Wednesday, 23 April 2008

HSBC Comp: A Day in the Life! *

Information continually updated throughout the day today. Newest post on top!

Maybe my competitive streak has been mollified by the champagne reception but at this moment in time I really can say in all honesty that no matter who ends the evening grasping on to a novelty cheque this has been yet another amazing experience (like San Francisco, India or the Dragons' Den) that I would not have had if it weren't for Red Button and all of the support we've been given for our Entrepreneurial Endeavours (or should that simply be abject insanity? I feel there is little difference some days). Starting up in business is consistently the hardest thing I have ever had to do and I'd be lying if I said there weren't days I just want to throw in the towel and get a job in sales but I ...
wow, *puts down the glass of champagne and straightens her dress* enough of that - I have Networking to attend to!

18:23-Not Long Now!

Well we will be pitching first of five, not sure if that is a blessing or a curse but to be honest I am at the BAFTA theatre, red carpet and all having the absolute best time! It is almost a shame I have to do any work!

04:59-On Our Way!
Short on time and short on sleep we may be but we're certainly not short on enthusiasm! We've just finished making ourselves look presentable and in a few minutes we'll be heading over to the BAFTA theatre to get acquainted with the Panel (well, those on the panel we haven't yet met!) safe to say I am pretty excited at the prospect!

- Amanda

15:36-More Haste Less Speed!

So it is going to be a close call! Our train will get into Kings Cross in just a few minutes but we're leaving the *hotel* for the theatre at 4:45! Good job I am well versed in the art of the quick change (years of competitive dance pay off in the strangest ways!) Oh well, maybe the haste will keep the nerves at bay though I could really do with a nap in a comfy 5* hotel bed right now!

13:24-Who Will we be Sharing the Stage With?

The members of the panel that will be questioning us onstage are:
Lisa Buckingham, Editor, Financial Mail on Sunday, Dragons' Den Entrepreneur Peter Jones, Designer Wayne Hemingway, William Kendall, former CEO Green & Blacks and New Covent Garden Soup Company and the session will be chaired by GMTV presenter, Jenni Falconer.
Seems like a nicely diverse bunch and some good contacts there!


11:47-Amanda Gets Distracted by her Horoscope

"Events push you into the public eye today no matter how much you resist. Nevertheless, you still may withhold a vital piece of information, believing this could increase your power. Actually, it may just complicate matters. Controlling the flow of data is not to your advantage; it is better to get everything out into the open and then let destiny take you where it will."
- Amanda

09:50-National Express to London Kings Cross

Rainy mid-week mornings are the entire city's excuse to take a taxi. The traffic was murder and we didn't make the fast train we'd originally planned to travel on, we caught the next train with a fraction of a second to spare but the 10 mins of traffic jam in Glasgow cost us almost 2 hours in terms of our arrival time in London! It's not a brilliant start by anyone's account but hopefully not representative of the day as a whole!
- Amanda

* Today James and I will be doing our best to test technology by posting updates as regularly as possible throughout the day, please feel free to strike up a dialogue by posting a comment and keep refreshing the page to follow our progress at the HSBC Unipreneurs Final.

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