We’re not in this photo
The psychology of being a finalist at an awards ceremony is an interesting thing.
Did they sit us on a table close to the stage to reduce the distance we need to walk when they call our name? Or did they place the winning finalist on a table at the back of the room, to maximise the visual impact of a longer walk to the front?
Was that an acceptance speech we just spotted another finalist checking over on a scrap of paper? Was the winner tipped off ahead of the night? Does everyone else in the room know the outcome except for us?!
It’s easy to go from being a calm, rational group of business leaders to raving mad conspiracy theorists.
Last night, a small group of us from Bamford Media were guests at the Surrey & Hampshire Biz Awards 2018, hosted by Eagle Radio.
We were finalists in the New Business/Start up of the year category, along with two other local firms.
As you can probably tell from the photo accompanying this blog post, Bamford Media was not named as winners.
Our heartfelt congratulations go to the winner, Wedition from Aldershot. Their founder Liz Gatherer is pictured above with her award.
We love the concept behind Wedition; producing personalised wedding magazines to hand to guests as a favour or send out as an invitation. If you’re getting wed at some point, do check them out.
It was good to spend the evening sharing a table with our fellow finalists from SS3 Management in Farnham. Their founder Jaspar Carmichael-Jack is only 16 years old, already building an impressive enterprise.
We would like to once again apologise unreservedly to Jaspar’s mum Katrina for trying to convince him to drop out of school to pursue his entrepreneurial passions; never listen to grown ups!
Also on our table was category sponsors Boom Credit Union. We’re hoping to get them onto the Informed Choice Radio podcast in the near future to chat about their work and what a credit union does.
Pre-dinner entertainment was courtesy of Una Healy, formerly of The Saturdays and now pursuing an exciting solo career.
After dinner, we heard from our friend Roger Edwards, marketing expert extraordinaire, who spoke about the value of content marketing.
Despite the obvious disappointment of missing out on the big prize last night, we are honoured to have been chosen as a finalist in this hotly contested category and to gain this recognition so early in our business journey.
As they say, the best is yet to come – and that includes picking up some major awards, hopefully in the not too distant future!