We’re well into December now and slowly heading towards Christmas and the New Year, so it’s nearly time to say goodbye to 2020 - and what a year it’s been! We’re reflecting on the past year to remember it for its positives, by sharing 20 achievements that our team have managed to reach throughout the year, despite the odds being stacked against us - just as they have for any small business.
So here it is, Purple’s year of 2020 in 20!
1 Purple Baby - 2020 saw us very excitedly welcome the first Purple baby into the world!
2 Promotions - We were very proud to see two of our team members get promoted this year, well done Scarlett and Emma.
3 Award Wins - This year, between us we were lucky enough to win 3 fantastic awards, The David Doorbar Award for Excellence, Employer of the Year and Apprentice of the Quarter.
4 Brews Each - It’s no secret that we love a good cuppa here at Purple, and while working from home it’s taken on average 4 brews to get each Purple Person through the day!
5 Exams Passed - From apprenticeships to professional development courses, our hard-working team have knuckled down and passed 5 exams this year - well done Emma, George and Jess!
6 Women - After hiring Amanda and Maisy this year, we’re up to 6 women on the team - we’re finally even with the boys!
7 Book Club Meetings - Book club was a new addition to the Purple working week back in October, and over the course of 7 meetings, we’ve discussed 7 of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life.
8 Websites Launched in One Month - We love sharing our most recent website launches with you, and in 2020 we had one particularly busy month, launching a total of 8 websites in the space of 4 weeks!
9 Paw-fessionals - After heading home in March to WFH, our team members gained some new colleagues, only in the form of cats and dogs!
10 Months Working from Home - By the time we head into the New Year, we’ll have hit the 10-month mark of working from home, since we packed up our PCs back in March.
11 Online Digital Marketing Workshops with DA - We love working with the team at Digital Advantage, but things were turned on their head back in March and we went online! We’ve since delivered 11 online workshops to lots of lovely local businesses.
12 Team Members - We were so pleased to take on Amanda and Maisy this year and welcome them to our team, so we’re now up to 12 members!
13 Boxes of Mince Pies - In the spirit of Christmas, Amanda and her daughter Chloe have got through 13 boxes of mince pies in their trying and testing mission to find the best ones around!
14 Zoom Fails - 2020 will certainly be remembered as the year of Zoom, but it won’t be without all those hilarious Zoom fails we’ve all experienced - one of our favourites has to be Dalek James!
15 Minutes - When we all packed up and left the office back in March, we thought Phil would be glad for the peace and quiet! But, it didn’t take long for him to miss us, just 15 minutes - if that!
16 Prospective Projects - Although 2020 isn’t yet over, we’re already getting excited for the prospective projects we’ve got in the pipeline for 2021!
17 Netflix Series Binged - From Tiger King to The Crown, 2020 has certainly been the year for Netflix binges among the Purple Team.
18 Office Spaces - From leaving the office and determining which room has the best lighting for Zoom calls or is closest to the kitchen for snacks, as well as two house moves, our team have collectively had 18 office spaces this year - that has to be a record?!
19 Miles - During lockdown, plenty of us tried to head out on our daily exercise, but no one did quite as well as Allan did - he ran a whopping 19 miles in one go!
20 Virtual classroom sessions - Luckily for Maisy and Jess, all of their apprenticeship classes are online so their learning hasn’t been interrupted, and between them, they’ve been on 20 virtual classroom sessions this year!
We'd like to say a huge thank you for all the support we've recieved throuhgout 2020, it's meant a lot to us as it always does! We're very lucky to have a very dedicated team, but even luckier to have such a supportive audience around us - here's to 2021 and hopefully a lot more to smile about!