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KEiBA 2015 finalists announced at Kent 2020

From cheesemakers to wildlife parks, the finalists for this year’s Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) have been announced today (Wednesday, May 13) at Kent 2020 Vision.

The list of 46 nominees in 15 categories represents companies from across the county, from Westerham to Dover and Broadstairs to Dartford and was the outcome of a final judging session led by Geoff Miles, Chairman of KEiBA Judges on Monday (May 11).

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KEiBA was founded seven years ago and is run jointly between the KM Media Group and Kent County Council. This year there are 40 different organisations up for awards and they all have six weeks to wait to find out whether they are a winner at the awards ceremony being held for the third time at the Kent Event Centre, Kent Showground, Detling, on June 25.

As in previous years, the awards evening will benefit two local charities which this year are Porchlight, supporting those dealing with homelessness and poverty and Oasis, which provides temporary and safe refuge for families escaping domestic abuse. Tickets for the awards presentation gala dinner can be purchased at keiba.co.uk

Mark Dance, Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Economic Development at Kent County Council said: “As ever the standard of entries was extraordinary and selecting the 46 finalists was a very tough task – it just shows you the calibre of the businesses we have in Kent.

I’d like to congratulate all of those that have made it this far. The final in June will really allow those finalists to shine. I look forward to meeting them all and recognising and promoting their successes and achievements.For seven years KEiBA showcases the strongest, most vibrant businesses and business people from across Kent.

KM Media Group chairman Geraldine Allinson said: “I would like to congratulate all the finalists in another record-breaking year for KEiBA entries. I was delighted to see such an enthusiastic response from businesses and organisations from across the county. Once again, the standard was very high and the judges clearly faced a tough job selecting the best of the best.There are some remarkable stories of enterprise, risk-taking and outstanding achievement among all the finalists. Reaching this stage really is a benchmark of excellence. I wish all the finalists good luck and very much look forward to hearing the results at the gala dinner in June”

The full list of finalists for 2015 (in alphabetical order) are:

Large Business of the Year
Chartway Group Ltd, Maidstone
Priority Freight, Dover
Swanstaff Recruitment Ltd, Dartford
Sponsored by Aon Risk Solutions

SME Business of the Year
Cyclepods Ltd, Westerham
Infinity Technology Solutions Ltd, Tunbridge Wells
Sleeping Giant Media, Folkestone
The Fountain Workshop Ltd, Chatham
Sponsored by RIFT Group

Start Up Business of the Year
Digital Contact,Dartford
Rhino Aluminium, Broadstairs
The Strength and Conditioning Institute, Tonbridge
Sponsored by Mid Kent College & DSH Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors

Manufacturing Business of the Year
Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, Broadstairs
Wire Belt Company Ltd, Sittingbourne
The Alexir Partnership, Edenbridge
Sponsored by asb law LLP & University of Greenwich, BIG -Kent Network

Land Based Business of the Year
Thanet Earth, Birchington
The Rochester Bridge Trust, Rochester
Westerham Brewery, Edenbridge
Sponsored by Brachers LLP & Hadlow Group

Technology Business of the Year
Bedfont Scientific Ltd, Harrietsham
Dovetail Games, Chatham
RDT Ltd, Kings Hill
Sponsored by Cripps & University of Kent

Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year
Finch House Cafe and Bakery, Tonbridge
Howletts Wild Animal Park & Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne
Wingham Wildlife Park, Wingham
Sponsored by Southeastern

Business Commitment to the Community
Hair Professional, Maidstone
Kent County Football Association, Ditton
Neighbourhood Furniture Store, Sittingbourne
Sponsored by Golding Homes

Business Commitment to the Environment
Baxall Construction Ltd, Paddock Wood
Priority Freight, Dover
Winterdale Cheesemakers, Wrotham
Sponsored by UK Power Networks & KCC Low Carbon Kent

Employer of the Year
Dovetail Games, Chatham
Swanstaff Recruitment Ltd, Dartford
Yoyo Design, Tunbridge Wells
Sponsored by Kent Reliance

Success in International Markets Award
Bedfont Scientific Ltd, Harrietsham
Cammegh Ltd, Ashford
Spirit of Remembrance, Upchurch
Sponsored by HSBC & Kent International Business

Customer Service and Commitment Award
mhs homes Ltd, Chatham
RIFT Group, Ashford
Sleeping Giant Media, Folkestone
Sponsored by Headley Brothers Ltd

Entreprenuer of the Year
Mark Anderson, We Love Digital, Maidstone
Mark Mason, Civil Rail Solutions, Ashford
Stephen Rogers, Swanstaff Recruitment Ltd, Dartford
Sponsored by IoD & Creaseys

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Becky Campbell, Reflect Digital Ltd, Maidstone
Bal Sandher, Hectic Lifestyles Ltd, Rochester
Ben Towers, Towers Design, Gillingham
Sponsored by Lloyds Bank & Canterbury College

Apprenticeship of the Year
Joe Kent, Absols Complete IT Solutions, Maidstone
Thomas Unthank, BAE Systems, Rochester
Yasmine Gray, Tribeca Technology Ltd, Chatham
Sponsored by KCC Skills & Employability

Our partners

  • Ottewill Silversmiths
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  • 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