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Includes Hythe, Romney Marsh, Folkestone, Deal
and Dover


Includes Whitstable, Herne Bay,

Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs


Includes Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester, Gravesend, Dartford, Sittingbourne, Aylesford, Kings Hill, West Malling and East Malling

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Includes Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Edenbridge and Swanley 

Award Categories

Creative/Digital and Innovation

Can you show evidence of expertise in digital, creative or media technologies? Have you brought new ideas to life, whether that idea is big or small? 

Customer Service 

Can your business show that you offer high quality customer service?

Start up (3 years old max.) 

Recognising a new start-up that has shown a clear path to success.

Small Business (Up to 50 employees)

Are you a standout small business that has achieved constant growth? 

Medium Business (Over 50 employees)
Are you a standout medium business that has achieved sustainable growth? 

Business Woman of the year 

For women who have founded and run their own business and achieved significant results in the past year.

Best Family Business 
How the family values and the family members have guided the development of the business.

Best Construction Business

Open to all construction and building companies. Show us what makes you the best in the industry with evidence of your growth and innovation.


Sustainable and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Business of the Year

It’s time to honour those businesses in Kent who apply sustainability in their operations and decision making. This award recognises the business that has taken its environmental, social, governance and financial performance to new heights to achieve a sustainable future. The winner will be a role model and inspire positive change towards a more sustainable future.

Best Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism,
Best Food and Drink Producer
Does your business demonstrate the quality of service to your customers and/or you have a passion for producing high quality food/drink. Have you applied innovative thinking to find new and better ways to do things ? 

AHM Health & Wellbeing Award NEW
Entrants must be able to demonstrate a positive and proactive occupational health and wellbeing strategy  in their plans, policies and communications.

Make your business a winner in 2024

Does your organisation have great customer service? 
Have you created an outstanding innovation?  
Perhaps you are a great employer or you are a successful entrepreneur?


Whatever your business strengths, you need to shout about them to make sure potential customers choose YOU over your competitors 
It is a great way of growing your business and increasing its value, plus...

  • Free marketing – just being shortlisted improves brand awareness and promotes your business to new customers

  • Good for staff morale – they love working for a successful business

  • Attracts and retains the best to your business - more customers will work and stay with you

  • Increases credibility – a win gives a seal of approval to your business

To enter select the appropriate area using buttons above

Important Dates

Application closing date
Ashford & Canterbury Business Awards  - extended Thursday 23 May
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells Business Awards - Friday 4 October 

Finalists filming

Ashford & Canterbury - Week Commencing 10 June  

Ashford & Canterbury Business Awards Gala Dinner 
Thursday 27 June | Ashford International Hotel 

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells Business Awards Gala Dinner 
Wednesday 4 December | Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel 

Time: 6.30 - 10.30 pm 

Price: £72+vat | Table of 10 £700+vat includes 3 course dinner and live music


“From the application process, through to booking places for the dinner, the Business Awards Kent team has supplied a prompt professional response to every query.  We’re incredibly proud of our award and see it as a reward for all the hard work that has been done and validation for our future success. I think this will be an important growth and transition point for Sharp Relations.”

—  AJ Sharp, Sharp Relations

Watch the highlights from our award ceremonies

Interested in entering?

View the categories you can apply for

Attend the evening ceremony with our shortlist companies and judges

Learn more on how to enter

Dont just take our word for it...

Take a look at this testimonial from our Hospitality Award winners, Lost Sheep Coffee, of the Ashford Business Awards in 2017!

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