Annabel had the privilege of joining the esteemed panel of judges for the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, specifically for the Trailblazer category. Let’s hear all about it…

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce business awards.

Annabel Hemingbrough, Pam Hodgetts & Andrew Buchan.

It was an absolute blast—I swung by Stafford Park in Telford to hang out at the Shropshire Chamber for a day of judging, and let me tell you, it was way less nerve-wracking than I expected. Joined by Pam Hodgetts and Andrew Buchan, we embarked on the epic quest of sifting through a pool of top-notch talent all vying for their shot at glory in the Trailblazer category. And let me tell you, narrowing down our top four contenders was like trying to find Waldo.

But seriously, it was no easy feat! Every application was jam-packed with innovation, passion, and hustle, making it a real head-scratcher to pick out the cream of the crop. Whether it was fresh-faced startups or seasoned pros, the diversity and caliber of the entries were seriously impressive. If only we had an unlimited supply of trophies, right?

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce business awards shortlist deciders!

A huge shoutout to all the incredible businesses that made it onto the shortlist for the Trailblazer category. Your contributions to the Shropshire business scene are seriously commendable—seriously, you deserve a round of applause and then some! And to those who didn’t quite make the cut this time, fear not! Your journey isn’t over yet—just think of it as a plot twist. Keep hustling, and who knows, maybe next year will be your time to shine!

To all the finalists, best of luck as you gear up for the next leg of this adventure. Keep that passion burning bright, and hey, who knows, maybe we’ll all be clinking glasses together at the awards evening (which, let’s be real, is always a night to remember—I should know, I got to go last year as a finalist too!).

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