Popular Dartford garage wins business award

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 November 2018

Pam and Geoff Manwaring, owners of Orchard Garage. Picture By Nigel Bowles

Pam and Geoff Manwaring, owners of Orchard Garage. Picture By Nigel Bowles


A popular Dartford garage has been named the winner of a prestigious business award.

Orchard Garage, based in Park Road, beat off stiff opposition in the Perrys Exceptional Business Award last week, to be presented with Business Award Winner during a glittering awards evening held at Leeds Castle in Maidstone.

The awards celebrate Kent’s unsung community heroes, and more than 100 guests, including representatives from each of the nominated finalists, along with ambassadors from businesses and charities across the region, were treated to a three-course celebratory banquet.

The garage, which is owned and run by the Manwaring family, has earned AA certification and is a Which? Trusted Trader, but of equal importance to the Manwarings is the garage’s role in the community.

As well as hosting fundraising events, Orchard employees regularly go the extra mile for customers.

One customer even camped on the forecourt while his campervan underwent extensive repairs.

More than 100 guests attended the awards ceremony, held on Thursday November 8.

During the evening, each finalist had their achievements showcased in specially-commissioned videos, which were shown to the guests before the award winners were announced. Each winner was rewarded with a specially engraved trophy.

The guests were treated to a lavish three-course meal before the award-winners were announced.

Owners Pam and Geoff Manwaring, along with their children Jane and Adam, were presented with a specially-engraved trophy.

Commenting on their win, Pam Manwaring said: “We are quite amazed and a little bit overwhelmed.

“Orchard Garage is a team at the end of the day and everyone at the business will all be buzzing with this award - this is a recognition of their efforts.

“It’s fantastic for all of us. Just thank you!”

CEO at Perrys, Stewart Pope, said: “The awards evening is always a remarkable occasion and a wonderful celebration of some of the most amazing and inspiring individuals who live in Kent.

“There are so many unsung heroes in our community and we love hosting these awards and rewarding them for their achievements.”


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