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25 July 2018

Dacorum's first Business Heroes are announced

Dacorum Borough Council names its first Business super Heroes.

Dacorum Borough Council has named its first ever business heroes in its inaugural awards to recognise those companies who go the extra mile for the community.

Residents, businesses and employees across the borough nominated their favourite companies who have made a positive impact on the lives of others – shaping the future of economic growth in Dacorum.

The winning businesses were presented with their awards at a reception at Shendish Manor on Friday 20 July.

As well as awards in six categories there was also an award for Overall Business of the Year which was won by Hemel Hempstead's Liberty Tea Rooms, the company who also won business in the Community Hero.

The six award categories were:

Business in the Community Hero:

Liberty Tea Rooms: Selling homemade food, hand-blended teas and fresh coffee at a suggested minimum price, any extra is used to 'pay it forward' so allowing those on low or no income to enjoy social occasions. The company won overall business of the year for its impact on the community.

Employment Hero

Novo UK: For offering a fantastic benefits package as well as career rewards based on service not sales, they have created an environment where people feel valued, unique and included.

Environment Hero

Martin Brower UK: Sustainability is the heart of their business – when they deliver they collect all recyclables and used cooking oil which is used as biodiesel to fuel their fleet.

Business2Business Hero

Andy Cook, FFEI: Managing Director and co-owner of FFEI, Andy chaired the Maylands Partnership for seven years before becoming a founding member and Chair of Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors. He has mentored small businesses and is always prepared to offer advice and guidance.

Retail Hero

Beechwood Fine Foods: This Tring based farm shop and café has been open since 2010 and sells the best British products supporting local producers and boasting awards for their homemade jams, chutneys and preserves.

Apprentice Employer

Smiths Detection: They offer apprenticeships in a range of disciplines including technical and administration.

Sir Robert McAlpine: The company is committed to workforce training and runs fully supported apprenticeship schemes offering experience and responsibilities across different projects and sites.

The event was a true celebration of Dacorum business. The eight entrepreneurial winners of Dacorum's Den business grant funding scheme were also awarded their cheques by Rt Hon MP Sir Mike Penning.

Five of the businesses received £1,000 with Pieces of Art, which creates unique paper cut illustrations, receiving £2.000.

Patricia Monney, of Aviela Skincare, whose introducing the local market to her skincare range using sheabutter, a nut plant from her native Ghana, was awarded £1,000, plus a £500 judges' award.

And Anne Nudd, of Permberley Candles, was awarded £1,000 plus another £500 award to buy a wax melter to help her grow her bespoke, eco-friendly scented candle making business.

One Stop Doctors was one of the Business Heroes sponsros. CEO DAvid Harrop said:"I was impressed to see the entrepreneurs recognised by the Dacorum's Den and the winners of the Business Heroes awards – seeing them in person made their award nominations come alive, and I wish the winners all success in the future – well deserved awards! Sir Mike Penning MP and Paralympic extraordinaire Ian Rose delivered excellent speeches – covering issues that are highly relevant to the business community, but also entertaining and motivating. It was good to see the real close collaboration between Dacorum Borough Council and the business community – that can only serve both parties well over the coming years."

Find the full list of companies who were awarded a Dacorum's Den grant at: https://www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/all-news/2018/07/10/we-give-businesses-a-10-000-boost-through-dacorum's-den-scheme

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