Firms can learn from African ex­pe­ri­ence

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

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

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