Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards
It seems like yesterday when we started, but this is PMW’s fifth year as the headline sponsor for the Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards. So much has changed since that journey began and most of that change has, of course, occurred in recent months.
The measures taken to curtail the spread of Covid-19 have created the most challenging times for business seen in a generation and I am relieved to see so many Surrey businesses rising to the challenge of survival with both fortitude and enthusiasm. But there is no escaping that food and drink is one of the most heavily impacted sectors and it is the small and medium sized businesses that are suffering the most.
Let’s not forget that every business has its own personal story. A story often laden with entrepreneurialism, energy and passion, most often underpinned by the stress, heartache and sacrifice required to turn a dream into reality.
I'm sure that some people think that a food and drink awards must be a ‘highbrow’ event, intended to appeal to the sophisticated pallets of gourmets and connoisseurs. But nothing could be further from the truth. The reason why this sector is so successful is that it excels at helping to make the lives of ordinary people like me feel a little less ordinary; whether by taste, smell, quality or simply providing a nice environment to spend some time with friends or family.
I'm sure that people often wonder why a Surrey based wealth management company would want to sponsor food and drink awards, as at first glance, it is not an obvious fit. However, the reality is that we have so much in common. Our business is about understanding the complex needs of our customers and relating them to the wider world, so that we can help them achieve the best possible outcomes. We also need to be creative and flexible in how we deliver our services.
The food and drink sector has been the life blood of the complex ecosystem that is Surrey and has a reputation for vibrancy and creativity. Many people say that the world has changed. Maybe for today, but not for tomorrow. We are a resilient species and one that thrives on social contact, which is often through the medium of sharing food and drink. A virus isn’t going to change that for ever.
Please join us in supporting a sector that has had a tougher year than most.
If you would like to find out more about the awards or vote for your favourite food and drink establishment, visit Surrey Life Food and Drink Awards.
Simon Lewis, CEO of Partridge Muir & Warren
Click on the images below to find out more about the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 awards ceremonies: