15 years at QVC!

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Wow! Those years have flown by and, yet, there are so many memories packed into them. I must dig out some of the old photos from way back when but, for now, I’ll share the celebrations of my 15th with you.

I’m sure you know by now that QVC is like a second home for me. It’s filled with colleagues who have become friends and some friends who are now as good as family. As a thank you for long service the company invite employees to an evening of spoiling and awards for each five year milestone.

It’s always wonderful to see all the familiar faces of those who’ve been on the same journey for so long. There’s a true sense of camaraderie and achievement, especially when the CEO, Rob Muller, makes an encouraging speech full of gratitude for what we do and presents us with an award and gift.

My plus one this year was the same as five years ago for my tenth, my gorgeous best girl friend Mandy. We’ve known each other for over 25 years now and we don’t get out together as often as we used to due to the fact she has moved a little further away.

When we do get together we like to make up for lost time so, rather than just invite her to the evening, I thought it would be great to stay in a nice hotel and enjoy the next day using the spa facilities and that’s exactly what we did. We also took a trip to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home – but more on that later.

The celebratory evening was held at the stunning Haymarket Hotel. We enjoyed a welcome drinks reception followed by a beautiful meal. I have to hand it to them, they did a fabulous vegan meal for me! You never quite know what you’re going to end up with when you tick that vegan box but it was lovely.

The ladies who had organised the entire event, Michaela, Vicki and Karen, were sat with us. We had a great time with them. They were the ultimate professionals even though they’d had barely any sleep getting it all ready, and then were due to catch the earliest train home the next morning.

I do hope you girls got the chance to put your feet up once you got home!

After the meal we were presented with our awards and gift certificate. Our ‘big boss man’, Rob, is such a lovely, warm and caring boss. He made each of us feel very important and appreciated. There’s a real sense of us all being a team together rather than a ‘them and us’ between the higher ups and everyone else. He made time to chat to everyone.

Of course, as with almost every party, I was last to leave! Well, not just me…this motley crew, too. Two of our directors, Tonbara and Teresa (she’s the one who sneaks into my dressing room and muddles up my shoes, ha ha), one of our associate producers, Tarkin, and my lovely chum, Mandy, of course. I do feel so lucky to work with people I adore..and they loved my Mand, too.

Don’t go thinking we were out ’til all hours, though. At the start of the evening there was talk of us going out after the meal. Everyone was saying “yeah! I’m up for that! Let’s go for a boogie!”. By about 11pm we were all in taxis on our way to bed, ha ha! Party animals, eh?

In all honesty I’m glad we got to bed at a reasonable hour so we could enjoy the following day without feeling worse for wear. Mand and I had a great breakfast. Again, the hotel catered for my veganism really well! I should’ve asked how they did their mushrooms.

They were huge, flat ones with some kind of crispy coating on the bottom and some very tasty seasoning. Gosh, I can’t go five minutes without talking about food! Wish I felt as enthusiastic about exercising!

Actually, speaking of exercise…we did have a little of that at our hotel’s beautiful swimming pool. It was lovely. So tranquil. This was definitely a relaxing, non-sporty, kind of pool. Peaceful candlelight and soothing fragrance filled the air. We took some time out to swim and just lounge around for a bit which was just perfect.

The hotel was situated right next door to the original QVC studios (I was heartbroken when I learned the old building was going to be ripped down for luxury apartments, I feel it was a real landmark of a building. Still, they’ve done a very nice job of it, I have to admit). Also next door was Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

So, the previous night I was wearing ridiculously high heels and had one or two drinks, maybe more. Not even the slightest stumble. Next morning, crossing a road, stone cold sober and wearing flat shoes, I managed to trip over my own feet and go flying into the middle of the road! There was only one thing to bring a smile back to my slightly embarrassed face..

Mandy and I are both animal lovers so we paid the home a visit. It’s great that you can pay a very small amount to go in and see the cats and dogs. You can read about their characters, donate money and buy items from the shop to help support the work they do. We saw people who were about to adopt and felt a little envious as we would have loved to have taken them all home! Our hotel room had been overlooking their outdoor dog exercise area, they were so sweet as they ran around in the sunshine.

We may not be able to take them home but, at least, our little visit helped them in some small way financially. If I ever have more pets they will only be adopted, not bought, as I now realise just how many pets there are who are needing good homes. There is a campaign called ‘adopt don’t shop’. Worth looking into. I’ve learned so much that I had never realised and thought of before.

 

If nothing else, pop along to Battersea and see the great work being done to help those animals who are longing for a home. Even a visit helps.

To round off the day Mand and I went back to her place, packed a little picnic and took her little dog, Geoff, to the park for the afternoon. It was an absolutely glorious day full of sunshine. Just perfect.

Personally, I hope I’ll still be at QVC for another 15 years. Like I say, it’s home. Truth is though, without you shopping, we wouldn’t be here. We wouldn’t have our jobs. We wouldn’t have met all of the wonderful people we get to work with whom we now call friends. We wouldn’t have had the chance to get to know so many of you, be it in person or via blogs and social media.

So the final thank you goes to you. Wholeheartedly. Unreservedly. Completely. With all my heart, you are the best!

