From courier to computer sales to client lunch and catering, our 16th annual awards celebrate the best in Bermuda’s business world.
Office Furniture & Supplies: AF Smith
It’s where we go to buy our preschoolers their first pencil, our teenagers their first laptop, our partners a new printer and our new employees a desk chair. AF Smith literally has everything you need to kit out your office—be it a huge corporate one or a small nook in your home. And our judges determined they were the best for their extensive range of products, excellent customer service and their ability to handle any job, big or small.
7 Tumkins Lane, Hamilton • 292-1882 • www.afsmith.bm
Off-site Meeting Facility: Suite Solutions
Work from home but need to meet a high-end client? Need a space big enough for an AGM and your tiny office just won’t do? Need extra space for a large training session? We have a “suite” solution for you! Forgive the bad pun, but our judges insist the versatile meeting facility in Mill Creek is the best place to accommodate an array of business needs. The turn-key offices are open 24/7 and come with high speed Wi-Fi, state-of-the-art telephone systems, personal administrators, printing and mail services and a Suite Café with all the coffee you can drink.
New Venture House, 3rd Floor, 3 Mill Creek Road, Pembroke • 298-0199 • www.suitesolutions.bm
Computer Sales: RedLaser
Whether you want to admit it or not, computers are an essential part of our very existence now and when you need a new one, you need it yesterday. When it comes to computer sales, the price, knowledgeable sales staff, extensive range of product offerings and free, same day islandwide delivery at RedLaser simply can’t be beat. They were a hands-down, unanimous winner once again this year in a category that they consistently dominate.
12 Bakery Lane, Pembroke • 296-6400 • www.redlaser.bm
IT Support: Fireminds
Computers are one of those things that everyone uses but no one knows exactly how they work—especially when they stop working altogether. To save your sanity, and that major project you’ve been working on, our judges recommend the IT experts at Fireminds. The international technology consulting firm boasts fully managed IT services for 24/7 protection against viruses, data backup solutions, software configurations and installations and lots of other computer-based stuff we are all clueless about.
2nd Floor, Innovation House, 46 Reid Street, Hamilton • 295-0000 • www.fireminds.com
Honourable Mention: Sam Roberts
Our judges also wanted to give a special honourable mention to Apple certified MAC technician and freelance IT consultant Sam Roberts for his excellent customer service.
704-3901 • www.samroberts.tech
HR Services: Expertise
Their name describes the company perfectly, and when you need HR services, naturally you seek out the experts in the field—the highly qualified team at Expertise. From executive searches to payroll outsourcing, immigration services to financial consulting, there isn’t a human resource service they don’t provide.
Mintflower Place, 2nd Floor, 8 Par La Ville Road, Hamilton • 296-0336 • www.expertise.bm
Travel Agency: Travel Edge
Yes, we are well aware that 99 percent of travellers these days book their flights on any number of online travel sites. But what if you have to move 20 colleagues to a conference in Texas and arrange flights, hotel and transport for them all? For complicated matters of corporate travel, our judges recommend the experienced team at Travel Edge to organise every detail so all you have to do is remember your passport. And a toothbrush, of course.
35 Church Street, Hamilton • 292-3033 • www.traveledge.bm
Legal Services: Carey Olsen
When the stakes are high, only the most exceptional legal services will do and for that our judges choose Carey Olsen. With corporate services ranging from intellectual property to regulation and compliance, competition law and corporate restructuring, the internationally diverse firm—they have nine international offices with 50 partners and 200 lawyers—can handle any legal challenge your business will face.
2nd Floor, Atlantic House, 11 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton • 542-4500 • www.careyolsen.com
Accounting Service: ABS Limited
Balancing the books is best left to the pros, and the best in the business is ABS Limited. Lead by chartered accountant Trevor Boyce—who received high praise in our judging process—ABS has several experts on the team who are proficient in all bookkeeping and accounting services for small- to medium-sized businesses. With happy clients like Gorham’s, Swizzle Inn and A.S. Cooper, they have a proven record of success—and now another award to show for it!
A.S. Cooper Building, 4th Floor, 26 Reid Street, Hamilton • 292-1918 •
Office Cleaning Service: Pro-Tone
Trusted to clean both the National Museum of Bermuda, with its priceless paintings and rare artifacts, and the Reefs Hotel where efficiency and perfectionism is required, Pro-Tone continues to be one of Bermuda’s leading commercial cleaning companies. Of course, with a 35-strong member staff, they also do residential, construction cleanup, windows and carpet cleaning and more. We especially love their commitment to creating a healthy office environment by cleaning and disinfecting with only high-quality, eco-friendly products.
