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Hi nominees and guests!  Welcome to your all information FNQ Handmade Industry Awards email!
The purpose of this email to ensure you guys know exactly where to go, what time to be there, and some of the happenings of the night.  Squee!
Firstly….. about you.
 
At Sweet Florence, we love what you do.. that’s why you received a nomination!  Please equip yourself for the night to meet new people, network, and make new friends!  We are a community, and we want to value one another in the sense that we all love the handmade industry.  Lets unite and get to know one another!  Bring business cards and your passion for your craft!
Social Media
Lets really make the most of this night.  So many handmade businesses in one place! HASH TAG!!!  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter even Pinterest.  Do your thing and share with your followers!!
Hash tags to use on the night:
#FNQhandmadeindustryawards
#Sweetflorenceblog
#Shangrilacairns
#YOURBUSINESS!!!!
If it’s ok for us at Sweet Florence to use your social page images on our online profiles, please include #Sweetflorenceblog  in your posts.  We would love to share your businesses during and after the event 🙂
Wear handmade!
If you can.. wear something handmade!  Name drop when asked who you are wearing, this is our industry, let us be proud and show peeps why they should follow us and shop locally and handmade. Support your fellow creators and of course your biz too!
The press
I have done my ABSOLUTE best to invite as many local press entities as I possibly can.  Oasis magazine will be there with BIG BELLS on.  We have our own private photographer also who will be taking photos to showcase the night and winners and businesses for our blog.  I have invited all TV channels, newspapers and magazines – even the radio stations!  We don’t know who might turn up – it’s the nature of the beast.  The press release went out 6 weeks ago, and a follow up went at the start of this week.  So look amazing!  Practise your pose and be at the ready to look amazing.
The award winners
Well isn’t this just the best part?
If you are nominated, fee free to prepare a little bit of a speech.  It does not have to be long at all.  Be proud of what you have achieved.  We know how hard this industry can be  creative experimentation, hits and misses, time away from your kids, a reason to supplement the income.. we totally get it!  Be proud of what you do and own it.  We would love to hear a few words from you if you win the award.  Please don’t be shy, let us hear who has helped along the away and encouraged you to create great things.
Also, if you are nominated, and you can’t attend PLEASE nominate someone you know who is attending to receive the award on your behalf.  If there is no one, let me know at the very latest Friday morning.  It would be really sad not to be able to present it to someone.
 
Arriving!
Time!!!  The event starts at 7.30pm.  So PLEASE arrive between 7pm and 7.15pm….  the earlier, the better.  We want to give the press as much opportunity to photograph you at our media wall as we possible can.  This is where our photographers are stationed until the event starts.   You want the main entrance to the lobby/foyer at the Shangri-La on Pier point road.  You will see two handsome gentleman out the front with FNQ HIA signs.  Look for the thumb print!  They will direct you inside to the media wall – all guests get photographed.  Practise those poses friends!!!
Tanya and I will be at the wall so we can meet and greet everyone as you all arrive.  I can’t wait to put faces to names and businesses!  After your photo is taken, we will move you into the venue and you need to register at the registration table.
You will meet Sasha from Sweet Florence who will check your name off the guest list, and will wrist band you to ensure you can order from the bar.  Please do not take it off, or no more drinkies for you!  There is a selection of beers, wines and champagne on offer.
Also, you can enjoy a couple of deliciously prepared FNQ canapés.  I hope you love them as much as I know I will!
And we’re done!
Well, that’s a wrap for the night.  It’s so exciting, I can’t wait to share it all with you!  It’s been an absolute pleasure organising this for you all, I have been overwhelmed with the talent expressed in FNQ, I just can’t wait to write about it and share it with the public.
We at Sweet Florence are launching our first E Mag in November and the awards will feature heavily!  We have an exciting campaign in December that will showcase a few of your businesses ready for the silly season, and have been working on a large social media push campaign that involves you all.  Love the hash tag, love local business and LOVE HANDMADE!
Thank you for all your enthusiasm, encouragement and kind words.  I am so excited and I look forward to meeting you all.
Joey
Any questions, please feel free to contact me via email or Facebook 🙂
Thank you kindly,
Joey Pollington-Stepp
Director
Sweet Florence The Australian Handmade Blog
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