What a fabulous, festive and fun-filled evening at the MRS Operations Awards last night. IFF were out in force with staff from across the company coming together in eager anticipation ahead of our nominations in the two best data collection categories, Best Data Collection Online and Best Data Collection Telephone.
This year the Oppies were moved from their traditional location at One America, Tower Hill to the Beach Blanket Babylon in Shoreditch so we found ourselves making the opposite journey to the ceremony having recently moved our own offices from Hoxton/Shoreditch to London Bridge/Tower Hill. As we passed by the graffiti splashed buildings and smelt the familiar scent of pulled pork in the air we hoped that this strange coincidence might be an omen for a triumphant return.
As the evening went on we were reminded of why the Oppies are so important. They are a celebration of the industry, a chance to put the spotlight on the operational functions that lie at the heart of our business and an opportunity for us to remember our own organisational achievements.
The awards we were nominated for this year represent two of our milestone projects. The Best Data Collection (Online) nomination was a result of work carried out on the Annual Survey of Goods and Services for the Office of National Statistics, a study with approximately 40,000 participants which contributes to the calculation of national gross domestic product (GDP). Our nomination for Best Data Collection Telephone come through our work on the Employer Skills Survey (ESS), one of the largest B2B survey’s in the world with just under 90,000 employer interviews.
It was a night filled with positivity and comradery and although we missed out on the main awards of the night our submission in the Best Data Collection (Online) category was highly commended by the judges.
We are very proud of the impact both of these projects have had and delighted that this was recognised by the judges. We want to take this opportunity to thank our clients and partners, in particular, the Office for National Statistics and Department for Education for commissioning these crucial studies. The harmonious working relationships we have enjoyed with both of these bodies has led to outcomes that truly make a difference.
This year’s Oppie awards are a signifier of the great work being carried out across the industry. We want to congratulate all the winners and nominees on the night for their outstanding achievements.
We hope to see you all again next year!