A Doncaster telecommunications company is hoping to gain recognition as being one of the UK’s best family businesses after being shortlisted for a trio of national and regional awards.

KAT Communications, which is headquartered at the Apex Business Centre, has been successfully shortlisted in three categories at the Family Business of the Year Awards, which is organised by Family Business United, an organisation that celebrates and showcases the achievements of Britain’s best family firms.

Taking place in a virtual ceremony on 24th June, the firm has been shortlisted in two regional categories and is also in the running to receive the highly coveted title of UK Family Business of the Year, where they will compete with businesses chosen from eight different regions across the UK.

The two regional awards will see KAT Communications go head-to-head with 14 businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber in a bid to be crowned Yorkshire’s Family Business of the Year, as well as being named as a finalist for the People’s Choice Award, which was voted upon by fellow family business owners from across the region.

In a bid to minimise the risk of exposure to Covid-19, KAT stepped in to help its customers adapt to a changing working environment by delivering customised remote working solutions. As part of this work, the company designed phone system solutions for its customers, to minimise disruption, as businesses switched their staff to home working. Measures introduced included tailoring existing phone systems to suit the needs of staff, as well as installing temporary business grade broadband lines for homes to provide the same high levels of connectivity for its customers as if they were based in the same physical location.

“We’ve known for a little while that we had been shortlisted for the regional awards, but to discover we’ve also made the shortlist and have a chance of winning a national award is an incredible feeling. Whether we win or lose when the awards take place later this month, I think we can look back at the help we provided to our customers during a particularly challenging year with a sense of immense pride.”

Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of Family Business United said: “The Family Business Awards brings together the best family firms from all over the UK, and becoming a finalist is no mean feat. Over the past eight years some incredible family firms have been crowned winners.

“Each and every finalist has a passion for their business that cannot be seen in their non-family-owned counterparts. The past year in particular has seen pride, resilience and determination to succeed, and many have stepped up and supported the communities in which they operate."

The Family Business of the Year Awards is organised by Family Business United, a voice for the global family business community that provides support, advice and opportunities for family-run businesses to network and collaborate. Now in its eighth year, the awards celebrate and showcase the important contribution family businesses make towards the regional and national economy and the important role family businesses play in making a positive contribution to the communities they serve.