Why the public sector achievement award is so important

Telecommunications company Sure is sponsoring the award for Public Sector Achievement at this year’s Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence.

Its marketing and public relations manager, Sarah Jarvis, has told the Isle of Man Courier why she believes this is such an important award.

‘The entries in this category tend to demonstrate the true meaning of excellence and real loyalty to Manx values – decency, public service and community,’ she said.

‘These are people who are not looking for short-term gain but genuinely display long-term values.

‘Last year’s winners, the DEFA team which organised the Isle of Man Food Festival, is a great example of this. The Food Festival provides a real showcase for locally produced food and drink, giving its 7,000 visitors the chance to sample the products.

‘As well as Manx food producers, the DEFA also champions Manx agriculture and fishing and plays its part in looking after the environment, trees and wildlife. It’s a huge portfolio of issues that really affect the island community in which we live.’

In a similar way, Sure also plays its part in contributing to the local community.

Sarha said: ‘Trying to give back to the island is something that all of us at Sure are passionate about.

‘We especially love to support some of the smaller service-oriented organisations and charities that make amazing things happen. We can help them to get things off the ground and raise awareness in the public domain – sometimes it isn’t just providing money.

‘Two examples of our community involvement are Kenyon’s Youth Café, in Onchan, and the Mobile Family Library.

Kenyon’s Youth Café does incredible work with youngsters, giving them somewhere to go two evenings a week, and a lot of dedicated volunteers give up their personal time for this rewarding work. We helped them with a phone line and broadband, plus iPads for the youngsters to use.

‘We have also recently supported the family and mobile Libraries which are such a lifeline to many in the community, especially lonely older people living outside Douglas. We have given them financial support, some equipment and mobile WiFi for their library van.’

The arrival of Sure on the island in 2007 gave customers real competition and choice in the telecoms sector for the first time.

The company is currently putting a lot of additional investment into its network and offers mobile, fixed line and broadband services for residential customers, and a range of corporate communications ‘solutions’ for business customers.

Sarah added: ‘A recent innovation is the introduction of a 4G wireless router which enables customers to have excellent broadband, without having to pay a monthly landline rental.

‘We have also recently relaunched our monthly mobile plans to include a lot more data because that’s what our customers have asked us for! We now offer the best value plans on the island in terms of data.

‘There are new business mobile plans, too, with great roaming features and increased data allowances; these are suitable for any business from a small organisation up to the largest corporate.’

Are you entering this year’s Awards? Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence has 16 award categories offering opportunities for companies of all sizes, individuals, public sector teams and charitable and community organisations. You will find full details of all the categories and entry forms to download at www.iomtoday.co.im.

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