New Business Awards for Dartford
Leigh Academies Trust was delighted to be an inaugural sponsor of the Commitment to Skills Award at the newly re-launched Dartford Business Awards.
Guests enjoyed a fun-packed, Circus themed evening hosted at the Winter Marquee by fellow sponsors, Bluewater Shopping Centre. The Awards evening included a drinks reception, street food and talented attractions throughout the event.
As sponsors of the Commitment to Skills Award, Leigh Academies Trust requested that entrants submit detail on the following criteria:
- How do you promote the notion of lifelong skill acquisition?
- What is your experience of working with educational establishments?
- How do you develop staff to aspire to be future leaders?
- How do you maximise training opportunities to encourage returners to work?
The Commitment to Skills Award was presented by Sharon Waterman, Education Improvement Director and Louisa Felstead, Engagement Development Manager.
In her speech, Mrs Waterman explained the Trust’s commitment to Dartford having begun in the borough back in 2008. It is essential that young people are skilled and that learning is lifelong. She commended all entrants for the quality of their applications explaining that judging had not been easy.
The prize for the winner of this category was advice on apprenticeships from a Leigh Academies Trust representative, including information and guidance on the apprenticeship levy.
Austen Allen Homecare
The worthy winners of this category were Austen Allen Homecare http://www.aa-homecare.co.uk. Sincere congratulations to our winners.
Mrs Waterman commented – “It was a great honour to attend and present the Commitment to Skills Award to Austen Allen Homecare at the Dartford Business Awards. Leigh Academies Trust’s sponsorship of this award confirms our belief that when students leave our academies that they do so as ‘life-long learners’. It was also great to see former students who are now working with businesses in Dartford and I felt very proud when they were part of the winning team at Orchard Garage for the Customers’ Choice Award.”
Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council and LAT Governor 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”.
Mrs Felstead commented “Leigh Academies Trust has strong links, through governorship and business mentoring in particular, with many of the businesses who attended the evening. It is wonderful to be working with so many of Dartford’s finest”.
The winners and sponsors for the evening were:
Best Use of Online – Sponsored by The Creation Lab
Big Business – Bluewater
Small Business – Bippity Boppity Shopity
The Dartford Living Customers’ Choice Award – Sponsored by Dartford Living
Orchard Garage Ltd
Commended – Downton & Ali Associates
The Innovation Award – Sponsored by Oxford Innovation / The Nucleus
Secure Technology Solutions Ltd
Best Owner Managed Business – Sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy / Thomson Snell & Passmore
Chris Fox – Fox Estate Agents Ltd
Commitment to Skills Award – Sponsored by Leigh Academies Trust
Austen Allen Homecare
Exceptional Skills Award – Sponsored by The Learning Shop, Bluewater
Benjamin Murray – Crago Auto Repairs
Matthew Holt – The Orchard Theatre
Shop of the Year – Sponsored by Bluewater
Big Business – Cocoba Ltd
Small Business – Longfield Village Butchers
Commended – Ahadi Fashion
The Happy at Work Award – Sponsored by Fairfield / Barclays
Edward Bond Wealth Management
Best B2B – Sponsored by NatWest
The Good for the Community Award – Sponsored by Dartford Borough Council
Big Business – Marks & Spencer, Bluewater
Small Business – Downton & Ali Associates
Community Project of the Year
Below are a selection of photographs from the evening.