30th June 2015
Tom Kelly, Managing Director of Manchester-based TKC, was presented with a coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent 2015 Bathroom & Kitchen Update (BKU) Awards, which took place on 25th June at Madame Tussauds in London.
Tom, whose £16m Denton-based company has been supplying doors and accessories to the kitchen and bedroom industry for more than 25 years, said that he was ‘very happy and also humbled’ to receive the prestigious award, commenting, “A lifetime achievement award, fantastic! It’s taken me 25 years to end up on this stage; in another 25 years it won’t be a lifetime achievement, it will be an achievement to be alive!”
“I am obviously very happy and also humbled to be presented with this award, but I accept it on behalf of all the staff at TKC. We have a fantastic team and without them I wouldn’t be standing here. The KBB industry is a great one to be involved in and I have enjoyed a fantastic journey! Thank you to everyone who voted for me and to everyone involved in the event”.
Tom founded TKC in 1989 when he began selling components from his garage. Within a year he had achieved a £100,000 turnover and has since grown the company into a £16m business that has become established as one of the UK’s leading specialist suppliers to the KBB industry. Today the business employs 100 staff and operates out of 85,000 square foot, purpose-built premises in Denton, which have been its home since June 2007.
Tom has a hands-on role in the business and is highly respected by his employees, in whom he both believes and invests. His core values centre on fairness, trust and compassion and his knowledge of the kitchen trade, products, its suppliers and customers is second to none, as was evident from the testimonials submitted to the Awards’ panel of judges which praised his honesty, treatment of staff as family and his straight-talking approach.
Organised by Datateam Business Media – home to BKU magazine – the BKU Awards are designed to reward retailers, manufacturers and individuals for their achievements, while providing a valuable networking opportunity for the wider industry. The decision to bestow Tom with the event’s very first Lifetime Achievement Award was unanimous. Publishing and Event Director, Paul Ryder, said, “A highly coveted BKU Award is an independent stamp of endorsement, especially the Lifetime Achievement Award. We wish to congratulate Tom.”