Dootrix Celebrates British Business Excellence at the BBE Awards
Dootrix’s culture is one of letting the work speak for itself. But, as Delivery Manager Phoebe Davin found out this week, being up for a national award was a reminder that, as a team, it’s occasionally nice to celebrate all that we’ve achieved. We asked her to share her experience of the evening.
“On Tuesday evening I found myself at the Grosvenor Hotel in London’s Mayfair with nine other Doo’ers for the Lloyd’s Bank British Business Excellence (BBE) Awards. We were finalists in the Tech Business of the Year category.
Honestly, I was blown away. There we were in a swanky hotel amidst scores of tables and hundreds of finalists listening to speeches by people like the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, fresh from the reshuffle the day before and still in his job. If there had been drama you wouldn’t have known it to watch him.
People were all dressed to the nines and the atmosphere was electric. There was a three-course dinner; the steak with dauphinoise potatoes and the chocolate mousse were lush. There was also quite a lot of champagne, which seemed appropriate for what was, after all, a celebration of all that’s best about British business.
We were up against companies like Credentially, Bright HR, Octopus Energy and Zilch and it felt really out of the ordinary to be there, but also I wasn’t surprised that we were. There was a sense that we were in the company of other people who take what they do seriously and who are good at it.
Proud of what we Doo!
The last time Dootrix was up for an award was four or five years ago, before my time. It’s not something we go in for very much. The thing about Dootrix is that we tend to be pretty down to earth, very focused on doing the job in hand to the highest possible standard and, while we do big one another up, it’s not a company where we blow our own trumpets. The culture is quite humble. And I think that goes for Dootrix as a business as well. We don’t like talking too big.
But we were encouraged to go for the award by people that know the business and it felt really good to be there. A lot of the other finalists seemed quite corporate. I’d definitely describe everyone at Dootrix as very professional but not corporate. It was especially nice to make the finals because we tend to work remotely and in different parts of the country and we don’t get to meet up in person all that often. So in a way it felt much more like a family outing.
In the end we didn’t win. But in many ways we’d already won just by being there. I know that we all felt that making the finals was a big deal and that it’s a mark of how we’re being seen as a serious player in all things Microsoft Azure, from systems integration and application development to oversight and strategic consultancy.
As for me, it’ll be an evening I remember for a long time, one where my Dootrix colleagues and I took our seats amongst the very best British businesses.”
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