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Finalists

Finalists - KEiBA

KEiBA 2017 finalists announced

KEiBA 2017 finalists announced after receiving record number of entries

The 50 finalists for KEiBA 2017 have been revealed after receiving a record number of entries.

Competing in 16 categories, the lineup features the best companies in the county, from apple growers to art galleries and construction contractors to clothes retailers.

Judges sifted through 312 entries for this year’s awards – the highest number ever received.

New innovations for this year includes splitting the SME category into small and medium business of the year and creating a new construction project of the year.

The finalists were unveiled at the Kent Vision Live exhibition at the Kent Event Centre in Detling.  Please click here to watch a video of the announcements.

They will find out who has been crowned the winners at the ninth annual gala dinner at the same venue on Thursday, June 22, hosted by organisers Kent County Council and the KM Group.

Kent County Council cabinet member for economic development Cllr Mark Dance said:
“To be a KEIBA finalist, you have to be the best of the best against your peers in this wonderful county of ours.

“The hard work and determination and the obstacles you have overcome have finally paid off.

“You are now part of an elite band that has been judged and you have passed the scrutiny of the panel. A huge well done.”

KM Group managing director Richard Elliot said:
“It’s fantastic yet again to see such a broad range of finalists covering so many sectors, both big and small.

“It’s particularly pleasing to see a record number of entries and particularly in the new categories of construction project of the year, plus the new small and medium business awards.

“I wish everyone could be a winner. Good luck and I look forward to seeing you at the awards in June.”


The finalists for KEiBA 2017 – the Kent Excellence in Business Awards – are:

Apprenticeship of the Year

CRM Logistics – Katie Town
Gillingham FC Community Trust – James Hare
HatHats Coffee Company – Charlotte Thomson

Business Commitment to the Community

The FAR Academy
FareShare Kent
Neighbourhood Furniture Store

Commitment to the Environment Award

Bloomsburys
Lucas – Fit Out & Finishing Specialists
Wingham Wildlife Park

Construction Project of the Year

Directline Structures
Walker Construction UK
WW Martin

Customer Service Award

The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Infinity Group
Sleeping Giant Media

Employer of the Year

The British Assessment Bureau
Childrensalon
KIMS Hospital

Entrepreneur of the Year

Lucas – Danny Lucas
The Red Eagle Group – Wayne Hodgson
Sleeping Giant Media – Luke Quilter

Exporter of the Year

Bedfont
The Fountain Workshop
Jewelultra

Large Business of the Year

AC Goatham & Son
Childrensalon
Infinity Group

Manufacturer of the Year

Brillopak
Colorcon
Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Medium Business of the Year

Adjustoform Products
Bedfont
Brillopak
Obart Pumps

Small Business of the Year

Dassie Artisan
South East Timber & Damp
Three R’s Teacher Recruitment
Wildwood Media

Start-up of the Year

HatHats Coffee Company
Matilda Hays Flowers
Nikita By Niki

Technology Business of the Year

ITL Group
Michelson Diagnostics
Trading.co.uk

Tourism & Leisure Business of the Year

The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks
Turner Contemporary

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

The Juice Executive – Alexandra Auger
Nikita By Niki – Nikita Mahon
VooServers – Matt Parkinson

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