No, that’s not our style, but my wife Sandra and I are going to the Houses of Parliament for dinner on Thursday of this week. Oh, I say!
As a long standing mate of mine would say, why would they invite a lad from Blackpool with a 3rd class Honours degree (not true by the way) to the Houses of Parliament? Good question!
It all started when I received an e-mail inviting myself and Blue Sky to contribute to this year’s Parliamentary Review. I thought it was either a wind up or it was a general e-mail circulation. I thought I had just better check it out before I pressed delete and lo and behold, I spoke to a very well spoken gentleman called Edward who informed me that it was indeed genuine. I asked the obvious question “why Blue Sky”? He couldn’t tell me as we were shortlisted by a selection panel and that remains confidential. He went on to say “perhaps it is because of your reputation in your niche area of finance, possibly someone has recommended you, it may be because of your innovative approach or your work in reaching out to the community”.
I still don’t know but if any one person is responsible, thank you. A big thank you also to my colleagues at Blue Sky because without the team and the special culture we have, we wouldn’t get such recognition.
The publication for the Department of Work and Pensions finally landed on my desk last week and I have to say, it is really well presented. Just a paragraph, if I may, as to what the Parliamentary Review is about.
The Parliamentary Review is an annual initiative that is released to coincide with the beginning of the Parliamentary year. It is an indispensable guide to cross-sector best practice and how industry leaders have responded to challenges in the political and economic environment.
Clients of Blue Sky will be sent a copy but if you aren’t a client and you would like one please e-mail Louise Scott firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal address.
Gary Neild B.Sc.Hons. DipIP PFA
P.S. I’ll let you know how dinner goes, and if we meet someone of note!