2010 NATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS
On Tuesday 9th November we travelled up to London to join Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Dragon's Den star Peter Jones and some 1200 other guests at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
The reason for all this was because Otter had been selected as a finalist in the 2010 National Business Awards.
After a presentation to a panel of judges a month or so earlier, we were told the brewery was one of ten companies shortlisted in the 'Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability' category. Suffice to say, it was one of those phone calls you don't forget in a hurry!
The high profile annual awards are run in conjunction with Orange and the BBC's Hugh Edwards made a brilliant compere for the evening. As a finalist, Otter Brewery had been recognised as "an outstanding organisation with demonstrable success, innovation and ethics." It seems the lengths we go to in ensuring the brewery and our beer is as green as possible really connected with the judges.
Just 150 national companies were shortlisted from the thousands of entries and rather unbelievably we found ourselves up against some real corporate giants in the shape of Coca Cola, The Co-Operative Group and Unilever. The fourteen other categories included companies ranging from Kwik Fit, Sky, Airbus, RBS, Iceland and Marks & Spencer to Camelot, American Express and Marriott Hotels.
The scale of the evening was mind blowing with David Cameron welcoming everyone via video link from China. The Co-Op ending up taking the top prize but to get as far as we did left us all feeling very proud. Having had the chance to highlight the virtues of cask ale in front of so many of the country's leading business figures and decision makers left us all feeling very content.