Celebrating Success Kent women in business awards 2019 Business talents from across the county came to Maidstone last month to celebrate the proud finalists and winners of this year’s glittering ceremony

The seventh Kent Women in Business Awards took place at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel on 8 March – International Women’s Day.

KWIBA-winnersIt was a wonderfully inspiring celebration of female professionals from Kent across diverse sectors. Over 340 attended the glamourous black tie event to recognise some of the innovative and inspiring talent we are fortunate to have in our business community.

Host Hilary Steel said: “The awards have grown year on year into something deeper than simply recognition. Relationships are forged at the event that continue to grow and flourish in the professional arena. The collaborative culture that is so often spoken about really does come into play after these awards.


KWIBA-rasa-awards“It’s a privilege to host an event that has such a wide positive impact on business activity in Kent.

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“Experiencing, first-hand, the heartbeat behind such great achievements isso inspiring”.

There were 17 categories in total this year, with some receiving over 60 nominations from the highest number of entries to date.

Veronica Kingham, General Manager of the Ashford International Hotel, picked up the Leadership and Management Award, presented by last year’s winner, MMM’s very own Rasa Dregva. This year saw one double winner, Laura Bounds from Kent Crisps and Kentish Condiments picked up both Growth and Business Woman of the Year (under 5 years’ experience in their current role). The Inspired Achievement Award, which is chosen by the judges and organisers, was presented to Beverley Webb from StepForward Coaching.

KWIBA-2019-4589It will be a challenge to top the atmosphere at these awards in 2020, but the organisers, sponsors and judges will make sure they maintain the high standard of motivation and results.