34 Dundonald Street, Hamilton • 292-1456 • www.pro-tone.bm
With Bermuda being an isolated island housing major international businesses, quality courier services are essential. For their excellent customer service, speedy delivery/pick up and overall reliability, our judges chose DHL as this year’s best courier. With DHL Express Service Points at Ferry Reach, St. George’s, and on Burnaby Street in the City of Hamilton, they can get your package to anywhere and sent from anywhere in the world.
16 Old Ferry Road, St. George’s and 14 Burnaby St, Hamilton • 294-4848 • www.dhl.com
Interior Designer/Decorator: OBMI
OBMI is an international architectural/interior design firm with offices in Florida, Antiqua, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Saudi Arabia and Spain. Locally, the office boasts a strong team of talented designers that regularly construct award-winning projects for some of the most impressive residential and commercial properties on island. They are the go-to company for incomparable quality interior design, say our judges.
Woodbourne Hall, 1 Gorham Rd, Hamilton • 278 3550 • www.obmi.com
Commercial Real Estate: Coldwell Banker
Whether you are a start-up in need of your first office space or an expanding company in need of a much bigger one, our judges recommend Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty as the go-to for all your commercial real estate needs. Their large staff of seasoned professionals make the transition smooth for all parties so you can get on with the business at hand.
Atlantic House, 11 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton • 292-1793 • www.bermudarealty.com
Residential Real Estate: Rego Sotheby’s International Realty
When the new CEO needs a spectacular home to entertain in, or twenty temporary workers need accommodation for a three-month project, the most reliable real estate team is at Rego Sotheby’s International Realty, say our panel. With a special mention for rising star Ben Rego, the team there are consistently good at fulfilling all manner of corporate real estate needs.
83-85 Front Street, Hamilton • 292-3921 • www.regosothebysrealty.com
Hotel/Guest House for Business Traveller: Rosedon
Built in 1906 and recently renovated, Rosedon hotel is the perfect blend of historical charm and modern convenience that a business traveller needs to make their visit both memorable and successful. Within walking distance to Front Street and with bicycles and Twizys available, getting to meetings and business dinners is a breeze—even though you’re more likely wanting to lounge by the heated pool or relax in the tropical gardens sipping a rum swizzle.
61 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke • 295-1640 • www.rosedon.com
Advertising/Marketing Agency: Strata-G
Headed up by managing and creative director Anna Laura Hocking, Strata-G is a progressive and talented design agency with an impressive list of clients in various local industries from food to retail, health and financial services, tourism and charities. Our judges say they are the best local agency for all your marketing and advertising needs due to their extensive list of services which include website and print design, signage and social media, public relations, content marketing, brand development and more.
1st Floor, Innovation House, 46 Reid Street, Hamilton • 333 2341 • www.strata-g.bm
Web Designer: Cosmic
Consistently creating award-worthy work seems to be what the team at Cosmic does best. Aside from their plethora of web designer awards from The Bermudian magazine over the years (this year makes 10!), they are also receiving major international recognition for their work—including a 2017 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement for “Best Architecture Website” that they won for the new BotelhoWood Architect website. Considering a website is the modern version of a business’s shop window, quality is key to keep the customers coming in.
13 Tumkins Lane, Second Floor, Pembroke • 292-8275 • www.cosmic.bm
Graphic Designer: SJD World
Another one racking up the awards is creative design studio SJD World, owned by graphic designer Stephan Johnstone, who along with teammate Anna Terceira has been steadily creating great work for clients such as Grotto Bay, Island Tour Centre, Endeavour Community Sailing, the City Food Festival and the new Nicknames book by Ras Mykkal. The team were also responsible for the highly praised Graphic Design Showcase held at the Bermuda Society of the Arts which opened on July 27th.
15 Front Street, 2nd Floor, Hamilton • 295-7539 • www.sjdworld.com
Printing Company: Bermuda Press
From business cards to annual reports, when it comes to quality products, exceptional customer service and a quick turnaround, our judges voted Bermuda Press as the best in the business. We also love their eco-friendly print options like recycled paper, soy- and vegetable-oil-based inks, alternative size printing and digital proofing that prevent waste and reduce the impact on the environment in comparison to standard printing.
