The Leicester Office of Search hosted a table last night at the Leicestershire Business Awards. We were joined by clients from The Oval Group and My Home Move and a great night was had by all. As we gathered in the foyer before being ushered to our tables, the champagne was flowing freely and it got to the stage where we had to cover our glasses to stop them from being refilled! It was wonderful to see everyone dressed up in their finery and to feel the excited buzz in the air.

Our hosts, David Bryon (former MD of BMI Baby) and Nadine Dereza (Television & Radio Presenter) kept the evening flowing with smiles and humour. Vince Cable (Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills) gave a very positive speech about the state of industry in Leicestershire and all the great things that were happening in our region. And then came the entertainment. Well, what can we say… Graham Jolly, Magician, Mindreader, Mentalist & Illusionist, was great. We spent a few minutes trying to work out how he did things and then just gave up!

The awards themselves came at the end of the evening, highlighting some great companies and you could really see why they had been nominated. Winners of various categories included Rainbows Children's Hospice, Guidance Navigation and All Truck. The awards in every category were well deserved. Then came the final Award, Company of the Year. The finalists were Dunelm, Geary's Bakeries and Intelligent Energy. We waited with baited breath… and the winners were… Intelligent Energy... a great business and great winners!

The whole team left in high spirits to tackle the snow and blizzards. But we did not care. Our aim now… to be on that stage next year… watch this space!

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