Earlier this year, a mystery envelope arrived at Paperclip HQ with a very special message:
"Paperclip have been invited to Cardiff City Hall for the annual Cardiff Life Awards"
Not only this, but it turns out that our pals at Front Door Communications recommended us for not one, but two different awards! Our humble marketplace had been shortlisted, along with some of the most well known local brands in the Best Retailer category. Not only this, but we were up for the New Business Award too!
The big day
After a gruelling two and a half hours in the office, our CEO Rich, CMO Laurence and our two star interns Ana and Sebastiano retired home early to don their finest glad rags and head off to the venue.
Naturally, we were greeted with the obligatory champagne reception and photo shoot. The team felt star-stuck rubbing shoulders with the titans of Cardiff's industry and culture (unfortunately Laurence didn't get the chance to meet his boyhood hero Neil Warnock).
We were herded into the banquet hall and took our seats by our new friends, local financial planning firm Penguin Wealth. Both teams were served an exquisite dinner, followed by yet more bubbly!
After a rousing speech by local hero and superstar referee Nigel Owens it was on to the awards...
The team had barely finished their tiramisu before it was time to announce the winner of the Best Retailer category was announced.
"An innovative and truly unique concept..."
"Tripled their workforce in only a few months..."
Could it be?
Team Paperclip had only gone and won it!
The room filled with raucous applause, the Paperclip squad made our way up to the stage to deliver a hastily prepared and completely unrehearsed speech in front of our sporting heroes and local business leaders.
To have been named in the same category as our fellow nominees was an honour. To win was a dream come true!
As the winners collected their respective awards, the team were introduced to some great local companies and made some really valuable connections.
After that, it was on to the after party!
This year's event was held just down the road at Barley & Rye, a gorgeous new gastropub and events venue in the heart of the city centre.
Feeling their age, both Rich and Laurence left our interns to fly the Paperclip flag - and they certainly didn't disappoint on the dance floor.
Only a week had past before we received our second surprise package...
This time we had been invited to the exclusive Cardiff Life Awards Winner's Evening, hosted at Chapel 1877. This amazing venue, steeped in history, was selected for an intimate get together for the lucky awards recipients.
Sponsored by Cardiff Airport, the evening was a mix of great food, great company and yes, even more bubbly!
Two thoroughly enjoyable outings to raise our profile and enjoy food even the late, great Michael Winner would have approved of.
See you next year Cardiff Life!
About Cardiff Life
Cardiff Life is a local publication that celebrates the best and brightest in Cardiff and surrounding area. The best bars, restaurants, retailers and charities are given the opportunity to promote their business or cause to a readership of thousands.
The Cardiff Life Awards recognise businesses and organisations in the Welsh capital that are at the very top of their field, chosen by a panel of independent judges.
Paperclip can now be found on the UK Small Business Directory here.
Published by: Paperclip HQ in News