JT has further strengthened its reputation as a leading telecoms company after receiving the highest level of accreditation from global market leader in enterprise communications, Mitel.
After achieving Gold last year, JT has now been awarded Mitel Platinum Partner status which recognises companies that have achieved the highest standard of sales and technical accreditation in Mitel’s products and solutions. This accolade has only been afforded to a select few, and JT is the only Platinum Partner in the Channel Islands.
Katie Corbett, Director of CI Enterprise and Business Services at JT, said: “We are so pleased that all the hard work and commitment shown by our team, especially over the last few months, has been recognised as we continue to provide a high level of service for our customers. That means making sure we meet the exacting standards set by global businesses like Mitel and to have been recognised for going beyond the point we achieved last year is extremely satisfying.
“With Platinum Partner status, we will continue to offer an enhanced service to our business customers here in the Channel Islands and around the world.”
Mitel is a leading provider of business communications solutions for a range of organisations – from the small, single site offices to the multi-site, large enterprises. They offer customers a wide array of solutions, from simple business communications to sophisticated unified and collaborative communications, whether on-site or in the cloud.
Nigel Tyler, Head of Channel UKI at Mitel, said: “Over the past months, we worked very closely with JT to grow our partnership, with JT showing continued commitment to our range of communications and collaboration solutions and services. They clearly met the criteria and, just over a year after awarding JT the Gold level, we are now delighted to promote the team to the highest status of our partner programme’.
Community spirit will be the theme of the day as the Guernsey Together Celebration takes place this coming Saturday at Saumarez Park. Following some of Guernsey’s most loved summer events including the Guernsey Battle of Flowers, the Lions Club Annual Donkey Derby and the North Show being postponed, organisers and sponsors including JT, have come together to deliver a free, fun family day which will celebrate Guernsey and all that the local community has to offer.
The one-day village style event is the result of a collaboration by The Lions Club of Guernsey, the Leo Club of Guernsey and members of the North Show committee. JT will also be supporting the event with the ‘JT Together Stage’, providing Guernsey’s most talented local bands and musicians with a platform to spread positive vibes and create a festival atmosphere.
JT’s Group Head of Customer Experience, Tamara O’Brien, said: “Guernsey’s summer social calendar has been very different this year and we are really grateful that we are still able to celebrate all things local. JT are extremely proud to be a part of this event that will give the Guernsey public a chance to come together and support local charities when they need us most. We have a lot to be thankful for living in such a beautiful Island and are also glad that this event may help local small businesses in some ways after many months of no trading.”
Over 40 charities will be present on the day, engaging with the public and selling goods from stalls along with local craft makers and food trailers. A craft tent will be on offer for all ages and a mini Battle of Flowers parade will take place for small exhibitors. The event promises to be the highlight of the summer, culminating in a spectacular firework display in the evening.
Co-organiser Paul Allaway of the Lions Club of Guernsey said: “This event was inspired by the kind actions of our community and we all wanted to put on an event which would celebrate the positive outcomes of what has been a challenging time. Our thanks go to all the sponsors and volunteers involved, without which we would not be able to host the event and who have further proved that the community spirit in Guernsey is simply unrivalled.”
Island golfers will once again be teeing off at La Moye Golf Club on Friday 21 August to support Autism Jersey, sponsored by JT. This year, the event lunch and prize giving will be hosted across the La Moye Clubhouse and the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club in St Aubin to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 measures, with the two venues being digitally linked using the latest audio-visual technology powered through JT’s full-fibre network.
Nick Winsor, Chairman of Autism Jersey, said: “I would like to thank JT and Delta Events for responding so quickly and working within the restrictions to make sure our two lunch venues will be linked via video screens. Thanks to their technology and expertise, all the players and supporters will be able to see and hear the prize giving and speeches, including from the Lieutenant Governor. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected charities everywhere, but the funds raised will go directly towards developing a bespoke centre for supporting those on the autism spectrum and a permanent home for the charity that we are working with Andium Homes to deliver.”
Daragh McDermott, JT’s Managing Director, added: “Our partnership with Autism Jersey goes from strength to strength and we’re immensely proud to have this long-term connection with an organisation that does such vital work in our community. We want to continue to help the charity provide support to islanders so that they can lead lives that are fully included in our society. COVID-19 presented us with new challenges on holding this event, but we enjoy a challenge and I am really pleased we’ve all been able to work together to make sure it will run as smoothly as ever.”
