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The Kent Excellence in Business award show is always a fantastic event for us at RIFT. Kent’s business community is a dynamic and thriving environment, and the KEiBAs are a fitting way to pay tribute to that enthusiasm and innovative spirit. For 2019, RIFT co-sponsored the prestigious Medium business of the Year category along with Locate in Kent, which saw Orbital Net take the award despite fierce competition from finalists Catchpole & Rye, GingerMay, TPS Global Logistics.

Winning a KEiBA has always been about more than simple financial success. The awards are a celebration of spirit, ambition and innovation over simple turnover. An ideal entrant is one with a clear concept of what it wants to achieve and the commitment and drive to forge an unconventional path to it. RIFT has always stood behind the dreamers with big ideas and bold thinking, and the Medium Business of the Year category is an ideal platform to spread that message.

So, on to the winners of the 2019 KEiBA awards:

Employer of the Year

Winner: Sleeping Giant Media

Finalists: Colorcon Ltd, Tribeca Technology

Sponsored by: Furley Page


Manufacturer of the Year

Winner: Texcel Technology

Finalists: Bulgaro, Haltons Food Services

Sponsored by: University of Greenwich & asb law


Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner: Bulgaro

Finalists: Vital Parts, ZENii

Sponsored by: Creaseys & Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce


Construction Project of the Year

Winner: Modus Construction Consultants

Finalists: BBS Construction, Quinn Estates

Sponsored by: Wilkins Kennedy & Ashford College & West Kent College


Customer Service Award

Winner: Sleeping Giant Media

Finalists: ADM Computing, Colorcon, InfoTech Solutions (UK)

Sponsored by: Barclays


Exporter of the Year

Winner: Vespa Design and Publishing

Finalists: Bedfont Scientific, Haltons Food Services

Sponsored by: Crowe


Family Business of the Year

Winner: Walker Construction

Finalists: Scallywags, Team Hard Racing, TPS Global Logistics

Sponsored by: Gallagher Group


Small Business of the Year

Winner: Elvis & Kresse

Finalists: A+C Studio, Kent Crisps & Kentish Condiments, The Recruitment Network

Sponsored by: G and C Media


Medium Business of the Year

Winner: Orbital Net

Finalists: Catchpole & Rye, GingerMay, TPS Global Logistics

Sponsored by: Rift Group & Locate in Kent


Large Business of the Year

Winner: Childrensalon

Finalists: Baxall Construction, Outset UK Group

Sponsored by: Castle Corporate Finance


Valuing Disability Business of the Year

Winner: Bluewater

Finalists: Royal British Legion Industries, Twilight Cleaning

Sponsored by: The Education People & bemix


Start-up of the Year

Winner: Vidbuild

Finalists: My Careers Options, Orchard Pods

Sponsored by: Caxtons


Technology Business of the Year

Winner: Clevertouch

Finalists: Lucas UK Group, PageSuite

Sponsored by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish & University of Kent


Apprenticeship of the Year

Winner: Sleeping Giant Media

Finalists: Hospice in the Weald, Vital Parts

Sponsored by: The Education People


Business Commitment to the Community

Winner: Childrensalon

Finalists: Canterbury Rugby Club, Red Eagle

Sponsored by: Golding Homes


Commitment to the Environment Award

Winner: Coolings Garden Centre

Finalists: Frasers of Egerton, Winterdale Cheesemakers

Sponsored by: Low Carbon Kent


Outstanding Contribution Award

Paul Barrett

Barretts Motor Group


Congratulations go out to all of this year’s entrants, finalists and winners. In tribute, RIFT MD Bradley Post had this to say:

“At RIFT, we always find the KEiBAs an inspiring event. It’s been a great honour to be involved in the awards over the years, whether as winner, judge or sponsor. As a Kent business ourselves, we’re well acquainted with the challenges and rewards, the tough decisions and calculated risks, the obstacles and opportunities facing businesses of any sector. That understanding only deepens our appreciation of the ambition, tenacity and energy of KEiBA entrants.”


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