Dacorum Business Heroes

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

All our 2018 winners were invited to a special ceremony at Shendish Manor to collect their awards.

We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this initiative, One Stop Doctors, West Herts College, McDonald's, Barnard and Co, Marlowes Shopping Centre, The Federation of Small Businesses, Frasers and Hemel Trophies. More details can be found on our sponsors' page.

Award categories and winners

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  • Business in the Community Hero - Liberty Tea Rooms

    Based in Bank Court, Hemel Hempstead, Liberty Tea Rooms have been stylishly designed and created using recycled materials and vintage, pre-loved artefacts. Selling homemade food, hand-blended teas and fresh coffee at a suggested minimum price, any extra is used to allow those on low or no income to enjoy social occasions. The space is used for free counselling services, life skills courses and a range of community activities. It is also the home of the Street Pastors and a food bank distribution centre.

    Category sponsor: One Stop Doctors

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  • Environment Hero - Martin Brower

    A global distribution company with its UK head office in Hemel Hempstead, sustainability is at the heart of the way Martin Brower does business. When delivering to restaurants they also collect recyclables such as packaging and used cooking oil, which is turned into biodiesel and used to fuel their fleet. Their office and warehouse adhere to a strong environmental policy and they are constantly striving to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

    Category sponsor: McDonald's

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  • Employment Hero - Novo UK

    This specialist construction recruitment company understands how important it is not only to find the right people but to retain them. Offering a tremendous benefits package as well as career rewards based on service not sales, Novo UK have created an environment where people feel valued, unique and included. “Working here makes you want to get up in the morning. It's an enjoyable environment where everyone is up for a laugh but is still extremely productive and effective,” commented one employee.

    Category sponsor: Barnard & Co Employment Law Solutions

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  • Apprentice Employer Hero - Smiths Detection and Sir Robert McAlpine

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    Within the UK Centre of Excellence on Maylands Business Park, Smiths offer apprenticeships in a range of disciplines including technical and administration. They run training courses in mentorship for the apprentices’ key ‘go to’ person to ensure they have support throughout the programme as well as good rates of pay and clear career paths.

    Sir Robert McAlpine

    This leading building and civil engineering company is committed to workforce training and runs fully supported apprenticeship schemes offering experience and responsibilities across different projects and sites. They have regular reviews to ensure everyone is satisfied and a commitment to long-term employment opportunities. “Sir Robert McAlpine have been very supportive while I’ve been doing my apprenticeship. They have given me time for extra maths lessons, arranged transport to and from West Herts College, and made sure I receive relevant experience at work,” says Thomas Hartley.

    Category sponsor: West Herts College

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  • 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. But it is his support of the Dacorum’s Den initiative for which he received his nominations. Not only has he provided financial support but he has mentored successful small businesses and is always prepared to offer advice and guidance. “Selfless and always happy to help, his assistance over the years has been invaluable and we are lucky to have access to his business expertise.”

    Category sponsor: The Federation of Small Businesses

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  • Retail Hero - Beechwood Fine Food

    Located in Tring, this farm shop and café has been open since 2010. Selling only the best British products they support many local producers and boast awards for their own homemade jams, chutneys and preserves. Beechwood Fine Food's café has been rated as ‘excellent’ on TripAdvisor and their coffee, especially when accompanied by a slice of homemade cake, has been described as the best in Tring.

    Category sponsor: The Marlowes Shopping Centre

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  • Overall Business of the Year - Liberty Tea Rooms

    Selling homemade food, hand-blended teas and fresh coffee at a suggested minimum price, any extra is used to help those on low or no income to enjoy social occasions. Liberty Tea Rooms won overall business of the year for its impact on the community.

    Sponsored by our headline sponsors: One Stop Doctors and West Herts College.

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