After a successful Awards evening where he announced three new centres for the group, Blue Diamond MD Alan Roper gave GTN Xtra his thoughts on the event and the motivational effect on his teams.
"Well our 14th awards were the biggest and best we have ever staged which was fitting given my 20th year. 500 people really enjoyed themselves and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. 500 sore heads the next day. We pull out all the stops to ensure we showcase a grand event and we don't spare the money horses!!
"The unifying energising effect it has is priceless.
"This is the first year we invited suppliers and selected press, which everyone agreed worked well.
"I received many comments from people who felt moved by the interview that was played about my 20 year journey and my view of the team and culture I have built.
"I was obviously touched by the standing ovation and the comments Simon made about the fact that even though he has worked with some well known/ high profile retailers he had never worked with someone that had an unrelenting eye for detail as myself.
"I think the evening showcased what makes the Blue Diamond business shine, the people. A team of people that's been 20 years in the making."
See GTN Xtra's full report and pictures from the event here