When you are in the same room as James Naughtie, of Radio Four’s Today Programme, you get a feeling that something either very bad, or very good, is going to happen.
Luckily for me it was very good. What I should say is that WE completely deserved it.
The Scottish Business Achievement Awards Trust lunch is the annual event that recognises stand out Scottish corporate leadership in the categories of The Scottish Business Achievement Award, The Young Achievers Award and International Award. If you want to get a measure for the quality of the awards you need only look at past winners who include my old mentor Sir Tom Farmer.
The wit and gravitas of James Naughtie set a great tone for the evening where the only cut and thrust were the bad dance moves being performed by the best and brightest of Scotland’s business community. I heard one onlooker joke that the scene as a night made for YouTube and super injunctions.
I have been fortunate to attend a few award ceremonies over the years and have been delighted to pick up a gong or two along the way. The feeling of hearing your name called out must be similar to winning the Champions League – you’re up against top class opposition and you can’t quite believe it is you lifting the cup. Like every time before I got the same feeling again when I picked up The Young Achiever Award this year and it was a real Roy of the Rovers moment to pull it off against the top class opposition of Dougal Sharp and Robert Morrison. The thing is, there is not a pitch big enough to hold all the people who are responsible for me winning the award.
Over the past year I have received brilliant dedication from the Blackcircles.com staff, massively supportive manufacturers and suppliers, a Shankly like performance from our shareholders and patience and hard work from our garages. Then there are the real stars of the team, the ones who stick the ball in the net for us every single day – our customers. Winning on the night is a great feeling but getting the backing of this team every day is even better.
Like I said, I was lucky to pick up the award, but WE completely deserved it.
All the best,