Bor­ough’s firms shine in Kent busi­ness awards

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

Ash­ford com­pa­nies cleared up at a re­cent awards cer­e­mony.

RIFT Group, a tax-refund spe­cial­ist in Ken­ning­ton, won the top spot for ex­cel­lence in cus­tomer ser­vice at the Kent In­victa Cham­ber of Com­merce An­nual Busi­ness Awards.

Break­through Fund­ing, a taxre­lief firm for tech pi­o­neers based in Wye, won the most promis­ing new busi­ness award.

The firm, headed by Sue Nel­son, has claimed back £7 mil­lion for in­no­va­tors to expand their small and medium-sized en­ter­prises.

Katy Barker of Ash­ford’s Direct­line Struc­tures was named a fi­nal­ist for the young per­son in busi­ness of the year award.

Jo James, cham­ber chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “The qual­ity of ap­pli­ca­tions con­tin­ues to in­crease year on year, just go­ing to show that Kent is truly an en­tre­pre­neur­ial county.

“The awards are about demon­strat­ing busi­ness at its best, and the RIFT Group and Break- through Fund­ing are ex­cep­tional win­ners.”

Ash­ford has also been voted the best place in Kent to do busi­ness, in a poll by Lo­cate in Kent, an in­vest­ment and busi­ness re­lo­ca­tion agency.

Cllr Gerry Clark­son, leader of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC), said the award nom­i­nees were just some of the busi­nesses in Ash­ford car­ry­ing out great work.

He sin­gled out In­te­grated Tech­nolo­gies Lim­ited for its pi­o­neer­ing can­cer re­search.

He said: “Ash­ford is widely recog­nised as the most busi­ness­friendly lo­ca­tion in the county.

“As a busi­ness-savvy lo­cal author­ity, we do all we can to nur­ture enterprise and com­mer­cial flair and it’s no sur­prise to see so many lo­cal em­ploy­ers con­tin­u­ing to thrive and pros­per.”

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