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.

The categories are detailed below and we invite nominations for any company based within the borough. Nominations will be accepted from local residents, employees, customers and companies themselves. Some restrictions apply, see each category description for details.

Nominations are open until 7pm on Friday 18 May. Finalists will be announced on Monday 4 June and the winners will be invited to receive their award on Friday 20 July at a ceremony that includes afternoon tea at Shendish Manor.

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

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  • Business in the Community Hero

    This award is open to businesses who go above and beyond to support their community.  We are looking for evidence that you like to ‘give something back’.

    Whether you do it quietly or shout it from the hilltops, we want to see what you do locally, how you do it and why.

    You can't be shy in this category, tell it as it is. If you have any local coverage or evidence of your kind efforts – let us know.

    Does your charity or community group have a special relationship with a business? Put them forward for this award and ensure they get the recognition they deserve.

    Category sponsor: One Stop Doctors

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  • Environment Hero

    It's important that all businesses strive towards sustainability and the protection of our environment. This award recognises those who put this ethos at the heart of how they do business.

    Let us know if you have a strategic vision and management scheme that enables you to continuously improve your environmental performance.

    Maybe you market a new product or service that makes an outstanding contribution to sustainability or have successfully applied an innovative solution in the area of process and production methods.

    We want to hear about everything you do towards protecting our planet with evidence, if possible, to show what impact this has had.

    Category sponsor: McDonald's

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  • Employment Hero

    Our criteria to win this award is simple – tell us how you as an employer look after your people so they take care of your business.

    Nominations are welcome from employees who feel their employer goes that extra step to make them feel valued, creates an environment where work doesn't feel like 'work' or has strong, demonstrable policies that deal with any issues that could prevent meaningful employment.

    Quotes from happy employees are a must!

    Category sponsor: Barnard & Co Employment Law Solutions

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  • Apprentice Employer Hero

    This category celebrates the achievements of an outstanding Dacorum employer that has made a significant contribution to apprenticeship training.

    Judges will be looking for evidence that:

    • Demonstrates commitment to workforce training and the embedding of a training culture within the organisation
    • Support is provided to ensure the success and wellbeing of apprentices 
    • Significant contribution has been made to the apprenticeship programme
    • Shows ongoing commitment to employing the apprentice(s) 

    The focus is on the employer not the individual trainee(s) – with nominations welcome from training providers, the apprentice(s) or the employer themselves.

    Category sponsor: West Herts College

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  • Business2Business Hero

    This award recognises businesses that guide and support other local businesses.

    If you've made a positive contribution to the growth and development of another company feel free to shout about it – we want to hear. Send us evidence of what you have done, how it has helped and, to top it off, a great quote from a business who has benefitted.

    Have you been the beneficiary of such a service? Then send us all the details.

    Category sponsor: The Federation of Small Businesses

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  • Retail Hero

    Have you found a shop that simply has it all?

    It should have an engaging window display, a tempting product range and excellent customer service. Above all, it should put you, the customer, first.

    Nominations are invited from satisfied shoppers only.

    Category sponsor: The Marlowes Shopping Centre

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  • Overall Business of the Year

    The winner of each category will be considered for this award.

    There are no hard and fast rules as to how this will be judged but you can be sure that the overall Business of the Year will be a good all-rounder and have that 'something special' that sets them apart from the rest.

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

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How to nominate

Although we've tried not to be too restrictive in the criteria for some of the categories, please make your responses as detailed and clear as possible. Bullet points are always welcome and make it easier for judges to pick out important points.

Quotes and evidence should be included where possible and if you have any extra items, such as photos or press cuttings, you would like us to consider, please email them to business@dacorum.gov.uk and indicate which nomination they refer to.

Download a nomination form below.

 Dacorum Business Heroes nomination form (PDF 282KB)

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