A Hertford internal communication specialist has been named as the East of England’s Most Promising New Business.

CommsQuest Consulting Ltd is now a finalist in its category for the UK title in the Chamber Awards hosted by the British Chambers of Commerce and sponsored by BT Business.

The company is run by IoIC member David Norton and is now also in with a chance of collecting the Award for Outstanding Business Achievement – with a top prize of £25,000 and runner-up prizes of £15,000 and £10,000.

David has led in-house communication teams for Glaxo, Logicom and Fujitsu, and spent nine years consulting for a London-based agency.

He says: “When I set up CommsQuest my goal was simple – start with the basics and strip away all unnecessary theory and complexity – then help organisations use communication to take their people on a journey. 

“The award was based upon a number of areas but two projects were key: we helped Iron Mountain’s international engagement director Chelsea Foxwell to develop a new communication and channel strategy, and we reviewed McDonald’s communication for head of internal communications Linda McGee.

“At CommsQuest we like to mix things up a little which is why we recently ran a workshop about customer insight and net promoter score for a high street bank, fast food restaurant, and leading sports car brand. Ordinarily these companies would never sit around the same table – but it was amazing to see how common their challenges, issues and experiences were.”

CommsQuest will discover whether it is a national winner when the awards are announced at a ceremony at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on November 24.