Saffery Champness has found a different way to commemorate its 35th anniversary and at the same time show off some of the more quirky aspects of the island’s history to its international clients.
Since the beginning of the year, the firm has produced a series of postcards highlighting significant local events that took place during the corresponding month of its foundation year in Guernsey – 1977.
The stories ranged from the visit of football legend George Best who came to Guernsey with Fulham FC to play against the island team in February, to how 32,000 Guernsey half pennies were found scattered over the M4 in Wales after falling off the back of a lorry in September.
Each of the postcards, which were mailed to the firm’s international clients and key contacts over the year, now form the basis of a Saffery Champness 35th Anniversary 2013 desk calendar which the firm has sent as a Christmas present.
“The postcard collection would not have been the same if there hadn’t been a “tomato” and “Guernsey Zoo” story in there somehow,” said Kelvin Hudson, Managing Director of Saffery Champness, Guernsey.
“We had a lot of fun sifting through the lists of proposed stories from the archives of the Guernsey Press at the Priaulx Library. It was extremely hard to choose which ones to run each month because we really wanted to raise the eyebrows of our off island contacts who might not know Guernsey very well. It was certainly a trip down memory lane for us.”
Having grown from employing one single partner in 1977, the business now employs more than 100 people and specialises in providing fiduciary, fund, audit and tax services to an international and local client base.
“We really wanted to celebrate our achievements and recognise how far the firm has come since it was set up in Guernsey 35 years ago. We felt that the post cards and subsequent calendar were certainly a great way of celebrating our significant milestone,” said Mr Hudson.
As part of the firm’s 35th celebrations Saffery Champness has established a strong charity partnership with the Guernsey branch of the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent.
Finally to end its anniversary year on a seasonal note, when an annual festive attraction was put in jeopardy by a shortfall in sponsorship, Saffery Champness guaranteed that ice skating at the Market went ahead by providing financial support.
The fiduciary, fund and accountancy firm has also negotiated for a 50p donation from every evening skating ticket sold to be made to CLIC Sargent, its charity of choice.
“It’s been a really great year with a lot of fun along the way. We were so pleased to finish our 35th anniversary year on a high with our support of the Ice Rink and hope that it will help spread a little more cheer amongst many islanders this festive season,” said Mr Hudson.
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