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Sponsors - KEiBA

Caxtons Commercial

Sponsor of Start-up of the Year


Caxtons is a Kent based multi-disciplined firm of chartered surveyors. We are one of the largest independent firms of general practice chartered surveyors and property consultants in Kent and Medway.

Founded in 1990, the company has grown year-on-year and now employs 100 members of staff, operating from offices in Canterbury, Gillingham, Gravesend, and Maidstone.

Working together with owners, occupiers or investors, we help navigate the ever changing and complex world of commercial and residential property.

Our commercial teams focus on meeting expectations and transacting successful deals across the commercial real estate sector and deliver value in every transaction from investment, through management and insurance, to sale and letting.

Caxtons understands both the financial and emotional value of residential property. We create manageable and secure homes by effective letting and management of student living, family accommodation and apartment blocks.

In collaboration with KCC and Locate in Kent, Caxtons is the major sponsor of and contributor to the Kent Property Market Report – an industry standard.

‘We are delighted to be involved with the Kent Excellence in Business Awards 2019 and pleased to be able to sponsor the Start-up of the Year category. We support and encourage local business wherever we can and we are particularly interested in this category and how new enterprises position themselves in their particular market-place.”

David Gurton,  Marketing & Business Development Director 

Locate in Kent

Sponsor of Medium Business of the Year


With a wide range of expertise and experience, our team work alongside our public and private board members to create and retain jobs in Kent and Medway.

Since forming, Locate in Kent has helped 1,130 companies move to, set-up or expand in Kent, creating or retaining 70,165 jobs.

Our business advice services are confidential, impartial and completely free of charge. Contact a member of the Locate in Kent team today to discuss your future business project.

Anita Glover, Head of Marketing, Locate in Kent


Sponsor of Valuing Disability Business of the Year


bemix is an East Kent and Medway social business working alongside people with learning difficulties and autism as equal partners and colleagues. We match disabled talent with employer needs so everyone benefits. A specialism is supported internships, in which young people in work placements learn the job unpaid and prove their qualities, becoming valued, paid employees wherever possible.

Since 2013, Matt has led the company through investment in delivering education, developing supported employment services, rebranding and achieving 30% turnover growth.

80% of Kent’s adults are in work, but only 53% of disabled people get the same chance to boost Kent’s economy with their skills. As the need for local, loyal workers grows, employers tapping into disabled talent are really onto something. We’re thrilled to be celebrating their deserved success through this brand new award category.

Matt Clifton, Chief Executive, bemix

The Education People

Sponsor of Valuing Disability Business of the Year


As Head of Service for Specialist Employment, within The Education People, Alicia strategically leads on supporting those with disabilities to move into sustainable employment and with employers both national and local to Kent to employ people with disabilities to access a wider talent pool.

Alicia continues to shape strategic positive outcomes for clients with disabilities at a national level with the Department for Education, the NHS and the Department of Work and Pensions, as well as working locally at a senior level within Kent County Council. Her service currently holds both Team of the Year 2018 and Practitioner of The Year 2018 awards as judged by The British Association for Supported Employment (BASE).

Alicia Moyles, Head of Service, The Education People

Wilkins Kennedy


We are a firm of accountants and business advisers with extensive experience of the property and construction sector. Our specialist team act for a large number of companies including property developers, property investors and construction companies and as such we understand the financial challenges facing the sector such as dealing with increasing regulation, pressure on profit margins, and also managing risk and supply chain to ensure that projects are delivered on deadline and on budget.

We also act for many ancillary businesses such as engineering and consultancy firms, architects and surveyors, as well as the many tradespeople and sub-contractors.   From individual landlords to large housebuilders and investors, we can help with a number of services from property tax to property development finance. Our in-house SDLT specialist team can advise on ways to reduce your stamp duty tax bill, and a dedicated service charges accountant can advise landlords and property managers on how to prepare and review service charge accounts.

“We are delighted to be sponsoring KEiBA for another year and look forward to meeting this year’s short listed applicants for the Construction Project of the Year.  As accountants with specialist sector expertise in the Property and Construction sector we are excited to see the projects undertaken. The standard of entries each year is extremely high and it is always a pleasure to help select a worthy winner.  Winning KEiBA is a great accolade and we wish all of this year’s applicants every success!”

Dan Graves, Partner, Wilkins Kennedy


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

Our partners

  • Ottewill Silversmiths
    Hush Heath
  • Pillory Barn Creative
    The Hideout
  • Family Business Place
    Kent Event Centre
  • Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
    Kent Vision Live
  • Locate in Kent
    Visit Kent
  • Kent Foundation
    Allington Castle