Winners of Kent Invicta Chamber Business Awards announced

The county’s leading businesses have been recognised by the Kent Invicta Chamber Business Awards when the 2023 winners were announced at a gala dinner on 23 November attended by nearly 250 guests.

Two individual awards were made during the evening. The first was the ‘Chamber Legacy Award’, presented to Jo James OBE, chief executive of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of her 33 years at the chamber and ahead of her retirement at the end of the year. It was presented by Roger Gough, leader of Kent County Council, the award’s partner.

The second award was presented to Miranda Chapman, managing director of Pillory Barn. She received the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business in Kent Award’ for her years of working with many organisations, including the South East LEP, and as a governor of EKC Group. The award, judged by a panel from Kent County Council and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, recognised Miranda for her impact on the business landscape and the communities she serves.

Chris Hare, chairman of Kent Invicta Chamber, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and finalists who continue to inspire us with their resilience and commitment towards the county.

“Their collective achievements are testament to their hard work, and we look forward to seeing their continued success and growth.

“A special congratulations must also go to Jo and Miranda for their years of tireless support for the county that has helped make it a much stronger place and it was great to recognise and celebrate this.”

The awards, now in their 18th year, celebrate the winners’ outstanding achievements in the local business community at a gala ceremony held at Westenhanger Castle, near Folkestone, with the dinner sponsored by wealth, accountancy and business advisers Evelyn Partners.

The winners and finalists of the 10 categories included:

‘Business of the Year 2023’ sponsored by Canterbury Christ Church University

  • Winner: Brimstone Site Investigation
  • Finalist: BJF Group
  • Finalist: Modus Construction Consultants

‘Construction Project of the Year 2023’, sponsored by JobMatcha

  • Winner: WW Martin Ltd – Poppy Fields
  • Finalist: Coniston Ltd – Maison Dieu, Dover
  • Finalist: Hazle McCormack Young LLP – Mote Park Café and Visitor Centre

‘Employer of the Year 2023’, sponsored by McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford

  • Winner: Horizonscan Ltd
  • Finalist: Betteridge & Milsom Ltd (b&m)
  • Finalist: Reflect Digital

‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2023’, sponsored by the University of Greenwich

  • Winner: Liam Dibley, PICH Telecoms Ltd
  • Finalist: Abi Ireland, Wine Tours of Kent
  • Finalist: Tom Reveley, IT Manager Services Ltd

‘Excellence in Customer Service 2023’, sponsored by Azets

  • Winner: Baxall Construction Ltd
  • Finalist: Advance Facilities Group Ltd
  • Finalist: Dockside Property Services

‘Family Business of the Year 2023’, sponsored by Stagecoach South East

  • Winner: Lukehurst
  • Finalist: Fallow Management
  • Finalist: Kent Cricket Direct

‘Innovative Business of the Year 2023’, sponsored by Air IT

  • Winner: Bedfont Scientific Ltd
  • Finalist: MPR IT Solutions
  • Finalist: Safer Communities Alliance

‘Most Promising New Business 2023’, sponsored by NFU Mutual – Ashford, Tenterden & Whitfield

  • Winner: Matches Sports Bar & Social
  • Finalist: Cheran’s Bakery (Cheran’s Ltd)
  • Finalist: Foundations Child & Family Therapy

‘Success in International Trade 2023’, sponsored by BAE Systems

  • Winner: Bedfont Scientific Ltd
  • Finalist: Kemet International Limited
  • Finalist: Tillett Ltd

‘Sustainability & Decarbonisation Business of the Year 2023’, sponsored by Mid Kent College

  • Winner: Gallagher Aggregates
  • Finalist: BISON
  • Finalist: Frasers

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