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The sweet taste of success

The sweet taste of success
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The sweet taste of success
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

It took a crisis to lead publisher Angus Kennedy to Capital Space’s Kings Hill Business Centre – and neither he nor his business have looked back. Today, the man behind monthly trade magazine Kennedy’s Confection has turned a crisis into an opportunity, expanding his role to become an in-demand chocolate expert with regular appearances on TV and a champion of consumer rights. And he has even bigger plans for the future – ones that Capital Space is well able to support.

Angus Kennedy’s family publishing business can trace its origins back to 1890. Having been running it successfully from offices near Paddock Wood since 2000, he was well aware that it needed space to grow. A move was forced upon him, however, after flooding wrecked the building during the Christmas of 2014.

Angus Kennedy
Angus Kennedy

Help at hand

Recalls Angus “Christmas was really tough that year – the only reason our business didn’t go under was because the server with all our data on it survived the flooding.  Not only did that data relate to our Confection title, we’d started Kennedy Bakery Production magazine in 2013, so we could have lost all that information, too; we were incredibly lucky.

“There was no way we could stay in Paddock Wood, so I immediately started researching rental office accommodation in the area. When I spoke to Sue Billings, the manager at Capital Space, Kings Hill, and explained our dire situation, she immediately sprang into action and we were able to move straight into Building 70 with minimal break in our work-flow.  This flexibility, helpfulness and willingness to understand and respond immediately to my needs and those of my business was very impressive – but I’ve got to be honest and say the over-riding factor in attracting me to Kings Hill given the circumstances in 2014 was that it lies well above any flood plains!”

Diversifying and expanding

Since the move to Capital Space Kings Hill, Angus has seen his career go from strength to strength, as one of the UK’s best-known chocolate experts, author of several books, including his memoir, Bitter Sweet: The Life and Times of the World’s Leading Chocolate Taster , and a regular on TV and in the UK’s newspapers. Meanwhile, his publishing company is home to four people, plus a couple of freelance editors.

And his plans for the business in the future? “We’re coming toward the end of our four-year project, begun in 2016, to establish the company firmly within the digital era. Plus, on a wider level, it’s more about spreading my message: you can get published and you can find your way to success – that’s why, these days, I like to call myself a dream facilitator.

“Believe me, I’ve had numerous set-backs along the way – the most recent being a holiday scam that saw me and my family stranded without accommodation in Mallorca – but you truly can get the best out of bad situations: I’m living proof of that. And as far as Kennedy’s is concerned, as I grow my own brand, I’m keen to grow Kennedy’s as a publishing house, too. That’s why we’re actively looking for venture capital to support us in an exciting future.”

Our clients recognise that we’ll do everything we can to help their businesses run smoothly. From emergency relocations to space-flexibility issues, nothing fazes us – and we’ll work with you to find the right home for your company, whatever its needs and size.

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