The Bermudian magazine is always proud to celebrate local businesses that go the extra mile to deliver quality products and services to their local clientele. In this our 13th year our judges heaped praise on 46 local companies, including long-serving businesses like A.F. Smith and Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty alongside newcomers like Mediaville and Bermuda EZ Self Storage. Other winners include some unsung heroes like Omari Dill who seeks to educate the community about sustainable agriculture and the pilot boat crew who rescue sailors in trouble and guide ships safely through our delicate channels.
The Bermudian is extremely grateful to our judges who gave their significant time, energy and expertise to research and poll in each of these 44 categories before coming together to decide the winners. Without their dedication these awards would not be possible:



Allison Tucker, Conference Services & Catering Manager, Fairmont Southampton
Geoffrey Faiella, Legal Counsel, Clarien Bank Limited
Danielle Ford, Trust Administrator, Lombard Odier (Bermuda) Limited
Mandy Shailer, GIS Mapping Analyst, Department of Conservation Services
Duncan Frith, Assistant Underwriter, Oil Casualty Insurance, Ltd.

We are proud to acknowledge the following businesses and business people and we hope you support them in equal measure.



Office Supplies
From paperclips to printer ink, the best office supplies can be found either in-store or online at TOPS Ltd. With convenient catalogue and online ordering as well as their speedy islandwide delivery, the service and selection cannot be beat, said our judges (who admit to having them on speed dial). They also carry a wide selection of green products to help you feel good about your purchases while keeping your office as environmentally friendly as possible.  • 16 Mill Creek Road, Pembroke. Tel: 292-5500, e-mail: info@,


Office Furniture
A.F. Smith
Did you know that A.F. Smith offers much more than just one of the best selections of office furniture? They also offer workplace assessment, ongoing furniture and equipment asset management, and even rental and leasing options. They can assess your space, design an efficient workflow, deliver and install the latest sustainable furniture systems to get your new (or newly renovated) office up and running in no time. • 7 Tumkins Lane, Hamilton. Tel: 292.1882, e-mail:,


Large Off-site Meeting Facility
With its perfect location just outside of town, spacious lobby area, a 148-seat high-tech Tradwinds Theatre, beautiful meeting rooms and catering from Harbourfront Restaurant, our judges chose the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute as the best large off-site meeting facility. Perfect for team training, lectures or important multimedia presentations, Tradewinds now has newly installed HD and surround sound capabilities along with high-speed internet access and conveniently attached writing tables to make your next presentation both productive and spectacularly impressive.  • 40 Crow Lane
Pembroke. Tel: 292-7219, e-mail:,


Small Off-site Meeting Facility
Suite Solutions
Our judges hailed it as an “amazing space that has everything you need for meetings” and called it both “funky and modern” and “cool and trendy.” Ideal for boutique companies, freelancers, budding entrepreneurs and small local businesses needing space for training or large board meetings, Suite Solutions offers turn-key shared office spaces and executive office suites complete with state-of-the-art equipment, full internet access and even a suite cafe. The leased spaces are available via secure access 24/7 and even come with a dedicated business phone number and receptionist services. So even when your business is at home, at least your meetings don’t have to be. • New Venture House, 3rd Floor, 3 Mill Creek Road, Pembroke. Tel: 298-0199,


Computer Sales
Red Laser
Conveniently located on Bakery Lane, with an even more convenient delivery service and some of the nicest staff in the business, Red Laser once again proves to be the best for computer sales. Our judges called it the “one stop shop” for all your computer (Apple and PC!), printer, equipment and supply needs. Whether you are looking for a new laptop, external hard drive or even an Intel motherboard, they fulfill the needs of everyone from students to computer technicians—at some of the best prices on the island. • 12 Bakery Lane, Pembroke. Tel: 296-6400,


