The best businesses in Hertfordshire are being encouraged to demonstrate their  entrepreneurship by entering a top award – as well as a chance to share in £50,000 worth of cash prizes.


The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)  which sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 100,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people, has launched its successful Chamber Awards 2011 to help reward and recognise the most innovative and successful businesses across the region and in the UK that are playing such a vital role in the country’s economic recovery.


This year’s awards come in the BCC’s ‘Year for Growth’, in which it hopes to help increase private sector expansion by campaigning to remove the barriers to business growth.


President Neville Reyner, CBE DL, said: “Hard-working small and medium-sized businesses are providing the backbone for our economic recovery. There are some remarkable and innovative companies in Britain, and the Chamber Awards recognise those firms striving to grow in the face of a tough business environment.


“We need to restore confidence to those business owners that will drive Britain’s future growth. Working with businesses, local authorities, the Government, European policy-makers and opinion-formers, we want to remove the barriers companies face in expanding their businesses. If our small and medium-sized businesses are doing well – it’s good news for all of us. These awards are designed to reward and recognise that success.”


Businesses can enter the following categories this year:


·       Business of the Year


·       Most Promising New Business


·       Entrepreneur of the Year


·       Achievement in International Business


·       Excellence in Customer Service


·       Excellence in People Development


·       The Sustainability Award


·       Finding New International Markets


·       Innovation through Technology


All regional winners will go through to the national finals where they could pick up a national award in their category as well as being in with a chance to collect the award for the most outstanding business achievement – and its £25,000 prize.

Last year Hemel Hempstead-based ‘Twitter dragon’ and finance pioneer Simon Dolan picked up the national Entrepreneur of the Year award.  The MD of SJD Accountancy was praised for his inspiring business model and creative innovation in the complex world of accountancy – as well as his commitment to environmental savings initiatives.  

Simon said: “I was delighted to win this award. When I set up as a Twitter investor, I could see the potential immediately. It literally takes me a minute to scan a 140-character Twitter pitch and glean whether someone has a good idea. Entrepreneurs don’t need to worry about business plans, cash flows and forecasts. To me, the concepts and personalities behind them are far more important. Twitter cuts out all the nonsense involved in a standard pitch."

The regional winners will be announced in September, followed by the national awards ceremony at London’s Connaught Rooms on November 24. 

To enter the awards online go to and for any further information you can contact the Chamber Awards Team on 024 76 47 2593 or email

The closing date for entries is June 24.  

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is the national voice of local business. The BCC sits at the heart of a powerful nationwide network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving over 100,000 businesses across the UK, which employ over five million people. For more information visit: