As I’ve been offline whilst on holiday, I haven't officially blogged about the exciting news that I won Learner if the Year title at the Retail Week Rising Star Awards on 12th September! It was a fantastic evening filled with good company, champagne and food (a winning combination in my books).
I met Vanessa from Acorn who nominated me and headed to the Grosvenor Hotel to meet other nominees and friendly faces from the NSA. It wasn't long before we were called to the ball room where over 400 people of the retail world sat to eat a three course meal, all anticipating the results.
Comedian Rob Beckett hosted the awards ceremony and called various people to the stage to reveal the winners. I couldn't believe it when Theo Paphitis said 'and the winner is...Sam Malvern'. I was so shocked; all I remember thinking was – ‘don't trip over, don't trip over’ as I walked to the stage to collect my award. It's a massive honour to be recognised for all the hard work I've put into it Inside Out over the past year and a fantastic way to celebrate.
I will treasure the award and be placed pride of place in the shop. A massive thank you to Vanessa for nominating me. Straight after the event, I switched my heels for flip flops and enjoyed a lovely relaxing week in the sun, but I'm ready to hit the ground running as I have so many exciting things in the pipeline! Stay tuned...
P.S. Congratulations to Alma Edwards who was awarded highly commended in the same category and massive thank you to NSA, Acorn and retail week for a brilliant evening.