the mendip business awards
The second Mendip Business Awards took place on Friday 3 June. The Bath and West Showground host this event during the Royal Bath and West Show (one of the largest agricultural events in the country).
The awards see an incredibly diverse range of Mendip businesses vie for 10 different awards. To give you an idea of the diversity, among the competitors this year was a beer producer, a haulier, an Indian cookery school, a palace, a DNA specialist, a cheese producer and of course, a rather good B&B in Croscombe! Some of the businesses have been around for many decades others little more than a year, but all employ people who are incredibly passionate (and talented) at what they do.
For a small business such as mine, the Mendip Business Awards provide a great opportunity to pick the brains of successful local business people. The evening is very well attended and also a great deal of fun. Of course, the ultimate aim is to win an award, but even getting into the top 3 in a category (as I managed in 2015) feels a great achievement.
After a smashing dinner the 2016 Mendip Business Awards got underway. Once again, I had submitted an entry in the Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year category. As this was the second award of the evening I didn’t have to wait long to discover my fate. (I had been seated at a table quite a way from the stage so I wasn’t overly confident of my chances!)
As the shortlist was read out I was delighted to hear the name of The Cross as one of three businesses to be on the shortlist. My delight then turned to shock as the compare announced that The Cross was the Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year! After weaving through the tables, it was on to the stage to collect my award and off for photos. Incredible.
It is certainly a night that I won’t forget in a hurry (but if you asked me to name all the winners in the subsequent categories I’d struggle. I was too busy staring at my award!)
When you own and run your own successful business it is all consuming. When the business only employs one full time person, there aren’t staff around to tell you that you are doing a good job. Since opening The Cross, I’ve been so grateful to all my guests for their overwhelmingly positive feedback. To scoop an accolade in the Mendip Business Awards is the cherry on top of this cake.