Held under the Patronage of Sir Peter Ricketts, the British Ambassador to France, the fourth edition of the annual Franco-British Business Person Awards (FBBPA) took place this past 13th October at the splendid Residence of its esteemed patron.
The event kicked off with speeches delivered by Oriel Petry Director of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) France, and Bob Lewis, President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, who thanked all the guests and the main sponsors; Jaguar & Unilever France, as well as the FBCCI’s partner UKTI, without whom the event would not have been as successful.
Upon arrival, guests were able to mingle in the courtyard over the alluring British motor star attractions, courtesy of Jaguar. This was the perfect ice-breaker as guests took the occasion of getting their picture taken whilst testing the engines of the exclusive new XE and XF models, launched less than a month ago on the market. In addition, guests were able to walk around the magnificent salons of the Residence, discovering the history of the beautiful surroundings.
One of the highlights of the event was the Climate Change Q&A with Bauke Rouwers, General Manager of Unilever and guest of honour, who was interviewed by Bob Lewis. The audience was quickly absorbed by the interesting questions, and an even more compelling set of answers ahead of the forthcoming COP21 conference in December. The audience also had some thought-provoking questions to ask, which Bauke responded to in a very competent way thus impressing many.
The long waited Award Ceremony was announced by Bob Lewis and Oriel Petry, who proudly handed the prizes to those businessmen and businesswomen who deserved such a prestigious recognition.
The prizewinners were:
Corporate Award – Estelle Brachlianoff Director, UK and Northern Europe zone at Veolia, for her drive to the passionate development of people and enhancing the environment.
Environment & Climate Award– Luc Jacquet for “Ice & the Sky”, a film he presents for COP21, which explains in harsh details the impact of Climate Change.
Creative Industry Award – James Abinger, founder of A-Music, for his entrepreneurial spirit which led to the creation of his music service A-Music.
Innovation & New Technologies – Bauke Rouwers, General Manager of Unilever France, for the compressed deodorants launched on the Franco-English market with an open patent.
Several emotive speeches were given by the laureates, the perfect way to end the ceremony and transition to an excellent cocktail dinner where people could indulge in canapes whilst sipping on glasses of champagne. All in all, the night flowed sumptuously and guests parted with more business cards than room in their pockets.
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