TED GREEN NAMED YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2015
Date: 12 February 2015
Ted Green, the founder of Ted Green Fragrances, was last night named as Cayman’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 at a glittering ceremony held at the Westin Resort and Spa.
The 27-year-old George Town resident beat off strong competition from three other finalists to scoop the first-ever Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in a contest sponsored by the Sinclair Group, a Cayman-headquartered legal and corporate services provider.
Sarah Dobbyn, Managing Partner of Sinclairs and a member of the judging panel, said: “We were really impressed by the number and calibre of the applicants, and it was so hard to pick a winner. All the contestants had compelling stories to tell, but Ted was the complete package.”
Green said he was “having the time of his life” running his perfume business, which he started as a hobby four years ago. He now supplies some of Cayman’s most exclusive retailers and serves customers worldwide via his website. His range is due to expand later this year.
Green was full of praise for the local support he has received, saying “the community has embraced the concept of my fragrance business, and is ever-supportive of me”. Full of optimism for the wider Cayman economy, Green said “our young nation is hungry for new and exciting business adventures.”
The runner-up was Latoya Francis, a 25-year-old North Side resident, whose business Dhamiri-I will act as an online marketplace for artisan goods made in developing countries. Francis said she was motivated by the people she was in business to help, and wanted to create a “new generation of Cayman entrepreneurs who realise the magnitude of our blessings.”
The other finalists were Kristina Bramwell, whose business Essential Services Uniforms is the only dedicated supplier of work-wear to Cayman’s rapidly growing medical services sector, and Leonard Lewis of Caydev Innovations Ltd, which recently launched the Agouti App, allowing smartphone users quick access to Cayman news and weather information.
Sarah Dobbyn said “My fellow Sinclair directors and I are enormously grateful for all the opportunities and blessings we have received living and working in Cayman, and we wanted to give something back to the community. We saw the creation of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award as a way we could pay our gratitude forward.”
“I knew from friends that young Caymanians are often deterred from setting up in business by the high costs involved, and we wanted to give the best and brightest young entrepreneurs a head start.
“We always knew there were lots of young Caymanians with great business ideas, but my fellow judges and I did not expect to be so inspired and uplifted by the extraordinary potential that we have seen in the four young Caymanian entrepreneurs who were our finalists.
“We looked for three attributes above all: the creativity to make something using only their own ingenuity and hard work, the courage to take risks and beat them, and the passion to change their own lives and the lives of those around them for the better.
“We think it is time that we as a community recognize and reward those whose creativity, courage, and passion create the prosperity on which we all depend. We know that we have a very worthy winner in Ted Green, but I want to warmly congratulate all the finalists and salute their future success.”
Ted Green Fragrances
Ted Green’s collection comprises two eau de parfum fragrances: Banana Orchid for women and Fifteen-O-Three for men. Ted describes Banana Orchid as a “breathtaking composition of whimsical lemon, blackcurrant, and white flowers on a bed of sandalwood”, while Fifteen-O-Three is a “composition of lightly spicy woods and marine grades.”
Ted takes his inspiration from “the warmth and beauty of the Caribbean”, and describes his fragrances as “perfect for anyone who lives or identifies with the Caribbean lifestyle.”
Both Banana Orchid and Fifteen-O-Three are available in 100ml (3.4 floz) bottles. From February 2015, Banana Orchid will also be available in a 15ml carry-on vial.
Ted Green’s fragrances are available only through Beyond Basics Medical Day Spa, Caymania Duty Free, and Kirk Freeport or via his website.
Ted Green’s collection will expand in Fall 2015 with the addition of a new fragrance, Cayman Candy.
For more information, see www.tedgreen.com
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (“YEYA”)
Conceived by Sarah Dobbyn, Managing Partner of Sinclairs, YEYA is an annual competition to identify the best and brightest new local entrepreneurs. The competition is open to all young Caymanians aged between 18 and 30. The generous prize packages include free incorporation of a Cayman company, free legal and compliance advice, and a one-off cash injection to the winning businesses. Free business coaching is also sponsored by Shirlaws Cayman.
The members of the YEYA Judging Panel in 2015 were Winston Connolly MLA (Fifth Elected Member for George Town, and Councillor to the Minister of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs), Sarah Dobbyn (Managing Partner, Sinclairs), Cynthia Hew (broadcaster and owner of Bon Vivant) Tom McCallum (CEO, Shirlaws Coaching), and Deanna Price (Managing Director, Sinclair Corporate Services Ltd).
The Sinclair Group
The Sinclair Group is headquartered in central George Town, and was founded by attorney Sarah Dobbyn in September 2013 and significantly expanded with her business partner, Deanna Price inl 2014. The Group currently comprises six companies, Sinclair Attorneys Ltd, Sinclair Corporate Services Ltd, Sinclair Directors Ltd, Sinclair Fund Services Ltd, Sinclair Compliance Services Ltd, and Sinclair International Tax Compliance Services Ltd.
For more information on the YEYA finalists, the YEYA Judging Panel, or the Sinclair Group,
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