With the heat of this extraordinary summer still very much with us, it’s somewhat surprising to think that the eighth (yes, eighth!) FSM Awards are beginning to home into view. Indeed, as I type this, it is one month to the day until we will be convening with our panel of expert judges to debate, discuss and, yes, sometimes argue until we have settled on the final list of winners.
The fact is that, though it is great to meet up with old friends from the industry and lunch at the Royal Garden Hotel is greatly enjoyed afterwards, the act of actually choosing the winners themselves is a task that we and the judges take extremely seriously. It simply has to be when you consider just how big an honour it is for the victors to receive a prestigious FSM Award. This is very much in evidence if you turn to page 20, where some of the winners from last year reflect on their successes with recollections such as “it feels fantastic to be recognised by our industry peers” and “being recognised by independent awarding bodies is really important”.
The good news is that if you know someone who you think is worthy of walking in their footsteps then it’s not too late nominate – though you will have to be quick. To do so simply go to www.fsmawards.co.uk and fill out the form; and you can also find information there on how to attend the event, which will be held on 19th November at the Royal Garden Hotel. I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible, whether as a guest or as a nominee…