13 Addendum Lane, Pembroke • 292-6100 • www.bermudapress.bm
Sign/Banner Maker: Bermuda Blueprinting
With their specialist printers, Bermuda Blueprinting can print almost anything on almost anything—from simple foam core mounted temporary signs, to vinyl banners, tents, floor graphics, sandwich boards and permanent displays. Most impressive, however, is their large format printing and installation of signage such as the giant Flora Duffy mounted poster on the side of Seon Place for the WTS Bermuda triathlon series earlier this year.
20 Bakery Lane, Pembroke • 292-2078 • www.bdablue.com
Morning Cup of Joe: Devil’s Isle
How do we feel without coffee? Depresso. Whether you grab and go with a cup from your favourite Buzz location or mingle over a freshly brewed cup at the Burnaby Street restaurant, the coffee (a.k.a. survival juice) from Devil’s Isle is sure to get your day started off right. They use only organic, fair trade and 100 percent Arabica beans that are hand roasted and blended locally to ensure quality and freshness.
19 Burnaby Street, Hamilton • 292-3284 • www.devilsislecoffee.bm
Breakfast Meeting: Devil’s Isle
As well as their amazing coffee, Devil’s Isle is known for their scrumptious breakfasts, and with a great atmosphere both inside and al fresco, it makes for a perfect spot for a breeze breakfast meeting. The menu features classics like omelets, pancakes and French toast along with signature dishes like huevos rancheros, steak and eggs, chilaquiles and a breakfast quiche. Great for a group, the menu has a variety of dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and vegetarian options so everyone can enjoy their meal, and hopefully the meeting, too.
19 Burnaby Street, Hamilton • 292-3284 • www.devilsislecoffee.bm
Client Lunch: Barracuda Grill
Our judges all agreed that the intimate atmosphere, exemplary service and spectacular menu all combine to make Barracuda Grill the best restaurant to host a client lunch. Delight them with local favourites like fish chowder and wahoo tacos or impress them with unique offerings like Korean fried calamari and wagyu beef sliders. And with multi-award-winning bartender Ryan Gibbons crafting up creative cocktails in the bar, we can at least guarantee a memorable lunch experience for your clients. Getting the deal signed? Well, that’s up to you!
5 Burnaby Hill, Hamilton • 292-1609 • www.barracuda-grill.com
Take-out Lunch: Casablanca
Traditional Middle Eastern delights—shawarmas and shish kabobs and kormas, oh my!—meets western favourites like fried fish, BBQ chicken and mac n’ cheese at Bermuda’s best new take-out restaurant, Casablanca. It’s the perfect place when you need something quick and easy but don’t want to compromise on quality or flavour. We guarantee your coworkers eating their soggy sandwiches will be jealous.
18 Washington Lane, Hamilton • 295-9999 • www.casablanca.bm
Best Lunchtime Workout Facility or Class: Studio One
From boot camps to spinning, martial arts-based cardio classes and more, the multitude of high intensity lunchtime fitness classes at Studio One are sure to get your fitness into high gear in no time. They boast over 7,000 square feet of studio space, 30 spin bikes, all the weight machines and free weights you could ever need and Bermuda’s only Cardio Cinema. They also have alternative classes like trampoline and pole fitness along with fun dance-based classes, too, like Zumba and hip hop.
Cumberland House, 1 Victoria Street, Hamilton • 296-5553 • www.studioone.bm
Catering: Fourways Catering
Whether you need food for an important business meeting or catering for an entire conference weekend, when there is no room for error contact Fourways Catering said our judges. Consistency, quality and perfectionism sum up the experience of working with the highly experienced team who ensure your event is the most deliciously memorable one ever.
1 Middle Road, Paget • 236-6517 • www.catering.bm
Place for a Corporate Happy Hour: Marina Nights
Even before the spectacular renovations, the Marina Nights at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has always been the mecca for weary businessmen and women on Friday evenings. There is just something that happens when you loosen your tie and sip a gorgeous cocktail while mingling with a mix of friends and coworkers overlooking Hamilton Harbour as the sun sets that just makes the start of the weekend that much better.
