Dacorum's Den winners 2023
Ten budding entrepreneurs were awarded up to £2,000 to support their business' growth after they pitched ideas to a team of Dacorum’s Den judges on Friday 6 October 2023.
The panel of judges, led by Sir Mike Penning MP awarded a total of £13,500 to fund a range of business ideas that included coaching, an independent beer and cider shop, florist, corporate team building and cryotherapy service.
The event sponsors formed the panel of judges including Robert Wilson, Head of Property and Facilities at Sopra Steria, David Spratt, Head of Sales Business Systems at Epson (UK) Ltd, Sarah Rutt, Director at Beeches Group, and Martin Fieldman, Managing Director at Abodebed.
As well as the financial support, the winners will also receive six months' free business support coaching provided by local supplier ActionCOACH.
Sir Mike Penning MP said: “Dacorum’s Den is one of the highlights of my year and this year was certainly no exception. The panel were all impressed by the presentations of the entrepreneurs who took up the challenge and I am delighted that we were able to grant so many awards.
"I often come across previous winners when I am out and about and it is fascinating to see how their businesses have grown and to learn how useful the Dacorum Den’s grant was to them. I look forward to seeing how this year’s winners do in the future. Congratulations to you all.”
Cllr Sheron Wilkie, our Portfolio Holder for Place, said: “I would like to congratulate the 10 entrepreneurs who successfully pitched their ideas for this year’s Dacorum’s Den award. I look forward to seeing these innovative and interesting businesses grow year by year with the funding and practical support this award brings. We are committed to supporting small and start-up businesses, which bring a huge positive boost to the local Dacorum business community.”
In its 10th anniversary year, Dacorum’s Den has now awarded more than £100,000 to 80 local businesses, supporting growth and creating additional jobs in the borough.
If you are a Dacorum business and would like to get involved with sponsoring this initiative next year, please email our Economic Development Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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