A forward-thinking firm, which has been at the heart of the county’s economy for more than 160 years, has backed the inaugural Kent Digital Awards.
The Hobbs Parker Group, the largest independent company of chartered surveyors, auctioneers, valuers and estate Agents in Kent, has completed a deal to become “Associate Sponsor” of the scheme.
The Ashford-based business was founded in 1850 as auctioneers and is now one of the oldest surviving firms in the county.
And while continuing to thrive in its traditional sectors including car auctions, planning consultancy and estate agency, the group’s secret to longevity rests in its commitment to innovation and looking forward.
The firm now offers telecoms, data and IT services and in 2014 launched “Fabmin” – a simple cloud web app to help businesses manage staff holidays and sickness.
Roger Lightfoot, Chief Executive of the Hobbs Parker Group, says that supporting the Kent Digital Awards is symbolic of his company’s mind-set to keep investing in the future.
He added: “I am a huge fan of integrating digital marketing into the customer service mix.
“We have seen some huge wins at Hobbs Parker and have been supported by some talented people and businesses from within Kent.
“I’m keen to glean further ideas and inspiration from the entrants”
Entry for the first Kent Digital Awards is set to close on April 17.
With ten categories and an entry system that takes less than two minutes to complete, the scheme – which is also supported by the Courier – has built-up an outstanding following since opening.
Andy Pritchard from Premio64, the organisation behind the awards, revealed he is “tremendously excited” to have The Hobbs Parker Group on board as the Associate Sponsor for the scheme.
“We are delighted to welcome Roger and the team to the Kent Digital Awards.
“I find their combination of rich heritage and cutting edge technology solutions remarkable and we are delighted to put their name to the awards.”
He added: “The people of Kent have really taken the Awards and their reaction has been breathtaking.
“However, if you haven’t got involved yet there is still three weeks left to make an entry, which is free to do and takes less than two minutes.
“I think it is, perhaps, it is the quality of publicity and coverage to be had for winners and finalists through our media partner, the Kent & Sussex Courier and many other Kent newspapers, as well as the overall recognition that is making the difference.”
Winners of the gold, silver and bronze awards will be decided by an independent panel of judges which includes people for organisations such as Sky Sports, Universal Music and the Courier.
Mr Pritchard added: “Consider how walking away with a KDA will improve your public relations and give your staff a big boost.”
There are ten categories including “Website”, “Responsive Website”, “Blog”, “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Use of Video for Business”, “Online Marketing Campaign”, “School, Education or Charity Website”, “Small Business Website”, “Online Business” and “Mobile App”.
The Winners’ Evening at Village Urban Resort, Maidstone, on June 18, 2015.
Enter now for free www.kentdigiawards.co.uk