Be a judge they said. Get on stage they said. Get kitted out in a judges outfit and wig... they failed to mention. Last Thursday myself, along with four other innocent judges, were put up on stage in front of attendees of the 'Meet the Judges' event hosted by Taste Restaurant at South Thames College, to better help applicants entering the Merton Best Business Awards understand the judging process.
Thursday evening, we braved the rain to head up to the newly refurbished Cannizaro House Hotel where Merton Chamber of Commerce were holding their AGM. Despite the miserable weather, around 130 local businesses and professionals turned up for an interesting evening of networking.
Bright and early this morning, Annie Lee made her way to the beautiful Cannizaro House for a networking breakfast held in the Orangerie. Hosted by SW19 Lawyers and Essential Concierge Wimbledon, it was a brilliant chance for local businesses to get together and catch up, while having the opportunity to see and visit the newly refurbished building.
I discovered last night that the gala dinner in aid of the firm's nominated charity, The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) was held in the sumptuous surroundings of none other than Austin Friars, the famous home of Thomas Cromwell, recently brought to life in the adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novel, Wolf Hall. The hall was also used in the filming of Tom Hooper's The King's Speech.
Tuesday evening, our Independent Schools and Charity expert, Annie Lee, was invited to Barlow Robbins' education conference held in the stunning location of Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot. The conference, "So who's in charge of this school anyway?", looked at the relationship between the Head, the Bursar and the Governing Body.