Tunbridge Wells Awards reward business success


Local firms have been celebrating after winning at the inaugural RTW Business Awards at a special gala ceremony.

The awards were hosted and organised by One Media & Creative UK Ltd, the media management company which is part of Markerstudy Leisure. The awards were supported by the main sponsors Cripps and RSM, with each of the 10 categories sponsored by a local business.

The awards were presented at a gala ceremony at Salomons Estate attended by more than 200 guests and senior representatives from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Guest speaker at the evening was Edwina Currie, broadcaster, writer, former MP and minister.

Rt Hon Greg Clark, MP for Tunbridge Wells, said: “Tunbridge Wells has always been a great place to do business. From well-established global brands to pioneering start-ups, we have some fantastic companies located in our town and it’s great to recognise this through the RTW Business Awards. Looking through the shortlisted finalists, I would imagine that the judging panel had an extremely difficult job picking the overall winners.

“I congratulate the organisers for establishing these new awards and the two main sponsors, Cripps and RSM, for supporting them.”

Head of Judges, Jo James, Chief Executive of Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, said: “Tunbridge Wells is synonymous with quality and it great to see so many

excellent companies celebrated by these awards. It bodes well for the economic future of the borough.”

Thirty companies were shortlisted and made it to the finals and the winners were:

New Business of the Year: Monita Cheung Design

Sponsored by Ansacom

Green Company of the Year: Mastercolour

Sponsored by Global Office

Creative Business of the Year: Larrytech Ltd

Sponsored by Fox Marketing Services

Corporate Social Responsibility Award: AXA PPP

Sponsored by MW Solicitors

Business Hero of the Year: Paul Chapman, Signal UK Ltd

Sponsored by Easistore

Family Business of the Year: Fullers’ Butchers & Farm Shop

Sponsored by Thomson Snell & Passmore

Entrepreneur of the Year: Deborah Richards, Maddisons Residential Ltd

Sponsored by Infinity Group

Young Business Person of the Year: Jenny Kitchen, YoYo Design

Sponsored by Russell Fewins Facilities Solutions

Service Excellence Award: First Office Systems Limited

Sponsored by RentLocally

Outstanding Business of the Year: Childrensalon Ltd

Sponsored by Parfitt Cresswell Solicitors

Each of the 10 categories had three shortlisted finalists, except for the Times of Tunbridge Wells Readers’ Choice Award sponsored by MJ Exhibitions, which was won by Jez Timms of Torpedo Juice.

Following the success of the awards ceremony, Nick Moore, Group Commercial Director of Markerstudy Leisure, said: “It was great to celebrate the hard work of many local businesses and we look forward to launching the 2017 awards later this year.”

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