What was it all about?
The concept was a team was given £50 to generate as much money in a legal way as possible within a 2 month period. Therefore, on Friday 4th March 2016 at the Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton, it was awards night. It was only then we found out how the teams had done and how much had been raised in total.
In attendance were all the sponsors and teams along with a special guest and Ambassador of the Hospice James Foad. James won bronze with the men’s eight at the London 2012 Olympic Games and has four World Championship Silver medals and a European title to his name.
The winners were
Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by CVM Group
Socio Design (Nifty 50) won a trophy and a day at the Polo in Cirencester courtesy of Business Scene
Most Innovative Idea, sponsored by ABP – Socio Design (Nifty 50) won a trophy and a Golf Day supplied by Old Thorns
Best Product sponsored by Poddi Networking
Antonios Spanish Restaurant in Fareham won trophy and Tickets for Guys and Dolls courtesy of the Mayflower & Aeropark Developments
Best Service, sponsored by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
Clarke Willmott (Bakers) won the trophy and Paintballing for 5
Most Amusing, sponsored by Silk Bow Bookkeeping
Kate Underwood HR & Silk Bow Bookkeeping (Team Diva)! won trophy and Spa Day courtesy of Old Thorns
Best Marketing/Social Media sponsored by Media Quest
Socio Design (Nifty 50) won trophy and Lunch and Tour on a Cruise Ship courtesy of Southampton Cruise Concierge
Most Creative sponsored by Clarke Willmott Solicitors
West Quay Team (Cougar & The Cubs) won trophy and Tour of Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Best Team Name, sponsored by Kate Underwood HR
The Londoners won trophy and tickets to Cricket courtesy of the Ageas
The final tally
In total the initiative raised in excess of £15,000 and was so successful that Southampton Solent University have embedded the scheme into their Business Entrepreneur module.
Friday was an amazing night and supported by so many including Mark from Shooting Business who produced and edited the video, The Photo Rooms for the amazing pictures and Colin Philips who MC for the evening.
The lovely Jenny Todd (Silk Bow Bookkeeping) and myself entered a team ‘Team Diva’ and I baked the 300 cupcakes and Jenny used her classic line ‘I would be very disappointed if you didn’t donate and buy a cupcake’ – dressed as a cupcake. Who could say no to that! So, in other words, we now share custody of ‘The Most Amusing’ Award and look forward to retaining our title next year.
None of the above would have been possible without the force of nature who is Pam Bates, PR and Events Manager at Countess Mountbatten Hospice. If you want to get involved then please let me know and I can pass on your details.
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