Online club promoter IBZ.TV has won this year’s Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit.
The award is given out each year by Guernsey’s Young Business Group to a locally-based business that has demonstrated a desire to succeed, and the ambition, vision and drive to turn ideas into reality.
‘It was amazing’, said Russell Meakin, head of IBZ.TV, which operates online guides to destinations in world clubbing capital Ibiza. Since its inception in 2011, the website has grown from a simple information offering to one of the biggest sites in the world of its kind, attracting almost 1 million visits in 2013.
IBZ.TV was presented with the award at YBG’s annual Summer Ball, held at the St Pierre Park Hotel. The ceremony was watched by an audience of 245 at the ball, which was themed ‘All That Glitters’ and supported by Ravenscroft and KPMG CI, with a champagne reception sponsored by Saffery Champness.
‘It really means a lot to win the award, said Mr Meakin, we’ve all put in a lot of hard work in and to be recognised for that is great! I think we captured the spirit of the award as we’ve launched a unique business, aimed at another part of the world all from our home of Guernsey.
The ball was great fun and very well organised, the whole night was amazing from start to finish’!
YBG President Gill Mabbett said that IBZ.TV had caught the attention of the judges with a presentation on how a passion for something you love can be turned into a successful business.
‘Each year the Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit attracts applicants from different sectors of the Guernsey business market. The judges were impressed with the high standard of applicants this year and had a difficult task judging the applications and well put together presentations,’ said Ms Mabbett.
‘YBG would like to congratulate IBZ.TV and we look forward to seeing how the business develops in the future.’
The two other shortlisted companies, Storm Force Fitness and Books and Company Limited had also given impressive presentations, she added.
The ball is the centrepiece of an active yearly calendar for YBG, an offshoot of the Chamber of Commerce aimed at younger and young-at-heart members of the island’s business community. The group also organises regular networking dinners, drinks and field trips.
Local businesses who attended and supported the event said that it had been a great success.
Jeremy Ellis, Audit Partner at Saffery Champness said the company had been delighted to continue supporting YBG by sponsoring the champagne reception. ‘We also enjoyed attending the event itself, which helped to raise money for worthy causes as well as to promote the wider benefits of YBG membership’.
Jon Ravenscroft, Group CEO at Ravenscroft said:
‘We were delighted to be joint sponsor of the YBG Summer Ball 2014. We are a local independent firm and feel our best asset is our staff, many of whom have been raised and educated locally. In light of this, naturally we want to support YBG in its efforts in assisting the next generation of business professionals and leaders.’
Antony Mancini, Executive Director, Tax, at KPMG CI also said that it was a pleasure to sponsor the event. ‘The majority of our staff are aged between 20 and 30 years old, therefore we understand the importance of providing guidance to help improve networking skills and promote the sharing of business ideas. The Summer Ball is a great opportunity for the Group to showcase their achievements and catch the eye of potential new members.’
£1 was added to each bottle of wine bought at the event as a charitable donation to the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation. £202 in all was collected and added to a £500 donation from YBG. Jo Priaulx said:
‘I can’t thank the Young Business Group enough for their kind donation. Andy and I are always extremely humbled by the generosity of islanders. Every penny raised makes a huge difference to the lives of premature babies born in the island, and their families, each year. Without your support, the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation simply could not continue the work it does, so thank you again.’
Among equipment provided by the PPBF are incubators, hot cots, baby boxes and breast pumps. Baby boxes, featuring essentials and luxuries including hand-knitted cardigans and blankets and cosmetics for mums, as well as nappies etc., are given to the parents of all children that spent a prolonged period of time in the neonatal unit.
Most recently, a flat in Southampton was purchased by a supporter and leased to the charity for Bailiwick families who have a premature or seriously ill child at the UK hospital, which incurs ongoing costs.