Dacorum’s Den is our business grant scheme, based on the popular TV show, which gives budding local entrepreneurs the chance to apply for up to £1,000 to grow and develop a business idea.
Since it was launched in 2011, £50,000 has been invested in business growth and 35 new jobs created.
Organised by Dacorum Borough Council, and supported by local sponsors, the scheme helps Dacorum-based companies with fewer than 20 employees and who turn over less than £1million per year. All businesses that apply receive business support from our Enterprise and Investment Team.
In July 2017, the panel of judges, led by Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning, gave seven businesses £1,000 - and were so impressed by the community focus of two others that they doubled the grant for them to £2,000 each. For more information on the 2017 winners, please see our news story.
A big thank you to all of this year's sponsors on the judging panel: Alan Butchers from McDonald's, John Ellison from JE2, Alison Murray from Abode Bed, and additional sponsors Gyron and Haspineall Collins.
How to get involved
Entry for next year's scheme will open in April 2018. If you'd like more information on becoming a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information, please view the Dacorum's Den presentation (PDF 1MB).