IT Support
Fireminds Ltd.
Most of us can restart a crashed computer and update our software—and some of us can even figure out how to create a basic website all on our own. However, when our business calls for more sophisticated IT services like mobile apps, software and website development, our judges recommend calling the experienced and talented team at Fireminds Ltd. “Michael Branco and his IT support team are very responsive, well-trained and knowledgeable,” stated one of the judges. Their technology services also include acting as a virtual chief technology officer, on- and off-site IT support, and server and firewall administration. • Sofia House, 3rd Floor, 48 Church Street, Hamilton. Tel: 295-0000,


Employment Agency
Bermuda Executive Services
With an ever-growing number of people either under or unemployed in this struggling economy, employment agencies are more important now than ever. And with any number of smaller businesses struggling to stay afloat, choosing the right or wrong employees can either make or break the business. Even big organisations understand that hiring the perfect person for the job is paramount to their success. So who do our judges recommend these job seekers turn to? Bermuda Executive Services get their vote for being the best corporate match-makers on the island. • 77 Front Street, Hamilton. Tel: 296-5627, e-mail:,


Travel Agency
Worldview Travel
It is true that most people book their basic travel plans online these days but when a company needs to get 20 staff members to a conference in southern California with hotel and transport included, our judges say to visit or call Worldview Travel first. “The staff know what they are doing and get it done quickly,” stated one judge. So forget spending all day searching travel sites and let the experts—namely corporate travel executives Pat Trott and Eileen Boys—handle the details so you can get back to work. • 35 Church Street, Hamilton. Tel: 292-3033, e-mail:,


Legal Services
MJM Ltd.
Our judges praised the legal team at MJM Ltd. for being “knowledgeable,” “attentive” and “not so big that you
get forgotten.” The broad-ranging practice handles civil and commercial litigation, banking and finance, as well as general corporate administration, trust, insolvency and restructuring needs. The judges also noted their human rights and charitable works as well as simply “always returning phone calls.” • Thistle House, 4 Burnaby Street, Hamilton. Tel: 292-1345,


Financial Services
With industry-focused audit, tax and advisory services offered to a broad cross section of local and international companies, the 180-plus financial professionals at KPMG are the best at helping those businesses navigate the often complex financial landscape they must comply with. In addition, the company has a dedicated committee for social responsibility to oversee their support of several local charities and partnerships with educational and youth development programmes. Who doesn’t love socially responsible financial geniuses? We certainly do! • Crown House
4 Par-la-Ville Road,
Hamilton. Tel: 295-5063, e-mail:,


Whether you are exporting signed and certified documents or importing the specialist equipment your business needs, our judges recommend you use the tried and trusted team at FedEx. From “getting stuff there on time” to “working well with customs” our team had nothing but praise for their team who recently won the first prize in The Bottom Line’s Top Ten Employers Award. • 3 Mill Creek Rd, Pembroke and FedEx Express, Capcar Building, 5 Burnaby Street, Hamilton. Tel: 295-3854,



BotelhoWood Architects
Founded in 2004 by partners Germano Botelho and Ted Wood, BotelhoWood Architects has been consistently designing some of the most impressive corporate buildings in Bermuda—including our Building Design Award winning Waterloo House and the impressive new renovations to Hamilton Princess and Beach Club. With world-class architectural designs, impressive eco-friendly integrations and mastery of state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical systems, the team at BotelhoWood have set themselves apart year after year. We can’t wait to see their next big project! • 8 South Shore Road, Smiths. Tel: 232-6563,


Interior Designer
Darcy Robertson
“Client focused, professional and personable” is how our judges described interior designer Darcy Robertson of Commercial Interiors Group. With a client list including Appleby, Aspen, Endurance, Butterfield Bank and Salon Pink, Robertson has designed some of Bermuda’s best corporate offices—and he has an impressive list of The Bermudian magazine’s Interior Design Awards to prove it.  • One Lane Hill, Pembroke. Tel: 296-5884, e-mail:,


