This year, Wilkins Kennedy’s Kent offices in Ashford, Canterbury, Maidstone, Orpington and Sandwich, have decided to sponsor the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) 2017.
Wilkins Kennedy experienced tremendous growth during 2016 and early 2017 – particularly in the Kent region. A merger with Lakin Clark in Canterbury took place in June followed by a merger with Day Smith & Hunter’s Maidstone office in the October. This afforded us two brand new premises, bringing the total number of offices in the Kent region to five and 17 firm-wide, plus one in the Falkland Islands.
Our plans for a thriving firm has kept us at the heart of many business communities since 1882. Despite our age, we are a firm that strives to keep up to date with all the latest goings on and do what we can to help others who are on the road to fledgling success.
That is where KEiBA was a great opportunity for Wilkins Kennedy. The Awards have been running for the past nine years and actively seek to recognise businesses in Kent that have achieved excellence. Staged and produced by the Kent Messenger Media Group and backed by a large number of local names including the University of Greenwich, Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Locate in Kent, Ashford College and many more, KEiBA is considered to be a highly esteemed accolade.
I know, it isn’t as easy as just filling in an entry form and some businesses and individuals need a little encouragement. A lot of us feel that we are so heavily involved in the day to day running of our lives and businesses, that any achievements pass us by – seemingly unnoticed. Many say “I was simply doing my job” or “I am just doing something that anyone else would have done”, but entering and winning awards demonstrates that your company is excelling.
It can do wonders for your reputation too, but KEiBA is more than just a PR exercise, the criteria is strict. Judges assessments are made based on demonstrations of the impact you have had on your customers. If that sounds like a lengthy process you might be surprised to know that you probably already have the material you need. Do you have case studies to hand? Testimonials on your website or LinkedIn page? Then you are halfway there! Even if you don’t have these things, chances are you will be able to approach a few of your closest business contacts to simply ask if they could submit a few words about you. It doesn’t have to be very detailed – just something that vouches for you and the work you have done for them. No doubt they will be delighted to help you.
It is a competitive world out there, but if you can set yourself apart with an award from a local, respected scheme then you are far more likely to win clients. What’s more, if you recruit any staff and your award is for your business as a whole, what better way to say thanks to them and to boost morale and productivity.
I’d really encourage all Kent businesses out there to consider entering KEiBA – you can find out more details on the website: keiba.co.uk. Wilkins Kennedy is sponsoring the Large Business of the Year Category which seeks out growing businesses with a desire to succeed.
The deadline for entries is 24th February 2017, so don’t wait. Enter today – and I hope to see you there!