Last week we were thrilled to announce that Sykes Cottages had won at the British Travel Awards for the third year in a row and that we now hold the title of Best Large Self Catering Holiday Booking Company for 2015. The award was presented to us at a glitzy London awards ceremony, which a small team of Sykes Cottages representatives attended.
Choosing who would represent the company at such a prestigious event was a difficult task, but in the end we decided to put it to the vote! We asked everyone here at Sykes Cottages HQ to vote for who they thought deserved to go to the awards, someone who goes above and beyond, someone who we could name Sykes’ unsung hero. After a few days of intense voting Sally, Helen and Ali where chosen to represent Sykes Cottages and we must say they did a fantastic job!
Marketing Assistant Sally has been with us here at Sykes Cottages for over 9 years and during that time has held a number of different roles within the company. Now part of our successful marketing team Sally is a much loved member of staff.
Helen has been part of the Sykes Cottages team for three and a half years, working as a team leader on the reservations floor. Helen is a real favourite here at Sykes and always runs a happy shift.
Alison is a highly prized member of our owners department and a jack of all trades. She’s been working here at Sykes Cottages for seven years and in that time she’s made some fantastic contributions to the company.
After their exciting night at the awards we couldn’t wait to hear all about their evening, so we sat the ladies down to ask them a few questions about the night…
How did it feel to be named one of Sykes’ unsung heroes and be invited to attend the British Travel Awards?
Sally: “It was very flattering, especially given that I was in a category with some very strong candidates and well-represented members of staff”
Helen: “I was overwhelmed that people had even voted for me, so when I found out that I had been chosen it was an amazing feeling!”
Alison: “I was very flattered as I’m just doing a job I love. I was extremely excited to be given the opportunity to go to one of the industry’s biggest award ceremonies and to come away a winner.”
What was the event like and did you enjoy the New York theme?
Sally: “It was a lot of fun to be part of, the whole atmosphere was very exciting. The function room had been set out and decorated beautifully, and the theme worked really well”
Helen: “The whole experience was amazing, very glamorous and the New York theme was fantastic”
Alison: “The event was very glamourous and exciting, the comedian Hal Cruttenden was hilarious and the live band was fantastic. The New York theme was great, especially the hot dog stand, I enjoyed two of those!”
What was the reaction like when Sykes Cottages won?
Sally: “Elation, excitement, relief, delight; just a few of the words that spring to mind! To have been in the room when our name was announced as the winners for the third time felt amazing and I personally felt really proud to be a part of the company”
Helen: “It was very exciting and brilliant to win for the third year running”
Alison: “It was really amazing, especially as we are now triple winners!”
Other than winning what was your favourite part of the night?
Sally: “The host, comedian Hal Cruttenden, was hilariously funny. The after party with a live band and DJ was also great fun. We had a wonderful time dancing before heading to the chill zone with chocolate fountain and vodka luge!”
Helen: “To be honest I can’t single out one part that was my favourite, the whole evening was good. A great evening with fab people”
Alison: “I loved getting glammed up and meeting three of the company’s partners, who were great company. I also bumped into some old colleagues which was nice”