Malcom Cox, the owner of Malcolm’s hair stylists in Broadstairs, has been presented with a Responsible Business Champion award by South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay.
Mr Mackinlay had been invited by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) to nominate a South Thanet business for the honour.
Since it was established in August 1972, Malcolm’s has grown to be one of Thanet’s leading men’s hairdressers and has eight gents’ stylists who have experience cutting men’s hair of all ages and are experts in all the latest men’s hair styles.
For the last six years Malcolm’s has been a part of a business enterprise Dragons’ Den-type scheme for Year 10 school children, whereby they are invited to put together a team and start a business from scratch. In addition, Malcolm’s work with East Kent Business Partnership to provide work experience and work placement opportunities for children at grammar, secondary, academy and special needs’ schools.
Malcolm has also been President of the Broadstairs & St Peters Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Visitor Information Kiosk in Broadstairs and Chairman of Broadstairs Food Festival, a marvellous event which helps to bring 46,000 people from all over Kent into the town.
The Responsible Business Champions scheme was set up by the APCRG to celebrate the achievements of community-orientated businesses like Malcolm’s Hairstylist’s.
Mr Cox said: “I was quiet shocked to receive it. I have always been a part of work experience from the schools and special needs team, as we have to work with the youth of today, and have had a number take up are trade.
“I could not make to parliament Wednesday, with it being budget day as well, but was pleased when Craig bought it in to me. It’s a big achievement in the business sector to get this award.”
Mr Mackinlay said: “Businesses like Malcolm’s Hairstylists are the lifeblood of our communities and are vital to our economy, employing many local people. From high-tech manufacturing firms to bakers, retailers, restaurants and social enterprises, the UK is home to a record number of small businesses.
“Malcolm Cox deserves our respect for all the work he does locally, be that training apprentices, employing local people, or his many longstanding roles representing South Thanet’s businesses and tourist industry.
“I was delighted to award Malcolm with his South Thanet Business Responsible Business Champion certificate and thank him for all he does for South Thanet.”