We waded through dozens of emails and messages from friends and peers congratulating us for bagging the award for Staff Magazine of the Year for our client’s publication ScottishPower News at a smashing black-tie do in Edinburgh.
But for us it is a massive shot in the arm when you consider we’ve been working on the title for less than a year and in business for only 20 months.
Amid the champagne corks, hugs and high fives, Gerry, myself and our team of Kim, Derek and Simon were besieged by well-wishers slapping our backs, some seemingly genuinely thrilled that the new kids on the block had pulled off such a coup.
Few would have given us a chance up against titles from the likes of British Energy, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life or Scottish & Newcastle who were in our pot championed by established publishing houses including Connect Communication, Redhouse Lane Creative and in-house teams.
The fact that the judges thought it worthy over such recognised and formidable talents leaves us both proud, delighted and even a little relieved.
Deciding to take our skills developed from national newspapers and employing them in a corporate world was always going to be a risk, as was opting to develop our presence in delivering page turn digital publications at the same time.
But now, finally, after what feels like months of blood, sweat and tears, we have something that lets us feel not only vindicated for keeping faith, but confident of what is to come.
Huge credit has to go to Kenny Craig, editor for ScottishPower News, and his comms chief Gavin Simpson, who took a punt on us early on and picked a winning hand. For them, we are over the moon, that their faith in us has been rewarded.
ScottishPower News comes out in both traditional newspaper format and page-turn digital – something we are convinced helped sway the judges and an area we hope to attract new clients to as technology plays an increasingly important role in all our communication strategies.
It was great also to share our celebrations with our guests including Grant Fraser from Setanta Sports – our longest standing client; Scott Douglas from the formidable PR house at The Holyrood Partnership; and Jeff Holmes, director of leading photo agency The SNS Group who followed up our win by celebrating his 40th birthday (oops, sorry Jeff).
But as good as awards are, the real trick is to make the best even better.
After all, there are plenty other firms out there who’d like to steal our crown, not least the incredible talented people also named as winners as detailed by allmediascotland.com who were the first to report on the event along with The Drum.
And such publicity delivers probably the most important thing we can take from the whole experience.
Along with a desire to be back next year, better than ever.
And, of course, another massive bar bill to look forward to.