Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) finalists announced

The finalists for the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) have been announced today (Wednesday).

The 39 finalists were revealed at the Kent 2020 Vision business event today at the Kent Event Centre in Detling.

The winners in the 15 KEiBA categories – such as Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Employer of the Year and Business Commitment to the Community Award – will be revealed at a ceremony at the Kent Showground in Detling next month.

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With over 250 entries, the judges of the awards, staged and produced by Kent County Council and KM Media Group, were once again faced with the challenge of whittling it down.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Kent County Council Mark Dance said: “The standard of entries this year was – as ever – extraordinary and selecting these finalists was an extremely tough task.

“Having gone through the entries, it is clear that we have a very high calibre of businesses in Kent.

“I’d like to congratulate all of those that have made it this far and I look forward to meeting them all and recognising and promoting their successes and achievements at the finals.”

For eight years, KEiBA has showcased the strongest, most vibrant businesses and business people from across Kent.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Kent County Council Mark Dance, Bob O'Connor, Becky Campbell and Richard Elliot hold aloft a prestigious KEiBA trophy

Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Kent County Council Mark Dance, Bob O’Connor, Becky Campbell and Richard Elliot hold aloft a prestigious KEiBA trophy

As in previous years, the awards evening will benefit two local charities which this year are Ellenor, a charity that cares and supports families facing terminal illness in Kent and Bexley, and CXK which helps people progress into meaningful employment, education or training.

KM Media Group managing director Richard Elliot said: “I would just like to thank all the fantastic businesses that have entered the KEIBA awards this year, the quality of the entries just seems to go from strength to strength.

“I would also like to thank the sponsors for all the effort they have put into the judging process, their commitment is really appreciated and as result I am sure everyone will agree this year we have another extraordinary set of businesses from across the county chosen as KEIBA finalists. Good luck to everyone for June 23.”

The awards ceremony will be held at The Kent Event Centre, Kent County Showground, Detling on June 23.

The KEiBA award night last year at Detling.

The KEiBA award night last year at Detling.

The full list of finalists for 2016 are:

Large Business of the Year

Howletts Wild Animal Park & Port Lympne Reserve

Integrated Technologies Ltd (ITL)

Thanet Earth

SME Business of the Year

Digital Contact

Infinity Group

Simply Ice Creams Ltd

Sleeping Giant Media

Start Up Business of the Year

Aero Legends Ltd

Emily&Me

No Place Like Home – Bespoke Later Life Support

Manufacturing Business of the Year

Fudge Kitchen

Integrated Technologies Ltd (ITL)

Texcel Technology Plc

Land Based Business of the Year

Simply Ice Creams Ltd

Winterdale Cheesemakers

Wise Owl Cider Ltd

Technology Business of the Year

Bedfont Scientific Ltd

Integrated Technologies Ltd (ITL)

Texcel Technology Plc

Tourism & Hospitality Business of the Year

Finch House Cafe and Bakery

Great Comp Garden

Wingham Wildlife Park

Business Commitment to the Community Award

Gillingham FC, Community Trust Sports & Education Foundation

James Fitness

Young Kent

Business Commitment to the Environment Award

Alan Firmin Ltd

Cyclepods

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems

Employer of the Year

Childrensalon

Kreston Reeves

Sleeping Giant Media

Success in International Markets Award

Horizonscan

International Association of Book-keepers

Questor Insurance Services Ltd

Customer Service & Commitment Award

Childrensalon

Sleeping Giant Media

Watchfinder&Co

Entrepreneur of the Year

HE Services Group of Companies (Diggerland)

Quinn Estates

Red Eagle Ltd

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Kent Design Studio

NikitaByNiki

Towers Design

Apprenticeship of the Year        

Facts International Ltd

The Granary Spa

Wire Belt Company Ltd

Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) finalists announced was last modified: May 11th, 2016 by Thom Morris