By Jennifer Houlihan
I had a great night on Friday at the M&IT Awards, which was held at the fantastic venue Battersea Evolution.
Cascade chose to sponsor the awards this year, as we believe in the importance of showcasing excellence in our industry, the winners are voted for by their customers, so it really does recognise companies that are delivering the highest standards.
I arrived early to attend sponsor rehearsals, which gave me a sneak preview of the room, a kabuki drop entrance, bagpipers and table centres from Table Art.
All sponsors had a quick walk through on stage to announce the bronze, silver and gold winners. Cascade sponsored the Best Food and Beverage Supplier, a tough category, so tough that we had a joint second place for Rhubarb and Leith's who were pipped to the post by Kudos.
The evening kicked off with fire performers on arrival, canapés and champagne whilst everyone had a well-deserved catch up with some old and new faces.
It was a refreshing change to sit back and enjoy being a guest at a superbly organised event, from start to finish every detail had been thought through, the onsite teams did a fantastic job, the catering was great and the timings were well planned, a few awards before the meal and in between courses, meant the main awards at the end didn't drag on as we all know they can do.
Hats off to MI&T, it's a tough crowd to put on an event for 1100 event specialists, but I think everyone would agree the production was fantastic and a great evening was had by all... We can't wait for next year.