Caxtons has again elected to be a sponsor of the Gravesham Business Awards.

On the strength of a buoyant and thriving business community, and a successful inaugural event, Gravesham Borough Council is keen to make this year's awards a celebration of business achievement and enterprise.

According to the Federation of Small Businesses, there were 5.6 million small businesses across the UK at the beginning of 2018 and, together with medium sized enterprises, made up 99.3% of all private sector businesses. And Gravesham is proud to have a substantial number of innovative small businesses within its borough.

Gravesham Borough Council has been astute enough to recognise their worth and encourage and reward their continued presence within the local economy.

Chair of the judging panel, Keith Mason from accountants Barnes Roffe said: "We want to find what is truly outstanding in the local business community and shout about it ...."

The Panic Room, a young business operating in the leisure and entertainment sector were worthy winners of the Business of the Year 2018. They took the title in part because of their impressive growth in a progressively crowded market place .

Other 2018 award winners included Austen Allen Homecare in Northfleet, and Revitalize Health and Fitness Clinic and People's Choice winner was Forget-me-not Vintage and Crafts.

Locally based sponsors and supporters of the 2019 awards include Handelsbanken, law firm Hatten Wyatt, Barnes Roffe, GK Coffee, Gravesham council, Rise Communications, Softforge, University of Greenwich and the KM Media Group.

David Gurton, director and head of Block Management at Caxtons said: "Last year's awards were a positive focus for businesses throughout the borough and, at networking events, we noticed a change – a vivacity - in the mood of Gravesham's business community, which seemed more cohesive and with a common goal to make Gravesham work.

"It's not difficult to showcase some of the best businesses in Gravesham, and I don't envy this year's judging panel their task as I'm sure there will be some very strong contenders in the mix.

"We wish all entrants the very best of luck and look forward to seeing them at next year's Award's Gala, when the winners will be announced."

GBA 2019

Sylvia Meade, chair of the organising committee, foreground, Tony Martin representing Caxtons, third from right with other supporters and sponsors of Gravesham Business Awards 2019