Last night, Team Vivid (all dressed very snazzily may I add) took the short walk over to The Hilton for the Made in Manchester Awards to see if we were taking home the gong for our not one, but TWO nominations for Digital, Media or Creative Professional of the Year. Our Brand Planner, the lovely Rebecca Holt, and our Head of Design (HOD) Chris Forrester were both up for the award.
We were greeted with Prosecco upon arrival (with the HOD cheekily grabbing a second glass by doing a naughty detour), and directed upstairs to take our seats in the Deansgate Suite. Shortly after, Will Perry who was presenting the awards said his hellos and it was time for a bit of dinner – one of our favourite things. The dinner was ahhhhmazing, we had:
Starter – Butternut squash and feta cheese gratin
Main – Feather blade of beef of beef with dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal vegetables (beans, parsnips and carrots), carrot puree and red wine jus with a Wild mushroom and black truffle gnocchi option for the Veggies.
Dessert – Salted caramel torte
It was genuinely one of THE nicest meals, accompanied by a yummy bottle or two of Malbec and Pinot. Whilst having dinner, we were serenaded by The Manchester Camerata which is an Orchestra (what a funky orchestra) who played a mixture of Mancunian songs, afterall, the evening was for those Made in Manchester.
It was great to see over 450 of Manchester’s brightest young professionals come together to celebrate as one. So the awards commenced and category by category the winners were announced. It then came to the all important award … the Digital, Media or Creative Professional of the Year, are you feeling nervous reading this?! Unfortunately, neither Forrester or Wildgoose-Holt won (although we think they should have!) but we’re still super proud of them for even being short listed as this is an achievement in itself.
The awards were really entertaining and it was lovely to spend the evening with a wonderful team, we were most definitely the rowdiest table and really represented that big (loud) Vivid culture. By the end of the evening, Will Perry (the Presenter for the evening) knew our Creative Director Karl on first name terms, soooooooo we must’ve made an impact.
One of the most important awards of the night was the Manchester Champion, and it was handed to a very deserving winner who created the poem that Manchester will treasure forever, ‘This is the Place’, which made the people of Manchester come together as one when the terror attack tragically happened at the MEN on the 22nd May 2017. Vivid has recently worked with Tony Walsh on our Culture Blackpool project, and it couldn’t have been given to a more commendable and talented person.
As the award came to a close, we gathered the troops and made our way over to Mahiki, another sponsor of the event, and had a quick scoop, then we heard someone calling our name, it was only bloody Albert Schloss wasn’t it! We decided you should never go against fate, so we hop, skipped and jumped to Albert’s and danced on the tables till our hearts were content.
Well #MIMA (Made in Manchester Awards), you did not disappoint. We really enjoyed ourselves, however, I am not enjoying the sore feet from 6 inch heels! From The Gallagher brothers and Guy Garvey, to Rebecca Holt and Chris Forrester, legends really are Made in Manchester (they’re also located at Vivid HQ).