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News - KEiBA

KEiBA 2014 first timers make their mark

Almost 80% of businesses entering this year’s Kent Excellence in Business Awards are taking part for the first time.

Two categories have seen entry levels at their highest ever with significant increases on previous years.

Start Up Business of the Year is one such category with entries increasing by over 40%, a true reflection of increased confidence in our local economy. In addition, the number of entries for the Business Commitment to Community reached an all time high. It is pleasing to see Kent based businesses supporting their local communities and achieving recognition for doing so.
Overall, the number of entries is on par with the 2013 awards with over 265 received. Another notable category performance was in Apprenticeship of the Year which shows a 42% increase in entries on the previous year – showing that companies are increasingly taking on apprentices and finding they offer something positive to their business.

Six years after it was founded, the Kent Excellence in Business Awards goes from strength to strength with 15 categories in 2014 including, for the first time, the Manufacturing Business of the Year award. The awards showcase the strongest, most vibrant business and business people from across Kent.

Mark Dance, KCC Cabinet member for Economic Development, said: “Seeing KEiBA grow steadily in recent years has been testament to the resilience, strength and determination of the county’s businesses through some tough years. Kent has always been open for business
“In that context, there are so many successes that deserve recognition. From young entrepreneurs to established businesses, there is so much to showcase, which is why the judges look forward to getting to grips with the entries.”

Geoff Miles, Chairman of Judges for 2014, said: “It is great to see so many Kent and Medway businesses sticking their heads above the parapet and showing what they have achieved. KEiBA, is a great way of shining a spotlight on the county’s excellence in business and is a great chance to say: ‘Kent business means quality.’”

Geraldine Allinson, chairman of the KM Group, said: “I am delighted to hear that the entry level has been strong again for this year’s KEiBA. It shows that Kent and Medway are great for business success and that many enterprises have much to be proud of despite tough economic times. Entering these awards gives a welcome opportunity to showcase business achievements and for the finalists to earn well-deserved wider recognition”

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