I was delighted to have been asked to be the Keynote Speaker at the recent Plymouth Herald Business Awards. It was the night Plymouth’s business community came together to celebrate the success of individuals, companies – and the city. The Herald Business Awards celebrated a year of success by Plymouth’s premier business names, with 14 category winners walking away with trophies. But it was generally acknowledged that everyone present at the black-tie extravaganza, at the Holiday Inn last Thursday, was part of a city-wide success story. Adrian Vinken received a huge ovation when he was honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award in recognition of 22 years of success at the Theatre Royal. And retail magnate Chris Dawson was named Entrepreneur of the Year for growing his The Range store chain to the point where he was named Britain’s 153rd wealthiest person.
I was able to speak to the guests about my experiences in top level sport and the relationship between sport and business management principles. A warm, generous and excited crowd made me feel welcome and there were some familiar faces for me to enjoy the evening with. Blanche Sainsbury, managing director of The Herald’s parent firm South West Media Group and formerly of the South Wales Evening Post said “Plymouth has many characters and personalities that sacrifice so much to make this city a better place to live.”
Fellow Welshman and now Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans was also delighted to attend the event and said: “It’s great to celebrate success.”
There was even some great feedback on Twitter!
You can read more about the Plymouth Herald Business Awards by clicking HERE