Hurray! We’ve nearly made it folks! 2017 is drawing to a close.
It’s been a funny old year around the globe hasn’t it? We waved goodbye to Europe, America assigned some TV reality ‘star’ as their president (who decided he wants to fight with everyone!),Germany & Australia (eventually) decided that people can marry anyone they love, the largest Dinosaur footprint ever was also discovered on Aussie soil! Adele said ‘Hello’ again, Zimbabwe said goodbye to Magabe, and the Zika & Ebola viruses were fortunately wiped out. Women decided to stand together and say NO (or me too),Prince Harry got engaged, a record 2 billion users logged onto Facebook a month and PSG paid a record €222 million to acquire footballer Neymar from Barcelona. Hurricanes, storms & earthquakes struck, everyone panicked about Uber, a French sailor solo navigated around the whole globe in just 42 days and everyone seemed to go absolutely nuts for all things unicorns and rainbows?! Phew, it’s been a busy year!
Here at Hippo it’s also been an exciting and fun-filled year. Emmerdale celebrity Pete Barton popped in for a test drive, and ended up having a rally experience with our director Tom (watch the awesome video footage here).
We hosted a super car driver breakfast of champions meet, where super cars such as Ferraris, McLarens, Jaguars and Porsches (worth up to 1 million!) met, drove 81 miles around the beautiful countryside, and then came to Hippo HQ with 40 of our loyal Prestige customers for breakfast. It was an unbelievable day and display of some of the most supreme cars on the market today.
We raised lots of money for charity, our favourite moment probably being our sales director Mark getting a bucket of ice water thrown over his head for Children in Need, in sub-zero temperatures may we add! All for a good cause! Throughout Jan 2018, we will also be donating a percentage of EVERY car sold to Petal.
We WON the Growing Business award at Hive Awards in Blackburn, where we dressed up to the nines and feasted on delicious food, along with some other incredible businesses in the area. The aim of the annual awards is to celebrate the very best of businesses within the Blackburn and Darwen borough, so we couldn’t have been more delighted with the win. We also came runner up in the Red Rose Awards for the Retail Business Award out of 1000’s of other companies who were considered. Another super proud moment for us all.
It’s definitely been a positive kind of year for us award-wise, we are also shortlisted for the longest and largest business awards programme in Lancashire, the BIBA Awards. The Be Inspired Business Awards aim to not just celebrate but test the best of businesses. As a finalist, it consists of being put through vigorous tests that include a paper entry, interviews and then visits by Judges on Tour! We are excited to welcome them to Hippo in June and July, with the ceremony and winners announcement happening in September. Watch this space for updates to see if we make it!
Last, but certainly not least, we celebrated 10 years of business. 10 whole years can you believe it? And what better way to celebrate than having a Big Summer Blowout with all of our customers. It was a day filled with stupidly fun activities for the kids like wipe-out & helter skelter, great entertainment from the stages with help from 2BR radio, and seriously delicious food and drinks. It was a momentous event for us and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.
We have only been successfully in business for the last 10 years because of you, our loyal customer base, and we truly can’t thank you enough. From all of our returning Hippo Leasing clients, all the people we have helped secure vehicle finance with Hippo Finance, to the clients we’ve had a lot of fun helping to pick super cars with in Hippo Prestige. Every single person who uses or has used our services…we truly salute you all and wish you the most wonderful Christmas’s and New Year’s.
We have even more exciting things planned for 2018, starting with a HUGE sale, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground!
Thank you for the last 10 years and for helping to make Hippo what it is today!