Entrepreneurial spirit praised at Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Awards
Kent businesses have been hailed for their entrepreneurial
spirit in a record-breaking year for an award scheme.
The tribute came at the glittering final of the eighth annual
Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Awards.
The awards were open to firms in the areas served by the chamber
- Ashford, Canterbury, Maidstone, Medway and North West Kent, and
Speaking after the gala presentation dinner in Canterbury
Cathedral Lodge, chamber chief executive Jo James
said: “This year we had a record number of entries for each
category, but what impressed us most was the quality of the
"The UK may be in the middle of economic turmoil, but events
like this just go to show that businesses which innovate and adapt
to the changing environment are reaping the benefits.
"Kent businesses certainly do have that entrepreneurial spirit
which makes our county the best place for business.”
It was a special night for Crofton Design, which was named
Business of the Year (category sponsored by the University of
The Excellence In Customer Service award, sponsored by McBrides,
went to The Woodley Coles LLP.
Kemet International won the Achievement In International
Business award, sponsored by HSBC.
Eos Civil Engineering was named Most Promising New Business,
sponsored by Lloyds TSB.
Kristina Boulden of Romney Marsh Wools was applauded as
Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by: Kent Innovation &
All the winners and finalists will be entered in the British
Chambers of Commerce (BCC) National Awards.
Most disappointed company of the night was Sleeping Giant Media
of Folkestone, which was shortlisted in three categories but
missed out on a winner’s award.
Finalists: Business of the Year - Sleeping Giant Media and
Betteridge & Milsom. Excellence In Customer Service - Nova IT
Solutions and Sleeping Giant Media. Achievement In International
Business - Quorum Technologies and DDS (International). Most
Promising New Business - Everest Inn and UKHSE Training &
Consultancy. Entrepreneur of the Year - Luke Quilter of Sleeping
Giant Media, and James Harwood of Jakuta.