Lots of love,

Catherine xxx

PS. Ooh don’t forget, if you want to see my new ‘Primrose Collection’ for Clogau jewellery please tune in at 2pm on Friday. You can view the collection early in the links below:

20 Comments

  1. Cazz June 27, 2018 at 9:01 am -  Reply

    Congratulations on your 15 yrs and I agree we should adopt our lovely rescue cat dusty who had been mistreated Sadley got run over and died two years ago now we loved her to bits and hope we gave her a good life for the five years we had her x God bless

    • Catherine Huntley July 2, 2018 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

      Hi Cazz,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet little Dusty but I’m sure you made her last five years the best she ever had. That brings a tear to my eye.

      Lots of love to you and yours,

      Catherine xx

  2. Jill DowdingWalker June 27, 2018 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    What a lovely blog Catherine! Congratulations on your long service celebrations! ?

    • Catherine Huntley July 2, 2018 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Jill 🙂 xxx

  3. Linda June 27, 2018 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Congratulations on 15 years on qvc Catherine long may it last xx

  4. Sue June 27, 2018 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    What a fab hotel to have a celebration in! Where has the time gone too!? At first I thought that was Rylan with you lol. The lady wearing the orange, grey and red dress looks beautiful in it. So glad Mandy got to share your night too.
    Pebbles was rescued from two animal hoarders and I know if I hadn’t got her out she would have died a long time ago. Near me, Keighley cat care do an amazing job. ?? xxxx

    • Catherine Huntley July 2, 2018 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Sue!

      Yes, Tonbara (lady in the dress) stole the show in her fab outfit! It was a great night.

      Pebbles is very lucky to have you as a mummy xx

  5. Helen June 27, 2018 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Congratulations – Wow 15 years. The camaraderie and love of QVC shine through everyone I’ve met at QVC HQ. Great place to be part of the team

    • Catherine Huntley July 2, 2018 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

      Lovely Helen,

      Thanks for your kind words xx

  6. Dr Swann June 27, 2018 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Your appearances on QVC telly are like the first season’s snowdrop peeking through the winter snow; heralds ‘newness’, enriched with pure delight and leaves you wanting to see more.

    It wouldn’t be QVC without your good-self and your highly entertaining cul-de-sac asides that demonstrate a mind of creativity (you seem to undermine yourself sometimes; don’t) and passion for communicating.

    Here’s to your next 15 years.

    • Catherine Huntley July 2, 2018 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

      Dr Swann,

      You are so very kind! What lovely words. I will take a moment to allow them to sink in.

      Thank you so much

  7. Karen Whenman June 28, 2018 at 8:31 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Catherine on your 15 years service on QVC! Great blog as usual, love catching up with your week on a Wednesday!! I am off to Derbyshire this weekend, once a year rough collie lovers from all over, meet up with their furbabies and raise money for rescue collies….this year over 200 rough collies should be in attendance, so my girl is off to the groomers Friday ready for a very special day on Sunday…..xx

  8. Beryl Whitehorn June 28, 2018 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Catherine on your 15 years service with QVC, remember your first day, you were a breath of fresh air and still are. Here’s to the next 15 years. A good day to celebrate, it was my daughters birthday too. All the best for the future. x

  9. Neil June 28, 2018 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations. Me and the wife have been there for every day of it and it’s been a pleasure to see you flourish. Sharon spends most days checking out the Battersea cats online ready to swoop in but I’ve told her she needs to find a job first. Haha. Hope you’ll be staying around for a few more years yet, it wouldn’t be the same.

    • Catherine Huntley July 2, 2018 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Neil,

      What a lovely comment to read! Nice to hear your Sharon is a lady after my own heart, too.

      I also hope I’ll be around for many more years!

      Lots of love to you and your wife!

      Catherine xx

  10. A Tayor July 1, 2018 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Catherine on your 15 yrs service with QVC !! as a customer i have to say it is a joy to shop, see nice things and also learn about products from amazing presenters and guests with such vast knowledge of the products and Hidden Talents in creating your own designs Clogau’s Silver Primrose Heart Necklace and matching earrings… Stunning and the sentiment behind this really stood out to me. You did good girl!
    I think its very inspiring and hopefull to hear such words spoken from your heart and you should feel very proud!! GoGirl XOXO

  11. Shaun Donoghue July 2, 2018 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    15 years. Fantastic, & you Don’t look a day over 21, Congrats Catherine. Lots of Love xxx

  12. Liz July 3, 2018 at 6:40 am -  Reply

    Wow 15 years! how time flies when you’re having fun!

    For me you are the best QVC presenter! Thank you for your lovely appreciating kind words for the QVC Customers!

    As a perfect host you are always polite to your guests… never interrupting them or rudely ordering the QVC Customers to hurry up! like a certain presenter sometimes does!!

    Wishing you Love, health and happiness for your future! and be careful of those wobbly roads when you’re crossing!… hope your knee is healing ok!!

    Liz xx

  13. Joanne July 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations love your dress, is it QVC?

  14. stefanie July 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    your 15yrs means it is 15yrs for me finding QVC. You were a new presenter and slightly nervous, by your own admission, when I first tuned in. look at you now.Love S

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