/06Smart Choice Cleaning
 2004/05Ace Scaffolding (GSY) Ltd
 2003/04Small Ltd
 2002/03Guernsey Repair Centre Ltd
 2001/02Offshore Power (CI) Ltd
 2000/01ACT Now Ltd
 1999/00Mange-Tout
 1998/99Guernsey Montessori School
 1997/98Bonbonièra Balloons
 1996/97Swift Cleaning Ltd