“Running a business is far easier with help. This is demonstrated wonderfully by the winner of our Best Supporting Act award, Kath Akturk at Tek Express. Kath’s boss Sam Francis nominated her for the award, and explained the potential that she showed right from the start.
“In 2016, I convinced my friend Kath who was a part-time working Mum to become TEK’s deputy as Operations Manager, as her skills were being vastly wasted. Within months, I elevated her to Operations Director to match her acumen. What Kath lacked in confidence she exuded in professionalism and the team took very quickly to her, looking to her for management and guidance.
“Covid was obviously a challenging time and she took the lead on ensuring everyone’s mental health was covered. Being such an empathetic person, she was always putting others first. She played a huge part getting 100% of the team back to work as well as helping me navigate the rocky path through Covid, reducing costs and maximising our profit.
“I may be the business owner, but when I brought Kath into the business it was to have a sidekick; one that would challenge me and support me with demanding situations and decisions. This is no easy task for anyone that knows me! The business has never been in such great shape.”
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