We ventured to the Old Billingsgate market last Thursday with feelings of both excitement and deja vu. Having been shortlisted at Mixology before we have experienced the rollercoaster of emotions that awards nights bring and I was convinced this would be no different. We were up against some seriously big competition across both Hospitality and Design Practice of the Year.
We must have been fairly sceptical of our chances when we submitted our entries as we never bothered (at that stage) to book a table for the festivities and by the time we found out we were on the short list they were pretty much sold out - lesson number 1 - trust your ability!
We did manage to secure some seats but not a whole table so we had to leave two of the newest team members behind which was a real shame. No chance of that next year we will be booking early.
When the time for our first award came up (hospitality) I was purposefully playing down our chances to our team as well as the other lovely guests our table from NaughtOne and Spacelab. I must have been doing such a good job I didn't actually hear the announcement and had to be prodded by Stephenie next to me to get focussed! It was majorly surreal making our way to the stage and my god that award weighs a bloody ton, it's a great door stop in the making I think!
A very big thanks must go to our co-collaborators on the project - Studio Juice and Dick Bird. It was a fantastic team effort and we are so proud of the completed work.
After the obligatory photos and a mumbled interview with some strange people in the bar, we were just about to take a well earned comfort break when we realised that DPOTY was the next one up. If the competition in Hospitality was stiff the other companies in this category were legendary. There were, unfortunately, no David and Goliath moments here though as TP Bennett romped home on the back of that small, insignificant bit of work they've just finished with UBS 😂😂 Well done guys!