Friday, 26 February 2010

17th February CIM Annual Awards Celebrations

The Chartered Institute of Marketing introduced a programme of awards for excellence for the first time at the end of last year, and this was the celebratory event for the finalists and winners. Not strictly a Livery occasion, the Marketors were represented by a small (but exquisitely-formed) group, topped by members Rod Wilkes and Chris Lenton in their roles as CIM CEO and Chairman respectively.

The host was Hugh Dennis, who turns out to have been a brand manager at Unilever in his early career, but I don't think that's an invitation to most of us to give up the day job just yet. The best fun was had by an Irish contingent on the next door table who seized the opportunity of rushing the stage and presenting a toy woolly lamb to HD - don't ask!

It was a great event and good to see small businesses strutting their stuff alongside the big household names. I was an early-stage judge in one section and was pleased to see the company that I had ranked first coming out the winner in that section.

As Marketors we cheered Freeman Stephan Kuester stepping onto the stage with the Ernst & Young team who won the Financial Services section as well as the overall Chairman's Award.
Go Marketors! Go CIM! - our mother institute.

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