Creative Business of the Year

Last night Mark & I atten­ded the Northamp­ton­shire Busi­ness Excel­lence Awards. And we won. WE WON!

We won Cre­at­ive Busi­ness of the Year.

Fol­low­ing two hours of grilling by vari­ous big-wigs from vari­ous organ­isa­tions it was announced that Coulson Macleod was a final­ist in three awards cat­egor­ies. THREE! We were the only com­pany to achieve this.

  1. Busi­ness of the Year (Under 50 Employees)
  2. Cre­at­ive Busi­ness of the Year
  3. Inter­na­tional Trader of the Year

There are 25,000 busi­nesses in Northamp­ton­shire. And we find ourselves final­ists in three cateo­gor­ies. Simply mind-boggling.

And as usual we were small fry sit­ting amongst some giants. Such as…

  • Unless you’re local to Northamp­ton­shire or par­tic­u­larly into truck­ing you won’t know Knights of Old. But they are a massive national trans­port & dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany. Their depot site is 10 acres. We have two com­puters in a home office.
  • Had­don­stone. You may have heard of this one. The blurb on their web­site says, “Had­don­stone, the lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of cast stone build­ing mater­i­als & cast stone garden orna­ments, has group com­pan­ies in the UK & USA. Our Amer­ican offices & ware­houses are loc­ated in New Jer­sey & Col­or­ado, com­ple­ment­ing our East Had­don office & Brix­worth man­u­fact­ory in Northamp­ton­shire.” We have two com­puters in a home office.
  • CSfD. They write com­puter soft­ware for ‘com­plex logist­ics & dis­tri­bu­tion solu­tions’. One of their cli­ents is the MoD. We saw a video of their offices. More stately home than offices. We have two com­puters in a home office.

Oh, & to top it off there was a great comedian. Patrick Mon­ahan. He was very funny. Which you expect from a comedian. But he actu­ally enter­tained us all the way through the awards bit. Which, to be frank, is a bit dull when you’re not in that cat­egory. Although there weren’t too many cat­egor­ies we had to sit through that didn’t fea­ture Coulson Macleod.

Right. Bet­ter get on with being cre­at­ive then.

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