Tough task choosing the best in the business

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

The deadline is nearing for this year’s Falkirk Herald Business Awards ... and the signs are that it’s going to be another great event.

Dozens of local firms have been requesting forms or downloading them from our wesbite.

And, while they’ve been fine-tuning their submissions, a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to ensure the night itself is a success.

Before The Falkirk Herald launched these awards six years ago, I never realised how much work went into such events.

Until then, I would gratefully accept an invitation, turn up on the night and, after enjoying an evening of entertainment, head home.

Now I’ve got to wrestle with such issues as organising a compere, agreeing on trophy designs ... and judging the awards.

The first year I was absolved of this responsibility but, every awards since, I’ve taken my place at the table and I can tell you it’s nothing like ‘X Factor’!

There’s no simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ here. Instead we argue over why company Y is more deserving than company Z, even though they have both emjoyed remarkable success in this current economic environment.