2018 Kent Creative Awards – Our partners

Lead Partner


www.ashfordschool.co.uk | @AshfordSchool | @Ashfordhead

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 says:

“It was a delight to be able to host the Kent Creative Awards and to see how much the recognition of their achievements means to the award winners and all of those present.”

“The Kent Creative Awards are now a permanent fixture and are a great impetus for creative entrepreneurs and social enterprises. With the creative industries in the UK adding £10m every hour to the UK economy, it’s no wonder we, at Ashford School, see them as a vital part of childrens’ futures” 

Listen to a discussion about creative education and the importance of creativity in school with the team at Ashford School: Mike Buchanan (Head), David Young (Director of Development), Iain Rayner (Arts Department) and Sam Alldridge (Performing Arts Department).
Host: Nathalie Banaigs | Recorded at Ashford School in March 2017 for the Kent Creative Show. Broadcast on Channel Radio.

Other Partners

www.kentba.co.uk | @Kent_BA

Kent BA – Providing Expert Business Support – The expert business coaches at Kent BA, work with you to get your Business or Organisation to where it needs to be. Kent BA provides, support, guidance and help to keep you focused on achieving the right results.

Bill Fox, Managing Director at Kent BA, says:

“Providing Expert Business Support are proud to be gold partners and supporting the creative industry in Kent and across the South East.” 

www.kent.gov.uk | @Kenculture

Kent Arts & Culture Service


www.themylanfocus.com | @TheMylanFocus

Denise Wilton of The Mylan Focus combines decades of business and marketing experience to provide intense 2 hour training sessions on Social Media (to build relationships online that lead to sales) and Audience Profiling (how to decide who to target and where with what messages). As a professional actress and with a history as a Managing Director of a £3.6m company Denise is also developing the “Acting It Out” programme which offers interactive workshops on a variety of themes including interview & confidence skills, new to management, customer care, team building and having difficult discussions with staff. These workshops are written to involve all attendees in a safe, stimulating yet interactive learning environment.

The Mylan Focus provides professional actors trained in corporate roleplay for interactive theatre, corporate films and training events. Scriptwriting for roleplay and corporate films are also offered if necessary along with marketing advice, social media training and support to organisations. Denise has been a speaker for the Institute of Directors, FSB, Women In Business and Business Link and is CIM qualified. Denise Wilton won the IBAK2017 Rising Star award, IBAK2017 Runner Up for Digital & Social Media of the Year, IBAK 2017 finalist for Start-Up Business and she was also a finalist for the 2017 Kent Women in Business Awards for PR & Marketing.

Denise Wilton, The Mylan Focus, says:

“Coming from a background as a professional performer and Kent businesswoman I am very excited to be supporting the Kent Creative Awards. I passionately believe that creativity enriches all of our lives. So whether it’s art, crafts, live performance, community projects or using a creative bias to learn we must and should support all endeavours. I’m looking forward to witnessing how rich Kent is as a creative county!” 


www.penelopejamespr.com | @PJPRCOM

Penelope James Public Relations is a full service, PR consultancy. 

It offers clients – from established companies to start-ups – a range of creative and effective communications solutions, tailored to meet their individual PR and marketing needs as well as their budget, whether big or small.
PJPR believe in building a sound reputation for their clients and their products, one which gives them a distinctive edge in an increasingly hostile and competitive environment. 

PJPR subscribe to the maxim “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” (Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company), so developing new ideas and initiatives is central to their approach.

http://www.southeastbusiness.com | @SEBmagazine

South East Business is a dynamic magazine available in both print and e-edition with topical news, views, analysis, interviews, profiles and regular features as well as lifestyle content. It is aimed at leaders and business executives across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Clive Rabson, South East Business Magazine says: 

“This year South East Business magazine is focusing on arts and business in addition to its usual business news and features. The magazine has a reputation as a high quality read for the region’s business leaders.  With a graphic design studio responsible for the contemporary look of the publication we are very happy to sponsor the Graphic Design category for these awards.”



Stormchasers Digital believe in thinking differently and enjoy solving problems.

The digital agency getting creatives onto the best online platforms to publish amazing content, sell their work and measure performance.

Websites, Social Media, Newsletters, Google Analytics, and SEO. All with a sprinkle of special sauce.  Google and your customers love fast websites, snazzy newsletters, vibrant social media and relevant top-notch content. Your business needs it all to work together and understand the numbers behind converting visitors into buyers.

Whether you want a one-off troubleshoot or ongoing management, it’s free to talk so call 01634 566321 for a chat!

Sian Murphy, Stormchasers Digital, says:

Artists and creatives make our world a better place and Kent Creative 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.

www.westkent.ac.uk | @westkentcollege

West Kent College is a well-established Further and Higher Education college, offering numerous courses and qualifications at many levels, from GCSEs and A-levels to vocational routes such as BTEC or NVQ/VRQ Diplomas, apprenticeships and full honours degree programmes. Its university partners include the University of Kent, University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University.

Known for its expertise in the creative arts, the College’s campus in Tonbridge boasts leading-edge facilities including a 300-seat theatre, fine art, fashion, graphic design and photography studios and darkrooms, television and radio studios and a music recording studio. Its further education courses, which are all approved by the University of Arts London (UAL) Awarding Body, take full advantage of these facilities with student performances, shows and events integral to the experience. Each year, an annual art show takes place for a week in June, where students showcase their work to the local community and college stakeholders.

In 2017, students on its Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course – which the college has run for 21 years – enjoyed particularly high levels of progression. 88% of the group are went to university, with some of the students offered places at renowned institutions such as Slade, Goldsmiths, Central St. Martins and Westminster. The students in this group also saw the highest number of Distinctions awarded in 21 years of the course: 42.9% – significantly higher than the national average.