The Medway business community has grown phenomenally since these awards were launched 34 years ago. They were aimed at giving the area back some of the self-esteem lost at the closure of the naval dockyard and other manufacturing industries.

Today the awards are a celebration of what regeneration means. Take a look at the sponsors, a number of whom have relocated to the area, or grown since the awards started.

Medway now has a magnificent university campus in partnership with four universities of which three are sponsors for these awards. Additionally there is a proactive vocational college delivering much needed skills to the area. The business parks are thriving. Diversity and new technologies abound. Many small companies trade in the global market.

The awards are meant to show just how good business is here in Medway. So if you’ve been in business for a year to 1 January 2017, trade in the Medway Council postcode area and are privately owned and run, then enter now and give yourself the chance to shine. Each entrant receives a free business profile in the Medway Messenger and there’s a glittering gala night in November.

About Umbrella Training

With over 200 years of experience based here in Medway, Umbrella Training are an Elite Hospitality Apprenticeship provider which offers work-based learning and development for the hospitality industry. Their vision is simple: to promote the hospitality sector as an attractive career option and they do this by to providing the highest quality training and development to hospitality organisations and, in turn, they create a world class workforce while serving and supporting local communities who want to thrive in the sector. 9 out of 10 learners achieving lifelong learning, sustainable employment and achievement of their apprenticeship whist with Umbrella Training. They are the experts, as they recognise how significant it is for companies to maximise their return on investment while implementing new and thrilling apprenticeship programmes.

They work collaboratively with the learners and employers to deliver quality and consistent training to their apprentices. Proud Medway business, investing in local people.

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