Firms can learn from African experience
THE African Experience at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park has scooped a top award.
It has been named as regional winner of the most promising new business in the South East region in the British Chambers of Commerce Business Awards.
The company won the BTsponsored award for its attraction that provides a safari experience in the heart of Kent.
Mick Hegarty of BT Business, said: “This is a superb example of how new business can still thrive and prosper in the current climate.
“It just shows how much can be achieved when you profession- ally plan and deliver that great business idea.”
The project will now go through to national judging and the chance to win the top prize of £50,000 to be announced on November 27.
Bob O’Connor, managing director of Howletts and Port Lympne parks, said: “We have won many local awards, but to get regional recognition and to be going forward to the national finals is beyond our wildest dreams.
“The creation of the African experiences has played a major part in the turnaround of our business and proves even in these difficult times, that if you can capture people’s imagination and deliver a unique offering the customers will come.”
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jo James presents the award to Bob O’Connor