Commercial Real Estate
Rego Sotheby’s International Realty
With over 60 years in business, Rego Sotheby’s International Realty has built an experienced team of agents who are well versed in providing the best customer service to their corporate clients. From marketing leased office space in the heart of the city to managing industrial warehouse space on the outskirts, finding the perfect accommodation for the newly arrived executive to sourcing the perfect location for a new startup, clients can trust the agents at Rego to treat each job with the utmost care and consideration. • Cavendish House, 2 Cavendish Road, Hamilton. Tel: 292-3921, e-mail:,


Residential Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty
Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty boasts over 50 real estate experts on staff, cutting-edge technology and the largest property inventory available. When it comes to residential real estate, our judges declared they are the best at providing world-class sales and rentals, property management, relocation services, vacation property management and more. If you are in the market to rent, sell or buy, our judges say Coldwell Banker should be your first stop. • Atlantic House, 11 Par-la-Ville Road, Hamilton. Tel: 292-1793,



Hotel/Guest House for the Business Traveller
Built in 1906 as a glorious private residence, Rosedon still feels like home today for weary business travellers. The intimate boutique hotel is just a few steps from Hamilton—making it convenient for those who need to commute into town every day but far enough away for it to still feel like a vacation. With long-serving Bermudian staff, full-course breakfasts served either in your individually decorated room or at the side of the heated outdoor pool, traditional afternoon tea and even a swizzle party every Tuesday, the list of things we love about Rosedon goes on and on! • 61 Pitt’s Bay Road, Pembroke. Tel: 295-1640,


Advertising/Marketing Agency
Described as “up-and-coming” by our judges, Mediaville is a relatively new multimedia marketing company that specialises in web design, marketing, e-commerce, mobile applications, graphics, animation and more. With a diverse range of clients including Trott & Duncan, Davidrose, Family Centre, The Island Shop, Pearman Funeral Home and North Village Community Club—just to name a few—CEO and founder Melvin Dickinson and the team at Mediaville look poised to bring all manner of local businesses (finally) into the digital age. • E-mail:,



Web Designer
Modern, creative, professional and easy to work with are just a few of the ways to describe advertising agency Cosmic—who our judges decided were once again the best web designers in the business. (They also clinched this title in 2013.) Satisfied clients include such local heavy-hitters as ILS Bermuda, Hamilton Insurance Group, Renaissance Re, Bermuda Aviation Services and Oil Casualty Insurance Ltd, just to name a few. And the team can easily handle all aspects of web design—from domain name registration to e-commerce solutions, content development and even database installation—so that all you have to worry about is sharing your content with the world and raking in the rewards. • 13 Tumkins Lane, Pembroke. Tel: 292-8275, e-mail:,


Graphic Designer
SJD World
Big things just keep coming from talented graphic designer Stephan Johnstone and his team at SJD World. Following a win in this category last year, the designer opened up his own agency in town in 2015 with a prime office space in the Somers building on Front Street. From logos and letterheads to posters and website design,
both Johnstone and graphic designer Anna Terceira consistently demonstrate their impressive creative talents as they continue to “take over the world, one pixel at a time.” • 15 Front Street, 2nd Floor, Hamilton. Tel: 295-7539, e-mail:,


Printing Company
Bermuda Blueprinting
“Fast and efficient” is how our judges described Bermuda Blueprinting—their choice for best printing company this year. From general flyers to display units, promotional products and architectural services, the team at Bermuda Blueprinting consistently gets the job done. And with a range of printing materials including vinyl, PVC, cut acrylic, metal and of course, paper, they can accommodate almost any request. • 20 Bakery Lane, Pembroke. Tel: 292-2078, e-mail:,

Special mention: Triangle Press Ltd.

Our judges wanted to give a special mention to Glen Astwood at Triangle Press who is known for his excellent customer service and remarkable ability to get stuff printed yesterday.


