Clive Stevens, Chairman of accountants, business and financial advisers Kreston Reeves (based at Discovery Park), was honoured last night at the Kent Excellence in Business Awards, the KEiBAs, for his outstanding contribution to business in Kent.
The award was presented at the annual KEiBA awards ceremony on 21 June and is widely regarded as the evening’s most coveted award, being nominated by peers, colleagues and friends.
In awarding Clive Stevens the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business in Kent’, the judges praised his role in building one of the country’s largest accountancy firms, a global network of accountancy firms, Kreston International, and his contribution to the accountancy profession sitting on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
The judges singled out his wider contributions to Kent and its thriving business community including his role as Chair of Turner Contemporary, on the Board of the inward investment agency Locate in Kent, and as a trusted adviser to a number of Kent businesses including Quex Park.
And if that were not enough, the judges also highlighted Clive’s role as a Kent Ambassador and his appointment as Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
On collecting the award, Clive Stevens said: “This award means a great deal to me. My heart and passion has always been in Kent and to support the great businesses we have in this county whether that is through the work we do at Kreston Reeves or through the various other roles I enjoy. It is humbling to know that I was nominated for this award by my friends and colleagues, but it is of course only possible because of the great team that surrounds me.”
Andrew Griggs, Senior Partner at Kreston Reeves said: “Clive Stevens has been at the heart of the Kent business community for more than 40 years and the whole firm, our clients and friends of the firm will join me in passing on our warmest congratulations. It is well deserved and I am sure he will continue to shape the Kent business community for many years to come.”
Victoria Pomery, Director, Turner Contemporary said: “Since opening in April 2011, the gallery has welcomed more than 2.7 million visitors and is the UK’s leading example of cultural-led regeneration, generating more than £67 million for the local economy. Celebrating JMW Turner’s links with Margate and Kent, we will host the Turner Prize exhibition in autumn 2019 and we are currently pursuing a capital expansion. Clive’s role in supporting Turner Contemporary cannot be underestimated and we are thrilled that he has been recognised.”
Clive joined Kreston Reeves, then Reeves & Neylan, in 1974 as a trainee accountant straight from school. At the time, it was a small accountancy practice with less than 100 people. It had a handful of offices across the south-eastern corner of Kent with its clients firmly focused on the rural economy. He was invited into the partnership at the age of 32 and elected the firm’s Managing Partner aged just 39.
Today, Kreston Reeves is the UK’s 24th largest accountancy practice with nine offices across Kent, London and Sussex employing over 500 people. Clients include large and small businesses, charities and not for profit organisations and wealthy individuals and their families across the South East. Increasingly, the firm is advising overseas businesses expanding into the UK.
Kreston Reeves is part of Kreston International, a network of over 200 accountancy firms employing more than 25,000 people across 125 countries.
Clive was nominated for this award by Victoria Pomery, a Director at the Turner Contemporary, Peter Hawkes, Senior Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution at Furley Page, Anthony Curwen, Managing Director at Quex Park, David Hellyar, Chairman of Hellyar Plastics, and Andrew Griggs, Kreston Reeves’ Senior Partner.
In June, Kreston Reeves was shortlisted for the for the Large Practice of the Year in the Accounting Excellence Practice Awards 2018.