Jersey’s digital talent was recognised among the winners of the prestigious UK Digital Experience Awards with JT’s Customer Experience and Marketing Team winning two major awards against tough competition from UK and Global household names such as BT, EE, ASDA and The Very Group. The team gained the Silver Award in the ‘Best Digital Marketing Campaign’ category and a Bronze Award for Customer Experience programmes in the ‘Use of Data Analytics & Insight’ category.
JT’s 2019 Christmas digital marketing campaign was praised by judges for the use of Snapchat and Augmented Reality technology to create a festive virtual town blending the online world with the traditional retail environment securing Silver Award to BT’s gold. Working closely with two local digital businesses, Comnexa and Continuum, the methods JT introduced to measure, track and analyse customer feedback to drive change and improvement earned a Bronze Award for ‘Use of Data Analytics & Insight. These awards have secured recognition of the talent Jersey has to offer, alongside some of the biggest companies in the UK digital market.
Graeme Millar, JT’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Having worked in many global organisations, I understand the challenges of being judged alongside large-scale international brands like BT. The fact that Jersey and JT made it to the shortlist shows just how far our teams’ achievements are being recognised. We were certainly walking amongst giants and I’m proud of the individuals whose innovation, creativity and vision will help shape our digital leaders of tomorrow. It is another example of how, with the support of organisations like Digital Jersey, our world beating local talent is being developed.”
Tamara O’Brien, Group Head of Marketing, Brand and Customer Experience, said: “I’m very proud my team were initially shortlisted given the competition, however, to go on and win these awards in both categories was a genuine surprise. The judging of all the entries was intense and it’s thanks to the dedication of my small local team that we were ranked so highly amongst all the companies there. We are always looking at ways to improve our service and evolve our offers to better meet our customer needs. This recognition demonstrates the success we can achieve, together, by adopting a customer first focused approach.”
The 6th UK Digital Experience Awards recognised the greatest accomplishments from the UK’s digital sector, evaluating entries from businesses of all sizes and across multiple sectors. Previous winners of the Awards have included Three, EE and Sky. This is the second consecutive year JT has been recognised as part of these Awards, receiving a Silver Award in 2019 for ‘Best App’.
Music lovers in Guernsey have been among the first in the British Isles to enjoy live music since the start of the Covid-19 crisis. They danced and celebrated with The Big Band Collective at the first of Guernsey’s family friendly outdoor Cobo Bay Hotel’s Balcony Gigs, which are sponsored by JT.
The popular fixture of the Guernsey summer calendar was due to begin in May with a series of tribute acts supported by local bands, but those were cancelled due to Covid-19. Now, thanks to the fact there are zero cases in Guernsey, large outdoor gatherings are permitted, so the Balcony Gigs could return.
Guernsey’s Chief Minister, Deputy Gavin St Pier, opened the event and said: “For me, like thousands of Islanders, it was great to be able to enjoy the first in the series of Cobo Bay Balcony Gigs. It’s thanks to the efforts of this community working together in its response to COVID-19 that we’re now in a position where events like this can be held, but we cannot take that for granted, especially knowing how unpredictable the global situation is and that the good position we’re in may not last forever. While we can, we should make the most of events like this both because they support our hospitality sector and because they’re a special part of Island life.”
JT’s Deputy Managing Director in Guernsey, Tamara O’Brien, said: “It’s so good to see the local economy starting to take a small step forward again and I’ve been blown away by the public response. We’re incredibly lucky to be able to enjoy large gatherings again and this event marks a very special moment for Guernsey.”
David Nussbaumer, who organises the events for Cobo Bay Hotel, said: “I was a little nervous about whether people would turn up or not, but the response has been fantastic. I’ve never seen so many people here. I’d estimate we’ve had well over 3,000 Islanders supporting local businesses and enjoying our brilliant local talent. This has been an extremely difficult year for the hospitality industry and we’re not through it yet. But to see so many coming together during tough times is humbling. I want to say how grateful we are to JT without whom we would not have been able to put this on.”
Tim Langlois, band member with The Big Band Collective, added: “We’re so fortunate in Guernsey that our government has managed the Covid-19 situation so that we are one of the few places in the British Isles able to put on events. We were so excited about this gig and being the first to perform after such an up and down year was a rare privilege none of us will forget.”