The 2015 Awards

What an amazing night the 2015 Kent Independent Traders Awards was. Over 150 people joined together to celebrate the successes of Independent Businesses in Kent. The evening was held at The Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone and saw people travel from all over the county to be part of something special.

12 categories were celebrated, including Customer Service Award and Growth Business of the Year. The atmosphere in the room was electric, a real party atmosphere, which was just as well as the whole evening was based around a celebration. Hosted by Hilary Steel  there was humour, there were tears and there was a lot of laughter. As most of the winners were there on the night, we got to hear their motivations behind what they do. There was raw emotion on the stage as winners were slightly overwhelmed by their achievements.

Dame Kelly Holmes’s first business venture, Cafe 1809 (pronounced one eight oh nine) picked up the Hospitality Award and Dr Sophie Shotter from Illuminate Skin Clinics picked up ‘Kent’s Rising Star Award’ – both women have faced business challenges, overcome them and created a business that has real potential in the future.

We would like to thank the FSB Kent and Medway for being Headline Sponsor. This business organisation is transforming not only it’s image, but also the way in which they can reach out and support businesses across the county.

  • Thanks to RIFT Accounting, a company that reaches out to businesses and supports them much more than simply dealing with the numbers!
  • Telcare Ltd, who have now been a sponsor for the past three years continue to support businesses with a fresh approach to telecoms.
  • Basepoint Folkestone – who have sponsored KITA for the past three years, the cost effective office space they offer has helped many businesses start, grow and expand
  • Business Bunker – a Kent based radio chat show hosted by Paul Andrews and Jules Serkin. Listen in on Tuesdays from 1pm and tweet in for a shout out!
  • AIMS Accountants – have supported KITA since the first one back in 2012. A husband and wife team to add a personal touch to business development
  • Intelligent Linking – A groundbreaking company supporting and resolving challenges faced by the service industry. Much more than theory!


Here are a few photos from the evening. The FULL images will be available shortly from Schumann Photography who happily ‘clicked’ away all evening capturing some amazing moments of the night!

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