Last night, ten of us threw on our glad rags, fluffed our hair and set off for the KEIBA Event at Detling Showground (Kent Excellence in Business Awards). We’ve never entered before and were thrilled to make it to the final three in our category, Commitment to the Community.
We didn’t win, that privilege fell to the Kent Football Association, but it was a great night nevertheless. It was surreal to see pictures of ourselves on such a large screen and in front of literally hundreds of people. I had a little speech prepared in case we did win and was half relieved not to have to totter up on the stage to deliver it but I thought I’d paraphrase it for you below so you can see something of what it meant to us to get this far…
…This particular award is really about caring. As a company that’s been trading for over 35 years in a very crowded marketplace, our first duty of care has always been to our clients. We make strenuous efforts to ensure that what we offer them is always fresh and well considered. That starts with us constantly updating our skills and goes through to choosing the right product partners as well as giving thought to the physical and emotional space in which we welcome our guests.
We also have a duty of care to ourselves and to each other, as a team. Our aim is to support and nurture one another, to provide encouragement and guidance on both a personal and a professional level.
And we have a third, no less important duty to our wider community. We are lucky enough, as a team, to have the talent and the resources which enable us to lend our support to a whole host of life enhancing initiatives both locally and nationally. (See the Community page of our website for details.) It is as rewarding for us to give as it is for others to receive. To quote Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”