More than 30 businesses make the grade as finalists for the Times Business Awards 2022

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With more than 100 applications returned, it has been one of the most heavily entered Times Business Awards since the event began back in 2016.

Entrants this year have been incredibly varied, ranging from hair salons and solicitors to recruitment and HR firms.

Following a challenging two years for the businesses in West Kent, those shortlisted have a chance to finally celebrate their success and resilience at the gala awards evening at Salomons Estate on Thursday March 24.

Joining them and hosting this year’s awards will be none other than daytime TV legend and the most recent presenter at GB News, Eamonn Holmes.

The shortlisted entries will now be passed to the judging team, who have the unenviable task of choosing just one business from each of the ten categories to find an overall winner.

Winners will be announced at the gala event itself, which promises to be one of the most eagerly anticipated networking events of the last two years.

Richard Williams, Editor of the Times of Tunbridge Wells, said: “It never ceases to amaze me how varied and diverse the businesses in the area are.

“The gala night on March 24 promises to be such an exciting night when we get to find out which of these fantastic businesses have won.”


And the lucky shortlisted entries for this year are…

Best Business 1-25 Employees

Here we recognise owner-managers and SMEs employing up to 25 people that have maintained consistent growth and strong financial performance.


HR Revolution

Retail Fire

The Gallery Hair

TN Recruits

Sponsored by: Charles Stanley

Charley Stanley




Best Business 25+ Employees

For larger firms that have consistent growth and strong financial performance alongside an engaged workforce and a business plan.


Thomas Mansfield

GSE Building & Engineering


Sponsored by: The Finance Hub

The Finance Hub





Creative Business of the Year

To recognise those businesses based on innovation and creative thinking.


The Gallery Hair


Sharp Relations

Max Oliver

Sponsored by: HR Revolution

HR Revolution



Entrepreneur of the Year

The award for the most dynamic individuals who and are able to demonstrate significant success in growing their company.


Clarity Homes & Commercial

Colley Raine

Corker Outdoors

Sharp Thinking

Sponsored by: Brewin Dolphin

Brewin Dolphin




Best Family Business of the Year

This category recognises those businesses that have the passion and commitment that comes with a company run by a family concern.


Sussex Beds

Corker Outdoors

Jaques of London

The Meek Boutique

Sponsored by: Childrensalon






Best in Food and Drink

For those local business that provide truly remarkable food and/or drink in the area.


Balfour Winery

The Blue Anchor

The George & Dragon

Sponsored by: SitSmart





Resilient Business

The winner of this category will have risen to the recent challenges of the pandemic and diversified or come up with a new business strategy to adopt to the ‘new normal’.


Energise E-Bikes

IPT Fitness

Thomas Mansfield

TN Recruits

Sponsored by: Handelsbanken




Start-Up Business of the Year

This award recognises new start-ups under two years old at the closing date for entries.



Manic Ceramix

The TN Card

TAW Hairdressing

Sponsored by: Pushkin Antiques

Pushkin Antiques




Young Business Person of the Year

Entrants for this award must be aged 30 or under by the entry closing date of February 14 2022 and need to show they have a clear vision or strategy for their business.


Oliver Corkery (Corker Outdoors)

Joseph Trinder (Gorringe’s)

Jack Sales (TN Accountancy)

Sponsored by: Lawson Commercial

Lawson Commercial





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 their enterprise, as well as sound management practices.



Corker Outdoors

Sharp Relations

TN Recruits

Sponsored by: Thomson, Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell and Passmore





Times Business Awards are held in collaboration with Lexus



Eamonn Holmes

Finalists of the 2022 Times Business Awards will find out if they have won during the gala evening at Salomons Estate on Thursday March 24, hosted by none other than former This Morning host and the latest GB News presenter, Eamonn Holmes.

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