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Smiles for Kent firm crowned as UK’s first Small Business Big Heart Winner

Smiles for Kent firm crowned as UK’s first Small Business Big Heart Winner

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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, which is based in Sundridge near Sevenoaks, 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’ week.

To date Chevening Financial’s MD David Hawes-Gatt has clocked up 4,000 miles taking care of his group of ladies and gone on to arrange additional outings like Christmas lunches, cream teas and trips to the seaside.

Sir 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.”

• Chevening Financial’s £1,000 prize money is being donated to debra, a charity the business actively supports year-round.

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