The ITL team were in high spirits after being crowned Manufacturing Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year, at Kent’s most prestigious accolade, the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA).
On Thursday 23rd June, our team took two tables at the gala dinner and keenly awaited the results.
The manufacturing category was early on, so ITL had one win under our belt before dinner was served. This is the second time we’ve won this title – after being named a winner back in 2014. The category was sponsored by asb law and BIG – Kent Network University of Greenwich.
We were thrilled to regain the title and be recognised for our excellence in the manufacturing industry.
Nearly 600 guests came to the gala dinner at the Kent Showground in Detling on Thursday to see who would win the 15 categories. The ceremony was hosted by KMFM Drivetime presenter Rob Wills and the station’s news editor Nicola Everett.
After a three-course dinner was served, the second half commenced, with much anticipation. The last award of the evening was Large Business of the Year – we were hopeful, but aware we were up against some tough competition.
Grant Thornton UK LLP announced ITL as the category winner and we celebrated our second win of the night – after growing the business organically over the past 39 years, this was an extremely proud moment for the ITL Group.
Tom Cole, said:
"We are over the moon to have won two KEiBA Awards once again. Especially Large Business of the Year which saw us up against some very diverse and strong competition.”
“We have a number of new designs coming to market this year and our order book is strong - things are really looking positive for the future at ITL.”
“Since our double KEiBA win in 2014 local awareness of ITL has rocketed and we have managed to find three excellent apprentices that will be joining us very soon"
The KEiBAs, now in their eighth year, are run by the KM Group and Kent County Council. ITL were given a special mention in the KM Group’s award report, who noted that we successfully “pulled off the double double by scooping two prizes at Kent’s biggest business awards for the second time in three years”.
ITL’s success was being celebrated across the pond too – as our colleagues from US operation, ITL VA, eagerly watched the results via Twitter.
As well as enhancing our profile, awards allow us to reflect on the progress ITL has made over the past year, and re-evaluate our aspirations and goals for the future. This year’s KEiBA success has also inspired us to build on our success and enter more awards, in particular industry and sector specific accolades – here’s to the next chapter, watch this space.