Prestige Awards North England 2020 to 2021
So, we begin in the middle of the second lockdown in November 2020, which has been the hardest year that I've ever faced both personally and businesswise. Being in constant limbo with our stores opening and closing, some of the team away on furlough and Zoom video calls have been the new way to do business and socialise with friends and family.
Then, one day, out of the blue, an email pings up in my emails, which I had a quick glance over the subject thinking nothing of it and discarding it. Fast forward 3 months to February 2021, another email from the same business pings up, this time however, the subject line states that 'Lulu Bella Boutique has been nominated for Best Fashion Boutique North England 2020 to 2021' from Prestige Awards. Now at this point, I'm all flustered and up a height thinking omg omg omg what's this all about! I got way too curious and ended Googling who they were and where they were from! It turns out they're a worldwide awards business!
Now both Tracy and myself started to get excited when we found out we had been nominated for the award. Then, in the middle of March, I got a further email to advise that we had actually won the award of Best Fashion Boutique North England 2020 to 2021! I was literally shell shocked! We were advised that unfortunately due to the current COVID pandemic, there wouldn't be an awards ceremony, however, we would be able to get our pictures taken with the trophy and we would get a trophy for winning!
So, the 22nd April rolls round and both Tracy and myself were to travel down to the Blackwell Grange Hotel in Darlington for our photoshoot with the award! I was so nervous on my way there! I needn't have been as it was a beautiful warm and sunny day, it was almost like the weather was celebrating as well!
Upon arriving, I ended up having a cup of tea and then we were called for our photographs! It flew by and then it was time to leave, not before celebrating our win! Tracy ended up having a Chicken Parmo (definitely got to have one when you're down that way!) and I ended up having a super tasty flatbread pizza with a small white wine! unfortunately, as much as I'd have loved to have stayed and had some more wine or even a cheeky champagne, we had to get back up to Lulu Bella Boutique to get our new arrivals uploaded online and help our in store with our team!
Onwards and upwards!!
All my love
- Ross Perry