As rewarding as it can be to run your own business, it is always nice to have your Peers and industry recognise that hard work. Vicky Saynor reflects on how Bethnal and Bec Luxury Stays have done with awards.
That said, I think it is important to be careful about what awards you enter, the validity of them (and the cost!)
When we first opened the two Bethnal and Bec retreat, I entered every award going! I felt that it gave our new business credence and would help with marketing. When I look back at the time spent on applications, the costs involved of both entry and awards dinners – I definitely have a different approach now!
I have decided there are certain fields that I would like our business to be awarded for – firstly our Sustainability commitment and secondly the unique business that we are. That way I can also leverage from any finalist or winner positions in those fields and pull it through to my PR and journalist contacts, reinforcing what I’m already saying and doing.
This year we have entered 2 business awards: SME Awards and The National Recycling Awards. We won both awards at the SME’s: Sustainability Award and Business Hero (we offered our accommodation for free for 4 months to anyone needing respite from Domestic Abuse during lockdown).
Last night we were finalists in Recycling Excellence at the National Recycling Awards.
After the (nearly) 2 years our industry has had, it really has rallied our spirits to be recognised for what we have done, and what we do, and I’m busy now writing press releases to share the news and far and wide!
At Bethnal and Bec, we write our own press releases as we’ve not had great experiences with PR agencies in doing it for us! Writing a press release is very easy, but many businesses think they can’t do it themselves.
No one but you can get the emotions and passion for what you do over to a journalist better than you!
Bethnal and Bec will be entering Luxury BnB awards too – always enjoy being amongst and be judged against our direct peers. Will you be entering too?