Night brings a glow of pride for Keirron

Win has meant growth in demand for his year-round skills development programmes

Compere Miles Jupp congratulates Keirron Tastagh at last year’s Awards for Excellence

Compere Miles Jupp congratulates Keirron Tastagh at last year’s Awards for Excellence

Freedom to Flourish is the Isle of Man Government’s awards category at Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence. Entrants for the award need to demonstrate how they have embraced values embodied in the Freedom to Flourish promise: independent thinking, resilience, resourcefulness and community loyalty (helping others to flourish). Last year’s winner, Keirron Tastagh, tells us why he thinks his entry caught the judges’ eyes.

Keirron has built his business, Adventurous Experiences, around enjoying activities including kayaking and coasteering, whilst at the same time developing indivual and team building skills.

His stated mission is: ‘Within this spectacular “playground”, we promote and facilitate real, sustainable adventurous experiences, predominantly on the Isle of Man; maintaining our high standards of safety, fun and learning. We encourage and provide continuous coach training and development; ensuring our coaches are well qualified and motivated, enabling them to give the best possible customer-focused experience.’

Freedom to Flourish is a category that could be won by a business or organisation of any size. In previous years Isle of Man Creamery, the Isle of Man Post Office and the charity, Manx Breast Cancer Support Group, have picked up the award.

Keirron explained why he thinks the judges’ were impressed by his entry: ‘A key factor in the judge’s feedback was how we expanded risk utilisation awareness and promoted informed decision making. 

‘In the year since winning this prestigious accolade, we have seen a clear increase in team building experiences and programmes. Demand for our year-round skills development programs for juniors and adults has grown.’

When it comes to his experience attending the awards night as a finalist and being announced as a winner Keirron said: ‘I was absolutely delighted to receive the Freedom to Flourish Award on behalf of the team at Adventurous Experiences. The awards evening was so much fun, and I still get positive feedback about my acceptance speech (often by participants on our corporate team building events) so it must have memorable for them as well.

‘Winning the award not only gave us a glow of pride, it also helped the business profile, and directly assisted in getting our key message out: risk utilisation is the solution to developing informed decision making, and regular exposure to real challenge is essential to people development.’

• Does your business or organisation demonstrate the values of Freedom to Flourish? If so tell everyone about it by entering Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence. There are 16 awards categories offering opportunities for businesses of all sizes, individuals, public sector teams and cultural and charitable organisations. You can find more infromation and download entry forms at Entries close on Wednesday September 19.