Over the past few weeks Applegreen, already no stranger to the award process, scooped an impressive array of honours at both the Forecourt Convenience and Shelflife magazine award events. Applegreen Motorway Service Area at Lusk North nabbed Forecourt Convenience Retailer of the Year and Forecourt Convenience Store of the Year with the Applegreen Mount Merrion Service station taking the Best Food to Go award. As if that wasn’t enough Shelflife Magazine’s Forecourt Manager of the Year is Mantas Ambraziejus from the Applegreen Motorway Service Area on the M2 at Templepatrick.
Comedian and curmudgeon supreme Jack Benny once quipped on being honoured at an awards ceremony, “I don’t really deserve this award but I have arthritis and I guess I don’t deserve that either”. Award ceremonies are funny things, all black suits, bow ties and flamboyant dresses, multi course meals, celebrity moderators, pints and cocktails, work colleagues, industry peers, all the things that are standard elements of a fun business night out. But what’s really behind the lavish night out and the giving / receiving of awards?
When an industry award is bestowed on someone it’s not about the trophy itself, whether it be gold silver or crystal. it’s not about the dinner, the moment of glory when one receives the trophy. Somebody once said that while they were basking in the applause and glory of receiving an award they quickly came back down to earth when they remembered that at least three quarters of the audience had wanted someone else to win! No. When one receives an award the real reward is acknowledgement. The acknowledgement that you did something very very well. That all the people involved behind the scenes did their job and played their part. Receiving an industry award is confirmation from your peers that you have achieved what you set out to achieve. So congratulations to manager of the year Mantas Ambraziejus of Templepatrick and his wonderful team and everybody in Lusk North Motorway Service Area and Applegreen Mount Merrion. Feel free to bask in the glory of a job very, very well done.