Winners announced for Canterbury Business Awards 2017

Events Posted 06/04/17
Nearly 100 people came together to celebrate the best of business at the first ever Canterbury Business Awards 2017, that took place at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury.

The winners and runners-up were announced by the judges at the candlelit three course dinner. They were, in order of receiving the awards:

Customer Service

Winner: Peace Together Ltd, financial advice in Herne Bay

Runners-up: Camomile Rooms, beauty salon in Canterbury; La De Da Boutique, ladies boutique in Herne Bay

Hospitality

Winner: Compasses Inn, pub restaurant in Crundale, Sole Street

Runners-up: The Dog at Wingham, restaurant, pub and hotel in Wingham Canterbury; Pinocchio’s restaurant in Canterbury

Innovation

Winner: HRP Equestrian, equestrian company specialising in inventing scientific products, scientific research of inventions in Canterbury

Runners-up: Local Room Hire, venue bookings and listings website , built by Red Bullet in Canterbury; Create A Cabin, suppliers of DIY bespoke buildings in kit form for self assembly in Selling, Old Lees, Canterbury

Creative/Digital

Winner: Dodgems and Floss, Design Agency in Canterbury

Runners-up: Local Room Hire, venue bookings and listings website, built by Red Bullet in Canterbury; E-commerce workroom, web and software development business, Canterbury

Entrepreneur

Winner: Supply Teachers Direct, provision of supply teachers to education in Canterbury

Runner-up: HRP Equestrian, equestrian company specialising in inventing scientific products, scientific research of inventions in Canterbury

Start-up

Winner: The FAR Academy, alternative education provider in Canterbury

Runners-up: La De Da Boutique, Ladies Boutique in Herne Bay; RedSprout, employment agency in Canterbury

Small Business

Winner: Dodgems and Floss, Design Agency in Canterbury

Runners-up: J & J systems, Managed IT Service provider in Herne Bay; Whitstable Produce Store, Coffee shop selling local Kent produce in Whitstable

The winners each received an exclusive Canterbury Business Award 2017 trophy and certificate in front of the packed room.

Naz Khaliq, managing partner of Dynamix Accountancy and headline sponsor said: “We are really happy to sponsor the Canterbury Business Awards 2017. It is great to have an award that recognises the best in the Canterbury area - which is internationally recognised. You can see how important it is to businesses when they go up and receive that award. It is also a great confidence builder for the winners and the shortlisted in helping them to qualify how good they really are - which is hard when you are getting on with the day-to -day running of the business.”

The awards are being delivered in partnership between Equilibrium PR and Best Business Events and supported by the IoD Kent Branch and the FSB.

Jane Ollis, the IoD Kent branch chair, who is also the awards chair, said: “The quality of award entrants was high and the judges worked hard on deciding the winners, which was no easy task. Even for those businesses who did not win on the night, they can go away knowing that they reached the final and were celebrated for their success. All this is great for their PR and for recognising the hard work they and their teams do.”

Marcus Chrysostomou, the owner of Whitstable based Equilibrium PR, said: “The Canterbury Business Awards 2017 were a great success. This is the first time the awards have been held and the large number of entries showed us it was much needed for the district. We, at Equilibrium PR and Best Business Events, want to thank everyone who has been involved, including the judges, sponsors and all who entered. For those who did not make it to the final, they will be able to have another go next year! “

Paul Andrews, CEO of Jobsinkent & Fruitworks, host of the Business Bunker, was the compare for the evening, said: “It was a great night and I really enjoyed hosting it. Businesses need to celebrate their success and award nights are a wonderful way of doing this. This is good for their profile and will help them gain more customers. The variety of businesses in the Canterbury area represents the rich range in Kent – who often quietly just get on with business and are never recognised. These businesses keep the economy going and it is right we should celebrate them.”

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