Sign/Banner Maker
Signworx Limited
No job ever seems too big or too small for the talented team at Signworx. With over 15 years of producing high quality graphics behind them (along with several awards attesting to that), they are known as the expert place to get your custom banners, vehicle graphics or dimensional signage designed, printed and installed. • 22 St. John’s Road, Pembroke. Tel: 296-2375,,



Mornin’ Cup of Joe
Devil’s Isle Coffee Company
Good news for all you bleary-eyed, just-had-to-watch-one-more-episode-on-Netflix-last-night caffeine junkies out there. Thanks to the Devil’s Isle Coffee Company (and Buzz!) you can now finally get a delicious cup of locally-brewed coffee at a gas station on your way to work! Even the admitted “coffee snobs” amongst the judges agreed that the quality of the 100% Arabica brew is excellent and all were impressed that the organic and Fair Trade beans are hand-roasted, blended and packaged right here in Bermuda. •


Client Lunch
Bolero Brasserie
Described as “consistently good” by our judges, multiple award-winning restaurant Bolero Brasserie has been recognised this year for the best place to take your clients out to lunch. With ever-changing menus, delicious specials and spectacular customer service, repeat customers feel like family and clients always feel that you care enough for their business to treat them to the very best. • 95 Front Street, Hamilton. Tel: 292-4507,



Photograph by Meredith Andrews.

Take-out Lunch
Nonna’s Kitchen
In a rush but looking for something healthy and delicious when lunchtime rolls around? Whether you chose one of their hearty home-made soups and cornbread combos or chose to make your own salad loaded with locally sourced (where possible) toppings, you can bet your take-out will be both fast and fresh at Nonna’s Kitchen. And Nonna’s is safe for those with allergies… many items are gluten- and dairy-free. From lamb curry to BBQ chicken and beef stew, we recommend you check out their Facebook page to find out about their amazing daily specials. • 4 Bermudiana Road, Hamilton. Tel: 295-7687,


Corporate Gifts
Bermuda Gifts & Ideas Ltd.
Planning, organising and sourcing corporate gifts can be an ominous—and extremely time-consuming—task. To take the stress off, our judges highly recommend the talented team at Bermuda Gifts & Ideas. Known for their ability to work within any budget, they already have relationships with numerous local artisans and business owners to get you the items you desire and create a beautiful presentation sure to impress even the stodgiest of clients. From rum cakes to perfume, glassworks and cedar items, when you want uniquely Bermudian gifts now you know who to call first. • Tel: 534-4438 or 505-4438, e-mail:,



Floral Designer
Flowers by GiMi
Got a big presentation coming up or a special event with a guest list of VIPs and have no idea where to start for the décor? Our judges recommend a call or scheduled appointment at Flowers by GiMi. They commented that the staff is “very accessible and super easy to work with” and the selection is always “on point.” With floral designer extraordinaire Michelle Geary’s flair for exquisite and innovative arrangements, you can be sure everyone from the secretary to the CEO will be impressed. • HSBC Harbourview Centre, 37 Front Street, Hamilton. Tel: 297-4464,


Event Planning
Planning Factory Bermuda
If you were one of the hundreds that attended the impressive Bacardi Block Party celebrating their 50th anniversary this past June, then you would have appreciated all the behind-the-scenes work of the team at Planning Factory. With two stages for all the spectacular entertainment set up, a wall mural painted on-site by Chewstick members, food and craft vendors, a kids’ zone and more, the team created a flawless event that was well noted by our judges. From holiday parties to corporate dinners, meetings and more, PFB never fail to leave guests impressed. • 10 Queen Street, Hamilton. Tel: 236-0514, www.

Special Mention: The judges also chose to give a special mention to upcoming event planner Selange Gitschner.


