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Shortlist announced as voting opens for Jersey Style Awards

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THE 65 local businesses, individuals and places shortlisted in this year’s Jersey Style Awards have been announced, and they include a butterfly exhibit, a charity that employs people with learning difficulties and a singer who made it through to the semi-finals of a national television talent show.

The Jersey Style Awards 2017: Dame Shirley Bassey

The third annual Jersey Style Awards is due to be held on 11 July at the Royal Jersey Showground.

It aims to celebrate the people, places and businesses that shape Jersey’s character, personality and individuality.

Those from across tourism, culture, arts, retail and style have been shortlisted across 12 categories, having been chosen by a panel of judges that included celebrity photographer Andy Gotts, fashion journalist Hilary Alexander, Maurice Mullen, head of luxury for the Evening Standard and ES Magazine, and Jill Wanless, editor of Hello Fashion Monthly.

The winners will now be chosen by the public, who have until 7 June to cast their votes.

This year the organisers – husband and wife Sascha and Tessa Hartmann – are also working with the Bailiff’s Chambers to select a Philanthropist of the Year.

The Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache, will lead a committee who will choose a recipient who has made an invaluable contribution to the Island through their charitable endeavours.

A category for Corporate Philanthropy was also introduced this year and proved to be one of the most popular for nominations.

It aims to recognise a local company whose charitable work has made a lasting impression in the local community in the last 12 months.

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The organisers worked with the Jersey Chamber of Commerce to determine the shortlist, which comprises LibertyBus, Le Masurier, Grant Thornton, Close Finance CI, Channel Islands Co-op and Ashburton Investments.

Chamber chief executive Murray Norton said: ‘There are so many incredible companies who pride themselves on their corporate social responsibility ethos and this impressive shortlist highlights just that.

‘This isn’t just a whim; these are high-profile brands who have integrated corporate social responsibility into their culture at every level in their organisation and, at the same time, have made an incredible difference to the local community with a variety of game-changing projects. They are the very epitome of what great businesses do for the benefit of their community and it is now up to that community to vote for their winner.’

Previous events have featured red carpet appearances by famous faces and live performances from Professor Green and Alesha Dixon. In 2017 Dame Shirley Bassey was honoured at the event and gave an impromptu performance of Diamonds are Forever while collecting her award.

The event is supported by Bentley Motors partnering with Jacksons, Textron Aviation partnering with Ortac, MMG, a global leader in secure SMS messaging, and DiCasa, property developer for luxury turn-key homes and lifestyle concierge management in Jersey.

For more information and to vote visit jerseystyleawards.com.

Lucy Stephenson

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