Guest Blog - Vicky Siviter from Doodle-Bag.com

  • Vicky Siviter
  • 7th February 2013

Today we introduce our first guest blog! Over the coming months we'll be inviting our office team, business partners, friends & eco-fashionistas to contribute to the BIDBI Bee. They'll all be sharing their unique perspectives, thoughts and photos, in between our usual weekly blogs.

This week we start with Vicky Siviter, our Digital Marketing Executive and manager of our sister site Doodle-Bag.com. Doodle-Bag is our online retail brand, launched in March 2012, where customers can design and print their own eco-bag with no minimum order. Vicky updates the site, responds to customer queries and sees orders through to completion. We were thrilled to learn that Doodle-Bag been nominated in the Sheffield Business Awards, which Vicky reports on in this blog.

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On Friday, we were lucky enough to attend the Sheffield Business Awards, at Ponds Forge in our hometown. We were nominated for the Meadowhall Distinction in Retail Services, so were prepared for a night of nerves and excitement.

Unfortunately our CEO, Julia Gash, had flown back from New York only a few hours before the start of the ceremony, but myself and account manager Lucy were more than happy to represent the company in her absence. It was a great evening to celebrate the success of local businesses, with a four-course meal, champagne, music, and magicians!

Lucy & Vicky at the Sheffield Business Awards

As the screens played video previews of each nominee, we realised just how strong the contenders in each category were. Luckily we didn't have to wait too long before our category winner was announced, as we fretted over how we should traverse the slippery dance floor and stairs in our high heels, should we be the ones to pick up the award.

When Doodle-Bag was read out as the winner, we were ecstatic! We collected the trophy and certificate, and headed backstage for the official photographs - here's our favourite.

Vicky Siviter and Lucy Waller at the Sheffield Business Awards

It was a really fun and inspiring evening, and made us proud not only of Doodle-Bag but also of Sheffield as a city - what a fantastic celebration of all our achievements! The talking point of the night, though, was this curious dessert:

Dessert at the Sheffield Business Awards

Disguised as a 'Traditional English Breakfast', this sweet actually consisted of jelly beans, meringue, melon, caramel, chocolate and pastry. Definitely recommended!