New awards for local businesses

New awards for local businesses

Companies across the borough are invited to put their names forward and be acknowledged as being among the best in the business

Our sister publication the Times of Tunbridge Wells last month launched an exciting new awards initiative designed to ‘recognise excellence in local business’. It’s called the Royal Tunbridge Wells Business Awards 2016 and consists of 11 categories, from which selected entrants will be invited to attend a gala dinner in May, where the ultimate winners will be announced. The awards are open to any business operating within the borough of Tunbridge Wells.


New Business of the Year
You’ve come into business in the last two years (start date after January 1 2014) with a bang and are really getting noticed for what you do.

Green Company of the Year
Being green can embrace many aspects of sustainability, including being environmentally friendly in your business approach, or changes that you have made to become more sustainable.

Creative Business of the Year
Is your business success based on innovation and creative thinking in your strategy and everyday business? This award is for any business over two years old in any sector.

Corporate Social Responsibility Award
If your company has developed an effective and comprehensive CSR programme that is credible, results-driven and reinforces your commitment to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner, you’re eligible.

Business Hero of the Year
Nominees for this award will have gone the extra mile in their job to achieve something amazing, or overcome adversity in their professional life, and continued to deliver an excellent service. The person should be an ambassador for the borough of Tunbridge Wells and a role model to their colleagues.

Best Family Business of the Year
The business must have been trading for a minimum of 12 months before the closing date of April 6 2016, and be able to identify the financial success of the business in relation to growth in turnover and profit.

Entrepreneur of the Year
Entrepreneurs turn their ideas into business opportunities and may run one or more companies. If you are innovative and have turned your big ideas into a successful venture, this is the category for you.

Young Business Person of the Year
This is open to dynamic individuals aged 30 or under, who are running a business and able to demonstrate great success and drive in growing that business.

Service Excellence Award
The winner of this category will give outstanding assistance and advice to those who buy or use the business or organisation’s products or services. They will be able to provide customer testimonials in support of their entry.

Outstanding Business of the Year
This is the ultimate award of all the categories and will go to the business that can show outstanding initiative, boldness and imagination, as well as sound management practices. All entrants and finalists within the first nine categories will also be automatically entered into this category.

Times of Tunbridge Wells Readers’ Choice Award
This one’s a little bit different. Readers of the newspaper will be invited to nominate any local business or business person who consistently delivers outstanding customer service.

For more information about the awards and how to enter, visit: