We would have been happy with the one nomination, but to be nominated for two in two weeks is pretty special for us! So the first we were notified about was the Negotiator Award, which we won Bronze in last year for 'Supplier of the Year, Services and Products'. This year we are hoping for gold! The next award nomination is for the Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards, Employer of the Year.
In what is, without doubt, one of the hardest job roles out there, and therefore one of the hardest to recruit and retain staff for, we are so excited to have received this recognition that we are at least trying to make a super tough job that little bit better. The life of a distributor is not an easy one, dealing with Yorkshire weather, Yorkshire hills, heavy bags, dangerous dogs, rude residents and to receive no appreciation from customers, it really is a tough sell! But it's of course not just distributors we employ. Our management team and team leaders each play vital roles to ensure the process from conception to completion runs as smoothly as possible for our customers. So to be chosen out of all the hundreds of other business who applied, this really is special to be nominated.
The Examiner Awards Winners in each category will be revealed at a Black tie awards evening on Thursday 2nd November 2017 at the John Smith's Stadium. On our email confirmation, it was stated that 'It has been an outstanding year, both for the exceptionally high standard of entries and the number of entries from individual businesses received, making the judges' decisions extremely difficult.' This makes it all the more incredible that we are nominated.
The Negotiator Awards is the most prestigious and popular awards scheme in residential property and with more entrants and more winners than any other scheme in this sector. They are the most inclusive and therefore, the most valued and meaningful accolades you can be awarded in the residential property industry. On our email confirmation, they explained, 'All finalists submitted an exhaustive Negotiator Awards application, which was then reviewed by an industry-expert judging panel.' The winners will be unveiled at an extravagant awards ceremony on the 31st October at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London hosted by TV star and comedian, Jimmy Carr.
As you may know, estate agents form a large portion of our client base. This is because we have understood what really works in this industry, and in turn, help our customers reap the benefits. As mentioned above, we won Bronze in the same category last year but would love to see that upgraded to gold for 2017!
It's things like these awards that make all the hard work, setbacks and challenges of building a business seem that little bit more worthwhile. If you're currently facing challenges in your business, you're not alone! Something I always tell myself is that whether it be the great characters such as David in the Bible, or the giants in business now like Richard Branson, they all faced adversity. However, it's how we deal with adversity that will build our character. Nothing in life worthwhile comes easy, but with determination and tenacity, we all have a much greater chance of success.