Ian was awarded with a place on the 2009 Observer Newspaper / Courvoisier Future 500 list of innovative business brains and creative talent for his role at The Bottom Drawer: signifying passion and determination to succeed in the future. The CVTF500 network, founded in 2007, is one of the UK’s leading and most dynamic professional networks, recognising and rewarding the country’s most innovative business brains and creative talent. Ian was hand-picked by a high profile judging panel of leading entrepreneurs. The judges screened hundreds of applications from a variety of business and creative sectors. Judge Reed Paget, CEO of Belu Water, said, “We were looking for extraordinarily smart and passionate people, with ideas both clever and well thought through. The Company, run by Ian, genuinely stood out and has the potential to really take off, even in this economic climate. The Bottom Drawer, run by Ian, genuinely stood out and has the potential to really take off, even in this economic climate.”