We had a fantastic time at the KEIBA awards last night.
Congratulations to all winners and finalists.
Here at RIFT we’ve been involved with KEIBA for many years, as entrants, sponsors and as judges.
"To win a KEiBA is to be recognised as a truly outstanding business, and congratulations to all for setting the standard so very high. It was no surprise to the see the incredible level of quality, passion and diversity in all entries, and our winner, Bedfont Scientific Ltd, demonstrated unparalleled innovation, a meticulous understanding of the threats and opportunities for growth, clear focus and smart decision-making coupled with a strategic realism leading to excellent results throughout all areas of their business. An inspirational company; thank you and congratulations." RIFT MD Bradley Post
The Kent Excellence in Business Awards always make for an exciting event for us at RIFT. 2017 marked our fourth time as a judge for the awards, and the first time we've co-judged the new Medium Business of the Year category. It's been amazing watching the KEiBAs develop and grow over the years, and an honour to have been a part of that.
Judging from our previous experiences with KEIBA events, we knew we’d be in for some difficult decisions. Kent has been the launch pad for some truly spectacular businesses, and we can honestly say we never know what to expect to see in the entries. Well, there are a few exceptions to that. We know we can expect to find dynamism, commitment and accomplishment pretty much everywhere we look. Enthusiasm and ingenuity will also be in evidence, of course, because the best ideas and approaches are what makes businesses great.
What we looked for in Medium Business of the Year category contenders are the qualities that we strive for most purposefully in ourselves at RIFT. Obviously, positive trends in profit levels and favourable comparisons with competitors are important factors. Beyond that, though, we were interested in recognising and rewarding the attitudes and mechanisms the entrants have put in place to make those primary goals attainable. We wanted to see how they’re developing their staff, along with how they’ve approached the monitoring, measuring and predicting of performance. We were keen to see how good planning and insightful approaches can turn ambitions into achievements. Perhaps most excitingly of all, we wanted to hear about how entrants’ initiatives and innovations are giving something back to their industries, the environment and the community of Kent itself.
Kent has a diverse and energetic business profile. Almost 70% of the businesses here are in the small and medium-sized brackets, and there's a wide range of support options available to them. RIFT is passionate about the county and the businesses that it helps to build. As co-judges of Medium Business of the Year, we're proud to be part of rewarding companies that share our enthusiasm, and consider it a privilege to help celebrate the best of Kent's most inspiring entrepreneurial spirits.
Full List of Winners and Finalists
Apprenticeship of the Year sponsored by KCC Skills and Employability Winner HatHats Coffee Company – Charlotte Thomson
Finalists CRM Logistics – Katie Town Gillingham FC Community Trust – James Hare
Business Commitment to the Community sponsored by Golding Homes
Winner FareShare Kent
Finalists The FAR Academy Neighbourhood Furniture Store
Commitment to the Environment Award sponsored by KCC Low Carbon Kent and Ardula
Winner Lucas - Fit Out & Finishing Specialists
Finalists Bloomsburys Biddenden Wingham Wildlife Park
Construction Project of the Year sponsored by Brachers and West Kent and Ashford College
Winner Directline Structures
Finalists Walker Construction UK WW Martin
Customer Service Award sponsored by Towergate Insurance Brokers
Winner Infinity Group
Finalists The Historic Dockyard Chatham Sleeping Giant Media
Employer of the Year sponsored by Furley Page Solicitors
Finalists The British Assessment Bureau KIMS Hospital
Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce and Creaseys
Winner Sleeping Giant Media – Luke Quilter
Finalists Lucas – Danny Lucas The Red Eagle Group – Wayne Hodgson
Exporter of the Year sponsored by Crowe Clark Whitehill
Winner Bedfont Scientific
Finalists The Fountain Workshop Jewelultra
Large Business of the Year sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy LLP and accredited by Kenward Trust
Winner Infinity Group
Finalists AC Goatham & Son Childrensalon
Manufacturer of the Year sponsored by asb law LLP and University of Greenwich
Winner Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems
Finalists Brillopak Colorcon
Medium Business of the Year sponsored by RIFT Group and Kent and Medway Growth Hub