Kent Business School International Advisory Board member and owner of Kent Crisps, Laura Bounds, has received her MBE, awarded for Services to International Trade.
Held on 2 February 2022 at Windsor Castle, the Investiture was hosted by Anne, Princess Royal, who presented the honour.
An MBE is awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community, serving as an example to others, and Laura’s nomination reflects her work done through Kent Crisps to bring Kent & the UK to a world stage. Announced as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list published on 31st December 2020, the Investiture was delayed due to Covid.
Laura commented: “It was a privilege to experience such an incredible day and be recognised for a lot of hard work and dedication to building the incredible brand that is Kent Crisps. Although delayed a year, it was worth the wait! I am so grateful for the support I have around me, including my incredible team, industry colleagues and connections, my friends and family. I do hope that this shows others that with commitment and determination, we can all make a difference and that anything is possible.”
Kent Crisps is based in Bridge, near Canterbury, supplying local & regional outlets as well as international airlines, trains and ferries, and 10 markets across the globe including Germany, America and Asia. The business is independently owned and run by Laura, whose portfolio also includes Kentish Oils & Condiments and A Little Bit Food Co, all of which use and champion local produce.
In addition to Laura’s MBE, Kent Crisps have won a number of awards, including the Federation of Small Businesses “UK Micro Business of the Year” and “Kent Business of the Year” at the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Awards.
Kent Crisps are available at all good independent outlets, regional Waitrose, Co-op & Southern Co-Op, Waitrose