Enter the Growth Awards Competition for a chance to win up to £1500 for your business.

Last night at Hertford Castle, Cllr Andrew Stevenson proudly announced the launch of the 2014 Growth Awards.

The aim of the initiative is to stimulate growth plans for entrepreneurial businesses in Hertford. Businesses are invited to submit their growth plans that will be judged by a panel against clear criteria. From the growth plans submitted, a panel of judges will score them and those shortlisted will be asked to present at the Hertford Growth Awards Evening in January, date TBC.

Thanks to the locality budget award of County Councillor, Dr Andrew Stevenson first prize will be £1500 with smaller cash prizes for runners up.

The aim of this generous prize is to help entrepreneurs make their goals achievable and a step in the right direction towards their growth plans.

This award is open to any registered business or employee in Hertford and easy to enter via an online application form on the Hertford Town Council website.

Those shortlisted will have 10 minutes each to present their growth plan. After the presentation, the attendees and judges will be asked to vote for the winner. The winner will be chosen on the night with cash prizes awarded to the winner and runners up.

Businesses have until Friday 21st November to send in their entry forms.

Cllr Andrew Stevenson said; “I am pleased to be able to support Hertford Town Council in this way. The growth of the UK economy depends on entrepreneurs being encouraged to take the risk of setting up and growing businesses. Hertford has a lot of entrepreneurial talent, which it is important to encourage. The new Localism legislation encourages this to be done at a more local level than in the past”

Application Form

Owners Name: .................................................................................................

Business Name: ..............................................................................................................

Business Address: ..............................................................................................................

Email Address: ..............................................................................................................

Telephone Number: ..............................................................................................................

Please answer the following questions in around 50 words each.

  1. Are you an established business or is this a new start up?
  2. What is your product or service?
  3. What is the current status?
  4. What is your market and how do you see the market growing?
  5. How will you penetrate the market?
  6. Do you have or are you using innovative technology?
  7. What is your sales pipeline and operational plan?
  8. Describe your management team.
  9. How will you protect your profit margin?
  10. Do you need external funding?
  11. What would you use the prize money for?

Please send over your application form to Melissa@hertford.gov.ukor hand in at Hertford Castle