To Gosforth Park, Newcastle for the first ever North East Dealmakers Awards event. It was top night. We don't have a magazine up here, but we have run a few breakfast events in Newcastle city centre and our handy guides have been well received.
The awards event went really well. Even for a Tuesday night plenty of people stayed late. The production of the event was as quality as ever. Understandably there's a feeling around these parts that Northern Rock has been badly treated by the national media, fuelling hysteria and panic.
Big winners on the night were the boys over at McInnes Corporate Finance, which used to be called Quantum but was bought last year. We don't choose the winners, we put it out to a vote in the market and the cheer that greeted Chris Appleby's win showed he was a popular winner. I don't think he was surprised either.