I have previously blogged about working hard, battling sleep deprivation and juggling family time; but now I’m so proud to say, it’s all been worth it. I’ve won my first business award! Here’s what happened…
The Dartford Business Awards was a grand event in the grounds of Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent. A lavish marquee with over 400 people in attendance including the mayor and local councillors.
I took the Hubby and we used it as an excuse for a baby free night out. I had no idea I was a finalist until we got there and to see my company name on a list of finalists for not one but two categories, I was over the moon. I was up against some really big companies and I was so grateful that my little startup consisting of little old me, was being taken seriously.
The glamorous marquee was set up with large round tables, balloons, bright lights and a stage at the front. There was a mirrored photobooth to try out before we were asked to take our seats by a rather cheeky compere. The night was filled with fantastic entertainment – a fabulous fire eater, an acrobat and a plate spinner, as we sat back and enjoyed a wine! The evening flowed really well – the event organisers certainly did a good job!
Sandwiched in between the entertainment, winners were announced from a large list of categories including ‘Shop of the year’ and ‘Good for the Community Award’. I was a finalist for Best Owner Managed Business and Best Use of Online.
The Best Owner Managed Business award came and went. I wasn’t expecting to win anything anyway (so much so, I think I had even popped to the very posh toilets when the category was announced!) The award went to a very worthy winner and I was quite happy to continue enjoying the evening.
Then the Best Use of Online award was announced and they started to describe the winner…’Someone who started the business with £50′. I turned to my husband and before I knew it, my name had been called and a huge cheer erupted.
Everyone at my table started to clap and I just sat there! I gave my husband the biggest hug, not really wanting to let go. ‘Get up there then’ he told me and I sheepishly approached the stage.
I was so shocked! I’ve not long entered my second year as a ‘mumpreneur’ and have been blogging for just under that, so to have both recognised was fantastic. It was a perfect end to a wonderful evening! Wow. Just wow!
You can view the video of me collecting the award here:-
I’m honestly still pinching myself but I’m so incredibly grateful that my hard work is now starting to prevail. It makes it all worthwhile and if I can do it, anyone can!
Until next time