Dacorum Business Heroes
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: OSD Healthcare, West Herts College, The Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead Business Improvement District, My Mustard and Hemel Trophies and Jewellers. More details can be found on our sponsors page.
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.”
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.
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
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.
Business to Business Hero
Tring Together, run by Vivianne Childs alongside her day job as a business coach, runs 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.
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!
Find out more about our 2018 Business Heroes.