Award Categories

Made in Herts

Sponsored by Stevenage Borough Council

This award is open to any Hertfordshire-based company whose products are produced in the county. They demonstrate a passion for working-with and supporting other businesses in Hertfordshire, by sourcing locally.

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Best Family Business

Sponsored by Longmores Solicitors

This award is for a commercial organisation in which decision-making is influenced by multiple generations of a family (blood-line or marriage) and who are closely aligned with the company through leadership or ownership.

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Best Technology Services Provider

This award is open to I.T. support, desktop support, help desk, software development, app development, cloud computing, data and server centres, network management, network monitoring, content and security, installations, service, disaster recovery, backup and data services.

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Best Employment Services Provider

This award is open to recruitment, HR, training providers, coaching, mentoring, Health & Safety benefit providers, incentive providers.

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Best Marketing and Promotional Services Provider

This award is open to marketing specialists, PR, graphic design, printing, social media, digital marketing, web design, digital agency, sign writers, exhibition companies, copywriting, advertising.

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Best Apprenticeship

Sponsored by Hart Learning & Development

This award is open to any apprenticeship scheme that provides excellent job training, ensuring the apprentice becomes a master of their trade. Success is measured in the number of apprentices becoming a valued employee.

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Best Corporate Social Responsibility

Sponsored by Airbus

This award is for a business that contributes to sustainable development in the community and society, by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits. This award is open to supporting charities, not for profit, staff provision, social and environmental concerns, engagement with the local community, volunteer work, supporting schools and colleges.

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Business Services of the Year

Sponsored by George Hay Accountants

This award is open to Hertfordshire-based businesses that provide professional services to SMEs, such as business consultancy, quality management systems, infrastructure and operations management, sales force development, facilities management, property services (architects, valuers and quantity surveyors), property/site and/or office plant maintenance, car hire, business travel management, language translation, delivery/freight services, catering, cleaning, waste and recycling, etc.

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SME Business of the Year (<£3m)

Sponsored by University Of Hertfordshire

This award is open to any business that has a turnover of up to £3m. They should have a clear marketing and development strategy for future expansion and demonstrate exceptional financial returns, strong growth, innovation strategies, and market prominence in their sector.

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Large Business of the Year (>£3m)

Sponsored by Tollers Solicitors

This award is open to any business that has a turnover in excess of £3m. They should have a clear marketing and development strategy for future expansion and demonstrate exceptional financial returns, strong growth, innovation strategies, and market prominence in their sector.

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New Business of the Year

Sponsored by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

This Award is open to any Hertfordshire based business that is under 3 years old and has demonstrated rapid growth since starting up. They should have a clear marketing plan and development strategy that demonstrates where they are headed in the future.

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Business of the Year

Sponsored by Barclays Bank PLC

This award is not directly entered but selected from the finalists, by the judges. It recognises the company who excelled in every part of the awards criteria and demonstrated good ideas, careful planning and a determination to succeed and produce a thriving business.

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biz4Biz Judges Award

This Award is open to any Hertfordshire business that has during the Awards process and in the opinion of Judges, demonstrated a particular business skill or competence in any other Award category that seperates the applicant from the rest of the Nominees.

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