A Wonderful Milestone for Our Growing Business

At the School of Popular Music, we put dozens of students through their music exams every year. It brings us great pleasure in guiding them through their grades on towards their goal to further their passion for music.

Like I’m sure most of you will agree with, there’s nothing better than being recognised for your achievements and after maintaining our high student pass-rate again this year it was great to discover that 2018 was also our turn to get recognised!

But before we get to that, let’s reflect on what we’ve achieved so far…

  • The School of Popular Music was established in March 2014 and has never stopped growing since.
  • Over 400 students currently taking lessons with SOPM.
  • Biggest independent music school in the Channel Islands.
  • 99% pass rate for all students taking their grade exams.
  • Over 1000 subscribers to our mailing list.
  • Over 100,000 hits to our website.
  • A social media following of 3000 and reach of 30,000.
  • Regular large events including concerts and workshops that have seen over 200 performers take to the stage for us in the past 3 years.
  • Multiple large-scale successful campaigns including the Express Yourself Campaign which has seen thousands trying something new, the GSY band aid single in 2017 that reached 25,000 people in Guernsey and was played on Island FM over the whole of December It was also featured on ITV and the GP.
  • We raised £4000 for the Eleanor Foundation in donations alone.
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And so…

It brought us great joy (and surprise) in the first instance to be nominated, secondly to be shortlisted, but then to actually go on and win The Bill Green Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit 2018 was an absolute treat!

A big thank you to The Young Business Group (YBG) who have kindly provided us with the award.

What did the judges say?

Judges included Dene Reardon (Director YBG), Will Green (Guernsey Press) or Carl Symes (Director Start-Up Guernsey and member of the Chamber of Commerce), here is some of their shared comments:

“A brilliant presentation, a Richard Branson in the making.”

“Impressed by the thought and planning that went into the business plan,
with the vision to create an instant and lasting impression.”

“An impressive business which has created an industry on the island.”

“To spot the gap in the market and base it on a growth mindset,
shows real business acumen as well as verve and creativity.”

“A winning package, including community initiatives.”

Below you can watch a short video produced by YBG, where Tyler Edmonds discusses how the business concept arose and his plans for the future.

Pictured here during the award ceremony is the majority of our team: Casey-Joe Rumens, Lydia Pugh, Jamie Wickenden, Dene Reardon (Director and President YBG Guernsey), Scott Dorrity, Jo Marsh, Samantha Nichols and Daniel de Carteret. Not pictured here is Mikey Ferbrache, Emily Masson and Peter Mitchell.

Who was Bill Green?

Bill Green was a well-known local businessman who was passionate about Guernsey and always sought to encourage the business sector. He believed that luck was only the ability to recognise opportunities – an ability which he considered played an important factor in whether you are successful or not in any sphere of life.

Bill recognised the requirements of the islanders and the developing social trends of his time. During the occupation, the bicycle was the primary form of transport for islanders, since motor vehicles were requisitioned by the Germans. As bicycles became very precious possessions Bill developed a successful bicycle business. Noting that there were no locks to secure bicycles he also made side income from charging people to store their bicycles at his shop in Smith Street while they went about their business.

A subscriber member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1954, he was elected junior vice-president and then senior vice president, prior to being elected as President of the Chamber in 1963. As President, he was aware that following the occupation, the old traditional methods of trading were changing and that traders would need to adapt and change with the times. He also tried to encourage better relations with other Chambers and felt that Guernsey was a little too isolated. He believed that unity was the key to being able to assert greater power.