Ashford Business Awards 2018 open for entries

Events Posted 12/11/18
The Ashford Business Awards are open and looking for entries from businesses in Ashford, Hythe, Romney Marsh, Folkestone, Deal and Dover.

The Ashford Business Awards, which are in their third year, are delivered by Best Business Events and supported by platinum sponsors; Agilis Mobile, gold sponsors; Girlings and Heart Radio.

Tina George, customer service director of Agilis Mobile says: “AGILIS Mobile is delighted to be taking a lead role again as Platinum Sponsor for the Ashford Business Awards. The awards create a great community spirit with all the businesses that enter and if last year’s awards are anything to go by long term business connections and friendships are made. These awards have a positive effect for all the businesses that enter as the extensive publicity around the awards elevates the awareness of those businesses shortlisted giving them a stage to share and engage with a wider audience.

I would encourage all business owners to consider entering these awards as they provide a platform for you to promote the great things you are doing and put your business on the map.”

A number of awards categories are available and include:

  • Start up
  • Small business
  • Creative/digital
  • Customer service
  • Innovation
  • Hospitality / leisure and tourism / best food & drink producer
  • Business woman of the year
  • Best small family business

Chris Brightling, head of corporate and commercial at Gold sponsors Girlings Solicitors said: “Girlings is delighted to be sponsoring the hospitality category in this year’s Business Awards Kent. The awards are a great opportunity for Kent businesses – whatever their size – to showcase their talent and be recognised for the energy and passion they invest in their business.”

Businesses may enter up to three awards via a free, quick and simply entry form that can be downloaded via the website There’s been a record number of applications so far for the 2018 awards, however there is still time to apply, the closing date is 31 October. Entries will be considered by a team of judges who will shortlist them.

Shortlist companies will then attend a filming session at the venue on 12 November to record a short clip for the evening ceremony. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 28 November at the Ashford International Hotel in Ashford, 7pm-10.30pm.

The awards are also being supported by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Kent Branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD).

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