An award-winning entrepreneur says entering the 2017 Kingston Business Excellence Awards is a smart decision for the borough's enterprising and ambitious firms.
And Justin Cooper of Community Motors urges local businesses to grasp the opportunity to enter one or more of the 12 different awards categories before the deadline on 30th June.
The Surbiton-based social enterprise has gone from strength to strength and reaped many benefits since winning Best Start-Up Business in 2016.
"We have seen excellent continued growth since we won Best Start Up," said Justin, General Manager at Community Motors.
"Clearly it's a great marketing opportunity, both to new customers and as a validation of the choices of our very supportive existing customers.
"It's also a reflection of the effort and commitment our staff put in, and is a positive benchmark for new employees.
"And for me, it was a pretty helpful and rigorous examination of what we're about and good opportunity to assess our strengths and areas for growth."
Justin, who has a background in IT, his wife Elaine, and their friends Mark Wedd and Kevin Martin, who have extensive motor trade experience, started the motor servicing, MOT, and repairs business in 2015. They set it up as a Community Interest Company (CIC) to reflect their aim of having a well-run, effective and sustainable business which fulfils a social objective.
The firm currently employs nine people but aims to take on two more apprentices this year. www.communitymotors.org