The Kent business community ROCKS, and we love nothing more than to celebrate the amazing, diverse and innovative independent businesses that are in this fabulous county. Now in it’s 5th year, the KIT Awards nominations for 2016 are now open!

KITA 2015

Why simply entering an award could be good for your business…

There are many potential advantages to entering business awards – even if you don’t win, you can still benefit. We have heard first-hand from businesses how they have benefited from entering awards and these are the top reasons why:

The application process provides a valuable opportunity to look at your business. As many business owners don’t get the chance to stop and analyse as they are often too busy dealing with the day-to-day running of their business. This part of the application can give you a new perspective and identify not only possible weaknesses but the strengths too.

Free marketing – a real gem of a marketing tool that many business owners haven’t realised yet. Winning or just being involved can generate significant amounts of publicity and continues long after the awards night.

Having award-winning on profiles, websites, social media, etc., gives a business increased credibility, not only in the local community but can be beneficial if seeking investment. Attracts quality talent of potential employees. Differentiates you from your competitors and sends out a positive message to customers, helping find new business and retaining current customers. A direct impact on your bottom-line.

Employee motivation can really be boosted if their employer wins an award, great for staff morale.

So if you weigh up the time and effort it would take to enter against the potential gains…it really is a clear win.

We are proud to shout out that the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses), is our headline sponsor for the second year and we thank them for their continued support. We would also like to thank Telcare Ltd, Basepoint Folkestone and AIMS Accountants for their sponsorship for the fourth year running.