Well I didn’t win but it was fun

June 25, 2008 · Filed Under Disability, Dyslexia · Comment 

John Tipping at Barclays Trading Places Awards June 2008The Barclays Trading Places Awards for the south were held at the Brighton Hilton Metropole. Very posh! But they did have bubbly window film on the front windows so we have left our details.

When we got there we were a bit early so we had champagne in the bar looking over the sea. Then we went up to the Lancaster Room and ‘networked’. It was quite a small room so I was not too nervous. We all had to go up on the stage and tell everyone a bit about ourselves. This guy who was the compare asked questions so you didn’t have to remember what to say, which was just as well as I couldn’t write it down anyway.

There were lots of people there who had contracted various conditions and had started up their businesses despite, but I was the only person who had always had hurdles to jump my whole life. I always feel that dyslexia is a hidden disability and that people think ‘the only thing wrong with him is that he can’t read or write’. There were people there in wheel chairs and all sorts. One guy had got so depressed after his sister was murdered that he contracted HIV on purpose!! makes me seem really normal.

Anyway it was nice to see everyone and meet new people. I like doing that – talking to people and finding out all about them. I will talk to anyone I will. Sometimes I suppose it can come across as slightly mad, but I’m just interested in other people’s lives and you never know who you will meet!!

Exciting Day

June 24, 2008 · Filed Under Business · Comment 

Today we are off down to Brighton to a posh hotel for a gala lunch and award ceremony. I have managed to reach the regional finals of the Barclays Trading Places Business Awards which┬áis for people who have turned their lives around after adversity by starting out in business – that’s me!

Jill, as my biggest fan,┬ánominated me and I was amazed when I got the phone call. There are 10 regional finalists. One is picked from each region to go through to the national final in London in September. Good prizes – and good PR too which is good.

I will let you know how I got on later.