Chief minister honoured for service to Island
Islanders involved in the public and private sector, in business, tech, charities and volunteering have been recognised for their work in the community.
The annual Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence - hosted by presenter and comedian Alexander Armstrong - also included a special lifetime achievement award, presented to former Chief Minister and Ramsey MHK Allan Bell, for his contribution to Manx life.
He stood down in September after around 40 years in public life, 32 of which were as an MHK and during which time he became one of the most established figures in the Island’s political history.
He received a standing ovation in the Villa Marina Royal Hall and gave an emotional acceptance speech (except attached):
Corporate Social Responsibility - Zurich International Life
Innovation & Independent Thinking - Noa Bakehouse
Business – Equiom
Small Medium Enterprise - Expol
Public Sector Achievement of the Year - UNESCO Biosphere status, Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture
IoM Volunteer of the Year - Bill Dale, Beach Buddies
Excellence in the Use of Technology -Triumph Actuation Systems
Company of the Year - Isle of Man Creamery
Charity, Cultural & Social Enterprise - Victim Support
Isle of Man Customer Service - The Lady Chauffeurs
Teamwork – Estera
New Business/Innovation - Manx Ultrasonic Window Blind Cleaning
Young Achiever of the Year - Sam Murphy, PB Sports Performance
International Business of the Year - First Names Group
Digital Champions - Riva Financial Systems
Freedom to Flourish – Derivco
IOM Lifetime Achievement- Allan Bell CBE