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.