Ilkley Business Awards 2020

Ilkley Business Awards 2020 by Mollie


I first met Rachel and Chris whilst I was volunteering for their charity fashion show ‘Fashion Fiesta’ in 2016 and 2017. At the time I was starting my degree in makeup and was focusing on working freelance so managing to keep the yearly space at Fashion Fiesta was a massive plus as it gave me the best opportunity to network and meet other people in the industry. 

Fast forward to 2018 I had taken the jump to backstage manage the show after keeping in touch with Rachel and writing for the show’s programme in 2017. This gave me so much confidence and experience in managing a team and coordinating a busy backstage area alongside a team of people. 

After running backstage at the 2018 show I took a step up and became Event Manager for the 2019 show which meant I was spending a lot more time with Rachel and Chris, in and out of the office planning the show. 

Spending more time in the office gave me a look into Shoo as a brand, and soon enough I started doing bits here and there and before I knew it I was given a ‘Shoo’ email address and started to get to know the clients through being in the office. 

Just before the 2019 Fashion Fiesta show last November I became an official Shoo employee. I project manage clients for Shoo, I manage all the events that go on within Shoo, and my favourite part of my role, I get to organise office drinks for team birthdays and celebrations!

At the start of 2020 the Ilkley Business Awards nomination forms came out and the chatter in the office turned to who to nominate and planning the obvious work night out. Little did I know that Rachel and Chris had nominated me for apprentice of the year. 

On the awards night, I really didn’t think I was going to win and when I did I was so surprised as the competition was really strong. 

Since winning the ‘Shoo-niverse’ has turned upside down due to Coronavirus but we are still ploughing ahead moving our DigitalU event online and postponing our Mini Fashion Fiesta until next year. 

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