Wow! What a fantastic evening it was. Bigger, better and buzzier than ever before. It all kicked off with a high impact, sixty second film embodying ‘The Spirit of Rapport’. This set the high-octane pace for the next two hours and we were transported into another world, full of positivity and enthusiasm.
Between each of the nine awards, we were shown highlights from the last year celebrating lots of the new client wins and continued growth from Ireland, the US and Hong Kong. This is such a great way to celebrate our 7th birthday in style and to treat us to some exciting new announcements for 2019.
It was striking how all the different elements and initiatives from the last twelve months all came together. This superb event celebrates and rewards Rapport Ambassadors and reinforces the five core values that make our company so special. A new award was also introduced this year – the ‘Heart Award’ which goes to someone who always puts others first and is voted on by everyone in Rapport. The winning Rapport Ambassador was loudly cheered to the rafters when his name was read out.
Hosted by Greg Mace, Managing Director of Rapport, 550 Rapport Ambassadors and clients filled the QE2 Conference Centre in London with countless people viewing the live streaming via Facebook including simultaneous parties in Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham and Dublin. Guest presenters included Dominic Blakemore, Group Chief Executive of Compass Group PLC who made a very personal speech about the way that Rapport Ambassadors make him feel before he handed out awards for Leadership to two of our shining stars.
We also welcomed Compass Group UK and Ireland Managing Director, Chris Garside who entertained the audience with his observations about the power of a great welcome.
Being a winner is fantastic on a night like this, however just being one of the shortlisted nominees is a real achievement too, given the high standard of entries. We were delighted when Harry Dorofee, Director of Operations at Rapport in the US, surprised the audience by drawing two shortlisted nominees’ names at random for an all-expenses paid trip to New York for a holiday and also to experience a number of Rapport locations in the Big Apple.
As our teams partied into the night, everyone agreed it had been the best event yet.
More photos here.