Borough’s firms shine in Kent business awards
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.”