The Inspiring Hertfordshire 2012 Awards, launched to celebrate success and achievement and boost business confidence in Hertfordshire, has had a massive high quality response. 

Chamber Chairman, Neville Reyner CBE DL, said, “We have been overwhelmed by the response to these awards.  The quality of entries was staggering and presented an almost impossible challenge for the judges.  My thanks to all those who entered, our hard pressed judges and our sponsors without whose support these awards would not be possible.  I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to all those who entered and, in particular, to those who were shortlisted below”.

Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by University of Hertfordshire

Sarah Smits - Ashbourne Insurance Services Limited - Hoddesdon
Claire Austin - Austin’s Funeral Service - Stevenage
Melanie Blackmore - Blackmores - Hitchin
David Norton - CommsQuest Consulting Limited - Hertford
Katherine Rayden - Rayden Solicitors – St Albans


Achievement in International Business
Sponsored by Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Caressa Kahn - Hatfield
Catomance Technologies - Hitchin
Elecro Engineering Limited - Stevenage
Mirage Health Group Limited – Welwyn Garden City

Social Enterprise of the Year
Sponsored by Councillor Sharon Taylor HCC Locality Budget

Broxbourne Housing Association - Broxbourne
DEMAND – Abbots Langley
HCPA Limited – Welwyn Garden City
North Hertfordshire College – Student Crew - Stevenage
Stevenage Community Trust - Stevenage
Stevenage Leisure Limited - Stevenage
The Red Rubber Ball Company – Welwyn Garden City


Community Champion
Sponsored by Porsche Centre Hatfield

Brookers - Hitchin
Debenhams Ottaway – St Albans
Elstree Screen Heritage - Elstree
Garden House Hospice – Letchworth Garden City
Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline – Letchworth Garden City
LV= Retirement Solutions - Hitchin
Simplyhealth – Letchworth Garden City

Most Promising New Business

24-7 Lucente - Watford
Adnexus - Harpenden
Lawrence Dean Recruitment - Stevenage
Probate Sales Office -  Harpenden
The Red Rubber Ball Company – Welwyn Garden City

Innovation Through Technology
Sponsored by Veolia

P’zazz – Rickmansworth
Cobham Consulting – Berkhamsted
Imagination Technologies – Kings Langley
Datum Phase Change - Cheshunt
Dynamic Website Construction - Hatfield

Excellence in People Development
Sponsored by Ashridge

Ashbourne Insurance Services Limited - Hoddesdon
LV= Retirement Solutions - Hitchin
Stevenage Leisure Limited - Stevenage
SWAN Fostering Limited - Hitchin
The Red Rubber Ball Company – Welwyn Garden City

Environmental Award
Sponsored by Johnson Matthey

Abbey Steel & Shearing Company - Stevenage
Blackmores - Hitchin
Datum Phase Change Limited - Cheshunt
Holiday Inn Stevenage - Stevenage
Marriott Hanbury Manor - Ware
Viva Live Music - Hatfield


Excellence in Customer Service
Sponsored by Breeze & Wyles

Ashbourne Insurance Services Limited - Hoddesdon
Austin’s Funeral Services - Stevenage
BrightHouse - Watford
LV=Retirement Solutions - Hitchin
SJD Accountancy – Hemel Hempstead
Simplyhealth – Letchworth Garden City


Business of the Year
Sponsored by Exemplas

Micro to Small Business of the Year

Ashbourne Insurance Services Limited - Hoddesdon
Beststart Human Resources Limited - Welwyn
Harriet Kelsall Jewellery Design -
Rayden Solicitors – St Albans
St Michael’s Manor – St Albans
The Book Midwife – St Albans
Westminster Compliance - Borehamwood

Medium to Large Business of the Year

Aspin Foundations Limited - Hemel Hempstead
Austin’s Funeral Service - Stevenage
Debenhams Ottaway – St Albans
Imagination Technologies – Kings Langley
LV=Retirement Solutions
SJD Accountancy – Hemel Hempstead
Simplyhealth – Letchworth Garden City

The company awarded the overall Business of the Year will also receive £7500 worth of integrated marketing support donated by the award winning Kiss Communciation, based in Royston.

The winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner at the Porsche Centre Hatfield on 17th May