“I think it’s going to be a good night,” said the black tie-clad gentleman as the music kicked in and excitement started to build in the sumptuous surroundings of the Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
Almost 1,000 people had taken their seats to celebrate those at the cutting edge of the procurement profession, and learn who would be crowned the best of the best at the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2015. Dressed to impress and up for fun, it was very much a time to mix business with five parts pleasure.
Once dinner had been served, TV funnyman Alexander Armstrong launched the jollity with a surreal song, later explained as a folk ditty from his native Northumberland.
In a series wide-ranging gags it became clear that Armstrong was from a long line of doctors, and that he enjoyed the freedom to tell naughty jokes away from the restrictions imposed by television.
Before there was time to catch your breath the gongs started being handed out, to the pounding beat of eighties classics. “The Cult and Kim Wilde? Sounds like my record collection,” chortled Armstrong, as the evening’s winners made their way to the stage and champagne corks started popping.
But the celebrations did not end there, as covers band the Bright Sparks struck up and people thronged to the dance floor to boogie the night away.