On the 22nd June 2017 the team at HatHats put their best posh frocks on and we even got our boss into a suit! The team were headed to Maidstone to to celebrate at the KEiBAs (Kent Excellence in Business Awards) now in its ninth year, the KEiBAs celebrate the best in business that Kent has to offer.
Businesses across the county enter the awards and this year it had a record 312 record entries and 50 finalists. The glitzy night at the Detling Showground was hosted by KMFM’s Andy Walker and Nicola Everett.
We had entered Startup Business Of The Year as well as putting our amazing Apprentice Charlotte forward for Apprentice Of The Year. The fact we had made it as finalists was a real honour so when our name was called as the winner of both categories we were over the moon.
HatHat’s founder Louis Hurst said ‘I am honestly over the moon, to be given the opportunity to sit in a room as a finalist with so many great businesses is a real achievement but to be judged the best in 2 categories is phenomenal. We are only at the very beginning of our journey so to be recognised as one of the county’s best startups is fantastic. I am really lucky as I get to work with amazing people everyday who deliver outstanding service to our customers and give real authenticity to our pledge to make sure every element of coffee is good’.
Upon leaving the awards every entrant is given a goody bag which contains a book containing profiles on all the winners and finalists. Our startup award was judged by Steve Hyland (Head of Communications and Marketing at Mid Kent College) and Kevin Ward (Managing Director at Ward Security), they said ‘Our winner, HatHats Coffee, demonstrates tremendous innovation, thorough research, and comprehensive planning. Louis and Lisa Hurst’s ability to disrupt the coffee market and build the business whilst maintaining a strong ethical commitment to their UK and overseas supply chain is exemplary’
In addition to the start-up award we were also given the award for Apprentice Of The Year that was judged and sponsored by Kent County Council. The wait for Charlotte Thomson our 17 year old Apprentice was a long one as it was the 3rd to last award to be announced.
Charlotte who was up against Apprentices from Gillingham Football Club Community Trust and a logistics company called TPS Global said ‘I honestly can’t believe I have won the award for Apprentice Of The Year, I have learnt so much during my time at HatHats and I just want to thank the team for being so supportive of me’
HatHats co-founder Lisa Hurst said ‘I am so pleased Charlotte got her award, there is no one in the room that deserves an award more for her outstanding dedication to her job and learning. We are so lucky to have her as part of our team as we continue to expand’
Chris Homewood (Employability Development Officer at Kent County Council Skills and Employability) and a judge of the category said ‘We were blown away by the commitment to training shown by HatHats Coffee and thier wider community engagement. Charlotte impressed us with her passion for coffee and her personal journey’
We just want to say thank you to all of our customers who by our coffee from our van through our trade channels or via our online store as if it was not for you we wouldnt be able to do what we do!