Double delight this week as we have been shortlisted for the National Entrepreneurial Business Awards as well as The Green Awards 2012.
We are delighted particularly as this will be our 10th year and is a reflection of the hard work of the whole team who have made The Secret Garden what it is today.
The next stage is an interview with the judging panel.
I have been reflecting on my ‘interview’ on the 4/04/12 and decided that I want to put my experience down in words. My interview with the “expert adjudication panel ” was arranged for 9am, and as expected I was present before my time to ensure I was punctual. At 9am the room remained empty and I passed my time reviewing my submission, until ten minutes later when the next candidate arrived.
At 9.25am two of the panel arrived and my friendly greeting of good morning was either not heard or just ignored. No comment was made about the delay and myself and the other candidate were clearly surprised at the lack of communication. I was invited into the room five minutes later and although an apology was made for the fact the third judge was not present, no comment was made about the “independent adjudicator” not being present or the reason for the delay.
My interview was brief a maximum of ten minutes and in my opinion the questions and process could not have allowed for my entry to be judged under the following indicative criteria:
Business successes and highpoints
Business Plan and Strategy
Financial Performance of Business
Innovative approach to developing products/services
Importance of the business to the local community
The Entrepreneurial Skills of the Applicant
So by putting my views down in my blog I am well aware that my entry chances could be affected, then again being an entrepreneur involves taking risks and when you invest time and effort you expect a similar level of investment and respect to be returned.