Business owners and leaders from across Dartford gathered at the Winter Marquee Bluewater on Thursday evening to celebrate the achievements of the Dartford business community.

Dartford Borough Council organised the 2017 awards with the support of a number of key sponsors, and together they sifted through a huge number of applications and nominations to come up with a final list of winners and those commendable for their efforts. The final list of triumphant businesses reflects both the diversity of industries and skills in Dartford, and the wide range of work that they have been involved with.

This year’s winners are:

The Dartford Living Customers’ Choice Award – Orchard Garage Ltd.
The Commitment to Skills Award – Austen Allen Homecare
The Exceptional Skills Award – Benjamin Murray, Crago Auto Repairs and Matthew Holt, The Orchard Theatre
Best Business to Business – Jones FM
The Innovation Award – Secure Technology Solutions Ltd.
Best Owner Managed Business – Fox Estate Agents Ltd.
The Happy at Work Award – Edward Bond Wealth Management
The Good for the Community Award (Big Business) – Marks & Spencer Bluewater
The Good for the Community Award (Small Business) – Downton & Ali Associates
Best Use of Online (Big Business) – Bluewater
Best Use of Online (Small Business) – Bippity Boppity Shopity
Shop of the Year – Longfield Village Butchers

Dartford Business Awards 2017Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council said, “It was a wonderful occasion and a great opportunity to celebrate the hardworking and creative businesses we have in Dartford, our business community contributes so much and it’s absolutely right that we should thank them for the difference they make to our town.”

Chris Fox, owner of Fox Estate Agents expressed, “It was an honour to win an award and it was a great night and a brilliant venue. The whole team at Fox Estate Agents are very pleased to win the award and it will take pride of place in the office. Dartford is a great town with a wonderful business community and we are very happy to be a part of it. The council did an excellent job organising the event, it was a fun night and a good time was had by all. Thanks again for our award and we hope to be back again next year.”

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Dartford Business Awards’ sponsors include:

Dartford Borough Council
Dartford Living
Leigh Academies Trust
Oxford Innovation
The Creation Lab
The Learning Shop
The Nucleus
Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP
Wilkins Kennedy LLP