Meet the judges of the Times Business Awards…

THE judges for next year’s Times Business Awards have been selected to decide which local organisations represent the best in business. Entries opened last week for the 2023 edition of the event, with categories for individuals, companies and organisations of all sizes.

The deadline for submissions is February 20 and award winners will be announced at the black-tie gala dinner on Thursday March 30 in the Victorian theatre at Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells.

Over 200 guests are expected to attend the dinner and ceremony, hosted by media personality Nick Ferrari, along with the Times of Tunbridge Wells and other sponsors.

However, who are the judges that will be sizing up this year’s hopefuls to create a shortlist?

The five judges come from a range of business sectors, from accountancy and law to manufacturing, design, recruitment and retail. They will use all their experience to tease out the differences between entrants in ten categories. This year’s judging panel are:


Darren Austin is director of Synergee in Tunbridge Wells, the chartered accountants and business advisors.


Paul Fleming runs Tek Seating, maker of specialist fittings for industries such as defence, and ergonomic chairs and furniture.


Pam Loch founded Loch Associates in 2007, and is chair of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Business Improvement District.


Neil Simmons is managing director of Tunbridge Wells-based TN Recruits.


Simon Youden is store director of Fenwick in both Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury.



The Times Business Awards are now open at for entries in all ten categories, including two new awards – Charity of the Year and Green Business.

February 20, 2023 Deadline for entries.

March 15, 2023 Shortlist of finalists announced in the Times of Tunbridge Wells.

March 30, 2023 Times Business Awards gala dinner in the Victorian theatre at Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells, hosted by Nick Ferrari and the Times of Tunbridge Wells.

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