Party Venue
Lido Complex
From cocktails under the stars on the Marina Terrace to a formal sit-down dinner in the Lido Restaurant and dancing ’til dawn (or nearly, anyway) at The Deep, the Lido Complex at Elbow Beach Hotel has everything you could ever want in a party venue. And with beautiful Elbow Beach right there perfect for a moonlight stroll to wind down the evening, you can be guaranteed your guests will have a night to remember. • Elbow Beach Hotel Sea Terrace, 60 South Shore Road, Paget. Tel: 236-9884, e-mail:,


Fourways Catering
No matter the occasion, the question most guests have after a memorable event is “who did the food?” More often than not, the answer is Fourways Catering. A member of the MEF Group of restaurants, Fourways Catering boasts a passionate team led by Andreas Detzer and a catering menu that includes everything from custom boxed lunches to carving stations, gourmet canapés and classic Bermuda dinners. They even do ice carvin
g, wedding cakes and spectacular garnishes to make your next event the one guests talk about for years afterwards. • 1 Middle Road, Paget. Tel: 236 6517, e-mail:,


Place for a Corporate Happy Hour
Port O Call
Our judges declare that the best place to loosen the tie after a long week of work is at Port O Call. With its middle-of-Front-Street location, great people-watching perch and some of the best bartenders on the island, they say you just can’t go wrong starting your weekend with a martini in hand while laughing with your co-workers over your boss’s latest shenanigans (just kidding, boss!). Can’t wait until Friday? Don’t worry, because Port O Call does happy hour in The Lounge from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. • 87 Front Street,
Hamilton. Tel: 295-5373, e-mail:,


Corporate Hospitality Event
World Rugby Classic
Feeling a bit of déjà vu reading this? You should because the Rugby Classic is a repeat winner of this category. And why, you may ask, are they so deserving of win after win? Well, because every year 25 corporate clients invite over 6,000 of their closest clients to the Hospitality Village to get a first-hand view of the exciting rugby action while dining on gourmet food and sipping on dark n’ stormies. What could be more hospitable than that? • Tel: 295-6574,


Corporate Transportation Company
CEO Transport
There aren’t many taxi operators you can call and request service to move 1,000 people from airport to hotel and back without stress. And only one has platinum luxury touring limousines. For both those reasons—as well as their personalised service and well-turned-out drivers who double as local ambassadors—our judges chose CEO Transport as the best corporate transportation company this year. • Tel: 234-4366, e-mail:,


Recreational Activity to Entertain Clients
Scavenger Hunts
Love watching the Amazing Race as much as we do? Well, the thrill of a well-planned scavenger hunt (think retrieving clues from the top of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse or from inside a cannon at Commissioners House) can be a fun and informative way to entertain your overseas clients the next time they are in Bermuda for a business meeting. Our judges chose to award the category to the concept of scavenger hunts in general but recommend checking out Bermuda Gifts & Ideas and Select Sites Group if you are looking for someone to plan one for you.



Photograph by Andrew Stevenson.

Corporate Staff Outing
Bermuda’s newest private charter boat is making waves (pun intended) already. Zara, a custom-made Bermuda 77 catamaran, has been designed and built by the Kempe family and is the largest and most luxurious sailing charter yacht currently available on the island. Your staff work hard all year; go ahead and treat them to a lunchtime sail or sunset cruise as thanks. We bet they will work even harder for you next year! • 85 Harbour Road, Warwick. Tel: 516-5999, e-mail:,


Government Service
Pilot Boat Crew
They get very little recognition but they are the ones who delicately and deftly navigate the channels as they pilot the enormous cruise ships into the wharf at Dockyard, guide the containerships carefully into the docks in Hamilton. and even risk their lives to help other boats in distress. The branch pilots and crew on the boats that respond to marine emergencies and pilot the ships in order to keep our reefs safe are unsung heroes in our books. Without them we’d have fewer tourists and no container loads of essential goods to keep the island going. • 19 Fort George Hill, St. George’s. Tel: 297-1010


Storage Facility
Bermuda EZ Self Storage
Whether you need a small 5-foot by 5-foot space to store some old files or a 10-foot by 20-foot space to hold all your furniture during a renovation, the new state-of-the-art storage facility on Harvey Road in Paget has the space you need. The secure, climate-controlled facility comes complete with useful loading dock, 24-hour access and even moving supplies. Perfect for everything you don’t need at the moment but just can’t throw away. • 8a Harvey Road, Paget. Tel: 236-7353, e-mail:,



