2019 Shortlist for the Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit

We are thrilled to announce the shortlist for the Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit. The winner will be announced at the Summer Ball on 23 June at the Duke of Richmond.

 

Marcel Magloire – Firstcall Recruitment

I am a recruitment professional and manager of Firstcall Recruitment Limited and am proud of the industry I work in and the impact on, and role we play in, people’s lives. Over the past 10 years I’ve been building my career working for our family business, Firstcall Recruitment Limited, a long-standing name in the Guernsey market which has been built on the vision my parents had when they established in 1994. My approach to life is to treat people with respect, honesty and integrity. I have a genuine desire to connect with those I meet. We aim to offer a personal service understanding that your career is a journey, and for many the direction is not necessarily clear cut. But with the right consideration you can achieve a path for success. Growing up in my family has always meant that I’ve been exposed to the company and I am truly thankful for the opportunity & platform to have transitioned from son, to employee and now to playing a key and active role in managing & driving the business forward. I am enthused by the next phase for Firstcall and truly hope I can make my parents proud through the development of the business and team; I welcome those that wish to engage with me.

 

 


Rebellion Allstars

Having trained and dreamed of being a dancer on the west end since I was a little girl I suffered a pretty serious spinal injury at just 15. After around 18 months of rehab I found that I had lost the passion for dance which I once had which is when I found cheerleading. My sister had started attending her afterschool club and it was whilst picking her up from a session that I thought I would love to give it a try and I have never looked back since. I was part of our local team in north Yorkshire where I went on to win several regional and national competitions – gaining experience within a variety of levels.

I moved to Guernsey in September 2014 and realised soon after that there was no afterschool opportunities for children to get into cheerleading. So in November 2014 after doing some workshops in secondary schools I set up GFSS Shadows – a squad combining students from LBHS, LMDC, SSHS and Grammar schools. I had over 60 students turn up for the first session! Since then the team has competed at a national schools competition had had brought home several trophies including a numerous amount of 1st places!
 
In the February 2015 I decided to take things one step further and set up Rebellion Allstars. Unlike the afterschool club I was not so lucky with numbers during our first couple of sessions however due to a lot of hard work the club has now got 50+ members attending regular sessions. In 2017 I took my first allstar team to a regional competition where out of the 6 routines I took they managed to place in 3 categories. We have since been away and brought home yet more shiny trophies for our cupboard including a few top three and 1st place trophies.

Now as we ahead into our 5th full season I cannot wait to see where Rebellion Allstars will grow and what fabulous experiences, events and opportunities it can provide for not only myself but for any athlete no matter their size, shape, race, religion, age or ability to be a part of.

 

 


Resolution IT

As proactive and innovative outsourced IT service providers, locally owned Resolution IT has grown from a two man operation to a staff of over 30 who are moving into new purpose-designed offices later this summer. The award-winning business looks after the IT needs of over 250 local companies, as well as supporting a range of community events, including the Guernsey Rally and ‘Rezzers’ netball team. Resolution IT provides technology solutions, empowering clients and colleagues to lead rather than be led.

 

 


2018 Winner

The winner of the 2018 Bill Green Award is School of Popular Music.

 


Past winners

2017/18 School of Popular Music
2016/17 B-Creative
2015/16 Donkey Logic
2014/15 Pet Technology Store
2013/14 IBZ.TV Ltd.
2012/13 Fusion Nightclub
2011/12 Living Room & The Learning Company
2010/11 Focus HR Solutions Ltd
2009/10 Sueco Cookery School
2008/09 Pet Porte Limited
 2007/08 24-7 Petcare
 2006/07 Ship & Fly
 2005/06 Smart Choice Cleaning
 2004/05 Ace Scaffolding (GSY) Ltd
 2003/04 Small Ltd
 2002/03 Guernsey Repair Centre Ltd
 2001/02 Offshore Power (CI) Ltd
 2000/01 ACT Now Ltd
 1999/00 Mange-Tout
 1998/99 Guernsey Montessori School
 1997/98 Bonbonièra Balloons
 1996/97 Swift Cleaning Ltd

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.