The Historic Dockyard Chatham
Exciting experiences await as you explore this unique destination. Climb aboard 3 historic warships (including our very own Submarine), make your own rope in our awe-inspiring Victorian Ropery and discover the 400 year story of the Royal Dockyard at Chatham in over 10 museum galleries.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is operated by Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, a charity formed in 1984 upon the closure of the Royal Dockyard at Chatham. Following a 35 year development programme, the Historic Dockyard has to grown to become a truly unique heritage site that welcomes over 190,000 visitors each year. Alongside it’s development as an award-winning tourist attraction, the Historic Dockyard is also home to over 100 diverse and thriving businesses and the collective impact of both the Trust and these businesses currently contributes over £28m to the local economy per annum.
Partner Susan Jennings said: "As trusted legal advisers to numerous businesses in the South East we are proud sponsors of the Medway Business Awards which every year provides a forum for Medway businesses to shine.
"We sponsor the awards as it gives us great insight into what Medway businesses have to offer, not to mention enjoying celebrating with the finalists at the gala dinner.
"The fact that we have had 30 years of the Medway Business Awards is special in its own right. It proves that business owners are committed to Medway creating employment and contributing to economic growth in the region. Long may the Medway Business Awards continue."
Kent Business School
Kent Business School is a research-intensive business school that produces rigorous and applicable knowledge, develops employable graduates and informs the practice of management in public and private, local and global communities for a sustainable future. Our Medway campus has a specific commitment to engagement with and support for the local community - students and business and we are delighted to be a sponsor of the Medway Business Awards.
Handelsbanken is a relationship bank, built around satisfied customers, financial strength and traditional values.
The local team are based in Chatham Maritime and are one of over 200 Handelsbanken branches located across the UK. The team focus solely on meeting the needs of business and personal customers located across the Medway and Swale areas of Kent. All aspects of our customers’ banking requirements are managed locally within the branch and all of our customers benefit from direct access to the local team.
The team are empowered to make decisions without the distraction of sales targets, as we do not pay employee bonuses. This ensures we are free to do the right things for our customers rather than just what drives the most profit for the Bank in the short term. Ultimately we believe exceeding our customer’s expectation is the key to building a successful long term relationship that works for both our customers and the Bank.
We are delighted to sponsor the Medway Business Awards and play our small part in highlighting and supporting some of the amazing and diverse businesses operating across the Medway area.
Uniper is an international energy company with about 14,000 employees.
We combine a balanced portfolio of technologically advanced large-scale assets with outstanding technical and commercial expertise.
These assets and capabilities enable us to deliver bespoke, competitively priced energy products and services with agility, precision and speed.
"Medway Council has been a proud sponsor of Medway Business Awards for many years. The Awards have been extremely successful with many Award winners going on to achieve further accolades both regional and national. The commitment of these companies clearly shows that Medway is a great place for business" Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development & Economic Growth.
Tim Levey, partner at Kreston Reeves said:"Kreston Reeves has been a sponsor of the Medway Business Awards since 2002 and as the largest firm of accountants and tax advisory in Medway we want to help with identifying and acknowledging the best businesses in the area.
"Having featured in the Kent MegaGrowth 50 Awards for the past two years, we can testify to the importance of the awards for team morale."
University of Greenwich
The University of Greenwich at Medway, which has deep roots in the local community, has already been helping pioneer new ideas with both young and established companies in the region.
Professor Reed, the university's director of regional development for Kent and Medway, who is also works with the Medway Economic Partnership and Medway Regeneration Partnership said: "The University has firmly established itself at its Chatham Maritime campus and has recently realigned itself in making its expertise and extensive facilities responsive to the needs of local business''.
"Our Greenwich Research and Enterprise team has just linked up with the recently created Kent and Medway Innovation and Growth Team. This powerful combination will give the university the chance to help both fledgling and established businesses in the area in terms of their future development needs, be it in relation to advice and expertise, access to specialised facilities, sources of research and development funding, students placements etc".
Professor Reed concluded saying: "Some fifteen years after establishing the first university presence in Medway, we are delighted to be supporting the Medway Business Awards and we look forward to seeing the diversity of entrants and working with them in the future."
Our job is to connect people to the energy they use, safely. We are at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future.
As a local employer that businesses rely on every day for essential services such as heat, lighting and technology, we are pleased to be working with the Medway Business Partnership to recognise the achievements of local businesses.
National Grid has a presence throughout Medway and Grain LNG has been part of the area's story for over 30 years. Through supporting the Medway Business Awards we are delighted to be able to work with local businesses and in particular to promote innovative thinking.
MidKent College is proud to be sponsoring the Medway Business Awards 2015.
One of the largest providers of further and higher education in the South East, the College offers an extensive range of learning and training services to individuals and businesses across the region.
It is also the only college in Kent to have won The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, which it has achieved twice. The most recent was awarded in February 2013 for the College's innovative work in training soldiers at the Royal School of Military Engineering, under its subsidiary company MKC Training Services.
MidKent College is also home to Business Services which provides bespoke training and recruitment solutions, a Microsoft IT Academy and apprenticeship support for local employers.
The KM Media Group is an independent, family-owned media company serving the people and businesses of Kent and Medway.
Since the late 19th Century, it has grown to become a leading multimedia company using print, broadcasting and digital platforms. The Group's award-winning portfolio includes more than 30 products across press, radio and online, including the Medway Messenger and Kent Business monthly founded in 1993 and business news website www.KentBusiness.co.uk.
The Group is pleased to support many business initiatives and award schemes, including the Medway Business Awards which celebrates enterprise in this successful, rapidly changing high-growth area.
Cooling Castle Barn
Cooling Castle Barn is a wedding venue based on the north Kent marshes.
Our company is about delivering the best in hospitality with energy, enthusiasm and passion. We know that our industry can be an amazing one to work in and we work tirelessly to promote how rewarding a forward-thinking environment can be.
As previous winners of the Medway Business Awards, we know first-hand what an incredible experience the process was for us – and we can’t wait to help support and promote other businesses in and around Medway'.