The Swale Business Awards is widely regarded as the borough’s most prestigious business event.
Each year the diversity and excellence of local businesses from Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Faversham have made the awards both incredibly successful as well as an indication of which businesses are thriving in our region.
Entering the awards is a chance for local business to raise their profile within the local business community. Becoming one of the finalists is quite an achievement and is great for company morale and motivation too.
The awards started in 2007 and have continued for the last 14 years. Some of our original sponsors are still with us, including Swale Borough Council, Kent Science Park, UHY Hacker Young, and the University of Greenwich. The awards have come a long way since our original awards held in a marquee at the Kent Science Park - we now host our Gala Dinner at the Kent Event Centre in Detling! We've also seen the awards themselves change due to the incredible diversity of businesses throughout the borough and we now not only announce a Swale Business of the Year; but also a Sheppey Business of the Year, a Sittingbourne Business of the Year, a Faversham Business of the Year and a Small Business of the Year. There are also awards for Entrepeneurs, Customer Service and Employer of the Year.
2019 – Burden Bros Agri Ltd
2018 – Unipet International Ltd
2017 – Gallery Direct Ltd
2016 – COOK Trading Ltd
2015 – Bird and Pest Solutions Limited
2014 – The Mainstream Group
2013 – Medichem International (Manufacturing) Ltd
2012 – Blossoms Care Services Ltd
2011 – Carousel Logistics Ltd
2010 – Eurobond Adhesives
2009 – Call handling and customer response professionals Go Response Ltd
2008 – Family-run bus company Chalkwell
2007 – Land remediation experts Ecologia from Kent Science Park
The sponsors are all locally connected so have a deep understanding of the area. They include the four judges who are looking at financial performance, entrepreneurial spirit, environmental credentials, marketing skills, community links, staff welfare and a range of other attributes that when combined stand you out as the Swale Business of the Year!