Wow what a night! You know what it’s like when you have worked your socks off and someone actually says, “We’ve noticed you and we really like what you do”?
We felt very proud to attend the Winchester Business Awards as Finalists in two categories: Rooster Creative Marketing Excellence Online Award and The Breeze Award for Service Excellence. We were up against stiff competition and congratulations must go to the brilliant Blue Bird Care and Pass the CASC. Next year for Binky Bear!
Attending the Awards Ceremony as a double Finalist was the end of a journey that started back in early March 2015 when the Winchester Business Awards first popped up on our radar. Two weeks later (and it took two weeks to translate what we do into a long essay answering the award sponsor’s tough criteria), we hit the send button and waited with fingers (and paws) crossed, hoping that Binky Bear, would grab the sponsor’s attention. It did and in early May a two line email landed in our inbox telling us we were on the short list and requesting we meet with NatWest Bank to discuss our company finances and meet with the Award Sponsors to answer questions about what we had written in our submission. No pressure then! We got through to be Finalists and bought our sparkly dresses, ready for the ball.
To get recognition for what we have done, building up our business from scratch, inventing a new children’s adventure concept and putting Alresford on the map again as the centre of all things Teddy Bear, has taken hours of work but as you all know we have had a lot of laughs along the way, as we work with Binky himself and his various real animal acquaintances and friends.
Since our Facebook post went up yesterday, we have been inundated with congratulations messages and this has meant so much to us. It is all about our fans and the generation of children and their parents and grandparents who love Binky Bear.
So we raise our glasses to you all as Binky fans and it is onwards and upwards, with an even bigger spring in our step as we work on lots of new ideas for the year ahead.
Enjoy the pictures below from our Big Night Out – apologies for the quality on some of them – Binky had a few glasses of his favourite pink lemonade and the photographer seems to have done the same!