Start-Up Business Award

This award recognises new start-ups under two years old at the closing date for entries is April 24th 2019, that have translated an idea into a successful business venture. They must be able to detail growth so far and show plans for the continued development and success of the venture.

Sponsored By: Thomson Snell & Passmore

Creative Business of the Year

Is your business success based on innovation and creative thinking in your strategy and every day operation? This category is for any company over two years old in any sector, that can demonstrate creativity as well as adding value to the success of their business.

Sponsored By: Studio 44

Entrepreneur of the Year

This award is open to dynamic individuals who are running their own business and are able to demonstrate significant success and drive in growing their company.

Sponsored By: Charles Stanley

Young Business Person of the Year

Entrants for this award must be aged 30 or under by the closing date on 24th April 2019 and need to show they have a clear vision / strategy for their business and are committed to growing it.  Areas such as increasing headcount, developing and inspiring staff, and involvement in the local business community are all good examples of this.

Sponsored Castle Cars

Service Excellence Award

The winner of this category will be giving outstanding assistance and advice to those who buy or use their business or organisation’s products or services. They will be able to provide customer testimonials to support their entry.

Sponsored by: Handelsbanken

Best Food and Drink Award

The winner of this category will be a local business that provides truly remarkable food and drink in the area. Whether it is a fine dining restaurant, gastropub, or a simple café, the winner of this award will have demonstrated how they have put Tunbridge Wells or Tonbridge on the map with their catering excellence.

Sponsored By: Target Follow

Family Business Of The Year

The business must have been trading for a minimum of 12 months before the closing date on April 24th 2019. It must show how the company is set up, which family members are involved (past and present), and identify the financial success of the business in relation to the growth in turnover and profit and loss.

Sponsored By:

Best Business 1-25 Employees

Here we recognise owner-managers and small businesses employing up to 25 people, that have maintained consistent growth and strong financial performance. They must understand customer expectations, have an engaged workforce and be continually innovating to support future growth.

Sponsored By: The Perfume Studio

Best Business 25+ Employees

This category recognises larger businesses employing more than 25 people and again looks for consistent growth and strong financial performance alongside an engaged workforce and a business plan supporting innovation and future growth.

Sponsored By:

Outstanding Business of the Year

The ultimate award of all the categories will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination in the enterprise, as well as sound management practices. The winner must also be able to demonstrate they have a clear strategy to invest in the skills and development of their staff. They will be expected to prove sustainable growth combined with a degree of commercial success that is exceptional for the size of the business.

Sponsored By: Tunbridge Wells Together