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Sponsors - KEiBA

Kenward Trust


Kenward Trust provides primary stage residential rehabilitation and recovery services for men and women at locations across Kent and East Sussex.  Kenward Trust is a charity, helping people to transform their lives for the last 48 years, from the misery of addiction, homelessness and crime.  The Trust offers people the opportunity to change their lives and reach their full potential.

We help address substance misuse and homelessness issues, bringing hope, help and support, for both men and women.  With a national reputation for excellence in the field of drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation, we help transform the lives of over 200 men and women every year.  A team of experienced, dedicated and caring professionals, provide personalised interventions and one-to-one support across a number of projects and sites, addressing drug and alcohol dependence and related issues.

Penny Williams, Director of Marketing, Communications and Social Business

Wilkins Kennedy LLP


Wilkins Kennedy LLP is a leading chartered accountancy and business advisory firm with 17 offices across the South East, including five in Kent. The firm provides a full range of services to a diverse client portfolio of businesses and individuals, both here in the UK and overseas. Established in 1882 as a single regional office, Wilkins Kennedy has expanded to 17 regional offices plus one in the Falkland Islands, and is ranked number 18 in the UK’s top accountancy firms.

Marc Farmer, Partner at Wilkins Kennedy’s Maidstone office, said: “Wilkins Kennedy was involved in KEiBA last year and it was a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the county’s best businesses and experience real home-grown talent. As a firm we work with a number of businesses across Kent that have commitment and desire to succeed and we saw how these awards can really open doors for people. It was such a success, we have decided to return to the awards to sponsor the Large Business of the Year Category in 2018 for the second year running – and for KEiBA’s 10th anniversary year. My colleagues and I look forward to meeting this year’s applicants.”

Marc Farmer, Partner, Wilkins Kennedy


Sponsor of Start-up of the Year


Emma Smith is Lead Judge of this category

Emma Smith, Marketing & Compliance Director, Royale



Sponsor of Entrepreneur of the Year


We’re an independent firm of accountants, advisors, partners and collaborators. We pride ourselves on the vision of our team, and for almost 150 years we’ve been giving tailored advice that gets real results. With a specialism in helping forward-thinking businesses and private clients, we spend a lot of our time forging relationships with both entrepreneurs, and with like minded businesses that embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.

That’s why our sponsorship of the Kent Excellence in Business Awards ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ category is particularly appropriate, and we’re thoroughly excited to be part of recognising Kent’s brightest business talents!

“As CEO of a proudly independent business, I find myself naturally energised by the prospect of working with like-minded owner- managers and entrepreneurs. That’s why the KEiBA ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ category really excites me. I’ll be looking out for people who’ve achieved outstanding successes this year, whilst also cementing a positive business culture across their staff and suppliers.”

Emma Roberts, Chief Executive, Creaseys

Furley Page Solicitors

Sponsor of Employer of the Year


We have built our business through looking after our clients’ best interests by providing clear, practical and cost-effective advice.

Our specialist lawyers, who are consistently recognised for their skills and expertise, support businesses whatever their needs. We help clients build successful, long lasting businesses.

“Furley Page has been at the heart of the Kent business community for generations, which is why we are delighted to again be supporting the KEiBA awards. It is an enormous pleasure to have the opportunity to visit and meet so many excellent and hard-working employers in Kent. We feel privileged to have so many great employers in our county and we are excited that we will be honouring employers that have excelled this year.

We are looking for employers that are passionate about their staff and are able to demonstrate how innovative initiatives around staff engagement are making a positive difference to the lives of their staff and the benefits this brings to business outcomes, productivity and profitability.”

Andrew Masters, Partner and Head of Employment, Furley Page Solicitors


Sponsor of Exporter of the Year


With two offices in Kent, and an independent member of Crowe Global, the eighth largest accounting network in the world, Crowe is proud to sponsor the Exporter of the Year category at this year’s KEiBA awards. Crowe provides a full range of advisory services to Kent businesses which includes Audit, Tax, Accountancy, Outsourcing, Corporate Finance and Insolvency Services. We help our clients make smart decisions that create lasting value for tomorrow. We place great value on close working relationships which are the cornerstone of our effective service delivery. We take the time to understand your business.

“It’s great to be involved in the KEiBA awards alongside many of our local business contacts.  Following the referendum, the decrease in the value of the pound has resulted in an increase in export trade initially. Exporters will face some challenges as we exit the EU but it is an exciting time to be involved in exporting and our aim is to help our clients make the most of opportunities and go beyond the challenges that may arise. We look forward to meeting the applicants in this category and hearing about their businesses”.

Darren Rigden, Partner, Crowe

Our partners

  • Pillory Barn Creative
    Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
  • The Hideout
    Family Business Place
  • Kent Event Centre
    Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
  • Kent Vision Live
    Locate in Kent
  • The Chartered Institute of Marketing
    Visit Kent