One of Britain’s most well-known faces from breakfast and daytime TV, Eammon Holmes, will be presenting the accolades at a black tie gala dinner at Salomons Estate on Friday, March 24.
While six of the ten main award categories are being sponsored by local businesses, there are four opportunities remaining.
Creative Business of the Year – Is your business success based on innovation and creative thinking in your strategy and everyday 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.
Best in Food and Drink Award – The winner of this category will be a local business that provides truly remarkable food and/or drink in the area. Whether it is a fine dining restaurant, gastropub, café, bakery, cake shop or drinks company the winner of this award will have demonstrated how they have put their town on the map.
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.
Young Business Person of the Year – Entrants for this award must be aged 30 or under by the closing date on February 14, 2022 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.
Why you should sign up?
Those who sign up to be sponsors will be in good company, as you can see from those businesses who have already taken a category.
Start-Up Business Award – Pushkin Antiques, whose new shop on the High Street has been wowing customers since it opened earlier this year.
Entrepreneur of the Year – Brewin Dolphin, one of the largest British wealth management firms in the UK with offices in Tunbridge Wells.
Resilient Business – Handelsbanken, the Swedish banking firm, has been a keen supporter of the Times Business Awards in the past.
Best Family Business – Childrensalon, one of the largest employers in Tunbridge Wells is itself a family-run concern.
Best Business 26+ Employees – The Finance Hub is a new loan company based on The Pantiles who are keen to get involved with the local business community.
Outstanding Business of the Year – Thomson Snell & Passmore are the world’s oldest law firm, according to the Guinness Book of Records, and the Tunbridge Wells solicitors has supported numerous Times Business Awards in the past.
As well as four category opportunities left for the 2022 Times Business Awards, there is also the chance to become headline sponsor.
Previous headliners have included: Cripps, Pemberton Greenish, one of the largest law firms in the South East, renowned Tunbridge Wells jewellery firm G Collins & Sons, and property developer Elysian Residences.
HERE’S WHAT PAST SPONSORS SAY:
“Thomson Snell & Passmore has been proud to sponsor these awards since they began. The awards celebrate all the good that the local business community does, and the innovative and brilliant people who own, manage and work for these companies.
We are proud to call Tunbridge Wells home and look forward to what the local business community will do in 2022 and beyond,” Sarah Henwood, CEO, Thomson Snell & Passmore.
“Handelsbanken Tunbridge Wells are delighted to once again be sponsoring an award at The Times of Tunbridge Wells Business Awards, which make a welcome return in 2022 after a challenging last 18 months or so.
“It is with this in mind that we are pleased to sponsor the ‘Resilient Business’ Award which is very apt for the times that all local businesses, business owners and individuals alike have been through during the Covid Pandemic.
“The awards and the specific award itself, aligns very much to our business through long term support of local businesses and entrepreneurs. Long term relationships are the backbone of what we do, with all our customers served by our local branch made up of local people, to assist through good times and bad.
“We look forward to an excellent evening of fun and entertainment with our thanks to The Times of Tunbridge Wells for continuing to support and promote all things local.” Nick Green, branch manager, Handeslnaken Tunbridge Wells.
To sponsor the awards
Sponsor packages cost from as little as £995 for category sponsors and £4,495 for headline sponsors, which includes tickets for the gala evening at the Salomons Science Theatre on March 24.
Firms that are interested in getting involved should email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website timesbusinessawards.co.uk