Gayle and Matt Roberts of Nice Pebbles reap 30,000 euro prize
Reward rather than recession was the 'R' word in circulation at a special ceremony last night in Monaco.
The annual Stelios Award for Entrepreneur of the Year on the Riviera awards event, hosted by the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation and 106.5 Riviera Radio, was initiated in 2012 to attract local small companies, looking for a boost to grow and create new jobs in the region. This year's contest attracted 15 applications, with the 3 finalists and other VIP guests welcomed at an exclusive reception on Stelios' terrace beside the Monaco Yacht Club.
The winner, Gayle and Matt Roberts of Nice Pebbles, wins an "Ultimate Business Boost" prize of €10,000 in cash plus €20,000 worth of radio, internet, event and database marketing.
The runners-up included David Macmillan of Bricomac and Deborah Small of Marine Medical Antibes.
Introducing the finalists,
"New companies are the life blood of a dynamic, entrepreneurial economy. At a time when jobs and business success are at a premium, I am delighted to see so many people coming forward with innovative and interesting projects for the creation of wealth and jobs.
"We must all make every effort to ensure that others are encouraged to follow in years to come. I am delighted to hand over this Award and welcome Matt and Gayle to our community of entrepreneurs who are making a difference and inspiring successful businesses in their communities."
Nice Pebbles - set up in 2008 by the husband-and-wife team Gayle and Matt Roberts - manage seasonal rentals of 150 exclusive apartments and villas in the Nice area and have recently established a second office focused on real estate sales. The company's turnover has steadily grown by 50% per year since inception and Nice Pebbles provides more than 20 jobs in the region.
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