Halloween and happy outcomes

The last few days have been rather hectic since I pitched to the ‘dragons’ at Inspiring Retail.
There have been Halloween parties,

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a whole lot of cakes,

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and a successful days trading at Barton’s PLC on Sunday. 

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But by far the most exciting thing to happen was the awards ceremony for the Inspiring retail awards 2014.
The morning of that day didn’t start too well. After hosting a party at the Lace Market Theatre for Halloween,  I had been vacuuming the club room at 1 am on sunday, dressed as Morticia Adams. Followed by a busy market on the Sunday. So when it came to being bright eyed and bushy tailed the next day, it was a bit of a challenge.

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Firstly, we had an ordeal getting Little Aud’s ‘cone of shame’ back on, that she had pulled off in the night. She then proceeded to do a Tazmanian devil impression around the house in retaliation. Knocking several items of stock over that we had prepared to take.
I then discovered that the heel had come off the pair of shoes I was going to wear, so there was a mad dash to buy the cheapest black shoes available. 
When we finally arrived at the Council House in Market Square,  it was magnificent.  I had never been inside before and seen the city from that perspective.

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We set up the table for display, and mingled with the other delegates. The previous winners were there, and several local business owners.
I had brought an entourage with me, consisting of family and friends.of course, Ian Jones was there in partnership with me, showing off some of the amazing pieces he had produced for me to sell.
David Hargreaves from Fisher Hargreaves Proctor started the ball rolling with the speeches, and a little bit was shown about each of the 8 candidates,  myself included.  I felt strangely nonplussed by the whole experience prior to the announcements,  perhaps because I didn’t want to get my hopes up. But when David got to announce the winners, of which there would be two; I began to feel a bit sick.
I had worked so hard for this moment and the reality of it was all just sinking in.
My name was called. Stunned silence from me and cheering from my Mum and Dad! Ian pushed me to stand up, because I was still in stock. I’ve never even won a raffle before…

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I am so proud of my achievements.  I’ve only been trading since April,  but I wasn’t going to let my redundancy back then, turn into complacency now. I know the idea I have fits a gap in the market and this competition will be the turning point in making a success story of it.
I’d like to thank the dragons (whom weren’t really dragons) for believing in me, and Inspiring Retail for giving me this opportunity.  I will be appearing in the Nottingham Post today, and featured on Notts TV last night. All this is so surreal. As I sit here writing this, with a cup of tea and Little Aud (whom has pulled off her collar again) I am so grateful for everyone that has helped me on this journey. This is proof that you should never give up, even when you’re feeling like it’s not worth getting up in the morning. Just keep going. Never give up. It’s taken me 31 years to realise what I am supposed to be doing with my life. Now I’m going to ‘gerron wee it, duck!’

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‘Dukki’ will be opening for business on 1st December 2014, but you can currently buy our stock via http://www.dukkidesign.co.uk/shop
Follow us @dukkigifts and @dukkidesign

Ta ra for now!

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