Two weeks, two podiums!

We’ve had a great couple of weeks, with late night (and early morning!) texts from clients to let us know about their awards successes.

First out of the traps was Baba+Boo, who were named runner up in the Energy & Environment category at the Salford Business Awards. This was a huge deal for the B+B team, especially as they were up against some very big and well-established names. Managing Director Eve Bell described it as a “David and Goliath contest” so was over the moon when their name was called out.

Eve, who describes herself as an accidental businesswoman, said: “The thing about awards is that they make you feel validated. Even if you don’t win, you get to meet some fantastic people and can really raise your profile.”

The Salford Business Awards, like an increasing number of credible business awards, follows a two-part process with an application form which gets you shortlisted (where we come in) and an interview with a panel of judges if you make the shortlist. The B+B team clearly did themselves justice at the interview, providing additional information as well as allowing the judges to see their passion for the business first-hand.

Congratulations to Eve and her team.

Last week was the date for the European Contact Centre and Customer Service Awards (ECCCSAs) and I woke to a text declaring, “European champions! Thanks for your help putting it together,” It’s a great way to start a morning let me tell you.

We wrote the entry for Yorkshire Water’s Improvement Strategy Of The Year application and it felt like a winner from the start, with brilliant, demonstrable results and independent evidence from the industry regulator to back up the claims of improvements.

The ECCCSAs are another set [...]

By |June 18th, 2014|Award wins|0 Comments|

What not to do at an awards ceremony

There’s been a fair amount of coverage about what happened at the Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards earlier this week, so we were inspired to write our top ten things not to do at an awards ceremony.

1 – Flash your bottom (okay, so this one was inspired by the Scottish awards ceremony story)
2 – Drink too much. A glass or two is good, staggering on stage, not so much (for more potential consequences, see 1 above)
3 – Be ungracious in defeat. No one likes a sore loser
4 – Heckle or boo. Just rude
5 – Leave after your category winner has been announced. Also rude. Why not stay and make the most of the evening?
6 – Make a 10 minute acceptance speech. The opportunities for acceptance speeches are quite limited these days, but if you get one the KISS theory is probably best (Keep It Short & Sweet)
7 – Wear fancy dress. Unless that’s the dress code (and if you know of an awards for which it is, let us know!)
8 – Not listen properly to the compere. Major embarrassment might follow if you make your way to the stage and haven’t, in fact, won
9 – Wear something see-through. Rihanna might get away with doing it intentionally, but we’re guessing you don’t want the bright stage lights to reveal what’s underneath your outfit
10 – Swear. On stage or off, it’s probably not the best way to impress

And it’s not just business awards which are fraught with problems, check out this Radio Times article packed with videos from when celebrity awards ceremonies have gone wrong.