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We were thrilled to be declared outright global winners of the first ever Dell Small Business Excellence Award. This is our biggest award to date, and the prize was another trip to New York and a meeting with Michael Dell for a chance to swap best practices!
Dell's judges were impressed with our social media strategy, spearheaded by the Wiggly Podcast and our active Facebook groups. You can watch a video about the whole affair on Dell's website.
Here's Heather and Farmer Phil accepting ourRural Enterprise Rural Business Development Award at the House of Commons.
The award was given in recognition of our strong environmental credentials, our environmentally sustainable products and the fact that most of the staff live within five miles of Lower Blakemere Farm.
Wiggly Wigglers is based on a lovely, mixed Herefordshire farm where Farmer Phil tries his best to farm sympathetically and in balance with nature, while still maintaining profitablity. It was particularly gratifing, therefore, to receive the Alternative Enterprise Awardfrom the Farmer's Weekly newspaper.
Here's Heather receiving the award, in the shape of a plough's mouldboard, from newsreader Fiona Bruce.
The Federation of Small Businesses' awards ceremony was a glittering affair held at the lavish Claridges Hotel in London. Having won our local, Midlands, heat we went on to scoop the top prize and be named the overall British Small Business Champions 2005. You can hear Heather's recollections of the evening (which may be hazy) in Wiggly Podcast 8 and all about the prize, trip to New York no less, in Wiggly Podcast 19.
Excellence are the most prestigious UK awards to recognise companies for integrating responsible business practice into their operations; an idea which is very close to our heart. Our particular award was the Rural Action Award which was sponsored by the Post Office. Whilst being an environmentally friendly company which integrates well into its local community just seems like common sense to us, it's still nice to pick-up such a prestigious award - even if it is just for doing what comes naturally!
You can listen to Heather being interviewed by Jeni Murray on Radio 4's Women's Hour. Who would have guessed that Jeni was so squeamish about worms!
The Wiggly Podcast's fame has spread as far as San Francisco, as seen in this article by Amy Stewart.
Heather was interviwed by The Times in this Times Online article.