Shortlist announced for 2023 event

The Times Business Awards 2023 has prompted a deluge of fantastic entrants from across Tunbridge Wells. In fact, in response to the quality of the entries and the range of businesses that applied, five of the categories have been expanded to include four finalists who will be in the running for the awards.

This year there are two new categories up for grabs: Charity of the Year and Green Business of the Year, and both have been exceptionally well received by companies and local charities

Some businesses have been shortlisted in two categories: Funeral directors Welham Jones are finalists in the Best Business with 1-25 Employees and Outstanding Business.

Communications firm Sharp Minds is a finalist in the Outstanding Business category and the Creative Business category, while Asian fusion restaurant Kumquat is shortlisted for Family Business and Start-Up Business of The Year.

There are also some familiar faces, with previous winners TN card and Thomas Mansfield nominated again.

Previously scooping the award for Start-Up of the Year 2022, loyalty award scheme TN card is hoping to win big again in the Creative Business category, while local solicitors Thomas Mansfield have their eyes set on Outstanding Business of the Year after winning Best Business with 26+ Employees in 2022.

Congratulations to all of the finalists.



Best Business with 1-25 Employees 2023

Brittens Music

The Green Duck Emporium

HR Revolution

Welham Jones Funerals & Memorials


Best Business with 26+ Employees 2023

CooperBurnett LLP

Cornerstone FS PLC

Loch Associates Group


Best in Food and Drink 2023

The Blue Anchor (Crowborough)

The George & Dragon (Speldhurst)

Pig & Porter

TN1 Bar & Kitchen


Charity of the Year 2023

Age UK Tunbridge Wells

Nourish Community Foodbank

Taylor Made Dreams


Green Business of the Year

Denton’s Art of Hair

Emily Brown Photography



Creative Business of the Year 2023

Colley Raine & Associates

Sharp Minds Communications Ltd.

The TN card


Start-Up Business of the Year 2023

Claire Douglas Styling


TN Lettings


Family Business of the Year 2023

Fashion Carpets

Grovewood Wealth Management

KMJ Property



Entrepreneur of the Year 2023

Denise Airey

Gillian Palmer

Maryna Cole

Matt Elesmore


Outstanding Business of the Year 2023

NFU Mutual

Sharp Minds Communications Ltd.

Thomas Mansfield

Welham Jones Funerals & Memorials

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