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Celebrate Kingston’s brightest business talent at the 2019 gala

Kingston’s business community is preparing for the Royal Borough’s biggest annual celebration of enterprise and achievement at the Kingston gala awards

Kingston Business Excellence Awards in association with Willmott Dixon drew a record entry this year, and tickets are already going fast for the gala dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, October 10, when the winners will be exclusively revealed.

Hosted by TV presenter Michael Underwood, the glittering black-tie event for 250 people will once again be held at Ravens Ait, the prestigious island venue on the River Thames.

Guests will enjoy a fantastic evening of celebration, great food, networking and entertainment organised by the awards founding partners, Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Kingston Council and Kingston First.

Looking forward to the event, Forbes Low, Chief Executive of Kingston Chamber said it would “shine a bright light” on the professional talent on our doorstep. He commented: “I am fortunate to see on a regular basis how driven, supportive and creative our businesses are. Many value the strength of keeping the supplier pipeline local, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because we have very capable companies in the Borough. The Awards are an excellent platform to promote the abilities and personnel of our Kingston businesses.”

Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive of Kingston First added: “The Awards are a fantastic celebration of Kingston’s very best businesses and the most committed and passionate teams in the borough. We’re looking forward to being inspired by the work that goes on across Kingston, and of course, celebrating successful organisations.”

The awards winners – including the 2019 Kingston Business of the Year – have undergone a rigorous adjudication process, including interviews by panels of independent judges.

Urging people to come along and support the achievements of everyone who entered, Councillor Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council said, “We look forward to seeing which businesses win awards this year as well as celebrating the on-going successes and contributions of the wider local business community.”

The 2019 Kingston Business Excellence Awards are sponsored by headline partner Willmott Dixon, Kingston Council, Kingston Chamber of Commerce, CNM Estates, Kingston First, HR Department, Kingston University, Kingston College and McDonald’s. They are supported by IQinIT, Insight6, Time and Leisure and Kingston Burrowes Accountants.

Kingston Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, will be held from 6pm until midnight on Thursday, 10 October 2019, at Raven’s Ait, Portsmouth Road, Surbiton KT6 4HN. More than 250 guests will enjoy a fabulous evening with a welcome drinks reception, a three course dinner with wine, as well as music and dancing.

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