Online retailer Mainmann Group has collected this year’s top accolade at the Jersey Business Awards for Enterprise, held at the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Showground at Trinity on Friday 15th May. The company, which sells Melissa and Mel shoes online and here in Jersey, received the Jersey Business Award for Enterprise Excellence and was also named Investec Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year.
Business broadcaster Steph McGovern started the evening by encouraging the audience to celebrate their own successes and the positive contribution that Jersey’s economy makes to the UK before inviting Senator Lyndon Farnham, Minister for Economic Development, to begin the Award presentations. The Minister recognised the role that businesses play in delivering growth and prosperity on the island and said ‘To all who applied, to those who were shortlisted, to the finalists and to the eventual winners – Thank you. You are amongst the very best in Jersey and I congratulate you all.’
Les Amis won the Condor Ferries Not for Profit Organisation of the Year receiving a standing ovation from the audience as they were presented with their Award. Rupert Langly-Smith, founder of Proviz, the high visibility clothing brand, collected the Indigo Lighthouse Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the only category that is awarded to an individual, as well as the Jersey Post Award for International Sales.
The States of Jersey Economic Development Large Enterprise of the Year Award was presented to First Names Group and Healthhaus took the NatWest New Enterprise of the Year Award.
The glittering gala evening, which marked the end of Enterprise Week, was attended by a capacity audience of business leaders and featured state-of-the-art staging and technology giving guests a spectacular night of celebration. It was the culmination of a week of debate and discussion on the Future of Enterprise in Jersey. Over 1,000 people participated in nine events during the week focusing on the impact of global megatrends and the opportunities they present for Jersey.
Graeme Smith, Chief Executive of Jersey Business said, “The gala evening has been a fantastic celebration of the high calibre of businesses that are operating in Jersey. The Awards continue to showcase the impressive and at times relatively unknown businesses that operate from our island proving that Jersey is a place where entrepreneurial talent, good business acumen, hard work and determination can create business success. The quality of the entries this year has been extremely high and the judges found it particularly difficult to select their winners so all of the finalists are to be commended. The Jersey Business Awards for Enterprise are the showcase for enterprise excellence in Jersey. This wonderful evening presents an opportunity for all businesses in Jersey to celebrate their success and we are looking forward to developing the event and Enterprise Week in years to come”.
Jersey Business Awards for Enterprise 2015 Winners:
NatWest New Enterprise of the Year: Healthhaus
Investec SME Enterprise of the Year: Mainmann Group
States of Jersey EDD Large Enterprise of the Year: First Names Group
Indigo Lighthouse Entrepreneur of the Year: Rupert Langly-Smith, Proviz
Jersey Post Award for International Sales: Proviz
Condor Ferries Not for Profit Organisation of the Year: Les Amis
Jersey Business Award for Enterprise Excellence:Mainmann Group