Husband and wife team Kevin and Karyn Kelley have scooped one of the top awards in the Belvoir annual ‘High Achievers’ award scheme – less than 12 months after opening for business.

Kevin and Karyn, who own the Belvoir office on South Road in Haywards Heath, were announced winners of the Silver Award in the category ‘New Franchise of the Year’. 

At Belvoir’s presentation evening, staged in the East Midlands, the company’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Carl Chadwick, said: “Belvoir’s annual awards are highly contested by each of our 150 plus offices throughout the UK but this category is incredibly competitive since every new franchise owner strives to win the New Franchise of the Year Award.

“Kevin and Karyn put a lot of work into an incredibly successful launch which resulted in immediate growth. Since setting up their business in May 2013, that growth has been consistent giving a positive indication that the first year trading figures will exceed all expectations. They have demonstrated great commitment to our brand and, despite being open for less than a year their office is an excellent interpretation of the Belvoir business model.

“Kevin and Karyn also made a very positive impact on their local community within weeks of opening with a successful charity event that raised over £400 for a local hospice. They are very deserving of this award.”

Receiving the award, the couple said: “We are genuinely surprised to be considered deserving of any award so soon after launching our business. This first year has been hard work but, of course, the success brings its own rewards so we are very proud to receive this recognition of our achievements so far.

“We feel that we have been successful in establishing our business with local landlords and tenants and we are working on further growth to double the size of our managed portfolio within the next six months.

“Winning this Silver Award is very motivational and offers a tangible reward for all the hard work that’s been put in during the first year.”

At this year’s Belvoir High Achievers award ceremony, held at the Radisson Blu hotel at East Midlands airport, Executive Chairman Mike Goddard, who founded the company in 1995, announced that Finance Director Carl Chadwick has been appointed new Chief Executive Officer.

He will be fully supported by former CEO Dorian Gonsalves in his new role of Director of Commercial and Franchising.

These moves, along with the appointment of four new non-Board Executive Directors are designed to strengthen the company’s senior team; lead to enhanced support and success for Belvoir’s franchise owners and raise Belvoir’s standing in the market for the benefit of shareholders.


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Kevin and Karyn Kelley from Belvoir Haywards Heath receive their award for ‘New Franchise of the Year’ from celebrity Hugh Denis and Belvoir new CEO Carl Chadwick