Inspiring Hertfordshire’s 2018 Award Winners Announced

The Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards, held on 7 June at the beautiful St Albans Cathedral, was a glorious occasion with more than 320 finalists, sponsors, guests, judges and winners in attendance. It was a testimony to the inspiration, hard work and success of the county’s businesses. In their 7th year, the awards were launched to focus on and celebrate the expertise, achievements and outstanding contribution that businesses and individuals continually make to the growth of Hertfordshire.

Neville Reyner, CBE DL Hon. DLitt, Chairman: Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce said:

“We were delighted to have so many outstanding businesses based in Hertfordshire enter the awards in 2018 and join us last Thursday in St Albans to highlight successes, achievements and celebrate together. Against the backdrop of Brexit, it is very encouraging that many businesses in the county are experiencing good success in export, manufacturing and professional services. The number of digital marketing companies was also notable. We congratulate all the finalists and winners!”

The winners of the 2018 Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards are:

Inspiring Business of the Year – Isabel Hospice (Welwyn Garden City)

Business of the Year Small to Medium – 1st Line Defence Ltd (Broxbourne)

Business of the Year Medium to Large – Quanta Consultancy Services Ltd (Berkhamsted)

Business of the Year North – DCS Sonovision UK Ltd (Letchworth)

Business of the Year East – 1st Line Defence Ltd (Hoddesdon)

Business of the Year South – Saunders Architecture + Urban Design (Welwyn Garden City)

Business of the Year West – Trinity Wealth Management Ltd  (St Albans)

Community Champion – Isabel Hospice (Welwyn Garden City)

Family Business of the Year – MCP Property Services (Ware/Hertford)

Innovation through Technology – 1st Line Defence (Hoddesdon)

Investment in Young People – Rothamsted Research (Harpenden)

Excellence in People Development – Distinctly (Rickmansworth)

Achievement in International Business – FFE Ltd (Hitchin)

Education in Employment – St Albans Girls’ School (St Albans)

Excellence in Customer Service – Lumina Technologies (Hemel Hempstead)

The Tourism Award – Aubrey Park Hotel (Redbourn)

The Environmental Award – Green Building Design Consultants Ltd (Hertford)

Entrepreneur of the Year – Martin Barrett, DCS Sonovision UK Ltd (Letchworth)

Made in Herts – Mirage Health Group Ltd (Welwyn Garden City)

Most Promising New Business – Big Reach Marketing (Baldock)

Outstanding Contribution to Business – Kristian Laskey, Mettler Toledo Safeline X-ray Limited (Royston)

Joint headline sponsors were Hillier Hopkins, Chartered Accountants and Bulletproof, Cyber Security Specialists.

Established in 1924 the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce is a privately-run membership organisation which open doors for local businesses and organisations of all types and size by helping them to grow their profile and connect with other businesses locally, nationally and globally. As the British Chamber of Commerce’s (BCC) Accredited Chamber of Commerce for Hertfordshire, members can benefit from association with 51 other UK chambers and a network of 41 chambers globally.

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