Published: 12:00, 03 April 2014
| Updated: 14:42, 03 April 2014
Entries have been counted and the nomination process is underway for the Kent Excellence in Business Awards.
Nearly 80% of businesses entering this year’s KEiBAs are taking part for the first time, awaiting news of who will be at the finals in a gala dinner at the Kent Event Centre, Detling, on June 26.
Start Up Business of the Year and the Business Commitment to Community categories had their highest entry levels ever. More than 260 businesses have entered the 15 categories.
KCC cabinet member for economic development Mark Dance said: “Seeing KEiBA grow steadily in recent years has been testament to the resilience, strength and determination of the county’s businesses through some tough years.
"From young entrepreneurs to established businesses, there is so much to showcase, which is why the judges look forward to getting to grips with the entries.”
Chairman of judges Geoff Miles said: “It is great to see so many Kent and Medway businesses sticking their heads above the parapet and showing what they have achieved.
"KEiBA is a great way of shining a spotlight on the county’s excellence in business and is a great chance to say: ‘Kent business means quality.’”
KM Group chairman Geraldine Allinson said: “I am delighted to hear that the entry level has been strong for this year’s KEiBAs.
"It shows that Kent and Medway are great for business success and that many enterprises have much to be proud of despite tough economic times."
Details at keiba.co.uk
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