Ashford School is one of the UK’s leading coeducational, independent schools and was voted Independent School of the Year 2010/11. The School was endorsed as outstandingly successful in every category during the most recent inspection in 2014.
Through its adventurous approach to learning its aim is to ensure children are ambitious, articulate and confident, with excellent social skills and a secure moral framework and, at the end of their time, gain a place at the school, university or college of their choice.
Head of Ashford School Mike Buchanan explains why Ashford School is sponsoring the event:
“We, at Ashford School, are sponsoring the Kent Creative Awards because creativity and artistic endeavour are at the heart of what we believe are vital for all young people to explore; because these experiences are transformative involving, as they do, a deep personal enlightenment on the part of the young person, a greater understanding of who they are and how they fit into the world; and because the arts are being increasingly squeezed out of some schools.
Participation in and appreciation of drama, music and art are amongst the most powerfully transformative experiences you can have because they require you to express yourself.“
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David Milham, FSB Kent and Medway Steering Group, says: “The creative sector is a booming industry and one that we are delighted to support via this year’s Kent Creative Awards. Whether a graphic designer, web designer or interior designer there are many firms that would perhaps not consider themselves in the creative industry. So FSB is pleased to put the spotlight on these digital and practical firms, to help celebrate their successes and encourage them along their journey on an inventive path.”
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Shepherd Neame is Britain’s oldest brewer and can trace its origins back to the early 1500s. The fifth-generation independent family business produces Kentish ales of such renown that they are afforded Protected Geographical Indication.
The brewery is based in the heart of hop country, in the medieval market town of Faversham in Kent. Its ales use 95% Kentish hops, which are combined with the finest malted barley and chalk filtered mineral water from an artesian well deep beneath the brewery. The ales are also brewed in the UK’s last remaining solid oak mash tuns.
In addition to traditional favourites such as Spitfire and Bishops Finger, the brewery also produces modern beers, such as the Whitstable Bay Collection, Japanese lager Asahi and leading US craft beer Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Shepherd Neame beers have won in excess of 40 brewing awards since 2008 and quality is at the forefront of everything they brew.
The brewery operates 328 pubs and hotels across London and the South East, including urban, rural and coastal pubs and characterful boutique hotels, with 500 bedrooms across the estate.
Shepherd Neame brews more than 70 million points annually and exports 20% of its output to 35 countries worldwide. A Royal Warrant Holder to HRH Prince of Wales, the business provides more than 4,500 jobs in the UK.
It has pioneered sustainable brewing, with a water consumption-to-output ratio of 3:1 – thanks to a water recovery system – and 97% recycling of raw materials in the brewhouse.
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Sian Murphy, Stormchasers Digital, says: “Artists and creatives make our world a better place and Kent Creative Arts guides them to the resources they need to carry on doing what they do. The Kent Creative Awards gave much needed recognition but what I absolutely love about this organisation is how no-one has defined ‘art’ or ‘creativity’ – if you feel creative, want to be creative, or simply mingle with creative people then you’re welcomed into this community. Whoever you are, whatever your background, it can be the start of a brand new journey.”
Michael Maloney, Director of Countrywide Productions: “Countrywide Productions has always believed in supporting the arts in all its forms. It plays such an important role in stimulating people whoever they may be. It also encourages them to participate in the enrichment of our society.”
Genevieve Tullberg, Gallery Manager at Nucleus Arts: “Nucleus Arts enables people to re-connect with their aspirations, develop professional skills, stay well and improve their quality of life through the application of creativity, and in that capacity are delighted to support Kent Creative Awards.”