76 Pitts Bay Road, Hamilton • 295-3000 • www.thehamiltonprincess.com
Business Dinner: Waterlot Inn
Considering our size, Bermuda has an impressive number of award-worthy restaurants so this was not an easy category for our judges. However, one stood above the rest: Waterlot Inn at Fairmont Southampton. It has history (it was built in 1670), charm (Mark Twain and Eleanor Roosevelt dined there) and a plethora of awards (including several Best of Bermuda, AAA Four Diamond and Wine Spectator awards) proving how it is the best of the best for fine dining in Bermuda.
Middle Road, Southampton • 238-8000 • www.waterlotinn.com
(James Birch abstained from voting in this category.)
Floral Designer: Flowers by GiMi
Historians can trace the origins of floral arrangement back to 2,500 BCE Egypt where flowers were used to decorate homes as well as in religious ceremonies, processions and burials. Not much has changed, and we still today use floral arrangements to enhance our environments—whether it be for the front desk at the office or on the tables at a major company dinner party. And for the freshest and most inventive arrangements, our judges recommend the talented designers at Flowers by GiMi.
37 Front Street, HSBC Harbourview Centre, Hamilton • 297-4464 • www.flowersbygimi.com
Event Planning: Dasfete
From intimate private dinners to huge corporate events, the dynamic duo of Selange Gitshner and Matthew Strong of Dasfete have been making a name for themselves in the corporate event planning business since 2015. Dedicated to sourcing locally and producing sustainable events, Dasfete has an incredible eye for detail and the simple yet sophisticated way they incorporate local flora is remarkable. They are sure to make your next event a huge success.
400-5048 • www.dasfete.com
Party Venue: The Loren
Located in Tucker’s Town, The Loren is everything you expect it to be—first class, exquisite dining, exceptional service and a view of the south shore like none other. For an event venue, the hotel is the best on the block with seven different spaces indoors and outdoors for any size event. There is an intimate boardroom, a private rooftop dining area, the Pink Beach Club for al fresco dining, the sophisticated Marée restaurant for exquisite fine dining, the Bar Marée for a casual lounge vibe, the pool deck for a laid-back cocktail hour and the Disk—a circular event space overlooking the ocean that can accommodate up to 200 guests. With so many spectacular venues in one, it’s no wonder it was an easy choice for our judges this year.
116 South Road, Tucker’s Town, Smith’s • 293-1666 • www.thelorenhotel.com
Recreational Activity to Entertain Clients: ZARA
When you want to show your clients the absolute best Bermuda has to offer, sail away from land and show them our island’s true beauty aboard ZARA. The 77-foot luxury catamaran is perfect for both a sunset sail and private dining experience and a fun day at sea complete with swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding for up to a maximum of 75 guests.
Bermuda Yachts, 85 Harbour Road, Warwick • www.bermuda-yachts.com
Corporate Staff Outing: Escape Room Bermuda
We promise being locked in a room with a bunch of your coworkers can be fun! At Escape Room Bermuda you have sixty minutes to work together and figure out how to escape a prison cell, avoid the Mind Control Police, find a cure for a global pandemic, recover missing gold, save the planet or infiltrate an official’s office and obtain the missing data without getting discovered. Great for team building during and office bragging rights after, up to 32 people can play simultaneously—so get the whole team together and have some fun.
9 Washington Lane, Hamilton • 293-EXIT • www.escaperoombermuda.com
Government Service: TCD
Long gone are the days when you had to take an entire day off just to relicense your car. Today’s TCD is a far different experience with an efficient walk-in system and an even easier online one.
11 North Street, Hamilton • 292-1271 • www.etcd.gov.bm
Storage Facility: EZ Self Storage
They boast everything you could want in a storage facility: secure, climate-controlled units, easy drive-up access, a well-lit facility and friendly staff. Located on Harvey Road, EZ Self Storage is our choice for best storage facility for all that and more. With month to month rentals and a range of different sized units, it’s ideal for storing everything from excess files and documents to office furniture during renovations.
8a Harvey Road, Paget • 236-7353 • www.bezss.bm
Entrepreneur: Charmaine Russell
Little in this world is more powerful than a mother protecting her children. And when Charmaine Russell’s 3-year-old son was suffering with extremely dry cracked skin, she turned away from harsh, toxic chemicals and created her own recipe for an all-natural healing cream that worked like magic! Soon she was sharing it with her clients at her hair salon (she’s a stylist and owner of CN Hairloft, based in Somerset) and developing more natural products for hair and skin. And just like that Surishae+Co was born!
