Hertfordshire Business Awards 2017: Winners revealed at Knebworth Barns showpiece

The winners for the Hertfordshire Business Awards 2017 were revealed last night (Thursday 23rd November 2017) – and it’s fair to say they are all proud as punch.

Knebworth Barns provided the glamorous setting for the Archant-run awards, where finalists across 16 different categories demonstrated why the county is renowned for its business excellence.

Guests were treated to a three-course meal and entertainment from vocal group Tenori and Herts-based singer Aimi P before the awards – in association with KPMG – were announced by host and BBC Look East presenter Stewart White.

Taking home the coveted crown of Company of the Year was Borehamwood-based UGO Foods Group, having earlier picked up The Innovation Award.

Stevenage-based Driver Require Ltd also scooped two awards – the Medium Business of the Year title and the Business Growth Award.

Family support charity Home-Start had a night to remember too as Home-Start Hertfordshire was crowned the Social Enterprise of the Year and Home-Start Watford & Three Rivers won the Judges’ Award.

Charity took centre stage earlier in the night as well, as footballer-turned-manager Martin Ling spoke candidly about his struggles with mental health while introducing the Herts Mind Network – the beneficiary for the evening.

Thank you to those businesses that donated prizes to this years charity raffle; 718 Boxster for the Weekend courtesy of Porsche Centre Hatfield, Christmas Hamper courtesy of Waitrose, Stevenage, Golf Day for 4 persons at The Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club, Annual Subscription for Hertfordshire Life Magazine courtesy of Archant, Two Premier Match Seats at Watford Football Club for a home game in January 2018, Table of 10 at the Annual Christmas Party night held at Knebworth Marquee in December, Lunch for 2 persons at The Farmhouse Restaurant, Wymondley, Invitation for 2 persons to visit Shepreth Wildlife Park, near Royston, Full Spa Day to include a buffet lunch for 2 persons at Champneys, Tring, Family ticket to attend a home match at Stevenage Football Club, Two tickets to attend West Ham Utd in the Betway Stand during February, 2018, Bungee Jump Experience, Courtesy of Buy a Gift, Golf day for 4 persons at Brocket Hall. The evening’s charity prize draw raised £4,642.19.

To see a full list of the 2017 winners and finalists please click here.

To see the gallery of images from the 2017 event please click here.

To meet the 2017 host please click here.

To find out more about the 2017 chosen charity please click here.