A string of ‘thank-you’ emails and cards showed that our guests really had a great night at the 2013 Taxation Awards. It was the best one yet!
The familiar Voice of the Balls (aka Alan Dedicoat) took us through the proceedings with his well-honed articulation. Comedian Tim Vine also acted as joint compere and presented the awards. He had our table in stiches, firing off his witty one-liners with effortless rapidity… “So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me “Can you give me a lift?” I said, “Sure, you look great, the world’s your oyster, go for it”.
The boy with the tape on his mouth also gave us a very clever and novel act as a break between the two halves of the awards ceremony.
Our table lapped it all up together with the tasty four-course dinner. As hosts we took great pleasure in seeing all the guests getting on so well with each other – no surprise really since they were all such lovely warm people!
We were proud to sponsor ‘Best tax practice in a regional firm’ and Patricia presented the award to ‘Bishop Fleming’, which mainly operates in the south west of England.
Our firm again made the shortlist for the ‘Best Tax Consultancy Team’ but alas we had to be content again to be a ‘runner up’. With three consecutive short listings, we are beginning to feel like a fiscal version of Kate Winslett!
The PRTC table poses for a photo…
We decided to send out an e-christmas card featuring a cartoon involving Father Christmas and HMRC involved in an IR-35 dispute over Rudolph.
Many thanks to our artist, Ellie Thomason, who we commissioned for this work and who did a fantastic job for us.
Please click below to view the card
E-Christmas Card 2012
All our guests had a great time at the Ronnie Scotts Christmas cabaret lunch. Amidst a wonderful intimate setting, we were treated to a tasty christmas lunch accompanied by delightful festive cabaret from the Ronnie Scotts All Stars band, led by the talented pianist James Pearson. Peter Rayney Tax Consulting even got a musical namecheck!
The fun went on well into the late afternoon with hilarous moments in the ‘Challenge the band’ and the Ronnie Scotts Annual International Kazoo competition. ‘Challenge the band’ involves the audience requesting the band to perform christmas songs but in a selected musical style – this included innovative renditions of White Christmas played Rap-style, Away in a Manger in Reggae, and Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer in the style of Bollywood. Great entertainment and showed how talented the Ronnie Scotts musicians were. The Kazoo competition was also a hit with 10 member of the audience (including two from our table!) being brave enough to display their ‘Kazooing’ skills on stage.
Some of the PRTC party...Maurice Dawes and me!
This was a great way to begin Christmas and we will certainly be back next year.