Cheers To The Best Bar As 2020 Gravesham Business Awards Are Launched In Historic Market Setting
The search for Gravesham’s best business – including best bar - is underway.
The launch was held at a Gravesham Business Network breakfast meeting in the historic Gravesend Borough Market.
Dozens of local business people heard that for the first time an award will be presented to the best bar.
Sylvia Meade, chair of the awards’ organising group, welcomed the new category. “Pubs, inns, bars and restaurants make a valuable contribution to the local economy and we want to reward the best. I’m looking forward to a huge entry for this and other categories in our annual celebration of Gravesham business.”
She added: “We also welcome nominations from those who have been impressed by the services and performance of a local business.”
Other categories cover large and small businesses, employer, “green” achievement, and best apprentice.
Keith Mason, chair of judges and a partner with accounting firm Barnes Roffe, said judges would award other category prizes if they found outstanding examples.
He urged businesses to enter because it “might change the way you view your business and your staff. Don’t be put off because your business is small.”
He said the awards celebrated “what’s good in the business community and what’s good about Gravesham.”
Cllr Brian Sangha, Gravesham Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Environment, hailed the area’s businesses, especially smaller ones in niche sectors. Gravesham is a great place for business, he said. “Take pride in Gravesham. Believe me, it’s going places.”
Meanwhile, two new sponsors Quinn Estates and Kent Training and Apprenticeships (KTA) are backing the 2020 awards.
Terri (corr) McDonald, KTA partnership development manager, said KTA was delighted to become a sponsor. “Employers in Gravesham are very supportive of apprenticeships. There are a large number of apprentices in the council. A lot of young people are now choosing to do an apprenticeship and be paid instead of going to university and facing high fees.”
Quinn Estates is developing the multi-million pound Clifton Slipways riverside scheme in West Street, Gravesend.
Judging takes place in the summer and finalists will be invited to a gala presentation dinner in October.
"Rewarding" Message To Potential Sponsors
Keith Mason, chair of judges and a partner with accounting firm Barnes Roffe – a long-standing sponsor - urged local businesses to consider sponsoring the awards as a way of supporting Gravesham enterprise and promoting their own business.
They stood to gain many benefits from getting to know the entrants and networking with other sponsors. They also receive tickets for the gala presentation. “It’s very rewarding,” he said.