University Alumnus & Entrepreneurs in Residence scoop ‘Most Promising New Business’ Award 2018

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This year’s Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Business Awards saw 7 companies win accolades ranging from Excellence in Customer Service, Manufacturer of the Year through to Business of the Year, sponsored by a range of organisations


The University of Kent’s dedicated support for entrepreneurship and self employment, the Hub for Innovation & Enterprise was thrilled to witness University alumni from the School of Physical Sciences & one of the Hub’s Entrepreneurs in Residence, Convert Energy win the title Most Promising New Business, sponsored by Skills Hub Kent & Medway.


Convert Energy is an independent technical consultancy and low energy products provider. Delivering full turnkey projects in the South East and a design/supply service nationwide.

Delivering sustainable, innovative, practical building services and specialising in bespoke design solutions for low carbon buildings, PassivHaus and Para 55.


“We are thrilled to have won this award and receive the recognition for our business. We always knew the energy sector could benefit from our skills and expertise, bringing something different to the marketplace, but to have independent judges acknowledge where the business is and its future potential is incredible and such a boost to the team.

I want to personally thank the sponsors for selecting us but also as a recent alumnus of Kent and residents within the Hub for Innovation & Enterprise we certainly could not have developed the business to this stage so quickly without their dedication and support. I’m a very proud alumnus of Kent and hence there was only one place I wanted to start my business”

David Browne, Director of Convert Energy



“We received a tremendous response to the category of Most Promising New Business in this year’s Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. Convert Energy have set the bar for future entrants for this category and demonstrated an impressive performance in not only their innovation, early success, but also their ambition to be a market leader in their sector.”
Chris Hare, Skills Hub Kent & Medway, Chair of North Kent Economic Development Group


“The Hub for Innovation & Enterprise encourages and supports entrepreneurial enterprise and recognises that today’s entrepreneurs lead the way for the County’s future business growth. It’s always rewarding to be able to support our students, staff and recent alumni who follow their beliefs and convictions and are willing to take calculated risks to fulfill their aspirations. I couldn’t be more pleased for everyone at Convert Energy, such worthy winners”

Carole Barron, Director of Innovation & Enterprise, University of Kent


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