As the premier event in the Kingston business calendar, this is an unrivalled opportunity for partners to align themselves with business leadership in the Borough and engage with key stakeholder objectives.
SponsoringBest Start Up of the Year Award
Fostering entrepreneurship, developing future skills and championing innovation are at the heart of Kingston University’s teaching and research activity.
Consistently rated among the most successful higher education institutions in the United Kingdom for graduate entrepreneurship, it plays a pivotal role in the professional development of business leaders through its highly respected MBA programme.
Its Business School is a trailblazer for nurturing innovative thinking and home to the internationally recognised Small Business Research Centre. It provides extensive support to the wider business community through the government-backed Help to Grow: Management executive development programme and a range of other initiatives. Students and staff from across the University also regularly provide a vital boost to the regional economy by developing concepts for new products and services through the hackathon programme, supported by Santander Universities.
Kingston University is proud to be a headline sponsor for the Kingston Borough Business Awards and the Start Up of the Year category.
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SponsoringDeveloping Young People’s Skills Award
Kingston College is delighted to be sponsoring the Developing Young People Skills Award at the Kingston Borough Business Awards. We firmly believe that investing in young people’s education and training will reap many benefits for employers. People are the most important asset in a business and we know that our young people have enormous talent, energy, a willingness to learn and innovate. These attributes offer quantifiable returns on investment and limitless opportunities to businesses. We hope that our support will encourage inspirational businesses to stand up and recognise the contribution and value of young people’s skills development.
Sponsors of the Developing Young People Skills award.
SponsoringResilience and Adaptation
At Kingston Council we’re committed to enabling the right conditions for local businesses to flourish and grow. Our support for the Resilience and Adaptation category builds on our work over the last year to support thousands of businesses impacted by covid. It complements our strengthening focus on high streets as the centre of communities, supporting people into employment and skills development, and boosting workspace provision. Continued close working with partners including the Chamber of Commerce, Kingston University, Kingston College and Kingston First BID – and celebrating the borough’s best businesses – will be crucial to our borough’s continued recovery.
Sponsors of the Resilience and Adaptation award.
SponsoringExcellence in Customer Experience Award
Holland Hahn & Wills help clients design the rest of their lives. We use our Secure Lifestyle Approach® to look after you and your family’s wealth, now and into the future.
Experts in the psychology of retirement, we can play a unique role to help our clients understand the kind of retirement they want and how to get there. We provide our clients with the options they need to make informed decisions.
We give them peace of mind and secure their financial futures.
We have been helping people navigate the often complex world of personal finance, retirement and estate planning for over 30 years, and are more than happy to discuss concerns, or offer a second opinion.
Sponsors of the Excellence in Customer Service award.
SponsoringInnovative Use of Technology
IQ in IT is an award-winning Technology Success Provider, based in Kingston. We have striven to help our partners advance and achieve excellence via technology and we pride ourselves on high-class customer service that goes hand in hand with resilient cybersecurity. We work mainly in partnership with SMEs but our team have experience working on big projects for the likes of the Greater London Authority, University College London, Promethean and the Met Police among others.
We are actively working on reducing our carbon footprint and helping our clients do so through technology. We have pledged to reach carbon neutrality by 2030 through Climate Hub and are right on track to achieve this well before the deadline. While other companies value profit over sustainability, we do it the other way around.
Sponsors of the Innovative Use of Technology award.
SponsoringExcellence in Food and Beverage Award
Kingston First represent and work with 750 business and organisations across the town centre. Our mission is to ensure Kingston is a thriving and attractive environment to do business in, as well as a vibrant and exciting destination for people to visit, shop, learn, live and work in. We deliver a range projects, services and initiatives which support our members and Kingston town centre, alongside ensuring a cross sector of views are heard about the town and its future.
Sponsors of the Food and Beverage award.
SponsoringOutstanding Business Social Impact Award
Pearson Hards has been known by various names over the decades, but it has been an integral part of the Kingston Borough community since 1928. People know that they can rely on our expertise to offer them the best solution or outcome for their legal needs. Clients know that we’ll take care of the finer detail, and use our knowledge to guide them in the right direction. We offer a bespoke approach to each client as each client’s needs are different. This is key to our success.
We feel that being integral to the local community is key and pride ourselves in helping support local businesses and individuals. We are proud to sponsor the category of contribution to the community as this award symbolises those people who have given their time and effort to make a difference, not just to themselves but to others.
Sponsors of the Contribution to the Community award.
SponsoringExcellence in Professional Services Award
From its three London offices, Russell-Cooke works with clients to meet the complex demands of contemporary life. Continually pursuing its strategy of sustainable growth, over 200 lawyers cover a broad range of practice areas. Both in the UK and abroad, private individuals, families, businesses, charities and regulators enjoy the firm’s recognised expertise and services. Russell-Cooke’s practitioners are sometimes known as ‘the lawyers’ lawyers’ for their technical expertise that means they meet the exacting demands of barristers, solicitors and judges who are their clients. The firm’s expertise across a number of practice areas is reflected in the leading legal directories.
Sponsors of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce Professional Services Recognition award.
SponsoringHealth & Wellbeing
Unilever is one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, manufacturing beauty and personal care products, homecare products, food and refreshments. Improving people’s health, confidence and wellbeing is a key strategic priority for us, through our work on positive nutrition, through our brands and for Unilever’s employees.
At the heart of its business, Unilever’s Wellbeing Framework underpins all aspects of supporting employees’ health and wellbeing:
· Physical – Looking after health, fitness, diet, sleep and energy levels
· Purposeful – Identifying what really matters and connecting to that as much as possible
· Mental – Managing mental choices and reactions to distractions, pressures, challenges and adversity
· Emotional – Finding ways to feel positive and confidently face life’s challenges.
Sponsors of the Health & Wellbeing award.
Willmott Dixon’s purpose is to deliver brilliant buildings, transform lives, strengthen communities, and enhance the environment so our world is fit for future generations. We have been a purpose-led sustainable company since 1852. In September 2020, we launched our new sustainability strategy, Now or Never, with a series of ambitious targets to achieve by 2030, encompassed by three main ideas: Brilliant Buildings, Buildings Lives, Better Planet.
• Brilliant Buildings – Delivering buildings, which are resilient to the impacts of our changing climate, conserve natural resources, use responsibly sourced low-carbon resources, minimise carbon emissions, whilst improving people’s health and wellbeing.
• Building Lives – supporting the people and businesses in our communities to thrive with a focus on helping young people facing societal or personal barriers to access good careers.
• Better Planet – Creating a better planet for future generations by putting the climate, biodiversity and resources crises at the heart of the way we do business.
Sponsors of the Sustainable Business award.
Wolters Kluwer is a global provider of professional information, software solutions, and services for clinicians, nurses, accountants, lawyers, and tax, finance, audit, risk, compliance, and regulatory sectors. The group serves customers in over 180 countries, operations in over 40 countries, and employs around 19,200 people worldwide. As part of the global organisation, Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting UK is a leading technology business that provides software to professional accountants and tax advisors, from sole practitioners to most of the UK’s top 100 accounting practices.
We’re passionate about our culture. Our culture defines us - how we act, how we treat others, and how we conduct business. Our employees engender our culture by demonstrating their appetite for action, creativity, desire to innovate, and enthusiasm for making colleague and customer relationships a priority.
Sponsors of the Creative Effectiveness award.