The Inspiring Hertfordshire 2015 Awards, launched to celebrate success and achievement and boost business confidence in Hertfordshire, has yet again had a fantastic response with a record number of entries.

2015 has seen over 150 businesses take up the challenge and enter the most prestigious awards campaign in the County. The judges faced their toughest mission ever – to find the best of the best.

 Here are the finalists for Inspiring Hertfordshire 2015:


Achievement in International Business
Sponsored by UK India Business Council

FFE Ltd – Hitchin
Grace Foods UK – Welwyn Garden City
Mirage Health Group – Welwyn Garden City

Community Champion
Sponsored by Ocado

Debenhams Ottaway – St.Albans
Garden House Hospice – Letchworth Garden City
LV= Retirement Solutions – Hitchin
Muscle Help Foundation - Buntingford
Teens Unite – Broxbourne

Entrepreneur of the Year
Sponsored by Mercury News Group

Justine Perry – Cariad Marketing – Hertford
Catherine Smith – Foxholes Farm Shop – Hertford
Danny Kindell – NBM Distribution – Hemel Hempstead
Joshua Rayner – Rayner Personnel – Bishop’s Stortford
Claire Brindle – Smart10 Limited – Welwyn Garden City
Debbie Pezzani – Teens Unite – Broxbourne

Excellence in Customer Service
Sponsored by Porsche Centre Hatfield

Aldwyck Housing Group – Houghton Regis
Altro Ltd – Letchworth Garden City
Foxholes Farm Shop - Hertford
Metro Bank – Borehamwood, Hemel Hempstead and St.Albans
Warner Bros. Studios - Leavesden
Westminster Compliance LLP  – Borehamwood


Excellence in People Development
Sponsored by Longmores Solicitors

Crane & Staples – Welwyn Garden City
Freedom Communications – Watford
LV= Retirement Solutions – Hitchin
Mitsubishi Electric – Hatfield
Stevenage Leisure – Stevenage

Innovation through Technology
Sponsored by Serverchoice

Cariad Marketing – Hertford
Crane & Staples – Welwyn Garden City
FFE Ltd – Hitchin
N2 Visual Communications Group - Hertford
Software for People – Hitchin
Tusker – Watford

Made in Herts
Sponsored by Handelsbanken

Chilfen Joinery Ltd – Letchworth
FFE Ltd – Hitchin
Kelvin Hughes Ltd - Enfield

Most Promising New Business
Sponsored by Broxbourne Council and Ambition Broxbourne

Bespoke Verse Ltd – Hemel Hempstead
Himsworths Legal – St.Albans
raterAgent – Bishop’s Stortford
Smart10 Ltd – Welwyn Garden City
Talent HQ - Stevenage
The Cookery - Hoddesdon

Social Enterprise of the Year
Sponsored by Aldwyck Housing Group

Muscle Help Foundation - Buntingford
Oaklands College – St.Albans
RECOVER - Welwyn Garden City
Rowan Homes Ltd – Letchworth Garden City
The Gifted - Cheshunt

The Environmental Award
Sponsored by Johnson Matthey

Foxholes Farm Shop - Hertford
Marriott Hanbury Manor – Ware
LoCO2 Energy - Rickmansworth
Lussmans Fish & Grill Restaurants – St.Albans
Mitsubishi Electric - Hatfield
Newsprinters Ltd – Waltham Cross

The Schools Award for Education in Employment
Sponsored by Youth Connexions

Kings Langley School – Kings Langley
Rickmansworth School – Rickmansworth
Sir John Lawes School – Harpenden
St.Albans Girls’ School – St.Albans
The John Warner School - Hoddesdon


The Tourism Award
Sponsored by Bourne Leisure Ltd

Aubrey Park Hotel – Redbourn
Holiday Inn Stevenage – Stevenage
Sopwell House – St.Albans
Tewin Bury Farm Hotel - Welwyn

Business of the Year
Small to Medium

Sponsored by Stevenage Borough Council

Barr Jones Associates - Hitchin
Foxholes Farm Shop – Hertford
PubAffairs – St.Albans
P’Zazz – Watford
TSE Productions – Hemel Hempstead
Westminster Compliance – Borehamwood

Business of the Year
Medium to Large
Sponsored by HB Accountants

Aubrey Park Hotel - Redbourn
FFE Ltd - Hitchin
Grace Foods UK Ltd – Welwyn Garden City
LV= Retirement Solutions - Hitchin
The SEC Group - Stevenage

Tusker - Watford

There will also be two further accolades given on the night:

Young Herts
Sponsored by Veolia

Outstanding contribution to Business
Sponsored by LV=

Chamber Chairman, Neville Reyner CBE DL, said: "We have been overwhelmed by the response to these awards. The quality of the entries was most impressive and presented an almost impossible challenge for the judges.

My thanks to all that 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 who entered and, in particular, to those who were shortlisted not forgetting all entries which are winners in my opinion."

Award winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner taking place at the prestigious Porsche Centre Hatfield on Thursday 14 May.

This sensational evening attracts over 350 business people from across the County and is a night of celebration and entertainment. Take a look at last years awards ceremony HERE.