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.

If you would like to nominate a business, please email business@dacorum.gov.uk or call 01442 531002. Please include the name of the business you wish to nominate, the category for which you are nominating them for and as many details as possible as to why you think they are a Business Hero. You are welcome to nominate your own company or any other you feel deserves recognition. Send in your nominations by midnight on Wednesday 29 May 2019. Winners will be invited to the awards ceremony on 19 July 2019.

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.

Award categories

Business in the Community Hero

Do you know a company that supports the local community and deserves recognition for what they do?  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 a local employer that just exudes positivity - a great place to do business with 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. This will doubtless be down to structured programmes of support but it could take many forms - from personal development to a commitment to work-life balance to innovative reward and recognition schemes. And probably much else besides.

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.

2018 winners

Find out more about our 2018 Business Heroes.

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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.
  • 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 it also collects recyclables such as used cooking oil, which is turned into biodiesel and used to fuel its fleet. Its office and warehouse adhere to a strong environmental policy and it is constantly striving to find ways to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • 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 has 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.
  • Apprentice Employer Hero - Smiths Detection and Sir Robert McAlpine

    Smiths Detection

    Within the UK Centre of Excellence on Maylands Business Park, Smiths offers apprenticeships in a range of disciplines including technical and administration. It runs 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. It has 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've 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.

  • 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," commented one of those to nominate him.
  • Retail Hero - Beechwood Fine Food
    Located in Tring, this farm shop and café has been open since 2010. Selling only the best British products it supports many local producers and boast awards for its own homemade jams, chutneys and preserves. Beechwood Fine Food's café has been rated as ‘excellent’ on TripAdvisor and its coffee, especially when accompanied by a slice of homemade cake, has been described as the best in Tring.
  • 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.