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The Keep it in Kent New Year's Honours Awards 2015

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Keep it in Kent 2015 awards ceremony along with my fellow calendar competition winners who submitted a photograph of a Kentish business.

We were March, a collaboration between Li'l Tea Tank and Aye Aye (myself):




The awards were held in the beautiful Embankments restaurant in Maidstone, Kent (of course), located on the river Medway, a floating

restaurant all lit up beautifully.

We were greeted by the Keep it in Kent team who made us feel very relaxed and welcome. 

They helped us get talking to the other guests by introducing us to the people behind the other businesses. We were spoilt with a scrumptious spread and refreshments.

The Keep it in Kent team gave us an introduction to what they are hoping to achieve and their enormous belief in using the facilities available to us locally, so that we can all benefit from a boost in the Kentish economy as well as enhancing our sense of community. This is a belief that resonated strongly throughout the room with many businesses having Kent as the heart and soul of what they were trying to achieve such as Kentish Stores who have an online shop selling just Kentish produce.

The awards themselves celebrated Kentish businesses in different sectors. The lucky winners were:

  •  Chequers Kitchen (For services to their local Kent community)
  •  Cranbrook Iron (For services to local Kent projects)
  •  Folkestone Cat Sitter (For services to Kentish pets)
  •  Kent Golf Tour (For services to Kent leisure)
  •  Kentish Stores (For services to Kentish produce)
  •  Perfectly Ironed (For services to Kentish laundry)
  •  Seekers Maidstone (For services to property in Kent)
  •  The Dining Room @ Elvey Farm (For services to Kentish diners)
  •  The Whitstable Cake Company (For services to Kentish cakes and baking)
  •  Zoe Dress Designer (For Services to Kent tailoring) 

It was an amazing networking opportunity and a pleasure to meet so many local businesses that are all doing such great things within our county and of course the Keep it in Kent team.

Photo credits:
March calendar photo of Li'l Tea Tank and Aye Aye, taken by Ann and Nicole, Ashford College students
Exterior of Embankments restaurant (featured on the back cover of the Keep it in Kent Calendar) by Damien Harrow
Sarah Simpson, Shimmering Moon Photography (images taken at the KiiK event)



Many thanks to this week's Guest Blogger: Melissa Dawkins, of Aye Aye! MelissaAyeAye

"I create handmade clothing for ladies and children that have a retro alternative style. I use a combination of modern and vintage fabrics to achieve my fun, quirky, bold style. My business is called Aye Aye and you will regularly find me at craft fairs and events across Kent.  I also write a blog called Aye Aye too. I like to share updates about my business, craft tutorials, fun things to do with the family (mum of one & step mum of another) and I have a section on Kent! I am from Herne Bay but live in Ashford now so I enjoy writing about all of the wonderful things that these towns have to offer as well as other things I get up to in Kent. This interest in all things Kentish made being a guest blogger for Keep it in Kent very appealing to me and I hope you like what I write." (Photo credit: The Photography Co. Ashford)

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