Businesses across the county will have the opportunity to shine in the 2016 Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA).
They were officially launched on Thursday (January 7) at the Port Lympne Hotel.
Every year KEiBA showcases the strongest, most vibrant businesses and business people from across Kent.
Now in their eighth year, the awards are staged and produced by Kent County Council and the KM Media Group.
Winning a KEiBA is a powerful and effective marketing tool for any company and winning helps organisations stand out from the crowd, sends a positive message to customers and attracts new business.
There are 15 categories up for grabs and businesses can enter up to four different categories, including Apprenticeship of the Year, Business Commitment to the Community Award, Employer of the Year, Start Up Business of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year
KCC Cabinet member for Economic Development Mark Dance said: “The KEiBA awards are undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year for business in Kent. We had over 300 entries to the competition last year, our biggest number of entries to date and I’m looking forward to seeing the calibre of this year’s entrants.
“The awards really do show off the quality of Kent businesses – no matter how big or how small – and demonstrate the hard work and entrepreneurial flair in action right across the county.”
You can enter your business in up to four categories at www.keiba.co.uk
Becky Campbell, who was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the gala dinner last June, encouraged firms to enter as the event was launched.
She also said it was a huge boost to morale for staff at her Maidstone-based online marketing agency Reflect Digital and has helped her to gain new clients.
“I would thoroughly recommend entering KEiBA,” she said. “It was an amazing experience for our firm and has helped us win more business.”
KM Media Group Chairman Geraldine Allinson said: “The KEiBAs are now recognised as the preeminent business awards in Kent and so most credible businesses in Kent either have or seek to have a KEiBA award on their shelf.
“The awards are a yearly celebration of successful Kent companies and give worthly recognition to the people who work tirelessly to make these companies successful.
“In Kent we are blessed with a variety of thriving industries, from technology and tourism to food and finance.
“A common thread to success at the KEiBAs is not only to come up with great ideas but to demonstrate that they are also put into action with a touch of innovation and of course hard work and tenacity.
“I urge all good businesses in Kent to enter the KEiBAs this year, it is your opportunity to stand up and be counted alongside the finest businesses in the county and gain recognition that is truly deserved.”
The deadline for entries is February 26.