Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to driving the skills agenda across the county has been marked with a prestigious award.



The Chamber picked up the British Chambers of Commerce award for Meeting the Skills Development Agenda, sponsored by fdf (Foundation Degree Forward) at a ceremony at the National Maritime Museum.



The Chamber was praised for its dynamic approach to acquiring the funding for multiple projects and initiatives that have directly addressed the training needs of the business community in Hertfordshire.



By using a strategic approach over a number of years to address the skills shortage in the county, the Chamber has been able to make a real difference.



David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said: “Hertfordshire Chamber’s energy and enthusiasm for meeting the skills needs in and around Hertfordshire has had a profound effect on members and the community as a whole.



Strategic planning and dedication has been the key to making it happen”.


Tim Hutching, Chief Executive said:

“I am delighted that HCCI won the National Chamber Award for "Meeting the Skills Development Agenda" in recognition of the work we have been doing in relation to Education Business Links. Whilst the Education Business Links team deserve our congratulations I am sure that they would be the first to recognise that we would not have achieved the standards we have in this area without the support of the whole Chamber team. In passing on my thanks to our team I would also like to thank our other colleagues around the county including Hertfordshire Connexions with whom we have worked very closely in developing a partnership that undoubtedly contributed to our success on the night.

The icing on the cake came when our member Mark Needham of Widget Ltd in Stevenage won the Entrepreneur Award. Sadly SJD Accountancy who where voted Best Regional Business were not successful at the national level but who nonetheless contributed significantly to a strong Hertfordshire performance.”