Since setting up Sweetspot, Sue and I have entered some of the Business Awards that were applicable to us, with varying degrees of success!!
We were nominated for Best Start up with The Kildare Chamber in our early years, and then Entrepreneur's of the year again with The Kildare Chamber. We didn't win either of them, but it was an absolute honour to be included. Since then we eventually got our win with the Small Business Association under the category Outstanding Small Business, which we were delighted with and through this we got to meet a number of businesses from around the country that we are still in touch with today.
So why do we enter awards? They take up time, and can be frustrating at times - but they are a great time to get out and meet other businesses, it's not a time for selling, but it is a good time to celebrate the success of other businesses in your area and around Ireland. Running a business is hard work and it's just nice to have some recognition from peers that you're doing an alright job of it!
The Image Women in Business Awards were on last night, and we were delighted to see Newbridge lady Sonia Deasy from skincare brand Pestle & Mortar win two awards, Entrepreneur of the Year and the Newstalk Advertising Campaign Award. She spoke recently during Women in Business enterprise week and it was a pleasure to hear her story.
The Kildare Chamber Awards are on again this year, on Friday and we are nominated again in Best SME 1-5 category, fingers crossed!