The Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards For Excellence has launched with categories now open for entries.
Held at the Villa Marina in Douglas, the annual community event celebrates the best of Manx business, good causes and innovation and will take place on November 14.
Sponsors celebrated its launch at The Claremont Hotel in the capital, with Isle of Man Newspapers’ managing director, Trudi Williamson, giving an opening speech.
She said: ‘We really thank you all, Isle of Man Government and our sponsors for all your support over the years.
‘The theme this year is the quality of life on our island and what a great place this is to live and work. This fits in with the government’s Locate strategy which we have fully supported.’
She added: ‘The Awards For Excellence is a celebration of what we do well, that’s what it’s all about.
Sponsors are now encouraging people to enter the awards. Smaller businesses are being urged not to assume that the Awards for Excellence would be out of their reach because they are not a big corporate.
‘This year there is to be a big drive to encourage entries from all sectors of business,’ Mrs Williamson said.
The award categories include:
The Browne Craine & Co. Award for Company of the Year.
The Annexio Award for Enhancing Wellbeing in the Workplace.
The Manx Telecom Award for Entrepreneur of the Year
The Manx Gas Award for Innovation & Independent Thinking.
The Sure Award for Innovation in Technology.
The Claremont Award for International Business of the Year.
The Domicilium Award for Nurturing our Arts, Culture and Heritage.
The Wi-Manx Award for Promoting the Isle of Man as a great place to visit, live and work.
The Capital International Group Award for Protecting our Environment.
The Zurich Award for Providing Excellent Customer Service.
The Lansons Award for Public Sector Achievement of the Year.
The Isle of Man Government Award for Sharing our Freedom to Flourish.
The Appleby Award for Small and Medium Size Enterprise.
The Award for Teamwork.
The PokerStars Award for The Third Sector: Supporting our Community.
The Utmost Wealth Solutions Award for Business Leader of the Year.
Some award categories have been tweaked to offer new opportunities and Business Leader of the Year will be judges’ nominations only. Mrs Williamson at the launch event stressed that the Isle of Man Newspapers does not get involved in the judging process – but that the 16 judges are all independent.
Some of the winners of last year’s awards included: Ramsey Grammar School, winner of the Workplace Wellbeing award; Hospice IoM, winner of the Teamwork award and The Fynoderee Distillery, winner of the New Business/Innovation award. Many of the judges have served on the judging panel for years but for 2019 there will be a number of new faces representing as many different sectors as possible.
The closing date for entry forms is September 13 and entry forms can be found online at