Michael Congratulates Small Business on National Award

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Michael with the team from Chevening Financial. (credit: Russell Harper)

Michael visited Chevening Financial in Sundridge on Friday to congratulate them on becoming the first ever recipient of the Small Business Big Heart Award.

He was met by representatives including David Hawes-Gatt, Managing Director of Chevening Financial, and heard about the business’ work and contribution to the community.

Chevening Financial secured the title after stiff competition from small businesses across the UK.  It was selected as the winner in recognition of its eight-year long programme of community support.  This includes taking housebound pensioners out for shopping and socialising, with Mr Hawes-Gatt clocking up 4,000 miles in total to date.  The company is donating its £1,000 prize money to DEBRA, a charity it supports which helps people with the genetic skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

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Michael with David Hawes-Gatt and Lucie Robson from DEBRA. (credit: Russell Harper)

Michael said: “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.”

On his latest day in his constituency, Michael also discussed healthcare with local  commissioners, visited the Parents’ Consortium in Hextable and met representatives from Swanley Town Council.