The winners of our inaugural Business Heroes Awards – which recognise those companies who go the extra mile for the community – have been named.
Residents, businesses and employees across the borough nominated 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 recognition for Overall Business of the Year, which was won by Hemel Hempstead’s Liberty Tea Rooms – who also picked up the Business in the Community Hero award.
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.
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.
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.
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. Through his dedication to the Dacorum’s Den scheme he has mentored small businesses and is always prepared to offer advice and guidance.
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.
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.