Thanet business news: CAMRA awards, Thanet Earth, Dirtee Feast, Top Click, Poppy Fields, Thanet Crane Hire

CAMRA second place pub The Magnet

Thanet CAMRA

The isle Branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) recently completed award presentations to four pubs in Thanet.

The Thanet 2023 CAMRA Pub of the year was judged to be The Royston in Broadstairs, and runner-up was the Magnet also in Broadstairs. Highly commended were the Two Halves in Margate and the Hovelling Boat Inn in Ramsgate.

With some 50 real ale venues to choose from, including pubs, clubs and hotels, the process of judging the winners was undertaken by local members using a check-list of eight different judging categories each containing focused criteria.

Two Halves

Chairperson of the local branch, Martin Knight, said: “Pubs can be but don’t have to be picture postcard, unspoilt gems to be pub of the year.

The Royston

“Pubs of all sizes and locations such as those located in residential areas, town centre bars, micropubs or back street locals, where everyone is made to feel welcome, can be considered for this award.”

Celebrations as The Royston in Broadstairs receives Pub of the Year award

Thanet Earth

Yesterday (May 16), Chris Butler, MD of Thanet Earth, attended the Farm to Fork Summit at No 10 Downing Street hosted by the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.

The focus of the summit was on how government and industry can work together to support a thriving UK food industry and included attendees from across the whole UK supply chain.

In a speech to the attendees the Prime Minster said, “we need to change the way that our country works to support all of you.”

Some positive points that came out of the summit were:

As part of the Government’s drive for innovation, support for the construction of glasshouses will be included in their new and expanded Fruit and Vegetable Scheme.

Confirmation of a significant uplift in worker visas for the coming year, with the capacity for a further top up.

The inclusion of glasshouses in the Energy Bills Relief Scheme and a promise that the Government will investigate what more can be done to support the sector due to its unique needs.

Chris Butler said: “I was encouraged by the discussions and in particular the additional support for the glasshouse growing sector, this support goes some way to ensuring that Thanet Earth can play a major part in the future food security of the UK.”

Dirtee Feast

Dirtee Feast street bites and gourmet burgers and dogs food venture will open at a new base in Ramsgate on Friday (May 19).

The business had a permanent residency at the Ravensgate Arms until its sudden closure earlier this month.

Boss Dean Adams, who has also taken over the Ramsgate seafront phone boxes for his doughnut and ice cream offerings, has now relocated and will launch at Churchills Tavern on the Paragon with new additions to the menu.

From June onwards Dean will be introducing a new Home Classic menu with a Dirtee Feast twist.

Bookings now open

Email [email protected], message the facebook page, or contact Churchills

Dirtee Feast  is also available though online outlets such as Just Eat.

Dirtee Feast takeover with ice cream stuffed doughnuts and more at Ramsgate seafront phone boxes

Top Click Marketing

Thanet-based small businesses now have the chance use the services of a newly formed digital marketing agency specifically tailored towards helping small and medium-sized enterprises.

The new agency is headed up by experienced industry professionals who understand how digital marketing can help grow businesses. Their focus lies on digital marketing services that help grow businesses; this ranges from:

  • Website design
  • Content production
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Social media management and more.

Jake Harris, founder of Top Click Marketing in Thanet, said: “Our goal is to offer these services at competitive rates so (small businesses) can take advantage of our knowledge and expertise without breaking their budgets.”

Top Click is offering services from creating engaging content to running campaigns on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, copywriting and  SEO help.

Jake said: “Our firm believes every business should have access to high-quality digital marketing services regardless of size or budget.”

To check out the Altitude website, go to

Poppy Fields

The Poppy Fields scheme in Ramsgate

Poppy Fields, an affordable housing development in Ramsgate, has been named ‘Best Construction Project’ at the South East Construction Awards 2023.

The scheme, which is being built by WW Martin on behalf of Orbit Homes, will deliver 55 new affordable homes in Ramsgate.

The highly awards were held at Sandown Racecourse on 25 April and celebrate the regions most outstanding main contractors who have carried out exemplary projects, demonstrating the highest levels of innovation, quality, sustainability, health and safety, well-being, and training.

The Poppy Fields development will be completed later this year. It is a project which demonstrates best practice in design and construction and promotes innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions as well reduce the cost of running the new homes for residents.

Mike Darling Director of WW Martin, said: “We are immensely proud that Poppy Fields has been announced as the winner of the Best Construction Project. The award is testament to the work of everybody involved with the project, the strength of our partnership with Orbit Homes and our joint commitment to delivering high quality affordable new homes.”

Brian Nearney, Regional Managing Director at Orbit Homes, added: “This award is testament to the excellent work of our teams, and their continual dedication in delivering new homes that are well considered, for our customers to enjoy. The project also recently won a Green Plaque Award, demonstrating its exceptional commitment to sustainable design.”

Judges praised the project as an excellent example of how construction and development projects can be used to create far-reaching benefits for the local economy. They made specific reference to the lasting social value the scheme will bring to the local community and the cohesive vision being delivered.

Poppy Fields offers a collection of three- and four-bedroom homes in Ramsgate. Homes are available to buy through shared ownership with prices starting from £140,000 for a 40% share. For further information, contact the Orbit Homes sales team on 01843 653 501.

Thanet Crane Hire

Thanet Crane Hire has announced new developments for the business following last year’s £2m investment programme and relocation to a new depot in Headcorn.

A further £30,000 is earmarked for staff development in 2023, with the company continuing its policy of offering training and career options to people without previous industry experience. The TCH team includes crane operators, lift supervisors, HGV drivers, a mechanic and office staff.

The company is continually updating its fleet of modern mobile cranes. Recent additions include a Liebherr LTM 10140 2.1 with VarioBase, a Grove GMK 3060L and another Bocker AK 46/6000.

A brand-new Mercedes Arocs truck with a FASSI 36.5t crane has also recently joined the refreshed transport fleet.

Thanet Crane Hire’s transport services are available locally and nationwide, including the London Low Emissions Zone.

Jack Stickings, Operations Director said: “2023 is shaping up to be another busy year for TCH, in March our monthly turnover topped £400,000 for the first time. We are committed to investing back into the business and development and career progression for our excellent team. Our people have always been our strength. We have also recently opened a new satellite location near Herne Bay so we can better serve our North Kent customers.”

Thanet Crane Hire has also announced its recent registration to the internationally recognised quality standard ISO 9001 with a UKAS accredited body.