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11 August 2016

Knights Professional Services announced as National Business Awards finalist

Knights is the only professional services firm to become a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 

David Beech, CEO of Knights, is honoured to have been shortlisted for the 2016 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards in The Entrepreneur of the Year category sponsored by Inflexion. 

Knights was the first professional services business in the UK’s commercial legal sector to attract private equity investment and is now the UK’s fastest growing ‘full service’ law firm. 

With ambitious plans for the future, Knights vision is to become the number one regional professional services business in England.
 
David has been recognised for his ‘visionary leadership’ and creating a ‘culture of innovation’. David is one of ten entrepreneurs and the only person from the professional services sector to make the finals in this competitive category. 

The award focuses on, “The contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader” and celebrates “an enterprising individual who has achieved sustained levels of growth and strong financial performance through a culture of innovation, resilience and an ethos of inspiring others through their leadership style.”
 
David Beech said: “I am thrilled to have been shortlisted at the National Business Awards, especially in an entrepreneurial category with other forward-thinking and dynamic business leaders. 

“Moving away from the traditional partnership model and operating like a ‘proper business,’ has enabled Knights to achieve our full potential by being truly entrepreneurial in everything we do. We pride ourselves on always thinking originally, creatively and commercially. 

“We have never been interested in dividends. We have, instead, always reinvested heavily in the business and our people, as we have total clarity about who we are, what we stand for, and where we are going.”
 
When asked about the culture at Knights, David responded: “Firms can, and should, be run with one clear culture. I have always been determined to ensure that we achieve this by celebrating collectivism over individualism and by allowing talent to flourish rather than allowing egos to dominate. This focus has enabled us to successfully drive the business forward with a team who are engaged, fulfilled and who support each other.”
 
Described as, ‘The Oscars of great British business’ by David Cameron, former Prime Minister, the finalists were chosen from hundreds of businesses across 18 award categories. David will now present to an expert judging panel who will ultimately determine the overall winners. These results are due to be announced on Tuesday 15th November. 
 
Tom Broughton, Group Brand Director of the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, said: “Due to the high number of entries for this year’s awards, narrowing the entries down to 140 finalists was a difficult task. But through a thorough and comprehensive judging process, the selected finalists demonstrate exceptional quality and diversity across a range of business sectors within the UK.”

Visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk for a full list of all finalists or for details on how to attend the event.

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