Entrepreneur Laura Bounds, who founded the company in 2011, was recognised for her work in taking the business from running at a loss to turning a profit within the first six months of ownership. Kent Crisps triumphed over micro-businesses from across the UK.
To make her crisps truly Kentish, Laura works closely with local producers to create unique flavours, such as Smoked Chipotle Chilli (with the Kent Chilli Farm) and Roast Beef with Spitfire Ale (with Shepherd Neame), and showcase some of the best produce in the county.
These flavours are then matched with landscapes and monuments synonymous with Kent in an effort to drive tourism to the area that are displayed on the packets. These include Canterbury Cathedral, Beach Huts at Seasalter, Ramsgate Harbour and the White Cliff of Dover.
The brand is now stocked in independent outlets and in selected Waitrose, Co-op, Southern Co-op and Asda stores.
FSB’s Chair for the South East, Brian Woods, said: “I’d like to give a very warm congratulations to Laura and all the team at Kent Crisps following their win. This award recognises her endeavour, dedication and hard work in steering Kent Crisps out of tough times to a much brighter future. This is a distinctively Kentish business that is doing excellent work in promoting great local produce while also showcasing the county as a great place to visit. Small businesses like Laura’s, are what make Kent great – they make an unmatched contribution to the local economy and their communities, creating jobs and driving growth. It is completely right that we take the time to celebrate entrepreneurs like Laura.”
Kent Crisps owner and manager, Laura Bounds, said: “I am extremely proud to be named FSB’s Micro Business of the Year. In an extremely competitive industry, my team and I have been able to create a fresh and vibrant product that is truly local. Building strong relationships with Kent producers and highlighting the region are keys to our success. This allows us to create uniquely Kentish flavours that are unmatched by other crisp brands on the market. I can’t wait to continue developing our new crisp flavours and working towards a time where Kent Crisps are filling every lunchbox in the UK!”