Unless you have been in a locked room with no wifi for the past 24 hours, you will probably have seen that yesterday the team had a little jolly down to London town!
We donned our glad rags and off we went to the Mother & Baby Awards at the Park Plaza Westminster. Charlotte, as always didn't think we had won but with two consecutive wins in the previous 2 years and a win prior to those, we had our fingers crossed for another great night.
The Hotel was wonderful (you may remember our pictures from last year - when Paddington Bear took centre stage in the hotel's Christmas display. This year Shrek and Donkey took the role, with Shrek taking a liking to our brand new Nici bag!
There was, of course, a pre-dinner drinks reception with delicious canapes and it has to be said a glass or two of bubbly. We even managed a very quick FB Live stream so that those of you who follow us on could be included in our evening.
We also had the pleasure of meeting probably THE best magician any of us have ever seen. I have to give a little shout out to Ashley Turner aka http://thetrixta.com Ashley came to our table and absolutely wowed all of us with amazing tricks that none of us could explain.
As we were called through to Dinner, we were still trying to work out how a prawn ended up in my hand whilst an entire deck of cards landed in the palm of Charlotte's hand!
The food was superb and we were seated on a table with Emma's Diary which was a lovely surprise. Sarah came into her own chatting about why Mia Tui bags are so loved by our customers to our dinner companions. We even showed them a little conversation that was going on on our FB page between customers who were helping each other with suggestions of their favourite Mia Tui bags! Honestly, you are all just the best customers a business could ask for! To say that the guys from Emma's Diary were impressed is a bit of an understatement.
Our category of Best Changing Bag 2019 was the last but one of something like 37 different awards. So I am sure you can imagine just how nervous we were.
Finally, it was our turn and as you have already heard on our social media platforms, we won!!! For the third consecutive year, we won Best Changing Bag. To say that the team is bursting with pride is a little bit of an understatement.
Mother and Baby Editor Emma Bailey who hosted the evening used quotes from the parent testers such as "NOTHING SHORT OF FANTASTIC" "I CAN FIND EVERYTHING IN ALL THE COMPARTMENTS" "CHANGING BAGS FOR THE BETTER."
After we all went on stage to collect the award, Charlotte was interviewed and as you can see from her picture, she was just beaming with happiness, as were the whole team.
The live band after the awards had finished was Scouting for Girls and we all had a really good "dance around your Mia Tui handbags ;-)"
What we really want to say to you all, is thank you so much for your continued custom and support. Without all of you, Mia Tui really wouldn't be the brand it is today. The team absolutely love the positive comments and support we have received from our posts of last night and of course all our FB live streams and posts.
I couldn't write this blog post without giving the boss a mention. As a team, we are so very proud of what Charlotte has achieved for her brand since she founded Mia Tui in 2010. Her strength, determination, passion and pure hard work shine through every single day in what she has created. And whilst I am on the subject of commitment and passion, many of you will have spoken to our Customer Service Oricle, Sarah, she really is just amazing and on behalf of Charlotte, the team and I am sure, our customers we would love to thank her for her hard work!