Way back at the beginning of June, I received a call from the effervescent Louise Henry who is Head of Events at The Standard, Evening Standard, Independent & I newspapers based in London.
Louise was organising the 4th Evening Standard Business Connections event to be held on September 26th 2012 at the Emmanuel Centre, Westminster, with none other than our (by our, I mean the nations) much loved BBC Dragon, Theo Paphitis. Well, it didn't take too long to say yes please I'd love to be there!! Initially we were just attending as #SBS winners (Theos Small Business Awards) and delighted to say the least! Then after a bit of Facebook banter I mentioned bringing along a small bucket full of charms and next thing, hey presto, we were sparkling 500 glasses for the after party!!
The day began for us at 3pm with the dressing of the 500 stems as soon as Fizz Catering had dropped off the glasses. With the help of 2 fabulous gals, Tiff & Sara plus Louises gorgeous assistant Lauren, we began what seemed a mammoth task in the timescale we'd been set. No sooner said then done though & with the nimble fingers of these lovely ladies we were done & dusted faster than the speed of light.
This meant we were able to then help out with the actual event itself including greeting & seating the attendees & of course meeting the lovely Theo himself once again.
Things ran like clockwork under Louises watchful eye & Theo took to the stage with James Ashton, Business Editor of the Evening Standard, Standard, Independent & I newspapers, for a brilliant & totally off the cuff interview.
Next came the Q & A session opened by moi!! More nervous & excited than a box of frogs, I just about managed to get my question out whilst being held up (literally!) by the lovely Louise! I now wonder what on earth I was so nervous about! As soon as I was finished, my heart returned to its normal beat, my shaking stopped & I wished I could do it all over again! Theo is a kind hearted fella with a lovely smile that really didnt warrant my nerves! I love what I do and am totally comfortable talking to you all about our sparkles, but large crowds, press, celebrities & videographers are a thing of long ago! Running a business around a family brings so many distractions & constant changing of hats that you kind of forget about how it used to be in the 'real world' a million eons ago. I surprised myself by how out of place I felt to start with, but also by how quickly it fell right back where it used to be & how much I've missed the buzz of it all!!
As I sat back down, Louise jumped to her feet & mentioned to everyone that they would be seeing our sparkles with their post event drinks & Theo led the entire auditorium in a round of applause!! I think that was probably the highlight I will never ever forget!
The Q & A's continued & in fact overran owing to the fact that Theo is so open with his responses & keen to answer any question at all....no pre-empting, nothing staged, just plain honest talk. Funny, engaging & charismatic.....if you only hear one person speak about business, make it Theo!
After the Q & A's we all moved into the upper hall of the Emmanuel Centre for wine & a light buffet. The comments from our fellow attendees were just lovely & it was fabulous to put faces to so many people we tweet with on a daily basis. My gorgeous helpers Rachel from Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique, Maria from Angel Mazz All That Glitters & Sara from Miss Emanuel Photography then helped remove any left over charms (needless to say, we happily lost one or two to the wonderful sparkle-appreciative attendees) & we finally sat down with a large glass of chilled wine each & big smiley faces.
Another day with Mr Paphitis that will remain with me forever & this time included some wonderful friends both old & new.
I can't thank everyone enough that helped out on the day in all manner of support & my biggest thank you goes to the amazingly energetic Head of Events, Louise Henry without whom we would never have been involved.
A 3 minute clip of the evening can be viewed here & you will also find information about upcoming Business Connection events on this link too.
Dont forget, we are taking bookings for 2013 events & your date can be secured with a small deposit. April is almost full as I write this & August is not far behind so ask for a no obligation quote asap!!
Original, unique & made only with Swarvoski crystals, our wine glass charms are also available in sets of 6 making them great little treats for yourself or gifts for friends with prices starting at just £12.95 per set of 6 delivered!
I look forward to personally welcoming you to our online store & please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any help whatsoever.
Love & Sparkles
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