dotty hippo design entered into the Thurrock Business Awards 2012 and shortlisted in the New Company category. We are delighted to announce that we won!
It was an amazing night and I am so very proud to receive this award.
It was great to get all dressed up and there is definitely something about a man in a Tux! Everybody looked so glamorous. The evening started off with a champagne reception that was a great way to meet with the other finalists. There were about 400 people in total, with some familiar faces being clients or other businesses I have met on the networking circuit.
We were seated for dinner and we shared our table with 2 other companies up for different awards. There was a great atmosphere in the room and everyone was buzzing with excitement. Once dinner was over the ceremony began, with fireworks opening the introductions – very showbiz.
We were told that each of the judges had chosen a piece of music for each finalist and we had a giggle around the table wondering what “our songs” would be….
New Company category
Our category was up first. The judges walked onto the stage to Lenny Kravitz, Are You Gonna Go My Way – one of my favourite songs! They talked about the calibre of each finalist and then my name was announced as the 1st winner! I couldn’t believe it.
Whoops went around our table along with the clappers that we had been given. The noise and cheering was very loud. To hear the cheers and applause around the room was fantastic. Our table was the 2nd row from the back so I must admit when we were first seated I had thought that I hadn’t won due to the long walk to the stage. I don’t remember hearing my song as I walking to the judges – I was so caught up in the moment. I later found out that it was Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison.
What a feeling being on stage to the applause, emotional but amazing. I was more concerned not to fall over in my heels! The award is very special and as I walked back to my table I really couldn’t believe it. I was shaking as I sat down. Wow, I won’t forget this in a hurry.
The rest of the awards took place and it was great to hear all the songs that were relevant to each winner. I thought that was a really nice touch.
And then that was it, all the awards were over, and time to celebrate and party!
What a fantastic night, and not just because I won, but to be part of the whole evening was an achievement in itself.
The event was so well organized and we had an amazing time.
The award is going to take pride of place in my office without a doubt.
Congratulations to all the other winners and finalists.