SHARE YOUR SUCCESS AND GET THE RECOGNITION YOU DESERVE BY ENTERING THE CHAMBER AWARDS 2019

CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY 25th JANUARY 2019

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About the Kent Invicta Chamber Awards

The Kent Invicta Chamber Awards will be celebrating their 13th Anniversary in March 2019 to recognise and reward excellence in businesses in Kent and Medway.

These awards attract a wide range of entries from across a variety of sectors, but the finalists and winners all have one thing in common, they are truly excellent at what they do and have proved this in their entry.

Awards are open to all Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Members, as well as Non-Members.

KEY REASONS TO ENTER: 

The chance to show how successful you are.

Raise your business profile.

Invaluable promotion opportunities. 

Powerful PR and marketing tool.  

Boosting staff morale.  

An engraved glass trophy and framed certificate.

Categories

Business of the Year 2019

Construction Project of the Year 2019

Employer of the Year 2019  

Category description: This category is open to any business, irrespective of sector. There is no turnover criteria.  

The business must demonstrate outstanding performance, particularly over the last 12-24 months, in a number of aspects relating to their business operation. This should include commercial success, clear plans for growth, commitment to staff, local communities, environment and customers, a track record of innovation and strong leadership.  

Entrants must have been trading for a minimum of two years.  

Sponsored by: University of Kent (www.kent.ac.uk/enterprise)  

Category description: This category is open to any business/organisation working on a regeneration, redevelopment or refurbishment project. This may include, but is not limited to, projects completed or in the process of completion during 2018.  

Projects that have approved planning for 2019 are also eligible. Entrants should be able to show how the project has provided (or will provide) opportunities for community development and involvement by way of employment, apprenticeships and training.  

Projects do not have to be in Kent, but the business/organisation must have a registered address in Kent and have been trading for a minimum of two years.  

Sponsored by: Golding Homes (www.goldinghomes.org.uk)

Category description: This category is open to any business/organisation that can demonstrate commercial success and strategies for growth whilst achieving excellence in its commitment to the support and development of its workforce.  

The organisation must show evidence that it has schemes, initiatives and policies which assess, deliver and monitor their workforce’s training and development, health and safety, general wellbeing and where there is an innovative approach to working terms and conditions.  

Entrants must have been trading for a minimum of two years.  

Sponsored by: YOUR LONDON AIRPORT Gatwick (www.gatwickairport.com)

Entrepreneur of the Year 2019

Excellence in Customer Service 2019

Exporter of the Year 2019

Category description: This category is open to any individual who is instrumental as the business owner or main shareholder in leading their successful business or organisation in reaching its goals and potential, irrespective of size or sector.  

This individual must demonstrate they have achieved commercial success, have clear plans, strategies and goals for their business and a strong track record of innovation.  

Entrants must have been trading for a minimum of two years.  

* For anyone wishing to enter the KEiBA awards, please note that entrants must be over 21 years old as of the 30th June 2019.  

Sponsored by: Hub for Innovation and Enterprise (www.kent.ac.uk/enterprise)

Category description: This category is open to any business, irrespective of sector. There is no turnover criteria.  

The business must demonstrate commercial success and strategies for growth whilst achieving excellence in looking after its customers.  

The organisation must have objectives for high quality customer service and clear methods of monitoring and evaluating standards.  

Entrants must have been trading for a minimum of two years.  

Sponsored by: Wilkins Kennedy (www.wilkinskennedy.com)

Category description: This category is open to any business, irrespective of sector that can demonstrate outstanding improvements in commercial performance through successfully marketing its products or service to customers outside the UK.  

The business/organisation will be asked to outline its exporting history, how exporting has had a profound effect on business performance, how international strategies have been developed, how products or services have been tailored for overseas markets, what strategies are in place to overcome language and cultural difficulties and what creative and innovative marketing activities have been used.  

Entrants must have been trading for a minimum of two years.

Manufacturer of the Year 2019

Most Promising New Business 2019

Technology Business of the Year 2019

Category description: This category is open to any business, irrespective of size or sector. There is no turnover criteria.  

The organisation must have a manufacturing operation being undertaken in Kent.  

This category includes food, drink and print operations. The organisation must demonstrate outstanding performance in a number of aspects relating to their manufacturing operation. These should include commercial success and evidence of growth, delivery of innovation and continuous improvements, environmental credentials, enhanced supplier relationships and supply chain development.  

Entrants must have been trading for a minimum of two years.

Category description: This category is open to any business, irrespective of sector. There is no turnover criteria.  

The business must demonstrate outstanding performance, particularly over the last 12 months, in a number of aspects relating to their business operation. These should include commercial success, clear plans for growth, commitment to staff, local communities, environment and customers, a track record of innovation and strong leadership.  

Entrants will also be asked why they set up their business, to outline the challenges they faced and how these have been overcome.  

This category is not open to those who have invested in a franchise model in order to start their business (franchisee) but is open to those that have developed their business into a franchise operation (franchisor).  

Entrants must have been trading for a minimum of one year and less than three years as of the 25th January 2019.

Category description: This category is open to any business, irrespective of sector and aims to attract businesses within which technology is a key element and where the continuous development of technology is a major function of the business.  

This is intended to include (but is not be limited to) businesses in the following areas: software and hardware, e-commerce, digital agencies, manufacturing, IT or telecoms infrastructure, electronics, medical, diagnostic or scientific devices and instrument technologies.  

Entrants must have been trading for a minimum of two years.  

Sponsored by: Rift R&D (www.riftresearch.com

Gala Dinner

Share your successes and get the recognition you deserve. 

The Finalists and Winners of the Chamber Awards 2019 will be announced at a Gala Dinner held on Thursday 21st March 2019.

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Canterbury Cathedral, The Precincts Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH

Contact Us

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Ashford Business Point Water brook Avenue Sevington, Ashford Kent, TN24 0LH  

Tel: 01233 503838

Emma Ransley, Membership Services Manager Email: emma.ransley@kentinvictachamber.co.uk

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