Kent Creative Awards 2017 – The Sponsors

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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”


Kent Creative Show: 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.

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As experts in business, we offer our members a wide range of vital business services including advice, financial expertise, support and a powerful voice in government. Our mission is to help smaller businesses achieve their ambitions.

Established over 40 years ago to help our members succeed in business, we are a non-profit making and non-party political organisation that’s led by our members, for our members.

Members get an exclusive package of great value business services including advice, financial products and support. These cover a wide range of benefits such as tax, legal and HR, local network groups, business banking and mentoring.

We don’t only provide fantastic membership benefits – FSB is also the UK’s leading business campaigner, focused on delivering change which supports smaller businesses to grow and succeed. Our lobbying arm starts with the work of our team in Westminster which focuses on UK and English policy issues. Further to this, our expert teams in Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast work with governments, elected members and decision-makers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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.”

After the event, David Milham said: “Federation of Small Businesses was delighted to sponsor the Kent Creative Business of the Year category at this year’s award ceremony. The winners were Bombus, a personalised map location gift company. Everything they make is hand-made to order using quality materials, local suppliers and old-fashioned, low-impact production techniques of decoupage. Congratulations also to the runners up and all the small businesses operating in the booming creative sector across Kent. The awards showcased a very diverse spectrum of culture and art from passionate individuals right across the county.”

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As proud caterers at Ashford School, Holroyd Howe are delighted to sponsor the Kent Creative Awards. Holroyd Howe is an award-winning, Founder-led, British contract caterer who specialise in providing freshly prepared, nutritious food, exclusively for independent schools.

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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.

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 in the last decade and quality is at the forefront of everything they brew.

The brewery operates 328 pubs and hotels across London and the South East, including 267 tenanted pubs and 54 managed pubs and hotels. The estate includes urban, rural and coastal pubs and characterful boutique hotels, with 500 bedrooms across the estate.

Shepherd Neame brews more than 70 million pints 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.

Moray Neame, Communications – Shepherd Neame Ltd, says: “Shepherd Neame are delighted to support local artists and are proud to have sponsored the Kent Creative Awards for the second year.   As part of the judging panel, we had the privilege of seeing some of the most creative work throughout Kent, much of which was spectacular and was recognised at the awards”.

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More about Shepherd Neame’ s corporate values HERE.


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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.



Other Sponsors

Countrywide Productions

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.”



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