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Dacorum's first business heroes announced


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.

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. Through his dedication to the Dacorum’s Den scheme 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.

Dacorum's Den winners also honoured

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 range, in Hemel Hempstead, is introducing the local market to sheabutter, a nut plant from her native Ghana, was awarded £1,000, plus a £500 judges’ award.

And Anne Nudd, of Pemberley 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.

View the full list of Dacorum's Den winners.