Alex Jones
Our judges say Alex Jones “personifies entrepreneurship.” In February 2015, Jones founded a cell phone and electronics retailer ( and sold his products—including tablets, phones and more—out of a kiosk in the Washington Mall. In June, he decided to add a full-service repair shop to the business by buying out iRepair on Court Street. Cited for great value and excellent customer service, the entrepreneur is garnering rave reviews on both businesses. • Washington Mall, Hamilton. Tel: 333-2753, iRepair: Court Street, Hamilton. Tel: 297-6464,,


Green Company
Bermuda Engineering (BE Solar)
A pioneer in the alternative energy field, Bermuda Engineering (BE Solar) is a fourth-generation Bermudian company helping the island to become more eco-friendly one solar panel at a time. Also responsible for working with Auto Solutions to bring in the Mahindra Reva e2o electric car in 2014, the judges described the father and son team of Alan and Travis Burland as “innovative” and “leaders in their field.” Doing their part to help us reduce our environmental impact while simultaneously saving us thousands in the process, makes them winners in our book any day. • 48 St. John’s Rd., Pembroke. Tel: 279-5907, e-mail:,


Green Initiative
Omari Dill
Agronomy is engineering for agriculture, and Bermuda’s own agronomist Omari Dill is on a mission to educate Bermudians about the importance of sustainable agriculture via his two businesses—Unity Maintenance and Utopia. Dill specialises in edible landscapes and consults with organisations such as Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation to integrate agriculture into their curriculum and Windreach where he does horticultural therapy. With Greenrock, Dill helped to set up their Healthy Harvest programme and currently works along with them on the Eco-School Project. • Unity Maintenance: 31 Aubrey Rd., Hamilton. Tel: 334-7532


Company Community/Charity Project
Argus Walk the Walk with The Centre on Philanthropy 5K
Our judges chose to award the Argus Walk the Walk annual 5K as the best charity project this year because of how many charities actually benefit from the popular event. In 2015, almost $35,000 was raised for 125 local charities. All benefit as par
ticipants get to choose the charities they want their fundraising dollars to support, while charities get the opportunity to expand their network of supporters while raising awareness of their cause. A win-win for all! • Tel: 236-7706,


Best Company to Work For
Bermuda Forwarders
A family-owned-and-run company, Bermuda Forwarders is known to treat their employees more like beloved relatives than mere staff members. “The Kempe family knows their employees,” said one judge. “And they do all they can to prevent layoffs and maintain benefits for their staff through these tough economic times.” Any company that puts their people before their profits gets an A+ in our books. • 2 Mill Creek Lane, Hamilton. Tel: 292-4600, e-mail:,


Clever Customer Incentive Programme
Rubis Fuel for Life
Fueling up is a necessity, not a luxury, so anytime a gas station can get us excited by filling up the tank you know their programme is a success. Rubis’s Fuel for Life promotion that ran from mid-June to mid-August 2015 offered an entry into a draw each time a customer spent $45 or more at any of their stations for the chance to win a grand prize of “Fuel for Life” valued at $112,500! There were also weekly prize winners who enjoyed free fuel for one, two or three months. We certainly hope they do this one again! •


Company Christmas Party Venue
Fairmont Southampton
With 18 different venues to choose from on-site—including the dramatic Poinciana Ballroom and the beautiful Windows on the Sound—companies big or small can find the perfect setting for their annual Christmas party at Fairmont Southampton. And the best part? The hotel offers great local rates so forget driving and take the elevator home! • 101 South Shore Road, Southampton. Tel: 238-8000,


PR Firm
Deep Blue Communications
From “grand opening” announcements to devastating layoffs and everything in between, when you need to control the message your company is sending, our judges recommend you turn to one of the most experienced media professionals in the business—Jeremy Deacon of Deep Blue Communications. The former deputy and acting editor of the Royal Gazette, Deacon is well versed in handling media relations with considerable care. • Nineteen, 19 Queen Street, Hamilton. Tel: 534-2205, e-mail:,