Jessica and I were sitting in a room with at least 50 other franchisees who are all running excellent Academies across the UK and Europe and would all be worthy winners of the award. There was no shortlist, no nominees that we knew of, so we had no idea we were even in the running!
When we heard our names we slowly looked at each other with open mouths, and when we heard all the applause and saw all these smiling faces beaming at us, we realised we had heard correctly.
Jessica allowed me to make the acceptance speech which was ridiculously trembly and emotional. I had no idea I would react in that way...I was literally vibrating, even my knee caps were jumping up and down!
My speech was a bit of a blur but the main points and sentiments I would like to share with you now.
Thank you to our amazing, hard working and dedicated teachers. We are like a family, the 'dream team' as we call them and we are so proud to have them.
Thank you to the parents who bring their children to us every week and provide us with the support and encouragement we need. Without you passing on such wonderful word of mouth references to friends and family, we would not have grown and developed as steadily and confidently as we have over the past 2 years.
Thank you to our fantastic, talented students who inspire us to be the best Academy we possibly can.
We absolutely love running the Academy! It means the world to us, as do all of our students, parents and staff. Please keep spreading the word so that the children of Cambs and Herts will be the most eloquent and quietly confident children in the country!!! Hee hee! Ok maybe that's a little over the top, but I think you know what I mean.
Thank you one and all, without you we would not have been the proud and glowing winners of Franchisee of the Year 2013.