KEiBA 2015 attracts more entries than ever
More entries than ever have been made by companies in this year’s Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA).
With over 300 entries, the judges of the awards, staged and produced by Kent County Council and KM Media Group, are now set the challenge of whittling it down to 46 finalists.
This year there are 15 categories to enter, including Best Manufacturing Business, Best Land Based Business and Apprenticeship of the Year.
Every year KEiBA showcases the strongest, most vibrant businesses and business people from across Kent.
Morag Welham, head of special interest at the KM Media Group said: “The 319 entries we’ve had this year is 10% higher than the past six years since the event began and is 16% above last year.
“In total, 197 businesses made entries in 15 categories and three of those categories had their best year ever. There were notable increases in previous performance in Business Commitment to the Community, Apprenticeship of the Year and the Technology Business of the Year which widened its entry criteria to encompass more digitally-led businesses such as web design, SEO, video games and software development.”
The awards ceremony will be held at the Kent Showground in Detling on Thursday, June 25.
Winners will receive a trophy and it is hoped that the awards will also boost staff morale and help attract new staff.
Winning an award will also help businesses raise their profile in Kent.
KM Media Group chairman Geraldine Allinson said:
“The increase in entries for KEiBA this year shows how important it is to business that there is an opportunity to celebrate achievement. It is very heartening, in these ongoing tough times, to see that so many of Kent’s businesses have such impressive success stories. I am sure that the judges will have a tough job whittling these entries down to just 46 finalists.”
Mark Dance, KCC cabinet member for economic development, said:
“The KEiBA awards are undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year for the business community in Kent and it’s fantastic to see the huge number of entries we’ve received. Each year these awards show off the quality of Kent businesses and the hard work and entrepreneurial flair in action right across the county. It truly is fantastic that we have this opportunity to recognise and promote the successes and achievements of everything from rural firms, manufacturers and web developers to apprentices and sole traders – showing that Kent really is open for business.”