Sittingbourne business of the year

British furniture manufacturer Gallery Direct has won the Sittingbourne Business of the Year at last month’s Swale Business Awards.

The awards are held annually to recognise local excellence and bring businesses together.

The judges look at financial performance, entrepreneurial spirit, environmental credentials, marketing skills, community links, staff welfare and a range of other attributes that when combined make businesses stand out.

Peter Delaney, managing director of Gallery, commented: “It is the first year we have entered the awards, so we were thrilled to win the Sittingbourne Business of the Year.

“Our investment in our Swale head office and recent huge warehouse expansion, along with the introduction of our own transport fleet, has resulted in a fourfold expansion of our workforce in recent years. Our commitment to the area and quality of our business was obviously appreciated by the judges.”