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KEiBA 2019 finalists revealed ahead of June 20 awards night at Kent Event Centre

The finalists for the Kent Excellence in Business Awards 2019 - better known as the KEiBAs - have been confirmed.

The judging panel has shortlisted a host of firms from across the county for what has long been acknowledged as the most prestigious awards ceremony of the year.

Companies had 16 categories to enter this year - including a new category, Valuing Disability Business of the Year. A special launch party for the event took place in January.

KEiBA 2019 finalists are revealed (9739241)
KEiBA 2019 finalists are revealed (9739241)

Once again, judges had a tough task in picking those who will be battling it out for glory at the gala awards night, which this year takes place on Thursday, June 20, at the Kent Event Centre in Detling - traditionally one of the highlights of the calendar.

The awards are staged and produced by KM Media Group and Kent County Council.

Geraldine Allinson, chairman of the KM Group, said: "We're so lucky with how much people support the event around the county and how much people get out of being a winner at KEiBA."

KM Media Group chairman Geraldine Allinson at the launch event for KEiBA 2019 at Allington Castle
KM Media Group chairman Geraldine Allinson at the launch event for KEiBA 2019 at Allington Castle

Cllr Mark Dance, cabinet member for economic development at Kent County Council, said: "Kent is full of vibrant businesses, some of the finest in the UK, and the KEiBAs are about celebrating the best of the best.

"Kent businesses are making a difference. They are showcasing what a great county Kent is to live, work and play - and long may that continue."

This year's finalists, in alphabetical order are:

Who will be crowned the KEiBA 2019 winners?
Who will be crowned the KEiBA 2019 winners?

Apprenticeship of the Year

Hospice in the Weald, Pembury

Sleeping Giant Media, Folkestone

Vital Parts, Maidstone

Business Commitment to the Community

Canterbury Rugby Club, Canterbury

Childrensalon, Tunbridge Wells

Red Eagle, Folkestone

Jason Smith and Andy Smith of Bedfont Scientific celebrate winning Technology Business of the Year at KEiBA 2018
Jason Smith and Andy Smith of Bedfont Scientific celebrate winning Technology Business of the Year at KEiBA 2018

Commitment to the Environment Award

Cooling's Nurseries, Knockholt

Frasers of Egerton, Ashford

Winterdale Cheesemakers, Wrotham

Construction Project of the Year

BBS Construction, Maidstone

Modus Construction Consultants, Faversham

Quinn Estates, Canterbury

Clive Stevens, centre, wins the Outstanding Contribution to Business Award at KEiBA 2018 - flanked by KCC's Mark Dance, left, and the KM Media Group chairman Geraldine Allinson
Clive Stevens, centre, wins the Outstanding Contribution to Business Award at KEiBA 2018 - flanked by KCC's Mark Dance, left, and the KM Media Group chairman Geraldine Allinson

Customer Service Award

ADM Computing, Canterbury

Colorcon, Dartford

InfoTech Solutions (UK), Rochester

Sleeping Giant Media, Folkestone

Employer of the Year

Colorcon Ltd, Dartford

Sleeping Giant Media, Folkestone

Tribeca Technology, Sittingbourne

Presenters from kmfm at the KEiBA 2018 gala night
Presenters from kmfm at the KEiBA 2018 gala night

Entrepreneur of the Year

Bulgaro Ltd, Sittingbourne

Vital Parts, Maidstone

ZENii , East Peckham

Exporter of the Year

Bedfont Scientific, Harrietsham

Haltons Food Services, Rochester

Vespa Design and Publishing, Canterbury

Chairman of the KEiBA judging panel Geoff Miles
Chairman of the KEiBA judging panel Geoff Miles

Family Business of the Year

Scallywags, Rainham

Team Hard Racing, Rochester

TPS Global Logistics, Aylesford

Walker Construction, Ashford

Large Business of the Year

Baxall Construction, Paddock

Childrensalon, Tunbridge Wells

Outset UK Group, Maidstone

The gala awards night will take place on Thursday, June 20
The gala awards night will take place on Thursday, June 20

Manufacturer of the Year

Bulgaro Ltd, Sittingbourne

Haltons Food Services, Rochester

Texcel Technology, Crayford

Medium Business of the Year

Catchpole & Rye Ltd, Pluckley

GingerMay, Tunbridge Wells

Orbital Internet Group, Canterbury

TPS Global Logistics, Aylesford

The KEiBA 2019 launch event got the ball rolling for this year's awards in January
The KEiBA 2019 launch event got the ball rolling for this year's awards in January

Small Business of the Year

A+C Studio, Margate

Elvis & Kresse, Sittingbourne

Kent Crisps & Kentish Condiments, Canterbury

The Recruitment Network, Ashford

Start-up of the Year

My Careers Options, Shoreham

Orchard Pods, Offham

Vidbuild, Bearsted

The gala awards night will take place on Thursday, June 20
The gala awards night will take place on Thursday, June 20

Technology Business of the Year

Clevertouch, Dartford

Lucas UK Group, Wrotham

PageSuite, Ashford

Valuing Disability Business of the Year

Bluewater, Greenhithe

Royal British Legion Industries, Aylesford

Twilight Cleaning, Tenterden

The Kent Event Centre will host the awards night later this year
The Kent Event Centre will host the awards night later this year

For more details on KEiBA 2019 click here.

For the full list of last year's winners, click here.

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