Sir Michael Fallon Congratulates Chevening Financial, the UK's first Small Business Big Heart Winner
On the 10th March 2017 Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon, MP for Sevenoaks and Secretary of State for Defence visited Chevening Financial , the first ever recipient of the BusinessesForSale.com Small Business Big Heart Award to congratulate them on their success. Chevening Financial, secured the title after stiff competition from small businesses across the UK.
Chevening Financial was selected as the overall winner for its eight-year long programme of community support taking housebound pensioners out for shopping and socialising, which has now become the highlight of many of the beneficiaries’ weeks. To date Chevening Financial Founding Director David Hawes-Gatt has clocked up 4,000 miles taking care of his group of lovely, lively ladies and gone on to arrange additional outings like Christmas lunches, cream teas and trips to the seaside.
Rufus Bazley, Director of Marketing at BusinessesForSale.com comments, “When we launched the Small Business Big Heart campaign we were confident the small business community would provide plenty of examples of how they help worthy causes, but even we were overwhelmed with the volume and exceptional quality of entries. Chevening is without doubt a worthy first winner of what proved to be a hotly-contested award.”
Sir Michael Fallon MP adds, ““I was delighted to be able to congratulate David and his team at Chevening Financial in person for receiving this award. Becoming a regional finalist was impressive; winning the national competition is a quite remarkable achievement. I am proud that a business in my constituency is playing such an active role in the community and I look forward to hearing more about its work in the future.”
David Hawes-Gatt began using his own car to ensure the ladies that couldn’t manage to get on the minibus did not miss out on their shopping and the all-important socialisation that goes with it. He says, “It seemed like the obvious thing to do and now it’s one of the best parts of my week. The time since I started has really flown by and the ladies are fantastic company. Getting an award is great, and even more so since we can pass on the prize money to another great cause.”
The ladies comment; “ I wouldn’t be able to get here without him.”, “We were all strangers and now we’re all friends.”, “It’s lovely to get together for a natter each week.”, “It makes such a difference to me as David picks me up from my door and carries all my shopping into the house.”, “David goes out of his way to be helpful and puts smiles on our faces.”, “The cream tea he organised was fantastic” and “Some weeks, if I didn’t get picked up, I wouldn’t see another soul.”
Chevening Financial donated the £1,000 prize money to Lucie Robson from DEBRA, a charity the business actively supports year-round.
Further coverage on the event can be found at:
This article was taken from "Small Business Big Heart" press release March 2017.
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