Dacorum Business Heroes

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In our business community, there are often unsung heroes who go beyond the call of duty to give back to the borough. Through these awards, we want to recognise the businesses that really make a difference and have a positive impact on the lives of others - shaping the future of economic growth in Dacorum.

We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this initiative: West Herts College, Hemel Hempstead Business Improvement District, Barnard and Webb Solicitors, Marlowes Shopping Centre, My Mustard and Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors. More details can be found on our sponsors page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the awards been postponed until further notice. A new date will be published as soon as the situation becomes clearer.

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Crisis Hero

Our borough’s businesses have shown extraordinary resilience during these difficult times - so it’s more important than ever to recognise them. This year, we have added a new special award category to recognise those businesses that adapted to cope with the crisis. We want to hear about businesses that have adjusted what they do and how they do it, or supported the community through the pandemic by utilising their skills and resources to help. We’re sure there are some great examples out there - from cafes and restaurants delivering food parcels to local residents, to manufacturers switching to making PPE, or businesses that have adapted to help frontline workers or vulnerable residents. Nominate your Crisis Hero now!

Business in the Community Hero

Do you know a company that supports the local community and deserves recognition for what it does? We're looking for business heroes who give something back to the borough. Whether they're involved in fundraising or have supported your charity or community group, we want you to nominate your Business in the Community Hero.

Environment Hero

We're looking for green business heroes who are working towards sustainability and the protection of our environment. Are you a business that has introduced new eco-friendly products or services? Have you introduced a plastic ban on product packaging? Or any other internal processes or policies to ensure you’re a green business? Nominate yourself and let everyone know how you’re protecting our precious planet.

Employment Hero

Do you know or work for a local employer that just exudes positivity - a great place to do business because it’s a great place to work? A business that inspires employees to go the extra mile simply because they enjoy working there so much? We’re looking for local businesses that recognise that being a good employer is about so much more than simply providing work and paying their staff well. We’re looking for employers that go above and beyond for their staff, whether its providing excellent ongoing training and personal development opportunities, promoting equality and diversity across the workforce, embracing flexible working, prioritising overall staff wellbeing, or any other ‘wow’ factor that may make them our employment hero. Nominate now.

Skills Hero

Do you know an employer who’s a Skills Hero? A local business that’s committed to growing local skills and nurturing local talent. This could be via structured apprenticeship schemes or by wider support for young people through formal work experience, mentoring or similar programmes. It might be work that’s been sustained over a long period or something that’s been introduced more recently but which is already having a meaningful impact.

Business to Business Hero

Businesses that support the growth of other businesses in the borough are true heroes and we want to hear about them. Has your company made a positive contribution to the success of another business? Or did you receive invaluable support from another business when you were starting out? Nominate your hero now.

Retail Hero

Have you found a shop that has it all? We're asking satisfied shoppers to send in nominations for their retail hero. Whether they have staff that go the extra mile, the product range is out of this world or it adds something special to the community - nominate your favourite shop today.

2019 winners

Find out more about our 2019 Business Heroes.

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  • Business in the Community Hero - David Evans MBE - Grass Roots and the Future Proof Enterprise Group

    For many years David’s corporate and personal donations have benefitted Tring’s Swimming Club, Running Club, Rugby Club, Cricket Club, Squash Rackets Club and more. He was awarded an MBE for services to corporate social responsibility after pioneering initiatives such as offering work placements to homeless people and is the main reason Tring boasts its own dedicated theatre. David now runs a number of social enterprises in energy conservation, public health and education.

    Deric Newman, Tring Rugby Club, said: “David has been a long-term, committed and dependable supporter of sporting activities in Tring, which has always extended beyond purely financial sponsorship to include business-related advice and guidance behind the scenes.”

  • Environment Hero - Tring Brewery
    This award-winning brewery has many environmentally friendly credentials. It gives spent grain to a neighbouring farmer to feed his cows so there are zero food miles and it uses a heat exchanger to recover 90 per cent of the energy used in beer production. Encouraging the sale and reuse of metal beer containers instead of plastic, the use of reusable or compostable plastic glasses for events, plus a policy of ‘using local’ all adds to its eco awareness.
  • Employment Hero - Indigo Tree
    This small tech company is constantly looking at new ways to offer benefits to its staff, which in turn will benefit the business. Each individual is given time and a budget for training and learning, plus an afternoon a month to spend on their own project. A friendly, flexible environment with double statutory pension pay, plus a ‘perk box’ offering various useful discounts, all go towards creating an attractive work environment.
  • Skills Hero and overall Business of the Year - D-Lab CIC
    Based in Berkhamsted, D-Lab exists for the benefit of the local community in the areas of creativity and innovation. A wide range of low-cost courses are on offer, covering topics such as 3D printing and Algorithmic Art, plus mentoring, networking and the opportunity to work alongside and learn from like-minded people. Many school children have benefitted from work experience or focused workshops, and D-Lab works hard to inspire a love of innovation and technology in as many young people as possible. Local companies are encouraged to visit and discuss collaborative ventures.
  • Business2Business Hero - Tring Together
    Tring Together, run by Vivianne Childs, who alongside her day job as a business coach, organises vibrant networking events where local companies can meet and forge excellent working relationships. This and its involvement in the organising of community events puts them at the heart of what makes Tring such a great place to do business.
  • Retail Hero - Number Twenty
    This Berkhamsted gift shop sells a wide range of innovative, attractive products, many of which are supplied by local companies. Customer service is key and time is taken to source the correct item if not in stock. Although a charity shop, with profits donated to the Hospice of St Francis, the overall feel is stylish and high end - and it smells wonderful, too!
  • Overall Business of the Year - D-Lab CIC
    Based in Berkhamsted, D-Lab exists for the benefit of the local community in the areas of creativity and innovation. A wide range of low-cost courses are on offer, covering topics such as 3D printing and Algorithmic Art, plus mentoring, networking and the opportunity to work alongside and learn from like-minded people. Many school children have benefitted from work experience or focused workshops, and D-Lab works hard to inspire a love of innovation and technology in as many young people as possible. Local companies are encouraged to visit and discuss collaborative ventures.

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