I’ve always enjoyed awards ceremonies.
You get a chance to catch up with old friends, enjoy a drink or two ... and maybe even secure a prize yourself.
However, when the Falkirk Herald Business Awards finally drew to a close last night I breathed a sigh of relief!
While all our finalists were keeping their fingers crossed that they’d scoop one of the awards, I was doing likewise (and offering a prayer or two) that everything went to plan.
The amount of work that goes into preparing for the event is staggering ... from judging all the entries right down to organising the table plan for the evening.
But even though it’s filled my mind and diary for the past few months, in truth I wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s a fantastic occasion for the business community and an enlightening one for all those involved behind the scenes.
I’ve learned so much about companies that were previously nothing more than a name to me and I’m constantly impressed by the remarkable successes they’ve enjoyed in these difficult times.
All the finalists should be an inspiration to those looking to make their mark in business.