It’s coming up to that time of year when we flip pancakes, get all lovey dovey for a day and start thinking about the Kent Excellence in Business Awards.
KEiBA aims to recognise and reward excellence in Kent and Medway businesses of all sizes and across every sector – as well as individuals.
For inspiration, here’s a reminder of last year’s winner of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Kent Business Community,’ Nadra Ahmed:
The former owner of a care home was recognised for her focus on making life better for vulnerable people.
She juggles roles chairing the Kent Care Homes Association and the National Care Association, sits on the board of Parkinson’s UK, and is a trustee of the Royal British Legion, learning disability charity MCCH and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services in Gravesend. As if this is not enough, she’s also the founder of Kent Care Training Associates and president of deaf charity HiKent.
Nadra was made an OBE and a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, but KEiBA was a different type of accolade.
“Recognition by KEiBA is special because it comes from the people you live and work around,” she said. “It represents the value that Kent places on the care sector and it gives every care business in the county a big slice of encouragement that excellence in this sector does win recognition from our business peers.
“There is an important balance to be struck in every care business. The care sector has to be seen as a business, but with a caring heart because it’s also a vocation. From my point of view, it has to be about finding the right combination of enterprise and ethics.”
For full details of how to enter this year’s awards, entry criteria for each category and a run-down of what the judges are looking for, go to www.keiba.co.uk. Entries must be submitted by 27 February 2015.
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