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MegaGrowth 50: Pictures from breakfast unveiling event at Turkey Mill, Maidstone

By Chris Britcher

The MegaGrowth 50 list was unveiled this morning - revealing the fastest growing independently-owned firms in Kent.

And there was a new number one at the top of the main list while there was a familiar face at the top of the export sales chart.

Taking place at The Orangery at Turkey Mill in Maidstone, the breakfast unveiling event was well attended and featured speeches by the event's sponsors Kreston Reeves, asb law and Lloyds Bank.

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Megagrowth 2018..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5265929) Megagrowth 2018. Pictured is Nicola Haigh, Lloyds Bank..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5266180) Megagrowth 2018..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5265931) Megagrowth 2018..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5265932) Megagrowth 2018. Host Nicola Everett from KMFM..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5266794) Megagrowth 2018. TURNOVER LIST. No. 3 Pictured are Nicola Haigh (Lloyds Bank), Andrew Griggs (Kreston Reeves), Priority Freight & Shaun Kelly (asb law)..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5266796) Megagrowth 2018. TURNOVER LIST. No. 2 Pictured are Nicola Haigh (Lloyds Bank), Andrew Griggs (Kreston Reeves), Chartway Group & Shaun Kelly (asb law)..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5266797) Megagrowth 2018. Turnover Winners..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5266928) Megagrowth 2018. Pictured is Simon Upton from GFORCES winner of Export List..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5266930) Megagrowth 2018. Pictured is Shaun Kelly from asb law..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5265933) Megagrowth 2018. Pictured are Karen Brown & Carly Warner from The Specialist Works winner of Turnover List..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5266933) Megagrowth 2018. Pictured is Andrew Griggs Kreston Reeves..The Orangery, Turkey Court, Turkey Mill, Ashford Road, Maidstone ME14 5PP.Picture: Andy Jones. (5266187)

The event was organised and the list compiled by the KM Media Group.

Host was Nicola Everett, news editor and presenter of kmfm.

The list ranks firms by their increase in turnover over the last three financial years with an additional table highlighting the top export sales.

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MegaGrowth 50 2018 (5280930)

Shaun Kelly of asb law said a key ingredient to growth was maintaining and nurturing staff.

He explained: "We’ve always recognised the value in how people interact in business. It’s not all about software, process and algorithms. Investing time in building rapport and understanding with your staff generally results in a motivational environment, greater productivity and skill retention.

"We’ve seen so many examples of Kent MegaGrowth businesses investing in emotional intelligence across my visits this year - predominantly with their staff but also understanding the drivers and motivations throughout the supply chain and their customer base.

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MegaGrowth 50 2018 (5280928)

"SMEs are nimble and operate at a human level. It has been so rewarding to see so many financial successes predicated on great internal communication, training and teamship. Sometimes it’s as simple as treating people properly, politely and with respect. These small, maybe old fashioned behaviours can mean so much.

"We should be so grateful to this Kent SME community - growth and job creation that is pivotal to the local economy."

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