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Awards night

A medical device manufacturer has pulled off the double double by scooping two prizes at Kent’s biggest business awards for the second time in three years.

Ashford-based Integrated Technologies Ltd, known as ITL, was named the county’s Large Business of the Year and Manufacturing Business of the Year at the Kent Excellence in Business Awards – the KEiBAs.

It repeated its success of 2014, when it was named the best manufacturer and best technology business, a category in which it was also a finalist this year.

It was joined by fellow double winner Sleeping Giant Media, a digital agency based in Folkestone, which was named Employer of the Year and SME Business of the Year.

 

Nearly 600 guests came to the gala dinner at the Kent Showground in Detling on Thursday to see who would win the 15 categories.

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Clive Emson, the auctioneer whose Maidstone-based company has become known on TV shows like Homes Under the Hammer, was honoured for his Outstanding Contribution to Business in Kent.

Another TV face, 17-year-old Ben Towers, who became a regular on CBBC show Pocket Money Pitch, won Young Entrepreneur of the Year for his digital agency Towers Design, which is turning over £438,000 a year.

The awards, now in their eighth year, are run by the KM Media Group and Kent County Council and were hosted by kmfm Drivetime presenter Rob Wills and the station’s news editor Nicola Everett.

Property developer Mark Quinn, the man behind 38 housing schemes across the Garden of England, was named Entrepreneur of the Year.

Tunbridge Wells-based clothes retailer Childrensalon, which sells 280 luxury brands into 135 countries, won the Customer Service and Commitment Award.

Kent County Council cabinet member for economic development Cllr Mark Dance said: “With over 250 entries, the judges were faced with the unenviable challenge of whittling it down to just 46 finalists.KB KEIBA16 230616

“A huge congratulations to all those who won an award. You have every reason to feel proud of your achievement.

“For eight years now, KEiBA has showcased the strongest, most vibrant businesses and the people behind them.

“Even those that didn’t walk away with a trophy, they still have reasons to be proud.

“Everyone who entered is testament to the resilience, strength and determination of the Kentish business.”

Crisis management company Horizonscan, which teaches fire safety to businesses in tall buildings around the world, picked up the prize for Success in International Markets.

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, an ink supplier exporting to 86 countries, was recognised in the Business Commitment to the Environment category.

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Meanwhile, James Fitness, a personal training company which runs free fitness sessions for people in Herne Bay, was applauded for Business Commitment to the Community.

KM Media Group managing director Richard Elliot said: “So many great business have been nominated and the people who work in those businesses should feel really proud.

“We know from past experience that winning a KEIBA is great for your business, not only for how people feel internally but also how they are perceived externally.

“We have hosted these awards with KCC for the last eight years and it just seems to get better and better.

“The companies that enter the KEIBAs make the awards so special and I thank the judges and sponsors and all those who put on such a great event.

“Here’s to another successful year for businesses in Kent.”

Other winners were Winterdale Cheese near Wrotham, a serial KEiBA winner, which was named Land-based Business of the Year, and coffee shop Finch House in Tonbridge, which won Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year.

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Dartford-based Texcel Technology, an electronic design and engineering company, is the new Technology Business of the Year, while the Wirebelt Company in Sittingbourne won Apprenticeship of the Year for its latest graduate Aaron Cogger.

Aero Legends, a company offering pleasure flights in a Spitfire from Headcorn Aerodrome, was named Start-up Business of the Year.  Please click here for more information.

KEiBA 2016 winners:


Apprenticeship of the Year

Winner

The Wirebelt Company

Finalists

The Granary Spa

Facts International

Sponsored by: KCC Skills and Employability Service


Business Commitment to the Community Award

Winner

James Fitness

Finalists

Gillingham FC Community Trust

Young Kent

Sponsored by: Golding Homes


Business Commitment to the Environment Award

Winner

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Finalists

Cyclepods

Alan Firmin

Sponsored by: KCC Low Carbon Kent and UK Power Networks


Customer Service and Commitment Award

Winner

Childrensalon

Finalists

Sleeping Giant Media

Watchfinder & Co

Sponsored by: Headley


Employer of the Year

Winner

Sleeping Giant Media

Finalists

Kreston Reeves

Childrensalon

Sponsored by: Swanstaff Recruitment Ltd


Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner

Mark Quinn – Quinn Estates

Finalists

Hugh Edeleanu – H.E Services Group

Wayne Hodgson – Red Eagle

Sponsored by: IOD and Creaseys


Land-based Business of the Year

Winner

Winterdale Cheese

Finalists

Simply Ice Cream

Wise Owl Cider

Sponsored by: Brachers and Hadlow Group


Large Business of the Year

Winner

Integrated Technologies Ltd

Finalists

Thanet Earth

Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

Sponsored by: Grant Thornton UK LLP


Manufacturing Business of the Year

Winner

Integrated Technologies Ltd

Finalists

Texcel Technology

Fudge Kitchen

Sponsored by: asb law and BIG – Kent Network University of Greenwich


SME Business of the Year

Winner

Sleeping Giant Media

Finalists

Infinity Group

Simply Ice Cream

Digital Contact

Sponsored by: Rift Group


Start-up Business of the Year

Winner

Aero Legends

Finalists

Emily & Me

No Place Like Home

Sponsored by: Mid Kent College and DSH Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors


Success in International Markets Award

Winner

Horizonscan

Finalists

International Association of Book-keepers

Questor Insurance

Sponsored by: HSBC Corporate Banking and UK Trade & Investment


Technology Business of the Year

Winner

Texcel Technology

Finalists

Bedfont Scientific

Integrated Technologies Ltd

Sponsored by: Cripps and University of Kent


Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year

Winner

Finch House Cafe

Finalists

Wingham Wildlife Park

Great Comp Garden

Sponsored by: Southeastern


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner

Ben Towers – Towers Design

Finalists

David Tindall – Kent Design Studio

Niki Mahon – Nikita by Niki

Sponsored by: Canterbury College and Custodian Data Centres


Outstanding Contribution to Business in Kent

Winner

Clive Emson

Sponsored by: KM Media Group and Kent County Council

Our partners

  • The Hideout
    Pillory Barn Creative
  • Visit Kent
    Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
  • Locate in Kent
    The Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Kent Event Centre
    Kent Vision Live
  • The Historic Dockyard, Chatham
    Kent Foundation