AN organisation which has been at the heart of business for more than 150 years has given its backing to the Kent Digital Awards.
West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry, which was founded in 1858 as a “Tradesmens Association”, has signed up to become “Key Supporter” for the inaugural competition, which is also backed by the Kent & Sussex Courier.
The association is based in Tonbridge and is the leading support organisation for business in the area bounded by Sevenoaks, Edenbridge, Westerham, Tonbridge, Hadlow, Paddock Wood, Cranbrook, Staplehurst, Hawkhurst, Tunbridge Wells.
Chief Executive at WKCCI, Jackie Matthias, revealed she is “extremely pleased” to get behind the KDAs, which is the first and only awards scheme to recognise the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities from across the county.
She added: “Through a number of guises we have been supporting businesses in the west of the county for the past 157 years, but that doesn’t preclude us from acting very much in the here and now.
“We live in a digital world and backing the Kent Digital Awards is a sign of our commitment to embracing the modern marketplace.
“We are very proud of our county and expect the standard of entries for the Awards to be extremely high.”
The Independent KDA judging panel will reward businesses, schools and charities who are demonstrating outstanding work online and not necessarily because they have the greatest resources at their disposal.
Andy Pritchard from Premio64, the organisation behind the awards, believes the alliance with West Kent Chamber of Commerce & Industry gives the KDA a “significant” footprint within the county’s business community.
He added: “We are thrilled to receive backing from such a highly respected organisation and look forward to working hand-in-hand on a mission to drive the county’s digital business forward.”
The KDA categories including “Website”, “Mobile App”, “Responsive Website”, “Online Marketing Campaign”, “School, Education or Charity Website”, “Use of Social Media for Business”, “Use of Video for Business”, “Online Business”, “Blog” and “Small Business Website”.
The Winners’ Evening will take place at the Village Urban Resort, Maidstone, on June 18, 2015.