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Celebrating the success of great local businesses

Wednesday 28 November saw more than 120 business people attend the Ashford Business Awards at the Ashford International Hotel. The Awards which celebrate and reward businesses in a number of different award categories are run by Best Business Events with their partners the IoD, fsb and Heart with the support of platinum sponsors Agilis Mobile and gold sponsor Girlings.

Agilis Mobile Customer Services Director, Tina George, who also sat on the judging panel, said: “Whether it’s being recognised for customer service, creativity or success as a start-up. What I saw and heard when judging the Ashford Business Awards was the passion these individuals have for their business. So much so that this year we presented the Start Up award to two businesses DC Breathe and Hypo Hound, two outstanding businesses. Winning this award will give them both the recognition they deserve.”

David Redgate, Partner at Girlings Solicitors said: “The Business Awards Kent showcase the talent of the county’s businesses and Girlings is delighted to be the Gold Sponsor for 2018 – 2019. The Ashford Business Awards was a tremendous success and it was an honour to present the award for the Hospitality Category and also to celebrate the achievements of all the businesses that took part across all the other categories. If you are a successful, fast growing Kent business and haven’t yet taken part in the awards, I would strongly encourage you to do so.”
Congratulations go to the following businesses that won but also to all the shortlisted businesses. 

Creative/Digital - Realia Marketing  
Customer Service - East Kent Foot Care 
Family Business - Colin Batt Removals 
Hospitality - Burlington Hotel 
Innovation - New Level Results 
Small Business - Axis Medicare 
Start up - DC Breathe Ltd 
Start up - Hypo Hounds  
Women in Business - Pecunia 2016 Ltd 

Tracey Westell, Pecunia (2016) Limited winner of the Business Woman of the Year award, said: “For Pecunia, the Ashford Business Awards, has celebrated our hard work and success and helped showcase what we have achieved to date. Although we believe 100% in what we are doing, the Awards act as a 3rd party endorsement for our business which is a sign of reliability and quality for potential customers, and improved awareness in the wider business community. We feel this award is a springboard to further success.”

The Canterbury Business Awards including Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs are now open for entries. Find out more or enter for free today by going to 

For further information contact Carole Black, Best Business Events Ltd