19 Somerset Road, Sandys • 232-1810 • www. surishae.co
Green Company or Initiative: BE Solar
KEMH, National Museum of Bermuda, Rubis, Master’s Limited and Washington Properties are just a few of the local businesses that have already reaped the rewards of going solar with BE Solar. By reducing operating costs and their reliance on fossil fuels, these companies have both improved their bottom lines and done their part to help the environment—a win-win in our books! Completely customisable and built to withstand Bermuda’s environmental conditions, the solar panels come with an impressive 30-year warranty guaranteeing your investment will be well worth it in the long run.
48 St. John’s Road, Pembroke • 279-5907 • www.besolar.bm
Honourable Mention: Marooned Ocean Foundation
Our judges wanted to give a special shout out to Conor Outerbridge and Adam Johnson, co-founders of the Marooned Ocean Foundation charity who aim to raise awareness for ocean conservation, promote clean-ups and increase education in Bermuda schools.
517-9654 • www.maroonedocean.com
Company Community/Charity Project: Relay for Life
On a mission to raise awareness and funds to support cancer prevention, detection and access to treatment, Relay for Life Bermuda has just celebrated its fifth anniversary event and once again smashed their $500,000 fund-raising goal. With teams participating in a 24-hour, relay-style walk around the track at National Stadium, participants and spectators join to remember loved ones who suffered with cancer, celebrate survivors and caregivers, camp together overnight and enjoy fun activities and attend moving ceremonies. Don’t miss it next year!
236-1001 • www.bermudarelay.com
Clever Customer Incentive Programme: RUBiS Fuel Your Lifestyle
This summer, every $40 you spent on gas with Rubis earned you an entry into their weekly draw with numerous chances to win fuel gift cards, groceries, BELCO vouchers or mobile phone credits. Grand prizes included a two-night stay at Fairmont Southampton, $2,000 airline voucher, $3,000 Gorham’s shopping spree and $4,000 in RUBiS fuel. All in all, a great incentive to swipe your tag at RUBiS!
2 Ferry Road, St. George’s • www.rubis-bermuda.com
Company Christmas Party Venue (Small): Tempest Bistro
For an intimate party space with great ambiance, our judges recommend Tempest Bistro in the heart of the old town of St. George’s. Sure it is a bit out of the way, but the vintage vibe and delectable, French bistro-style cuisine will make for a memorable night. And being a sister restaurant to the uber-popular Mad Hatters restaurant in town, you are guaranteed a good time will be had by all!
22 Water Street, St. George’s • 297-0861
(Ross Webber abstained from voting in this category.)
Company Christmas Party Venue (Large): Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
With a seating capacity of up to 500 in their stunning Harbourview Ballroom, Hamilton Princess & Beach Club has enough space for a spectacularly grand holiday party. Or if you are a small business, you can book a table or two at their hugely popular Annual Snowball Party where you join with others to enjoy a festive night of cocktails, buffet dinner and live entertainment. We also love their special room rates so you can get as festive as you like and take the elevator home.
76 Pitts Bay Road, Pembroke • 295-3000 • www.fairmont.com/hamilton-bermuda
(James Birch abstained from voting in this category.)
PR Firm: The Media Maven
Having a great business that no one knows about is like having a boat with no engine. Sure you may be able to stay afloat, and even row around a bit, but it will take forever to get anywhere. When you have a new business or product to promote or a great website desperately in need of content, our judges suggest entrusting the PR firm The Media Maven to tell your story in an authentic way. With former journalists Nadia Laws and Robyn Bardgett at the helm, The Media Maven has the right mix of writing talent and local connections to help you set your sails for success.
Honourable Mention: Coy Millett
Former PLP press officer and marketing consultant for East End Group, Coy Millett is a PR professional on the rise with the Bermuda Business Development Agency in the communications and marketing team. “He is one to watch for,” said our judges.
(Ross Webber abstained from voting in this category.)
Vicki Abraham, Communications specialist/consultant
James Birch, Marketing and communications manager, Fairmont Southampton
Korrin Lightbourne, Marketing and community outreach coordinator, Bermuda Chamber of Commerce
Ross Webber, Consultant and former CEO, Bermuda Business Development Agency
Nicole Williams Smith, Marketing, communications & PR consultant and doctoral candidate