Re­ward­ing those who give ser­vice with smile

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - by Alas­tair Irvine airvine@thek­m­group.co.uk

AN AWARD scheme that recog­nises staff who go the ex­tra mile is call­ing for nom­i­na­tions.

The Pride in Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den Tourism Awards recog­nise cus­tomer ser­vice staff who go out of their way to help and pro­vide a warm wel­come to vis­i­tors and res­i­dents alike.

The awards are or­gan­ised by Visit Kent at Kent County Coun­cil work­ing with Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, Ash­ford Town Cen­tre Part­ner­ship and the Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion.

This year vis­i­tors have been fill­ing in nom­i­na­tion forms for peo­ple they’ve re­ceived good ser­vice from in ho­tels, B&Bs, at­trac­tions, shops and restau­rants.

Urg­ing peo­ple to en­ter is one of last year’s win­ners – Ron Beer, 66, of Kingsnorth who won the ca­ter­ing em­ployee of the year award and the over­all Pride in Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den award for Ex­cep­tional Cus­tomer Ser­vice.

Mr Beer said: “I’m the park man­ager at Broad­hem­bury Hol­i­day Park in Kingsnorth and I’ve worked in the tourism in­dus­try for nine years. Cus­tomer ser­vice is re­ally im­por­tant be­cause without cus­tomers we wouldn’t have any work.”

The dead­line for nom­i­na­tions is Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 26 and the awards will be pre­sented in March. Ker­stin Beech­ing, of Visit Kent, said: “We have lots of nom­i­na­tions from vis­i­tors but we would like more lo­cal res­i­dents to put for­ward the names of the peo­ple they know who al­ways go that ex­tra mile to give ex­cel­lent ser­vice.”

Nom­i­na­tion forms are avail­able from Ash­ford Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, 18 The Church­yard, Ash­ford, or by call­ing Visit Kent on 01622 696936, email cel­e­brat­ingkent@kent.gov.uk or on­line at www.vis­itkent.co.uk/ prideawards

Pride in Ash­ford and Ten­ter­den win­ner Ron Beer

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